The World Wide Web was born in 1989 — as a formless, borderless entity for information sharing. A digital commons for all, the Web has since nurtured the world’s most valuable companies: Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, and Amazon have all hit the trillion-dollar mark. But the digital awakening of the Web has also roused unintended effects: cyberattacks are now the norm, while privacy is not. Inequality and disaffection are at all-time-highs. How did the Web contribute to these phenomena? And how should we reshape the Web into a more positive force? The key answer surfaces as we view the Web as a sentient digital being.
Michel Bauwens, founder of Peer to Peer and author of the pioneering publication Peer to Peer Rationality, speaks with Robert David Steele, author of The Open Source Everything Manifesto about the emergence of a new world order in which every person is a sovereign individual and has voice and vote over every issue from local to global. Time is spent in needed changes in economic calculation (contributive accounting, flow accounting, thermo-dynamic accounting) and needed changes in public communications and education. Both agree on the need for Web 3.0 and the reinstatement of humanity over technology, of the spiritual over the material, of common sense over dogma.