We'll Get the Internet We Deserve
If we exercise our power as users, as consumers, as investors and voters we can make a difference.
There is an old adage that says in a democracy you get the government you deserve. If you’re not making any effort to get involved, don’t be surprised when the people who are most active shape the government to their liking. It’s the same thing with the Internet.
We’re going to get the Internet we deserve and those people who are the most active in shaping the Internet to their liking are going to win out. And so the good news is though is that there are a lot of us on the Internet who use it every day and if we get active, if we get involved, if we exercise our power as users, as consumers, as investors and voters we can make a difference.
We’ve seen how people have made a difference on how companies treat the environment, on how companies treat their users, as consumers, as voters, as investors there is you know.
Companies are not perfect, but companies are doing a much better job in terms of their environmental and labor practices now than they were 50 years ago and that is completely the result of a broad global movement of consumers, investors, voters, citizens paying attention and caring and making decisions, buying, purchasing decisions, voting decisions, all kinds of personal decisions based on their values and it does make a difference and so similarly as netizens, as citizens of the internet we can make a difference, but we have to pay attention. We actually have to make choices that reflect our values and that reflect the kind of Internet and the kind of world that we ultimately want to have.
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Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
They didn't know it, but the rituals of Iron Age Scandinavians turned their iron into steel.
- Iron Age Scandinavians only had access to poor quality iron, which put them at a tactical disadvantage against their neighbors.
- To strengthen their swords, smiths used the bones of their dead ancestors and animals, hoping to transfer the spirit into their blades.
- They couldn't have known that in so doing, they actually were forging a rudimentary form of steel.
Michael Dowling, Northwell Health's CEO, believes we're entering the age of smart medicine.
- The United States health care system has much room for improvement, and big tech may be laying the foundation for those improvements.
- Technological progress in medicine is coming from two fronts: medical technology and information technology.
- As information technology develops, patients will become active participants in their health care, and value-based care may become a reality.
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