Companies like Facebook imagine that they are taking a great step toward civilizational progress—that by removing barriers to communication they are building a new era of human consciousness. Perhaps they are right. But progress requires other ingredients as well—like a coherent narrative. “Any large-scale human cooperation—whether a modern state, a medieval church, an ancient city or an archaic tribe—is rooted in common myths that exist only in people’s collective imagination,” writes Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari. “Much of history revolves around this question: how does one convince millions of people to believe particular stories about gods, or nations, or limited liability companies? Yet when it succeeds, it gives Sapiens immense power, because it enables millions of strangers to cooperate and work towards common goals.”
This is what’s missing from Zuckerberg’s math—the transmutation of information into common myth. We have more data then ever before, but when you put it all together, it doesn’t add up to much.
Uma reflexão muito interessante sobre informação, democracia, “bad math” e tomada de decisão. Para ler neste artigo Wired.