Please Help Promote These Ideas
If have browsed amongst these pages you may have encountered one page of a very different style — written as an advertisement, and not a very subtle one either. I am somewhat embarrassed about including anything so blatantly promotional, but my pages are competing for people’s attention with all those millions of other pages out there, and I felt I needed something more than my ordinary dry prose.
Most of the people attracted by that page may not be interested in the others, but I hope a few will. Sometimes it is necessary to cast one’s net widely to catch the right fish.
Creating an advertising page is partly an exercise in creating a meme — a self-propagating idea, and I must warn you that although this page is more subtle, it is also an attempt to propagate an idea.
This should come as no surprise, since it is nothing new. Almost every page on the web includes some attempt to communicate and propagate some idea — though many are simply trying to sell you the idea of buying some product or service.
I am not selling any product or service; I am trying to give something away: some very good ideas. I have thought long and hard about society and its problems for many years, and having reached some very interesting conclusions, I now feel it my duty to tell you about them.
That blatantly promotional page is not inaccurate in its main points:
- advanced technology can guarantee each person that 1-in-a-million job, friend, spouse, or sexual partner (and may be able to do much better than that)
- it is inevitable that society will find ways of guaranteeing people good social connections (because societies that do are more stable and will endure when others cannot)
- although inevitable, this change may not happen soon enough to benefit you or your children, unless you help make it happen.
My how-to-help page mentions several ways to help, many of which involve some form of research, because I am most interested in finding errors and improving these ideas, but it is obvious that research is not enough and some publicity will be necessary. I hope that there can be publicity for the ideas but not for me, and to that end would like other people to become involved, letting me quietly fade away out of the picture.
I have included a copyright notice on each page for one reason only: I am fond of books, and originally wrote all this (and much more) with the aim of publishing it as a book Since publishers may not want to publish text already in the public domain I have kept the copyright, but I will quite freely allow other people to include this material in their web pages — please contact me if you wish to do so.
Copyright © 1998 Douglas P. Wilson
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Other relevant content:
Please see these web pages:
The main Social Technology page.
Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained
Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology
Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes. I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.
Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :
Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.
Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.
Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.
Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation. Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.
I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.
Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic. Now things are different. There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google. Oh, well.
By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society. The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.
As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years. We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century. By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.
In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture. How things have changed since then in agricultural technology. But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.
I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable. I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages. The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day. Maybe. The topic is still not interesting to most people. I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.
This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date. They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not. There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites. I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed. One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.
Type in this address to e-mail me. The image is interesting. See Status of Social Technology
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I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam. Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see. So I have switched to a new e-mail service. Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture. I have also made it difficult to reach me. The picture is not a clickable link. To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in. That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.
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