The news is full of the bad boys of the internet. Their lack of interest in ‘we the people’. Their apparent disregard for humanity. The need and importance for tech tech tech – no humanity needed.
But sometimes – just sometimes – the good news, the positive news, the uplifting news does get through.
Keith Block, vice chairman, president and COO of Salesforce, and his wife, Suzanne Kelley, VP of operations & PMO, global business units at Oracle Corporation, made the lead $15 million gift to establish the Block Center for Technology and Society at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.
“A ‘cognitive elite’ will rise to power and influence, as a class of sovereign individuals ‘commanding vastly greater resources’ who will no longer be subject to the power of nation-states and will redesign governments to suit their ends.”
Cognitive Elites … not the same as ‘Elites’ – and – be it a ‘discredited’ term or not – I have no doubt that those that seek to use technology to protect their interests – and not subjugate themselves to the Corporates will win out. They are thinking, acting, doing and rising above the media clutter. Who are those people? Well, maybe it is easier to point out who they are not …. they are not people;
who shake their heads and say ‘what can we do’
who continue to blindly use Facebook, despite all the proof of what they have done and continue to do
who have a single password across all of their accounts
who have a password like 1234password
… you get the picture
NO – it doesn’t include those people.
But it also is not about having superior intelligence. (Which is what the book was talking about.) No. That is not going to save you. And those people aren’t the cognitive elites that I think about.
To me – I think you are a cognitive elite if you think. At all. Your IQ can be below 100 – like half the population – but that doesn’t mean you can’t think … that is a choice.
Forty years ago, I belonged to an organization called RILKO. As you can see—they still exist. A friend of mine, Randall Rospond, Posted this to his site today. And it occurred to me that this too is a ‘little bit’ of lost knowledge that we could so easily regain… with thought.