You wrote one of the best letters a daughter will possibly ever read, and now is the time to write the next biggest algorithm I think.
It’s encouraging to see a person like yourself coo their newly born with love and a promise for a better future, one shared with many others all over the world. You have no idea how many people this has touched and will influence: millions, billions? I do not know, but the disposition to do good will spread possibly to every corner of our planet.
Before your letter, I had just finished watching one of Jason Silva’s videos. Looks like for months now, it’s been viral among techies and futurism enthusiasts on Facebook.
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It's a slick production. A monologue where Jason waxes lyrical about the future of technology. He suggests how we needed to use technology to create a future that allows humanity to evolve socially, economically and politically through things like “techno-social wormholes”. Some sort of paranormal hypersocial mediums akin to places of complete delight and peace and bliss.
I didn’t really understand what he was trying to put across, or how his dreams of the future would manifest, but, to be frank, it was another seemingly eloquent rambling about hacking the future. Outlandish talk, at best.
Mark, twelve years ago, nobody could have predicted the rise of social media or the sharing economy, nonetheless the fact that Africa and many other underprivileged continents would leapfrog right from the largely agrarian establishments straight to the digital tomorrow.
I could say confidently that you were part of the gallant heroes that invented this future where many are prevailing and prospering, and the resolve to make it even better hasn’t faltered.
You hinted about it in the letter to your daughter, but I’d like to bring it to your full attention: AIDS is the leading cause of death for people in Africa and the second leading cause of death among people globally, tripling over the past 15 years. Coupled with Malaria, over three hundred million are infected annually but yet 80% of the 900,000 deaths that occur, are in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Disease, mostly HIV/AIDS, is hemming an insurmountable number of Africans into a fabric of slow and assured death. Despicable, not especially at a point where Africa has been entangled, for decades, at a nexus of socio-politico-economic mayhem which has had adverse — and, frankly, frightening — implications.
If there’s one story you’ve probably heard about the fight against AIDS, it’s this: since the early 2000s, some of the world’s wealthiest countries have stepped forward and invested billions of dollars, pounds, euros, and yen, helping to provide life-saving antiretroviral treatment to millions of people living with the virus.
While that story is true — and indeed, the generosity of many donors remains a critical piece of the AIDS response — it’s also incomplete.
While the above is an excerpt from ONE’s space — a global foundation to combat disease — the rhetoric in the article suggests that Africa should carry out some smart soul searching, and together with the juggernaut of foreign aid, HIV/AIDS should be conquered sooner than later.
Nay. Anything short of a seismic cultural revolution will as well see the prevalence rates raise in trajectory to the global North.
On the contrary, as technology grows in leaps and bounds, promiscuity on the continent seems to be growing in proportionate numbers.
The remnants of this are astonishing rates of illnesses and deaths. Success and development are not sexually transmitted. Like never before, young guns are not afraid of death from the once trodden killer infectious disease, at least from what reports and studies say, for example, this recent one conducted by United Nations among teenagers in Asia.
Mark, from my erstwhile days, for matters to do with HIV/AIDS, I always heard the slogan; prevention is better than cure. I want to challenge that today. I want to suggest radical measures of wiping HIV from the face of the earth, and believe you me, if you gave it your blessing, probably it would certainly come to pass.
There are scores of futurists who want to change the world, and a large part of this movement has been drowned in buzzwords and vague platitudes. They have become proliferate throughout the world over the last few years. Who knows, I could be one, however, I am as sure as 20/20 that you’re not.
You’re an action man on a mission.
The mission to connect the entire world is one third there, and the benefits can be seen. Now I implore you to do something quite herculean and yet perpetually fulfilling. Spin a division of sagacious ML/AI specialists purposed to collaborate with leading HIV researchers in quest of finding the cure to HIV/AIDS. You could be eerily surprised at the outcomes.
It sounds outright crazy, right?
But if there is anything Ron Eglash told us is that in case we want to look out for complex and robust algorithms, we should look no further than Africa.
Self-organization is why we have the internet. Self-organization is why HIV is still spreading so fast. And self-organization will be the way.
Facebook is positioned in an enviable spot today, with valiance awaiting. Adorned with an infinitely scalable social graph and a humongous number of users and cash flow, not forgetting mature and complex algorithms that could literally travel at t = 0s.
Leave a mark for Max.
Cover Image, Mark Zuckerberg in Prague | Lukasz Porwol