Summary of “No one’s coming. It’s up to us.”

The ability to systemically affect entire societies in such short timespans isn’t something that I believe we’re intuitively geared up to deal with without very, very deliberately engaging Kahneman’s System 2.And yet everything isn’t better.
If technology is the solution to human problems, we need to do the human work to figure out and agree what our problems are and the kind of society we want.
Then we can figure out what technology we want and need to bring about the society we want.
Not because we’re technologists, but because we’re people, we’re responsible to society for the tools we make.
Clearly decide what kind of society we want; and thenDesign and deliver the technologies that forever get us closer to achieving that desired society.
For all of us: What would it look like, and how might our societies be different, if technology were better aligned to society’s interests?At the most general level, we are all members of a society, embedded in existing governing structures.
In the way that post-enlightenment governing institutions were set up to protect against asymmetric distribution of power, technology leaders must recognize that their platforms are now an undeniable, powerful influence on society.
If you’re a technologist, consider this question: what are the pros and cons of unionizing? As the product of a linked network, consider the question: what is gained and who gains from preventing humans from linking up in this way?Just as we create design patterns that are best practices, there are also those that represent undesired patterns from our society’s point of view known as dark patterns.

The orginal article.