One wonders if all this openness is bad. Containment is not a concern. Programmers types anything and everything and they’ll all be available later. Doesn’t this bother anyone?
Well let me say it bothers me. I dare say there is some utility in privacy even in the context of programming languages. It’s just a suspicion that secrecy has enough value that both technical community and general society will come to agree to protect it. Perhaps we will value it and parade it around as we do OOP and human rights. Perhaps we will give them recognition they deserve by carving it into silicone and law.
Agents in a competitive environment will operate by changing itself and its environment. If it has enemies then enemies will use any and all information for selfish purposes. If it benefits enemy then enemy will disrupt its plans by all means. Suppose there is some commonality among all agents, (for example organisms’ survival depends on common set of things: nutrient, air, water, genes), then some types of agent disruption includes environmental damages. Remove oxygen in a certain area and enemies shall parish. The silver rule of morality guards against such environmental damages in worlds where the domain of TAS intersects the range of TAS. The golden rule of morality is more constructive by forcing actions to make non-negative environmental improvements.
Some types of secrecy is an environmental property that we would like to preserve. Remove secrecy and organizations may not function any more.
I do not know.
Do we need digital integrity? When I save a document in google docs. Should it remain largely the way I typed it? Is it right to demand that my emails remain sent after I send it? Should my password stay the same if I set it and sent the server to the middle of the forest when there is no one is hacking?
Having been in California for many years, I also have an inkling that it is the greatest desire of some people that we radically change our society. There will be no more secrecy and you must still carry on. That there should be no digital integrity. Can human achieve this? Can human survive this? We may not have a choice. We may not have this choice some time from now.
For now, given my assumptions about the world, the governments and people around me. I feel it is important for everyone to preserve secrecy.
If a radical person feel that he should be able to do sex to anyone and everyone anytime one party desires it. If it also turns out to be the case that everyone kind of agrees that sex is nice in most cases. We may even mostly agree that unilateral desire justifies doing sex. They may even point out a set of circumstances, only one man and women left on earth, when sex, despite unilateral desire, is by all ethical arguments “the right thing.”
In such a situation do we just suddenly let him walk around and do sex to everyone? Do we partake in this radicalism and do sex to others at our own unilateral desire? Do we start changing laws to allow it? Do we tell our children: you should not mind it if someone unilaterally does sex to you? Do we sit there and watch because we have a voyouristic nature? Do we tell our children: you should do sex onto other when ever you feel like it? Do we start a company and pay employees money but requiring a signed waiver to their sexual integrity and that if they were otherwise violated in anyway it would be handled in binding arbitration? Do we reward employees with monetary rewards and prestige for their special effort to do this act despite complaints otherwise. Do we reorganize our government agencies to secretly allow some restricted secretive community employed by the government to do sex to citizens? Do we hide the fact that they can do it and do regularly do it obfuscated to the citizens who pay their bills? Do we further form aliances between our secret sex doing secret organization and foreign secret sex doing organizations so they can inflict it together in a coordinated way? All the while interfering with non-ally sex doing organizations and preventing them from doing sex? All the while condemning non-allies from doing this act adding it to their long list of violations of human rights and free market principles?
Human society has buil-in systems that resist acts driven by radicalism. I feel that this resistance is righteous. I feel now is not the time to suddenly (or silently and gradually) make this change to 100% transparency, and most certainly digital integrity, in every aspect of our lives.
We have not found how to do it efficiently and we do not have social order to maintain it. We do not have all the technology to do that today. Let the all those highly intelligent people of our world that we currently allocate to do all forms of secretly-doing-sex-onto-others-due-to-unilateral-desire, instead spend their time and energy in developing and growing our society. Would that not be a much more effective allocation of our precious resources?
I take stand for privacy.
I take stand for integrity.
I take stand for real progress!
Some months pass since writing this. Considering that in the 2000’s I had written on a blog much like this one that I felt homosexual acts, delication of media attention and government resources was a waste of evolutionary energy–because as far as the eye can see it produces no evolutionary improvement due to lack of reproductivity.
But all that did push us towards unisex reproduction technology. It seems more and more often we hear about different-than-heterosexual human reproduction( so 1, 3 and other numbers of genetic sources) researching succeeding.
Considering that in the 2010’s when I still felt uneasy with my company offering to pay for sex change operations in as a benefit to employees. The saving grace is that it also does offer fertility treatments. At least it is fair and balanced and do not punish heterosexually reproducing families.
Considering these, I feel maybe by the time this blog entry publishes that I will feel some amount of embarrassment about having thought these things.
Perhaps my children or descendants will bow their heads in shame when they see this and thought… Omg, what an ancient person Huan was… I can’t believe he harbors so much hatred(I don’t hate secretly-doing-sex-onto-others-due-to-unilateral-desire people and I don’t hate homosexual people. I just don’t think it’s effective use of our limited resources and I don’t think it’s fair and balanced)
Let the future think what it may of all this… Let me stand and fall where I may… Laissez faire et laissez passer, le monde va de lui même…