Talk: Failure Modes of the Modern Rational UtopiaDecentralising Society
- Sunday 11th of November, 2012
- Room 2
High-modernist idealists, when given unfiltered power to act on their ideologies, have a tendency to try to enact their vision through authoritarian means - the creation of laws and regulations, the manipulation of the major consensus narrative, through socioeconomic restructuring and societal design. As with the sudden introduction of any large scale perturbation to a chaotic system, the results are often unpredictable. There is plenty of evidence of historical flawed attempts at constructing rational utopia, where the perceived ability to control society leads to disaster, but the modern rational utopia - in its technologically superpowered glory - promises to fail in ways we have not yet fully fathomed. I'm going to talk about how authoritarianism is changing its nature, how rational utopias come about, look at how they fail and why fail, and try and figure out what we can do about it.
In more ways than one, this is an independent sequel to last year's talk ("Privacy or welfare: Pick one")
Next (up to 3) talks in the same room (Room 2):
Events that start after this one (within 30 minutes):
- 17:15 - 18:00 Talk: Understanding the magic behind Gentoo Hardened
- 17:15 - 18:00 Talk: Can society be distributed like a computer network?