11/02/2020 - Comparing the Digital Age vs. Medieval Age
The Sovereign Individual Original Content:
What is Neomedievalism and Why Does it Matter in the Digital Age? -
Globalization creates conflicting allegiances and causes the fragmentation of sovereign powers. Just like during medieval times. As an example, The Medieval Church frequently struggled with Feudal Lords over the loyalties of the common people.
Today, we now see a struggle between multiple types of organizations and ideologies. ie: NGOs and Identity politics vs Nationalism
This article focuses on the changes that are taking place that create an environment reminiscent of the Medieval Ages.
Why you should care? As loyalties to different non-territorial organizations across the globe continue to grow, the power of national sovereignties will be challenged.
When environmental policies come into conflict with national competitiveness. When religious beliefs conflict with national laws. And when personal identities become more important than nationality. The power structures of the world will fragment into a neomedieval environment. And as the non-territorial identity becomes a more important element of the power structure, so too will the Sovereign Individual.
Freedom Is a Luxury Good of the Digital Age - In the digital age, technology-enabled mobility provides a new kind of freedom in the face of conflicting ideologies, and it's becoming a luxury.
Why you should care? Society will begin to restructure as a consequence of neo-medievalism and the fragmented loyalties that are created by globalism. Remote and digital-oriented work will give rise to The Sovereign Individual, a new social class that covets digital age freedom. This social class will use the tech-enabled exit to relocate to locations that support their worldview. And the ability to vote by exit will become a desired luxury good of the digital age.
A Roundup From Around the Web
Disinformation That Kills -The Expanding Battlefield of Digital Warfare - A breakdown of information manipulation as it stands in 2020 and what the future of information manipulation looks like.
"Tied to the evolution of technology, disinformation tactics will test emerging solutions and legislation, ultimately incorporating technologies like AI and quantum computing. Solutions to combat disinformation will likewise require constant improvements to stay ahead of malicious actors, effectively creating an arms race."
Why you should care? This article is worth a skim to understand the types of threats that are evolving in the digital landscape. As more work is conducted on an exclusively digital frontier, these types of threats become more relevant and impactful.
A Cypherpunk's Manifesto - Originally written in 1993 by Eric Hughes, considered one of the founding father's of the "Cypherpunk movement".
"Privacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. Privacy is not secrecy. A private matter is something one doesn't want the whole world to know, but a secret matter is something one doesn't want anybody to know. Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world."
"We the Cypherpunks are dedicated to building anonymous systems. We are defending our privacy with cryptography, with anonymous mail forwarding systems, with digital signatures, and with electronic money."
Why you should care? The digital world is built on a foundation of shared information. It requires a level of informational openness to exist. But what role does privacy play in an increasingly immersive digital world? This early philosophy on the importance of privacy is a worthwhile read for anyone that operates online.
As society opens a dialogue on the importance of information online (most recently "misinformation") the topic of an individual's right to privacy will become relevant.
SpaceX's Starlink Launches a Beta Test: It's being referred to by SpaceX as the "Better than nothing Beta"
Some key details:
SpaceX was also in the news for an interesting section of their terms of service agreement:
- Initially priced at $99/month with an upfront cost of $499 for the equipment.
- Users can expect "data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms"
- The network has 900 satellites in orbit, a fraction of the planned total network
Finally, some interesting commentary from a beta test user and discussions on what's to come in the future.
Why you should care? The developing power structure in the digital age hinges on the personal freedom gained by tech-enabled mobility. If you can conduct digital work, you can theoretically move anywhere in the world that permits you to live a life according to your values. As Starlink comes online and increases its capacity, the internet will become available in the traditionally remote and unconnected areas of the planet.
Starlink will also be very important for providing the remaining half of the global population with internet access. As this other half of the population comes online, the fundamental makeup of the global community and workforce will change.
"One in 20 Europeans report not getting enough sunlight in their homes"
Digital work provides overwhelmingly positive opportunities for people to build wealth and a better life for themselves. But it's not all positive. Increased time spent indoors leads to a Vitamin D deficiency, which has multiple negative consequences.
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