[FoRK] The Internet Is a Major Driver of the Growth of Cognitive Inequality

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Feb 27 14:37:21 PST 2012

On 2/27/12 1:29 PM, Adam L Beberg wrote:
> The only people that notice or care about a rising tide are the ones with oceanfront property or boats. I believe we call them 
> "the 1%" these days.
> The majority of the rest don't have clean drinking water, or electricity and couldn't care less about the rising tide. And if they 
> didn't put iPhones together so cheaply, the 1% would probably have found some way to turn them into food for pets by now.

True in some ways, but most have benefited from additional knowledge, tech, and market efficiency.
If you have a little knowledge, you can do well in certain aspects.  You can get a new IPod Touch for $150 or so, use free Internet 
services, and start learning and even working.

Beyond that, if we do the right things, everyone will benefit in more general ways.  There are both low tech and high tech ways this 
should happen.

(However, I detest the baby Internet available in many places, like certain libraries, all because someone some where might view 
porn.  While in principle I might not mind filtering most of the time, making it a pain or impossible to connect any device is just 
plain wrong.  They shouldn't be able to call it Internet service.)

> Stephen Williams wrote on 2/27/2012 12:33 PM:
>> Lol. No, not really. More like "a rising tide invents planes, rockets,
>> robotic factories, remote virtual telepresence / teleoperation,
>> surpluses in most things, and all manner of enhancements that myopic
>> fisherman do not dream". Most politicians, and most people in general,
>> are myopic fishermen.
>> Let's examine PreInternet and Internet societies / world. Pre-ipod/smart
>> phone/3G/4G and now. Pre-cell phone and now.
>> It's stupid that we haven't improved house building much. That we
>> haven't fixed poverty, here or elsewhere. That so many people are
>> ignorant and non-functional. That healthcare is unavailable and
>> overpriced. (Some of it has to be expensive, but not most of it.)
>> We spend a lot of resources on many, many people in jail, all wasted
>> resources and miserable people.
>> sdw
>> On 2/27/12 12:12 PM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>>> Wait, did you just paraphrase "a rising tide lifts all boats"?
>>> On 2/27/2012 12:06 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>>>> Many people don't learn the right meta-knowledge, or learn
>>>> anti-patterns, both which prevent them from bootstrapping into a
>>>> virtuous cycle.
>>>> This happens for knowledge in general, benefiting from the Internet, and
>>>> economically. Because of the fortunate genesis plus thoughtful guidance
>>>> of enlightened souls, the Internet as a whole tries pretty hard to help
>>>> people with this. Economically, you can break out with major effort, but
>>>> many doers should be doing more to help others. While there are a few
>>>> short-term ways that things can be competitive in fixed opportunity
>>>> situations, overall more competent people grows the pie. The world, and
>>>> the world of possibilities, is elastic.
>>>> sdw

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