Spectre and Meltdown by Identity Transduction Systems
Spectre and Meltdown by Identity Transduction Systems

Information Technology and Social Stability

This presentation (delivered at the SPIE conference in Baltimore, April 20, 2016) concerns the long term effects of information technology on social stability. The central argument is that IT will inevitably reduce employment opportunities and thus contribute to destabilizing the nuclear family.

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Photo by Fredy Jacob

Erosion of personal memory

Advanced information technology appears to be contributing to the erosion of personal memory: "Digital dependence 'eroding human memory'" by Sean Coughlan. For a discussion of personal and social memory, see: Mowshowitz, A. The end of the information frontier. AI & Society, 28 (1), 2013, pp. 7-14; DOI 10.1007/s00146-012-0414-2.

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The New Energy by Identity Transduction Systems
The New Energy by Identity Transduction Systems

Information and Energy: Part I

Information, like energy, is a property of a system. In some sense it comes into existence in the relationship between a "source" and a "processor". Neither energy nor information can be apprehended directly. Both are manifest in changes in the state of a system.

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Full circle: state of nature to virtual state of nature

Just as technological and economic innovations in an earlier period underpinned the evolution of the centralized nation state, current innovations are undermining those same states. The great nation states, despite their military prowess, are doomed like the dinosaurs of old, unable, unwilling or insufficiently nimble to meet the threat to their dominance posed by agile virtual organizations that have no sense of national identity.

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