Ownership obsoleted in the Digital Millennium
Disrupted industries litter the byways and backstreets of the Net. Having a few tumbleweeds rolling around would be an upshot for some internet properties, but the average industry has seen more than it’s fair share of “globalization.” Housing and Real Estate, Precious Metals, Manufacturing, Higher Education, and even Transportation have been simonized if not revolutionized by the single biggest threat to the status-quo that ever existed.
Now that the IoT looms large the Net is gaining extensions into the real world as never before. It is no longer just the real world being copied into the virtual landscape, the shift in leverage here occurs as the boundary between virtual and real dissolves and the Net itself is claiming new land. Terra Firma.
At this point- at the risk of dating myself as well as calling upon the wrong localization schema- I’m pretty much grabbing one rail hooting “outside!”
Of course, there aren’t many of my peers who are naïve about the impact of the IoT. It’s the eventuality of the distributed nature of the underlying architecture of the Net- which is not unlike nature itself- and this eventuality looms large unlike massive outside sets of waves double in height- it’s the single rogue wave that it still massing like a giant ground swell of Tidal proportion.
There isn’t a better way to say it:
Imagine for a moment that Ownership ceased to exist. Not your Car. Not your Home. Ok- Not enough? Not your Computer. Not your Phone…
I still think this concept needs a little help- so let’s really come to terms:
It has been said that one of the chief differences between the Settlers of North America and the Natives (around CE 1500) was that the Natives did not understand Property as in the idea of Ownership. On one hand there are undeniable pieces of personal property that every tribe would recognize; but this was so small a concept that one didn’t need rights or laws about such things. It was a thing apart.
Communal living in the tribal sense was more a coping mechanism for the dire impact and the somewhat delicate survival balance between nature and man. To understand this from the mindset of the Modern world is almost impossible, not because it changes how we think about our belongings, but because without Personal Property and the entire cultural backlog that supports it, worldwide business in the modern sense will cease and the operations of all modern infrastructure will cease and that is an event of global proportion that more surely than global warming will cast us back into prehistoric times.
We’re almost desensitized to this concept of world destruction. Armageddon has been spoken about and written about in so many different ways from zombie apocalypse to simple annihilation of the species that we are numb to the fear.
However, Ownership is the least obvious of the formal threats facing our modern world, and yet it is possibly the most viable.
Some would argue the point in which Ownership is foundational to modern infrastructure, such that threatening this single concept poses a global event of significant proportion.