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Robert Fano warned in 1972 that society was in danger of being taken over by a technocratic elite. The internet is currently dominated by a handful of mega-corporations whose owners are among the richest in the world.
Explain how these corporations used networked computers and artificial intelligence to successfully manipulate human psychology.
Drawing on John Perry Barlow’s “Declaration of the independence of cyberspace” and Lawrence Lessig’s principle that code is the law, introduce cascading possibility space theory and the circular or helical nature of the interaction of technology and social change.
Develop a vision of how you see the internet should ideally be changed to best serve the interests of society today. Identify three points of intervention and describe a ten-year strategy for achieving your vision.
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