“It is change, continuous change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in today’s society. No sensible decision can be taken any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but also the world as it will be. “
Isaac Asimov’s quote is perfect for the world we live in, where changes in society are faster than our thoughts, our citizens and our institutions. Revolutions are no longer born with religions, new philosophies or new political or social models as in the past, but it is more and more a new technology, a new product, a new service, a new intangible innovation that is revolutionizing the world.
Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook and social media, Steve Jobs with iPhone, Jeff Bezos with Amazon, Larry Page and Sergey Brin with Google have revolutionized social, cultural and economic dynamics more than any president of the state, more than any revolutionary movement of protest, or divergent action of citizens and communities who try to move or change the social and political fabric from below.
The undisputed power and dominance of nations began to be challenged for the first time by the Dutch East India Company, the first multinational to claim, thanks to the work of Hugh Grotius in the book Mare Liberum, the ability to attack and to plunder a Portuguese ship (Ecology of Law. Science, politics, common goods of Fritjof Capra, Ugo Mattei), and today the parties and the balance of power are completely upset between democracies, peoples and multinationals. Can the situation be worse in post-industrial society and culture, or even defined by someone as the artificial intelligence society?
In the search “Culture2030”, the word “intelligence” appears 19 times and in 12 of these cases, artificial intelligence is mentioned. Intangible capitalism and artificial intelligence are the protagonists of our future, and while these actors are radically and rapidly changing our reality, we citizens have such superficial and weak knowledge of it that it is embarrassing for the issues and the issues. changes in progress.
Even government institutions remain inadequate and it is only with real citizen involvement and a broad process of transparency that they will be able to overcome this challenge. Just remember that it wasn’t until some scandals like Cambridge Analytica and 14 years of massive eavesdropping (Datagate) that emerged thanks to Edward Snowden, who now enjoys political asylum in Russia, to see some progress on the issue of the protection of citizens’ data in the hands of multinationals of intangible capitalism. In 2001 until 2015 there was the largest mass surveillance by the US agency Nsa against US and foreign citizens with the collaboration of companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Skype and Yahoo, intercepting 46 million phone calls to Italy, from heads of state or former heads of state such as Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande, Angela Merkel thanks to a law from Bush, extended by Obama in 2012 with the collaboration of British intelligence .
Only after years of transferring the data of European citizens to the United States with Safe Harbor, Europe introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which places stricter limits on the possibility of using personal data with very significant penalties. In fact, Europe is stepping in after the large intangible intermediaries have imposed their own conditions in the form of contractual clauses accepted by users. Intangible capitalism wavers and drives out laws and institutions.
And what about artificial intelligence? Nothing different. If in 2003 I started my thesis in computer engineering on an application of artificial intelligence at the Federico II University of Naples, Europe does not arrive until January 20, 2021 to publish guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in the military and civilian fields, and on May 19, 2021, Parliament approved the report on the use of artificial intelligence in education, culture and the audiovisual sector. All in a serious deficit of public debate and awareness.
The daily fact, 25 juin 2021
Tags: intangible capitalism, artificial intelligence,