Bas Boorsma and Andrew Maynard: The Trouble with Connectedness as a Force for Good

2/12/2019 - 20:04

.....How, then, do we tread the fine line  right between connectedness and, in the language of Battlestar Galactica, isolation? In abstract terms, we can only achieve this through striking the right balance between connectedness and isolation. In practical terms we can learn from how we deal with infections, both internally within our bodies and externally within society.


The bottom line is that there needs to be dynamic compromise. Neither Net Optimism nor a Battlestar Galactica-like embrace of isolation will equip us to be resilient in the digital future we are creating. Rather, we need to develop adaptive systems that can work equally well in isolation as they do when connected, and the agility to move between the two states as needed to ensure we avoid becoming vulnerable to too much connectedness, or too little. We can organize ourselves accordingly. The question is, will we?