The mission of SocialTechnology.ca is the transformation of society through the creation and use of new social technology.
Human society must work well for everyone in it. We cannot rest until each person has clean air, clean water, nutritious food, a safe place to live, health care, education, liberty, and justice, together with a rewarding job, a compatible spouse or partner, and good friends.
What Is Social Technology.ca?
We are an organization devoted to finding and promoting genuine solutions to social problems. Briefly, we research and develop technology to make society work more efficiently and fairly by creating and maintaining social structure.
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Why Is New Social Technology Needed?
Why do we need to develop Social Technology? Can you easily answer the following questions about our human condition? Has any approach to date provided an adequate solution?
- Why do we still have many people starving to death, while others thrive?
- Why do we still have wars, oppression, torture, and even slavery?
- Why do some children grow up illiterate and otherwise ill-prepared for life in this world?
- Why do we still have crime and severe drug problems?
- Why do we still have unemployment and homelessness?
- Why is it so difficult to find a good job, and even harder to find a suitable one to match your abilities?
- Why is it so difficult to find a compatible spouse or partner, and even harder to find someone truly compatible where the attraction is mutual?
- Why is it so difficult to make close friends and important social connections, and even harder to form long-lasting friendships and relationships?
- Why is there so much crime, poverty, danger, and loneliness in the year 2002?
When we look at the social conditions that have generated these, the ultimate causes are not hard to find, and the possible solutions become clearer:
- the poorest people are those who lack social connections (jobs, family, friends) and the route away from poverty almost always involves making such connections
- the most dangerous people are those whose social connections are poor or inappropriate (loners, gang members) and the only way such people stop being a threat to themselves and others is through better social contacts
- the saddest and loneliest people are those with poor social connections (unmarried, few and poor friendships, etc.) and these are also the people most likely to commit suicide unless they gain such connections
- People with good jobs, good friends, and a compatible spouse have a much more satisfying life, and are known to be much less likely to commit crimes.
How can Social Technology can change society for the better?
SocialTechnology.ca addresses all kinds of social technology, but the key approach involves creating a new social structure through matching individuals, organizations, and social contexts. It can ensure that each person has the basic necessities of life.
In our society most people somehow find some sort of job, and most marry, eventually. Most have a few friends.
But few of us find a really good job, and few of us stay happily married. Friends come and go, but lots of us don’t have good long-lasting friendships.
In poor countries people cling to spouses and friends, knowing the vital importance of such social connections, but they are often perpetuating inappropriate connections with incompatible people who will tie them down to their current poverty level.
This is unacceptable. We cannot permit these conditions to continue. People all over the world are suffering, even in the richest and most advanced nations. But new, hi-tech social technology can ensure that each person has the basic necessities of life.
Why a band-aid approach alone is not enough — and make make the problems worse.
Sometimes it is necessary to treat symptoms to prevent people from starving or freezing to death while we work on the underlying causes of social problems, but it is possible to cure social problems at the source.
Far too often attempted solutions to human problems are only “band-aid” solutions, which at most treat the symptoms rather than the underlying illness, and often serve only to cover up those symptoms. Homeless shelters and food banks don’t treat the underlying causes of homelessness, just the symptoms. Welfare and unemployment insurance don’t treat the underlying causes of unemployment and poverty, just the symptoms. Indeed, some of these social programs probably make the problems worse.
This is not a satisfactory situation. It is unacceptable. Human beings need work to do. Human beings need compatible people to associate with. If deprived of these social needs people are damaged and lead incomplete lives — and they are also less productive members of society, poor parents to any children they may have, and much more likely to commit crimes.
Far too many people never find a good job, and are either on welfare, begging on street corners, or stuck in a dead-end job they hate. Far too many people never find a truly compatible spouse and are either lonely and embittered, move from one unsatisfactory relationship to another, or are stuck in a marriage with someone they’ve grown to hate.
