The revolution in existence described in this article is not something that is going to simply happen. Look at the situation with Wi-Fi in the united states if you’d like an example, or the lack of an open compute core if you’d like another. TPP, and its provisions to lock down the web using the bullshit shill of copyrights.
What I’m trying to say, I suppose is that:
- Your article hits the nail entirely on its head the world is indeed changing and indeed the large part of the changes are for the better.
- “The powers that be” are still powerful.
- They wish to remain powerful.
- The future you aspire to, I aspire to, and we (regular internet people with a sense of decency/morality) aspire to is not the future that those currently in power desire.
- We can do something about the future, really. It’s just that it’s got to be something that all of us do, or at least, the vast majority of us. If not, be certain that it will be swept under the rug using the disinformation cannon.
Let’s roll. We’ve got a mission, and following it doesn’t harm anyone. In my estimation, here’s what needs to be done to get to this shining future:
- We must prevent a third world war, because the consequences of it would likely kill all of us. Besides, The worst thing that a third world war would cause is that none of us would ever know what might have happened if only _____________ hadn’t happened.
- If you do tech, then you’ve got to do the right thing: 100% FOSS — hardware and software alike. Why do you think folks like Richard M. Stallman sound quite so strident when they talk about the things that they’re doing?
I suspect I discovered the answer to this question a few years ago:
They realized that ONLY open source technology had the potential to push down the cost of tech and increase its availability enough so that the empowerment benefits of top-tier technology would actually pass to the users — common folk like you and me.
So, I’m following their good example: I make tech, and I give it away, because I want to see a world where there is opportunity for all and deprivation, poverty and need for none. I think that it can exist. Morally, we must make it exist. Because of those who made tech and gave it away long before I ever considered doing so, my work is much easier. I can combine free technologies freely, and I want to encourage anyone reading this to take a free technology from one discipline and apply it to another: At the very least, you’ll learn if it works or not. Publish that information, and move onto the next.
And remember — as long as you have what you deem necessary, in this brave new world,
having money simply does not matter.