New: Dangers of Social Technology
We hear much of Social Media. But they are just created by applying social technology. We tend to think of technology in terms of hardware and software. That’s not wrong, but it is deceptive. The Constitution of the United States of America is in fact a piece of software. Similar documents define the legal and political basis for our society.
The whole field of Social Technology needs to be investigated as a discipline of its own. In one sense it consists of applications of the Social Sciences. On the other hand, social technology has provided the tools and techniques using in Social Engineering, the top-down dictatorial organization of society.
Social technology can just as well provide the tools and techniques for the bottom-up grassroots or democratic organization. Social media is one such application. Like many bottom-up approaches, it can easily get out of control, but that is much better than what happens in a top-down dictatorship which is too controlling.
I have a large network of websites. Some of these sites have domain names associated with them, especially the ones which refer to specific mathematical methods to be used:
Other websites have no associated domain name, and can only be accessed via another website. Some of them are very important sites, but no obvious domain name which was unique and descriptive could be found. These are mostly for goals to be achieved.
- EngineeredSocialEnvironments — schools, prisons and other institutions
- JusticeSystem — reform of the justice system to reduce error covariance
- LawAndGovernment — reform of law and government to reduce error covariance
- Relationships — finding good social relationships as part of improving your social environment