Society must provide reliable mechanisms that people can use to find:
good jobs — jobs they will enjoy and learn from, or at very least jobs that compensate them well for their time and effort. This requirement is not met by existing employment services.
compatible husbands and wives, or partners without stressful “dating” between strangers. This requirement also is not met by any of the current dating-services.
good long-lasting friendships.
It’s Only A Matter Of Time
Eventually human society will come to realize the. It’s only a matter of time. But what are we waiting for? We can do it now! On these webpages you can learn exactly how to make our civilisation work.
If the social technology proposed here is successful, this “guarantee” will be something we do for ourselves, without government or big business. But whether it be through government, private enterprise, or non-profit non-governmental organizations, “human society” must somehow ensure everyone has the fundamentals of human life, including the basic social necessities: love, friendship, and meaningful work. And it will. But please, let’s not mismanage things so badly that only your great-grandchildren live to see it. We can do it now.
Briefly stated, social technology is the collection and study of tools and techniques used to make society work. It is the technological counterpart to the social sciences and draws on the knowledge they have collected.
The Internet and WorldWideWeb have often been described as social technology, but SocialTechnology.ca is more concerned with pure social technology, technology that is intrinsically social, not merely a social side effect of better communication and transportation.
The purest and most interesting form of social technology is that which involves the creation of social relationships such as the relationship between employer and employee or husband and wife.
We do have some mechanisms for creating social relationships, such as the “Help Wanted” and “Personals” sections of classified ads in newspapers, but as social
technology these are truly paleolithic inventions, not worthy of consideration. SocialTechnology.ca is more concerned with “hi-tech” social technology which makes good use of all the social survey data laboriously collected by sociologists over the past few decades and uses sophisticated algorithms from graph theory for analysis.
Social scientists have been collecting social survey data for many years, but it has been used mainly for research by those same social scientists and their students, who have written many academic papers about their findings. Now it is time to make proper use of all that data by making it the foundation of a new high-tech industry.
The Future Of Social Technology
People who follow the stock markets hear a lot about ‘information technology’ and may have been told that the dominant technology of the new millenium will be some form of information technology involving the Internet. Information technology is important, but the future may belong to pure social technoloyg, technology that is intrinsically social, not merely a social side effect of better communication and transportation
Social technology will transform our world beyond recognition, perhaps making the business sector less about making money and more about serving human needs. But in the next few years, as this process gets underway, many businesses will be set up to exploit social technology and some people will makes lots of money from doing so, as always happens when new technology is introduced.
Who We Are, And What We Do
SocialTechnology.ca exists to do research, develop prototype software, promote the use of new hi-tech social technology, and smooth the effects of its introduction.
As with GNU software from the Free Software Foundation, we do not object to people making money from what we do for free; to help society, we will try to help people and corporate entities in any way we can.
We run a mailing list for the discussion of social technology where interested people are encouraged to contribute their ideas and concerns.
A large part of the inspiration for SocialTechnology.ca comes from people like Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation, and Linus Torvald, who wrote the Linux kernel and started the remarkable global development effort that made Linux a success.
Doug Wilson is the founder member and continues in his struggle to make the world appreciate the importance of social technology and in his own development work to create new hi-tech tools and techniques to change the way the world works.
Introduction To Social Algorithms
Please visith this new page, which examines older, more limited solutions to social problems, and shows how they may be extended and improved.
What Is Social Technology?
The broadest possible interpretation of the phrase ‘social technology’, includes:
All applications of technology, from whatever underlying source of tools and techniques, to the solution of social problems and the better organization of society.
All technology derived from or related to the social sciences: sociology, anthropology, social and behavioural psychology, criminology, social and behavioural geography, and social economics.
All technology used by the major social institutions in our society, including education, healthcare, the legal system, and government.
Your interpretation — what do you think social technology is? I do not want to exclude any legitimate use of the phrase.
- Copyright © 2002 Douglas P. Wilson