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Black-swan

The future is reality that we do not know yet. It will happen, the question is, will we be in it? Predicting the future can be comical. The Popular Mechanics magazine was predicting in 1949 that the weight of computers in the future would not exceed 1.5 tons. In 1968 an engineer working at IBM said “a computer chip? What can it be useful for? ” Meanwhile, digitization has changed the lives of individuals and societies. Each of us has received the force of “individual empowerment” and we can use it to do a lot of good but also a lot of bad. People who create communities gain power by taking it away from the states. Social non-state entities are becoming more and more powerful forces. Their financial resources are often greater than budgets of many countries. They have a real impact on the way we live and on the conditions of our lives. The diffusion of power is progressing. Of course, countries and organizations are monitoring people. The Target chain of stores combined purchase data of its customers with the registry of customers’ births and built an algorithm that allows detection of pregnancy based on changes in the shopping basket. The network sent a properly tailored offer for healthy food, diapers and other useful products. Journalists became interested in the case when the offer went to a teenager hiding her condition from her parents, the company officially withdrew from this project. This is “Big Data” system, we are “transparent”, this is the price for being on-line. Edward Snowden disclosed the scale and scope of control over Internet and telephone connections that the American NSA (National Security Agency, USA) had had. As a result of this information (German citizens were also under surveillance), Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed the independence of the EU from Google and Facebook. China has done this by cutting off Google and creating a Baidu browser. One surveillance replaced the other, limiting access to information at the same time. Due to globalization all over the globe, our life depends heavily on computer systems; the more developed the country, the stronger the dependence. If there was a solar electromagnetic storm, or a change of the planet’s pole, it could result in disabling satellite communication, disrupting the energy supply, switching off electronic devices and similarly catastrophic consequences. In such a situation, the inhabitants of villages with the proximity of a lake and forests will have a better chance of survival than those living in city skyscrapers. The development of computer technology, artificial intelligence can have positive effects such as increased work automation, more efficient and optimal problem solving, but the autonomy of artificial intelligence can come about. What goals will it be guided by? What will be its priority? Will it accept the rules of some ethics or pure logic? What will autonomous combat drones decide? Where will the electricity flow: to servers and machines or to people’s habitats?

The discussion about globalization may obscure the thinking about metaglobalization, that is, about what governs the universe and how it governs it. This absolute intelligence is independent of us. Its time scale counts in billions of years. It has the power that has created us and can destroy us. That is why time is so precious for us, we should use it well as people and as a society. I mean creative pleasures and abandoning violence. Is it possible? Creative pleasures are the development of science and art. The creative development of science is characterized by the paradoxes of Ellul. “All technical progress causes both profits and losses. It creates more problems than it solves. The negative aspects of technical innovations are inseparable from positive ones. Technical inventions have unpredictable consequences. ” The creative development of art makes us sensitive, gives us beauty and beyond literal understanding of things and phenomena, it is a different understanding, richer and, above all, with a bit of fantasy, which is yet an unproved assertion. Of course, there are many things we do not know that we do not know. It is a black swan and unpredictable phenomena, of which we do not know that they exist at all. I feel anxious already. Something can happen and I do not even know what? Maybe it is already happening, but I do not know about it. Can I do something? I can say something to it, go away, leave me, do not hurt me. Or maybe this thing I don’t know about is a good event? Why drive it away then, lose the chance for something better? So I give myself up to my fate, I agree with its course. I do not want to be a man who treats what he knows too seriously, using the word “because” often; I want to speak less while living in silence.

“Silently you will say more than someone who says he knows what is the best and where it is. In silence like this I hear my own self, I hear the sound of a sniffing dog, I hear what the forest, herons, fallow deer, rain and wind say, herons, fallow deer, wolves, wolves…”

We have everything. I mean EU, the country I live in. The key slogan of a modern society is no longer needs but desires, and these do not result from economic, scientific, technical factors but psychological ones, so they are inherently unlimited and that’s what I’m aiming at.