We’re Losing Our Humanity to Technology - Your Future Hinges on Taking It Back
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The Human(IT) Manifesto
We are not content to merely survive. Our discontent triggers ingenuity and growth. But we must be shrewd about our advancement because technology is today’s driving force. There is more at stake in our current progress than more profits, productivity or convenience. Our humanity hangs in the balance. Today, we must ask ourselves: what is prevailing—humanity or technology? And we must do what is necessary to ensure that our answer is humanity, and always humanity, the world over.
The best technology can do is prioritize its efforts according to our direction. The key is making sure the priorities we assign to it and the protection we ascribe to it are in the best interest of every human. If not, our humanity is compromised in both form and function. We are already witnessing the tangible effects nearly every day. Without discerning, responsible action, the basic human rights and exceptional human traits that have advanced the world thus far are already being abated.
Today, we must acknowledge that we are either building a future of technological grandeur at the expense of what makes us magnificent, or we are building a future of human grandeur with the help of magnificent technology. The path we collectively choose will determine whether our future is bleak or bright. This is humanity’s manifesto for choosing wisely. For the sake of our future, we urge you to embrace the following seven declarations:
Securing the privacy of every human being is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, personal data conveyed over the Internet or stored in devices connected to the Internet is owned and solely governed by the individual.
Respecting the authority and autonomy of every human being is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, personal digital data will not be used as research, rationale, enticement or commodity by any entity or individual, except with the explicit, well-informed, revocable consent of the individual owner of the data.
Valuing the identity of every human being is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, everyone everywhere has the right to be known and validated by the possession of a government-issued digital identity, which can be authenticated and used only by its owner.
Advancing human faculties is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, to that end, the secure, approved, and accountable aggregation of personal information and resources to increase our individual abilities is a fundamental objective of technology.
Improving the human condition is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, a universal code of ethics reflecting the highest order of human values will govern the development, implementation, and use of technology.
Advocating and innovating the greatest good for all humanity is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, technology, no matter how advanced, will never supersede the spiritual purposes or the moral rights and responsibilities of any human being anywhere.
Democratizing human vision, ingenuity, and education is paramount to realizing the full potential of our future. Therefore, technology will remain humanity’s greatest collaborator but never represent humanity itself.
Carlos Moreira David Fergusson
Founder & CEO Senior Advisor
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