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Questions about human nature

This text is taken out of my recent book, “Back to Ourselves”:

People who believe humans are naturally bad will find evidence everywhere, just as someone who believes everyone is good will find as much proof. When the two extremes of a philosophical argument are proven to be true, we can conclude that the reality is somewhere in the middle. What, then, is the solution for our question of human nature? To start, we can conclude that we don’t possess a common nature to the point of generalizing humanity. We all share some traits which are beyond our control, but those traits also exist in other mammals, which makes them a natural behavior of mammals and not humans.

We can also safely assume that the majority of the humans have some common traits that guide them. Humans build their beliefs mainly based on their education, societies, and personal perspective. The use of terms like ‘human nature’ is dangerous and misleading as it fixes a set of beliefs in the individual’s mind that represents a segment of reality. Moreover, this categorization of humanity creates an assumption that impose ignorance on individuals when looking in on themselves, their neighbors, and the world.

Throughout history, we can find acts that stem selfishness and self-interest. The interesting thing about those cases is that they normally refer to a minority of individuals and not society as a whole. Humans are unpredictable and don’t have the capacity to predict the behavior others. A moment of self-reflection will reveal moments and actions in an individual’s life that surprise them, and moments in which their closest friends’ actions surprise them. This doesn’t mean that we don’t possess general guidelines in our lives. It just means that sometimes, we act based on different values. In the end, life is very dynamic and constantly changing.

There will always be a minority who act against the “common good.” These people hold a different set of beliefs, and should be always considered as such. As we are entering a new “global era,” it’s important to understand that we are as similar as we are different. As we’ll see in this chapter, the unification of humanity under one sets of values isn’t required for the creation a better world. Instead, we must accept humans regardless of their differences and similarities, their belief in the majority of humans create a better future, and their willingness to oppress and ignore the minorities that try to separate us with violence and fear.

We’re all part of this planet, and we’re all sometimes good and sometimes bad. The majority of people on this planet prefer to live peacefully in their homes and raise families while belonging to a constructive society, knowing they’re part of something bigger than themselves. We are all indeed part of something bigger than ourselves; it is called humanity. For better or worse, this is what we have. We can choose to actively be part of it or ignore it, living in our small isolated islands that we call our life. Doing so won’t change the fact that we’re all in it together, and only together will we manage to create a better future for ourselves, our kids, and our planet.

 

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How Blockchain Could Fix Facebook’s Fake News Problem

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After the 2016 United States presidential election, Facebook started to receive flak for its possible role in Donald Trump’s victory. The usage of Facebook profiles for data analysis by Cambridge Analytica, the immense number of fake news articles on the site and the impact of confirmation bubbles meant that Facebook’s platform was being used to drastically misinform users about the world around them. Though Facebook has recently cracked down with their fake news problem, they still face many roadblocks.

Since Facebook operates as the largest community in the world, the company has an obligation to ensure information getting traction on their platform is accurate. With Mark Zuckerberg being called before Congress and the company coming under fire from legislators, Facebook needs to come up with some technical solutions that can help mitigate their fake news dilemma.

Blockchain technology offers Facebook a variety of ways to overcome information inaccuracy and tampering. Whether they develop a blockchain network to track individual node activity and verify information or integrate blockchain into incentive systems, the tech can help Facebook get back on the right track.

Identity Verification

One of the largest problems Facebook has been seeing is the rise of fake accounts and the usage of these accounts to do mass promotion. These accounts have been tied to the spread of fake news links through Facebook groups. While Facebook has already taken measures to utilize machine learning and artificial intelligence to spot and shut down fake accounts, integrating blockchain can boost these efforts.

With a blockchain network tracking identities on Facebook, individuals can have transparent assurance that their identity is not being stolen. Furthermore, Facebook will be better able to track and compare the actions of various accounts. If one bad actor is in charge of a variety of accounts, blockchain can spot and stop this activity faster than machine learning can.

Rewarding Content Creators

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Steem is one blockchain-based platform designed to reward content creators.

Steem launched as a blockchain-based social media network that rewarded content creators with financial incentives. This platform works similarly to Reddit and gives posters tokens based on the number of up and down votes they receive. Since posters are financially incentivized to minimize down votes and are rewarded for quality content, the social media network is able to sort out bad actors without external intervention.

Facebook could integrate a content-creation incentive system like this, where the highest quality content creators (influencers) are offered financial compensation for driving a large amount of positive engagement. On the flip side, the system would also track and purge content creators who cause the most problems and are frequently reported by the community. Overall, the system should help get more people adding quality content and reduce the amount of fake news and low-quality content.

Tracking Journalist Bias

RedPen is a project that will utilize blockchain technology to track journalists’ reputations and communicate that information to readers. The premise is that blockchain is able to analyze a person’s reputation and bias based on a set of data. The service can then offer insights about the reporter based on any particular bias they have. For instance, if a tech writer has written pro-Apple pieces in the past, that information will be communicated in his blurb when he does a review of the latest iPhone.

Facebook could utilize a similar approach of understanding what people are saying off of Facebook and treating that as a filter. For instance, if someone has a history of posting malicious or false information on a personal blog, that information should be communicated alongside anything they post on Facebook.

Using Crowd Verification

Trive is a social science global consensus engine that researches and clarifies facts and empowers users through cryptocurrency to discover truth through wisdom of the crowd. Combined with game theory, Trive will enable people around the world to research, verify and score the truth of almost any piece of information.

Crowdsourced content verification acts as a normal spam filter on Facebook currently. It makes sense that sepcialize providers would be beneficial in helping monitor content as well as create an ecosystem that rewards people’s time and effort.

Analyzing Publication Bias

Finally, Facebook can work with major publication and content hubs to track the consumer sentiment on their articles and on Facebook to identify the quality of their publication’s content and any potential biases. Blockchain has the ability to crowdsource data and incentivize people to adjust their actions.

With blockchain, Facebook stands a chance of combating fake news and helping create a more helpful environment for their users. There are a number of different approaches they can implement, each offering a different set of product functionality. At least one of these solutions should be used to help track and stop bad actors in the Facebook network.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely that of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to CCN.

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