Languages, more languages: the drive to communicate

We noticed the sounds coming from our throats and built languages on top of it.
We noticed the on-off rhythm of electricity, and made a binary language on top of it (programmable electronics). We then created additional programming language layers on top of it – of varying complexity and use-cases, in response to various felt needs and ideas. Just like how we have many languages.

New languages also sparked new media. New media took our intentions/thoughts/feelings farther, faster, and in richer detail.
The binary language now even handles non-binary language through sheer compute power.

Through all this, one thing is clear: the desire/drive to communicate seems to be a fundamental desire. Whatever state we are in, we seem to keep trying to communicate – communicate more, communicate better. Almost like we are driven by an inkling, a knowing, that communicating can take us to better places, that communicating can take us to harmony.

Driven by this desire/inkling, we keep finding new ways to communicate. And our story is far from over.

What is the larger significance that I see in Cybersecurity?

Short answer: I see the possibility of the following:

Cybersecurity can promote communication. Communication promotes connections. Connections can lead to harmony.

Longer answer to “What is it that drives me to the Cybersecurity realm?”

Because I love to hold safe spaces where goodness can grow. I believe connections are a key attribute of life – not just human life, the life force as a whole. And communication is a form of connection. Using computer-based technologies to exchange information – to communicate using ‘digital technologies’ / ‘IT’ – is an evolutionary step in human beings’ journey of seeking and discovering connections. Therefore, to me, the use of Information Systems and Information Technology is a great indicator of human progress. The progress towards peace, joy, health, beauty. And I want to be part of ensuring that the Information Systems and Technology remain safe and reliable, so that humans can make the best of it.

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Thinking about wars and conflicts in relation to desire and capacity to communicate

Premise: try to understand wars and conflicts as high-energy outburst events that occur at the interface/event horizon when two disparate entities try to communicate, but their capacity to communicate falls short of their desire/need to communicate.

Therefore, it follows that, if the capacity to communicate increases, the chances of incidence of the high-energy outburst events reduces.

Now, consider: communication is a flow of information.

Also consider: human beings are currently using information tools like never before in their history. Information technology tools powered by computer science and technology. This can be seen as the continued evolution of the tool-using legacy/nature of human beings.

All that to say: human beings are now capable of experiencing a flow of information at unprecedented scales.

Increased flow of information tends to increase the capacity to communicate (the more available bandwidth, the richer the media/signal can be). Increased capacity for communication leads to a reduction in communication gaps and misunderstandings (which are proven markers that predict conflict, aggression, and violence).

This says: human beings are becoming more and more capable of peace and harmony, despite all the perceived differences that divided and troubled them in the past.

This says: a peace-filled, beautiful world is a realistic plan, and that the plan is already in motion.

This also dissolves the long-held belief/assumption that “human beings are fundamentally war-loving” or that “[a] propensity for conflict is always active in human nature”.

The new understanding becomes: “Human beings are fundamentally desirous of communication/connection. When their capacity to communicate does not match their desire/need to communicate, untoward incidents happen. They are gaining more and more capacity to communicate. With this, they will discover more and more peace and harmony.”

“Ever-present propensity for conflict” becomes “ever-present desire to connect”. This desire remains active even while limited in communication tools/capacity. This desire continuously motivates and inspires human beings to explore avenues for increased communication and connection.

Information Systems for Public Good

A bit related to Digital Public Goods (DPG).

Communication cuts through distance (in the 3D physical realm, and also in the more-than-3D realms). Information dissolves fear arising from not-knowing. Better flow of information fosters communication. More communication leads to harmony (which includes the ideals of peace, love, security, justice, sustainability). This is the premise.

It’s already proven that better flow of information is useful. E.g. the “gains” from digital transformation in the private realm. It’s only a matter of time before the public realm gets the same treatment – application of information systems powered by compute power, where the profit motive is “public good”.

The “stack” for this is emerging/getting put together/is being ‘imagined into being’. It requires a sound understanding of the first principles of Public Good and understanding of Information Systems, and compute-based communication systems. Metrics, data models, algorithms, exchange protocols – they are all being shaped into being.