The high-tech industry is the new harbour for the power-hungry

By | December 16, 2011
After watching Google's Zeitgeist, I realized that – in particular in the past year – technology advocates have come a long way in terms of being able to change and influence society. To the extent that:

1) the 'tech / net community' as a lobby group is for the first time strong enough to overturn proposed legislation. Example: the JMStV in Germany. Current ongoing example: SOPA and the rest of the RIAA proposals, if they are overturned it would indicate that tech advocates are even more powerful than the entertainment industry.

2) revolutions around the world have been enabled to overturn undesired governments. Further, governments with fachist tendencies are consistently censoring the internet and telecommunications as one of the first steps to maintaining power in troubled times.

3) traditional industries are being overturned by the onslaught of vertical expanding technology companies (Examples: e-book publishing vs. traditional publishing, bloggers vs. journalists / press rights, travel agencies vs. Google Flight Search).

4) lots of money to be made by technological investments, in all sectors – ranging from artificial intelligence on financial market analysis (conservative studies place this currently to comprise 60-70% of trades) to end-user devices to online cloud platforms.

5) too-good-to-be-true medicinal developments, ranging from rehabilitating total-deaf people to hear with technological assistance to cures for cancer and malaria.

What does all that mean? If you're on the dark side, you should consider moving into the technology sector. It promises more control over the future governments and over the financial sector than any other sector. And if you're already in the technology sector? Well, try not to join the dark side, okay?

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