Yes, we know Big Data is really BIG. Crunching numbers is hot stuff. They say they must be doing something right if they are crunching more and more data. We beg to differ. We think crunching numbers is useful but not sufficient to deliver high value meaning to us. We think a deep belief in the power of mathematics to deliver us from evil is what we call SLANT, an inherited momentum of thought and belief that is not based upon comprehensive systemic understanding.
We know a brilliant entrepreneur who cannot find anyone to help her realize her life’s work.
We know two people, a couple, who hide their relationship because of the harm they expect from their employers.
We know three children who have just died as a result of heroin overdoses.
We know four women with auto-immune symptoms linked to preventable stress, toxins and pathogens in their life.
We know five recent combat survivors who will never again experience the world with comfort and joy.
We know six seniors who worry every day about how their meagre income will stretch across the cost of life.
We know seven elected federal representatives who mostly think and act in order to be re-elected, not in order to be of great service to humanity.
We know eight people with most of one arm missing because their mother took a pregnancy drug that was not diligently regulated and tested.
We know nine people who have lost faith in the political and economic systems they once believed in.
We know ten people who would drop everything and do anything to help you in a crisis — if they knew you, but they don’t.
We know a billion people who feel the bite of global warming, ingest the toxins from unregulated commerce, feel underemployed and insecure for their lives, hope for an organization to end human suffering, dream of being free from local and distant tyrannies.
The answer, our friends, is not big data. Big Data, like the Cloud, is designed to redirect you, just like a magician, from what is really happening so you believe in the magic of numbers and data servers.
The way we at Y Worlds see it, the answer starts with explicit objectives. If the massive companies and governments that access and control our data streams wished to tackle the top ten problems of the world, they could, and they would, and they surely would succeed. Distressingly, their objective is obviously not to serve us with high value meaningful products and services but to serve themselves by making us more and more dependent upon their dysfunction, while literally trashing our own freedom to access anything without going through them – they are our master gatekeepers and the cold crunchers of our own private data. They are people like us who have become inadvertently empowered by us to sever the connection to integrity, human needs and systemic reality in order to achieve their own goals – reinforced and aided by counting us – the sheep – out loud – until we go to sleep.
Numbers are not our future. Our future rests on our own conscious effortful determination to focus on the most meaningful objectives we can construct, Nurture, Equality, Truth and Systems, and to build patterns of knowledge, literally living maps composed of ontological cellular knowledge, that show us the variables in play, and the steps toward fulfilling our potential before our misdirected momentums crunch the life out of us. Science and Math and Numbers are not the problem. The problem is that at the highest level of conscious and subconscious systemic understanding, despite all of the world’s number crunching, we still do not understand.
Y Worlds. Modelers and Builders of a Compassionate World that Understands.