Future Of Social Media Futurist Gerd Leonhard's Keynote NEC Forum'21 PT


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How could social media become 'human' again? How can we stop the disinformation, dehumanisation and dataism that has resulted from social media's algorithmic obsessions? I foresee that the EXTERNALTIES i.e. the consequences of unmitigated growth of exponential digital technologies will become just as big as the consequences of climate change. In fact, today, the social media industry already has quite a few parallels to the oil, gas and coal business: while private make huge profits from extracting the 'oil' (i.e. user data), the external damage is left to society and governments to fix. This needs to change! In this keynote I make some precise suggestions as to how that could happen. The more we connect the more we must protect what makes us human. Technology is not what we seek, but how we seek. Algorithms know the value of everything but the feeling of nothing. Too much of a good thing can be a very bad thing (read more about that at https://www.futuristgerd.com/toomuchtech) Watch the full video version of this keynote on my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHgTrcOeyQA Read my EU policy paper: https://www.liberalforum.eu/publications/the-next-ten-years-how-europe-can-shape-and-create-a-good-future/

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