7 wonders of human intel last call:
As societies leap beyond covid and enetr 33 yeras of webworld - can we design sustainability of youth into web 3 in ways that we failed to bridge at web2 web1 (from 1990) tele2 (from 1945), tele1 (from 1865), pre=tele and pre-engineer (before 1760 Glasgow)
Born 1951 as a London Scot i remember at age of 11 asking my dad why history as it was taught in Britain never reached the 20th century. It started with the Romans got to 1066 and all that, 1492 chris columbus sailed the blue, the o'level syllabus for 14 year olds pretty much stopped in early 1800s. Father had been home schooled in Britiish Embassies 1920s/30s until age 13 (Brit Embassy Stalin's Moscow) as my paternal grandad was responsible for collecting British Intel on the risks of Stalin and Hitler. He'd then served as teenage navigator allied bomber command world war 2.Surving world war 2, dad listened to Keynes last lessons on General Theory of how the world is futurised, and married the daughter of Sir Keneth Kemp who after 25 years of mediation with Gandhi in Bombay had just completed his last work- writing up legalese for India's Independence.
Dad's summary explanation to 11tear-old me: most history is bunk didn't help me as a school kid. Only later I realised he probably meant that uch history has been written up to glorify the powerful especially westren men, and particularly in Britain a a country whose Empire mindset became a root cause of 2 world wars probably doesnt know how to examine its children on a subject that needs exploring not fact accumulation. Such exploration should remapvoices of everyone previously omitted particulary lfemale, particularly the 80 plus per cent of humans who are not white by descent, particularly those who wre last to access tech advances.
Its taken me quite a long time to realise that human intel has passed through 6 croosroads and is in 2022 arguably at the 7th which may determine species extinction or sustainbility.
Lets say that we are designing web3 now at a scale which accelerating even faster than human understanding ot sustainability conflict resolution
we know web 1 was actualised in 1990 when tim berners lee move from swirzweland alongsisde MIR's AI Lab in Boston.
Web2 can be defined practucally speaking when masses of people made mobile not personal computer networks their main access device (and as a consequnce huge fata clouds trackable to every GPS were assembled and stargely owned by a handful of tech titans not the peoples.
Again Switzerland's UN tech experts at the ITU played a timely role in wondering was this going to be good. In 2002 (in part reflecting something was terribly wrong in 2001's woprld of 9/11 and anthrax wars) they started asking what is the purspoe of worldinformation society- turning this into an annual conference in 2005.
Switzerland was again appointed epicentre of the beginning of tele1 industries in 1865 - when starting with the telegram it was clear that communications around the world needed one standard - all emerging tele-iindustries can be said to lose their poimt if there is more than one standard.. The mid 19860s according to Delong is a very interesting time when middle class growth began compounding like never before - in advanced countries trains were scaling and cities being built, electricity was being invented, the ITU's telegram came first soon to be followed by telephone
WE can choose 1945 as the start of tele2 with the recogntion that somehow the tele1 area of human intel had faiked to prevent 2 world wars. Now Gneva's IRU emerging from the elague of nations became the digital twin of the UN whose policy headquarters was donated by USA and New York.
While we can say web3 or the metaverse or Decentralised Autononomus Organisation , Financing , and Regenerative economics are all massive scaling as humans leap forward from covid; the blockchain integirty of web 3 potential started up in Satoshi's 2008 paper as a way to prevent workd ever being subprimed again. And a yera after the UN in 2015 announced the last 15 yeras race to sustainability goals, educators at spet 2016 meeting decleared that they had never fuly learnt with Geneva's tech wizards (nor its health servants nor its world trade mapakers). Digital Cooperation was born- it then becamse under new UN leader Guterres Un2 (egov) roadmapping - with these 9 transformational pieces - with Geneva hubbing both global conmectivity tech learnikng curve from 1875 and what was now identified as the back from the future tech of AIforGood.
All of this can be traced to the Goats of mathematics with Neumann the most linked in - he of Budapest. Einstein of Munich. most of the Greats of maths having emigrated from the environs of switzerland and middle europe to escape Hitler. Over at Neumann.ning.com , we track the story of what happened from 1951 when neumann met my father at Princeton and asked The Economist to integrate the most valuable scoop ever - what goods witll peoples unite round with 100 times more tech per decade