Safety Eats The World Blog

Similarly to how software seems to have eaten the world, safety has eaten our world — to the effect that our desire for safety has gobbled up a lot of our thinking. Well, at least my thinking. How about you?

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This blog attempts to gather different facets of the world so that you can feel “safe” by giving yourself a better sense of all the dangers that exist out there. Now, that can feel a bit frightening for some folks — so if you are one of those people, then this blog might not be the right one for you. I just googled “best cat blogs” and there’s a ton of much more satisfying content to visit instead.

You’re still here? Great. Let me tell you where this is all coming from since you’ve chosen to stick around. There are three underlying thoughts that are driving my curiosity in general:

  1. We’re now driven by the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs instead of the top. The majority of social media technologies appeal to the “op of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs — you know, the hedonistic space of self-actualization and higher-order cognitive euphoria. But with COVID-19 landing, and overstaying its welcome, our attention has dropped to the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to the wish for safety, safety, safety.
  2. Digital transformation was a “nice to have” before C-19 and it’s now a “need-to-have” accelerant to survive. So if safety — the stuff at the bottom of Maslow’s pyramid — is what’s taking up a lot of our attention, that means we’ll be shifting our own attention in the technology space from hedonism to survivalism. That shift in tech will be an interesting one to track because it means we’re going to get a lot more serious because real lives are at stake. Could digital transformations that originate from the bottom instead of the top of Maslow’s hierarchy? Perhaps.
  3. Each generation’s attitude towards privacy has been slightly different whenever crisis strikes. Does safety matter more than privacy? To some yes (i.e. the younger generation skews this way). To others no (i.e. the older generation is wary of Big Brother). What does it mean when one group is more protected from crises but constantly being the object of surveillance, versus another group that isn’t protected but is untrackable by the powers that be? These ethical issues are to be debated now and in the future.

In short, do visit this blog if you’re curious about the above topics. Stay tuned! —JM