When we look at technology, therein lies so much potential. For whatever reasons, humans are getting better and better at it. Maybe we are innately good at it and our proficiency is finally fully in bloom with all the ideal circumstances. Maybe it is technology’s crowdsourcing nature that self-reinforces and culminates in its prodigious fruition. Maybe we are reaching a tipping point of mass computer literacy to mass produce and yield a healthy bounty. No matter what, technology will continue to play an integral role in our human civilization.
However, in order to harness the most from our technological advances, we must first resolve the issues recognized in the technology problem under capitalism before. NATORZ is well positioned to address them. When NATORZ socializes gains and socializes costs, it will automatically put public interests before self-interests. When NATORZ offers universal lifetime labor employment with a living wage for everyone, there will be celebration instead of trepidation with robots replacing human jobs. When NATORZ prioritizes needs over wants and makes sure that technology adheres to the NATORZ Doctrine, it can deploy technology freely with minimal waste and frivolity and burnish it with validity, integrity and propriety. When NATORZ pursues sustainability, self-sufficiency and resilience, it will protect us from technology’s structural weaknesses. When NATORZ democratizes ‘merit goods,’ especially quality education and job training, and maintains a humane civil society with a strong safety net, it will also insure us against the fatality of technology’s unnatural nature.
It is unavoidable that bad technology exists and can persist and bad actors can utilize technology to do bad things. We just need to be vigilant about separating the wheat from the chaff and being more cautious and conscientious when we develop and deploy new technology. It will also be smart, sensible and responsible to formulate and follow some basic guidelines and safeguards, e.g.:
- Technology should always help us all and not harm us. Technology should also free us from menial and meaningless tasks or promote us to a higher skill level, so that we can perform more productive and useful tasks, and not enslave us or relegate us to a lower status or being, in order that no one will be taken advantage of.
- Technology should make life better for all, and not worse. Technology should also allow us to understand the world better and add to our knowledge base so that we can maximize the positive externality and minimize the negative externality of any of our actions or our impacts on Earth.
- Technology should be made as widely and freely available to all as possible, so that it can realize its fullest potential, bestow the most benefits and get the best return on our investments in terms of the human, material and financial resources involved.
- The precautionary principle should be applied in the development and deployment of technology with purposeful and well-intentioned objectives, directions and regulations laid out beforehand. Potential harm or tradeoffs should be assessed, made public and open to public comments as they become available and mitigation should be sought before proceeding.
It is true and incontrovertible that technology is unnatural and we cannot rely on it entirely for our survival. However, we can manage the risks with the help of technology by putting in place redundancies, back-ups, substitutes, reserves and stockpiles, as well as plans of preparedness, contingencies and emergencies. Moreover, with as many diverse problems as humans have created on this planet, we need as much help as possible to fix what we have done wrong. NATORZ will offer us the opportunity to reboot and reset our way to life to make things right, especially if we target technology at areas that can yield the most public good.
At the economy level, NATORZ can use technology to increase efficiency and minimize or eliminate wastes, while saving lives, the environment, time, human, material and financial resources and reallocating them for solving ‘wicked’ social problems. Technology can also help NATORZ to usher in a complete circular economy with minimal carbon footprint to hopefully reverse the worst impacts of global warming, while at the same time, taking advantage of new concepts in the sharing economy, just-in-time operations management and on-demand economy, etc.
At the society level, NATORZ can use technology to improve and foster productive communications, vigorous knowledge accumulations, enriching entertainments, healthy social interactions while strengthening human connection and social cohesion and fortifying a more robust and resilient society. Technology can also help NATORZ to copy each flourishing community’s genetic codes with new adaptations from one generation to generation for its offspring to survive and to perpetuate its life cycle successfully.
At the individual level, NATORZ can use technology to administer and manage continuous quality education and self-improvement throughout each person’s life, so that we can all help ourselves and others to be sustainable, self-sufficient and resilient while still being able to pursue our individual passions. Technology can also help NATORZ to unleash the greatest human potential in creativity, ingenuity, determination, compassion, cooperation and sense of right and wrong to create a non-zero sum world of beauty and benevolence.
Let us imagine what if…