Many great civilisations have fallen, leaving nothing but cracked ruins and scattered genetics. Usually this results from: natural disasters, resource depletion, economic meltdown, disease, poor information flow and corruption. But we’re luckier than our predecessors because we command a technology that no one else possessed: a rapid communication network that finds its highest expression in the internet. I propose that there are six ways in which the net has vastly reduced the threat of societal collapse.
Six ways the internet will save civilisation:
- Epidemics can be deflected by telepresence
- The internet will predict natural disasters
- Discoveries are retained and shared
- Tyranny is mitigated
- Human capital is vastly increased
- Energy expenditure is reduced