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The digital revolution will make data abundant and cheap. Moving from a time of darkness into a digital age with information overload, we will need suitable filters. However, those who build these filters will determine what we see. This creates possibilities to influence people's decisions such that they become remotely controlled rather than make their decisions on their own. Since omnibenevolent rule cannot be supposed and top-down control is flawed for several reasons, another approach is needed. It can be found with distributed control, collective intelligence and participation. “Nervousnet” will be presented as a feasible specimen of a Citizen Web.
Moore's law – the exponential explosion of processing power and data production – is transforming our economy and society. While processing power doubles every 18 months, data volumes double every 12 months. In one year we produce as much data as in all previous years, i.e. in the entire history of humankind. But the digital revolution doesn't stop there. Fridges, coffee machines, tooth brushes, smartphones and smart devices are now equipped with communicating sensors. In ten years, 150 billion objects will connect with each other – and with 10 billion people. This emerging 'Internet of Everything' will generate data volumes that double every 12 hours rather than every 12 months. How will this impact our society?
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