The many positive attributes of Generation Symbiocene, centred on high levels of education and technological sophistication, enable them to communicate with each and every Symbiocene inspired movement worldwide. Similar communications systems to the ones now being used in Western contexts can also be transferred to developing contexts. This can be done without the need for corporate-owned monopoly technology and media (monopoly internetism and oligopoly multimedia), as already decentralised, cheaper and simpler technologies enable ‘internets’ to be created without huge scale or expense all over the world. Such networked, but community-based and owned communications will be necessary to avoid the monopoly/oligopoly internet giants that now control access to goods (Amazon), communications (Facebook and Twitter) and operating systems (Google, Apple, Microsoft).
The internet will be returned to one of its original purposes, that being, to allow free and instant communication between common interest groups. A global pathway will be necessary, but it will have to be protected from commercial and surveillance interests by gateways that protect the Symbiocene principles. Commerce can also have its own internets, but they will be for business only. The old separation of Church and State will be replaced by the separation of Commerce and Communication. Generation Symbiocene will be good at making this transition, as they already know about the public domain software needed to make viable the local and regional scale.
If we want to forge and own our personal and regional identities, we will need to decouple from these artificial intelligence (artificial stupidity (A.S.), algorithm-based drivers of an interconnected, but authoritarian, homogeneous, depersonalised and insecure social media. At present, the monopolies’ interests are not our interests, unless we happen to be shareholders in one of these companies. Increased shareholder value is all the algorithms deliver; they are not designed to support personal identity, the symbioment or the common good. The recent revelation that Bitcoin transactions could dominate internet, then all, global energy usage within a few short years, drives the symbioment point home.
Identity or personal insecurity is also linked to these emergent monopolies and oligopolies, and the Dark Web seems to get more and more access to mass data banks containing our personal information. Such information can be used for consolidating and generating political power in what we once called ‘democracies’. Criminal hacking and the lack of data security mean that our on-line identities are constantly under surveillance and at risk of being used in ways that are against our interests.
The internet giants, though, are as vulnerable to disruption as the big fossil fuel-based centralized power industries of last century. Given the failure of all shades of government in the world to break-up WWW-based oligopolies and monopolies in the so-called ‘free-market’, it will not be long before tech savvy Generation Symbiocene activists hack into the gigantism and start breaking it up. Once this happens, we are well on the way to the Symbiocene.