Facebook: the BIGGEST data hoarder of them all
Many people are frightened of globalisation. They are concerned that Facebook or Google will somehow take over the world and control their lives. That humans, as a species, will be doomed forever unable to prevent the collection of their data and their ultimate influence over us. Do we face a dire future with these tech companies having stolen our personal data and privacy from under our noses?
I mentioned the British East India Company (BEIC) deliberately. Did you know that at one point in history it controlled HALF OF THE WORLD’S TRADE and is thought to be the world’s most powerful company EVER!
The BEIC controlled governments, levied taxes, had its own army of over 250,000 personnel, and controlled over 2 million square kilometres including the Indian subcontinent and ruled over millions of people. In today’s dollars, it’s reputed to be worth more than twice that of Saudi Aramco!
It had a trading monopoly over most parts of the world and on many goods including opium. It was the centrepiece of the American revolution as it was a British East India Company ship that was involved in the Boston Tea Party.
This company traded, bartered, intimidated, took, stole, looted and waged war with whoever they wanted to get whatever they wanted throughout the world.
And with that wealth came ultimate power for those in charge.
It is amazing when you consider the ramifications of this power and control. It could not have been a great time for those who stood in the way of this massive bully or for those that were not bestowed by its privilege.
My point is that there have been times far worse than now and somehow, we have survived. Even improved our standard of living and social welfare services.
No matter what is happening around us today, there have been similar events throughout history.
Humans are the apex species because of our ability to adapt. Darwin taught us that and this has enabled us to flourish and make massive improvements to our lives.
I don’t really understand why people are so morbid when thinking about the future. In the immortal words of Timbuk 3 “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”.