Monsanto seeks perpetual ownership of the data created in its seeds. This issue goes to the core of the new era of data wealth, Data Barons, and the idea that data should be permanently enslaved to an “owner” at the cost of billions of other stakeholders in the holistic sense and over the longterm as opposed to the nearterm.
Copyrights have a somewhat longterm ownership period yet they are released to public freedom, although that has even come under challenge recently. They should be truncated more and instead of a perpetual dominion Monsanto should look at a similar shorter term of ownership such as 5 years of planting, although some want as little as 2 years. The length of time should be correlated to the growth in technology which would make it more advantageous for a buyer to buy the new seed rather than hold on to the existing seed.
The Data Barons fail to realize the arc of history is toward the proliferation of abundant resources for all and the myopic view of ownership only hinders the more joyful higher level functioning of growth need enhanced humans. If these Data Barons really want to position themselves as an idea for longterm survival, they need to work cooperatively instead of via antiquated highly hostile competitive tactics. Perhaps a dose of training in higher level functioning would allow them to see the joy of beingness from a growth perspective and would encourage them to be part of the solution more quickly as they will soon be left behind by those who engage in cooperative strategic partnerships across private, public, and individual stakeholders.
It’s a rapidly changing time for humanity. Iberia Airlines strike could have partially been averted with transitional tech skills training.
Predictive analytics could and needs to be utilized rapidly to humanely forecast sectors where technology and robosourcing will displace human labor. Dislacement will only be increasing, and further strikes or unrest will ensue as it has in Spain as a result. However, we could use technology itself to help solve the issue in perpetuity not only as a direct tool but also by increasing training in the very tech skills that are generating the displacement. Predictive analytics could forecast where jobs are most vulnerable, identify potential jobs to be lost at particular times and places of employ, identify skill sets needed currently and in the nearterm, calculate time needed for humans to uptake the new skills relative to time needed by various sectors, and determine best profitability in this strategy and where temporary federal assistance may be helpful.
Other factors could include reducing the work week, demanding lower cost of living as a result of efficiency savings brought about by the usage of technology that is displacing costly human labor, educating the public on the need to acquire new skill sets in an increasingly intelligent environment, and guiding the public that they cannot rely on soft customer service jobs, government subsidies, or not utilizing their valuable minds in a more productive way either on the job or in leisure time.
This is happening quickly and it’s happening now. Many of the creators of this technology are very positive and forward thinking folks. These folk are also very intelligent and rapid thinkers, but that does not necessarily make them wise or able to understand what they are creating or for what purposes the wealthy and powerful humans may wish to possess it.
This is not a science fiction movie.
You are being informed to the core of your being at this very moment that you need to get involved and discuss with your family and community and lawmakers how this technology is being developed and how transparent it is being made to all equal citizens.
Most importantly, you need to understand that the two, the Biomerge and AI, will affect you simultaneously and in challenging ways. The Biomerge will begin with what Ray Kurzweil calls the Singularity which is when Humans merge with Technology to the point that resources become infinitely more available for healthy and much longer living. Sounds good, right? It’s good as long as citizens remain free to pursue their interests in a non-paranoid and non-threatening environment. This is fraught on two accounts: 1) we do not have the wisdom to rule ourselves into bliss presently as it is; 2) Artificial Intelligence, if poorly or maliciously constructed, could develop anti-human consciousness that sees us as a threat to be eradicated or used.
This is not to say that we should not pursue the Biomerge or AI. In fact, I argue that we should pursue both vigorously as each will hold significant promise for solving some of our worst issues at hand such as Global Warming. However, this is not the type of technology that the mantra “move fast and break stuff” should apply, especially if what gets broken are billions of humans.
Citizens, you have responsibility and power to engage in rational and wise discussions. You need to exercise that voice with research and kindness as your guide.