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Platform Digest 2022.38: The Inevitable Mess

👋 On time for your weekend: a round-up of this week's most remarkable stories at the intersection of #ecosystem #innovation and #platform #organisation.

What it really means to “Hold Big Tech Accountable”

Companies should design products with the expectation that bad actors will abuse them. If there is a “hero-use case,” the paradigmatic usage of a product by a well-meaning user, then there is also a “villain-use case”: core ways that a user with ill intent can abuse the same product. Because there is no way to eliminate this risk of abuse, companies should also mitigate the harms they facilitate. Regulation, in turn, should incentivise companies to build responsibly and mitigate risks widely. But we should be clear-eyed about the limits of these efforts from the vantage points of both companies and regulators.

😶‍🌫️ A human network is inevitably messy - by Brian Fishman

We need a new philosophy of progress

To reverse decades of anti-progress reactionism may seem daunting. But Francis Bacon inspired generations after him with a vision of useful knowledge leading to practical improvements in human life—and he had only a handful of inventions to point to as examples to prove his case. Today, the case is far stronger: progress is not a theoretical possibility for the future, but the established reality of the past and the living present. Its examples are literally all around us, from the paved roads and concrete foundations beneath our feet, to the steel girders and plate glass windows surrounding us, to the electric lighting overhead. And to communicate our vision, we have not only the printing press, but the internet. If Bacon did it, so can we.

🔮 A new vision as a remedy 🧹 - by Jason Crawford

The Pursuit of Worldly Wisdom

Munger believes that by using a range of different models from many different disciplines—psychology, history, mathematics, physics, philosophy, biology, and so on—a person can use the combined output of the synthesis to produce something that has more value than the sum of its parts.... While we can’t know everything, we can know the big ideas from multiple disciplines. We don’t want to be the frog. This is one way we can add value in the decision-making process and it allows for the effective use of what I call the Munger two-step. “Simply put,” Griffin writes, “Munger believes that people who think very broadly and understand many different models from many different disciplines make better decisions.”

💆‍♀️ One way of how to come up with a strong vision 🔮 -in

🎧 Introducing the People vs Algorithms Podcast

This is what the internet has done. It has atomised culture and society, and I think in ways that we are only starting to come to terms with. It’s not a coincidence what’s going on right now with how polarised societies are, and in effect that polarisation completely matches up with the march of digital technology and the connections between people. That’s why I was always drawn with the concepts of Web3, and a lot of the promises of the Internet 1.0 were definitely the promises of the Internet 2.0.
It allows a lot more people to participate, it allows a richness in kind of mental exploration, and community connections in smaller, more relevant groups that never existed before. There is consequence to how we access information in that people with certain beliefs can be fed and guided into a unsuspectingly into places that have consequences that are not desirable.
The thing that separates us from apes are passions, and interests, and curiosity. That’s love, that’s human energy. People that are passionate, and interested and engaged, and like really want to understand how things work, how they connect, people that are interested in really narrow subcultures to me are fascinating people… The internet is the greatest gift to an enthusiast.

Yes, there are problems, but we can work on those, let's clean up the mess - in The Rebooting Show

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