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Poch Peralta

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Is Technology stopping or abetting political apathy? Can we beat political apathy with technology?

Beating Politics with Technology
Peter Sunde thinks Bitcoin is "interesting" and has a fascinating story behind it, but one that he feels is symbolic of a depressing widespread lack of trust in politics.

'"You can't beat politics with new technology all the time. Sometimes you have to actually make sure that politics are in line with what people want. A lot of people are giving up on politics and thinking they can solve issues with technology. These kind of arrogant behaviours towards the rest of the society are a bit disgusting," Sunde told Wired.co.uk in a Skype interview...'
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-11/18/peter-sunde-hemlis-political-apathy

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  • Dec 7 2013: As much as I like technology for what it can do, I believe Bernard Baruch was right 50 years ago when he said, "In my 87 years I have seen many technical advances, but none have done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think." (my paraphrase)

    Technology can encourage transparency and reduce coverup. It can also be used to deceive and mislead quite effectively. Perhaps even more dangerous is the poor decision making in government and industry using data and modeling attractively packaged and persuasively described. Sometimes leaders pass laws or approve mergers that are described as being too complicated to be understood.
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      Dec 7 2013: Predictive opinions that were published decades ago and
      are 'being declared' right today really makes tech repellent Courtenay.
      You have just increased the cons for tech and are on the
      winning side.
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        Dec 7 2013: What do you mean by winning side?
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          Dec 7 2013: I simply mean that those who don't believe that tech
          is stopping political apathy are more numerous than
          the other side.
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        Dec 7 2013: There was a time when TEDsters had hope and faith in Technology. Do people even realize that they're on Technology Entertainment and Design.com?
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          Dec 7 2013: LOL Sometimes the thought makes me guilty Jimmy lol
        • Dec 16 2013: Point being? I know that steel can be used for better buildings. That does not mean that I am so naive or stupid as to believe that the mere presence of steel will ensure good housing for everyone.
      • Dec 10 2013: I disagree that the quote made a repellent statement against technology but rather a supporting statement for core human values (or rather what should be core human values). Technology was never meant to replace that. Technology must be tempered with intelligence or else it is only convenient and not useful. It becomes a microwave instead of an oven. Also information must be tempered with the ability to receive and process it correctly (or maybe objectively might be a better word.)

        Political apathy can't be solved by technology because it stems from a lack of trust in politicians and the government which they represent. The lack of trust is a direct reaction to the disillusionment of the people who believed that politicians were better than the common man. As the kings and Queen's of old coerced the populace to believing that they were somehow ordained by god so to have our politicians had us believe that they are the embodiment of our own core values. The information brought to us by technology shows us that that is untrue, that those who we would call our heroes are merely men in nice suits.

        I for one think of that as a good thing.
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          Dec 10 2013: Yes Caleb. What I should have said was:
          'Predictive opinions that were published decades ago and
          are 'being declared' right today really makes tech repellent
          Courtenay.'

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