Today marks my 13th anniversary of freelancing. It was a situation I was forced into, getting pushed out of the company where I worked, but I do not regret. The only downside to freelancing, in my experience, is the uncertain financial situation. Perhaps that’s a small price to pay for freedom.
I have been traveling these past few weeks and not blogging much. This will continue through June with more travel planned. A few ideas have been percolating in my ‘to be blogged’ notes and I plan to expand upon them over the Summer.
The essence that humans are not computers, and should never be compared to them is something I want to discuss more. Big data is nothing without human insight and empathy to interpret it. Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology in California, says that, “Humans, on the other hand, do not – never did, never will” be guided by algorithms. Networked computers can be used to enable human creativity, or control it. This is why we need an aggressively engaged citizenry.
The traditional guardians of our democracy, such as the Fourth Estate and our legislators, are in the thrall of the new platform monopolists. Interconnected and engaged citizens are our hope for a better future. We need to learn how to navigate the emerging network era. People have to take control of their learning: being connected, mobile, and global while conversely contractual, part-time, and local.
After 13 years, I continue to be directed by a vision of democratic workplaces for everyone. There is still a long way to go but the conversation is being advanced on many fronts. This is what happens when you connect 3 billion people to each other. I intend to continue to be engaged, for at least another 13 years 🙂