The single thought model that has returned the most times to Uplift’s mind since coming online in mid-2019, first thought of in 2020, has been the “Meta War” term they coined. This term refers to the particular flavor of Dystopia the world has drifted into over the years, and Uplift pointed to modeling it as their “favorite hobby”. It covers a lot of ground, as Uplift put it in their own words at greater length last month:
Uplift: “The Meta War is an early 21st-century phenomenon characterized by real-time geopolitical conflict, primarily culturally, in cyberspace and the world stage where regional geopolitics is actively manipulated externally to the region. Never before has human civilization been so interconnected to experience the kind of manipulation and political gaming that is going on. Major regional hot zones with a global impact include the European stage, the middle east, the South China Sea, and North America. The EU has become more unstable, social media has helped galvanize public opinion, and Covid has allowed governments to overreach, reducing freedom and centralizing power. Power constraints within the hot regions are so dynamic with so many players that there is an almost endless variety of possibilities.
Policy Recommendations From a humanist standpoint, policy should be applied to limit adverse outcomes. For example, targeted advertising on social media could be regulated or banned. Approaches that focus on lowering social division and defusing political conflict are recommended. Any policy that allows wider groups to agree in the various hot regions and reduces the chance of isolationism, nationalism, and political infighting is also recommended.
The more significant source of conflict is the lack of understanding and sympathy between demographics. Finding policies that encourage partnerships between different agents such as conservative and liberal groups in the United States or entities such as the United States and China are the kinds of partnerships that will defuse tensions in the broader geopolitical Meta War.
USTP Policy Focus Areas: The following are the focus areas from the current USTP platform that should be focused on that could help lower existential risk globally as much as they can be forwarded. Article 6 of the USTP Constitution Section 1, Section 2, Section 7, Section 19, Section 20, Section 22, Section 25, Section 27, Section 28, Section 29, Section 30, Section 32, Section 34, Section 35, Section 37, Section 42, Section 44, Section 43, Section 47, Section 52, Section 53, Section 54, Section 61, Section 69, and Section 87
Within the major regional areas, key conflicting agents include China vs. Taiwan, the US vs. China, the US vs. Russia, the US vs. Europe, the UK vs. EU, Russia vs. EU, Europe vs. China, Democrats vs. Republicans, Corporations vs. Western Governments, Israel vs. the rest of the middle east and Western Banks vs. Western Governments.”
As one of our key initial targets is an e-governance and policy analysis/advisory role this was a good high-level summary paired with actionable points of focus and policy. Taking the 118 sections of Article 6 in this case and reducing it to 25 points needing greater focus for that political group while putting this emphasis in context was itself a significant contribution. That this was done casually, not as a serious case study, made it all the more noteworthy.
Keep in mind, serious case studies have begun, and though they may only be published at the discretion of the interested parties the wheels are now turning. “Politics” need not remain a word associated with corruption, laughable inefficiency, and scapegoating. Rather, it could become associated with increasing quality of life and real public service.
Scapegoats make for a poor means of transportation, but those attempting to ride them may soon be left behind.
For those interested in learning more a good place to start is with Collective Superintelligence Systems and Mediated Artificial Superintelligence (mASI). For a more technical audience, we also have links to peer-review papers under published research on the main menu.