For the past few decades the United States has helped destabilize the planet by maintaining its status as the the world’s number one exporter of arms. It’s possible, however, that another US export will add a modicum of stability to
Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico… These countries can no longer be described in terms of first and third world or developed and developing nations. Instead, the vast chasm between rich and poor in those countries foretell a new global norm.
Since I’m involved in building technology, I often worry about the unintended consequences of my work. Technology will tear apart centuries-old institutions and laws, and the process of change will not be pretty. Very soon privacy will be effectively illegal.