A few months ago, I freed myself from society, released myself from attachments and let go of the fear that locked me to the system. And since then, I started seeing the world from a different perspective. The perspective that everything is changing and most of us have not even realized it.
Why is the world changing? In this post I’ll list the reasons that have led me to believe this.
1 - No one can stand the employment model anymore.
Each person is reaching their own limit. People that work in big corporations can’t handle their jobs. The lack of purpose starts to knock the door of each one as a desperate scream coming from the heart.
People want to escape. They want to leave everything behind. Look how many people are trying to become entrepreneurs, how many people are going on sabbaticals, how many people are depressed in their jobs, how many people are burning out.
2- The entrepreneurship model is also changing
A few years ago, with the explosion of startups, thousands of entrepreneurs ran to their garages to create their billion dollar ideas. The glory was to get funded by an investor. Having investment money in hand was like winning the World Cup.
But what happens after you get funded?
You become an employee again. You have people that are not aligned with your dream, that don’t give a damn about the purpose and where everything becomes about the money. The financial return starts to be the main driver.
Many people are suffering with this. Brilliant startups start to fall because the model of chasing money never ends.
We need a new model of entrepreneurship.
And there is already many good people doing this.
3- The rise of collaboration
Many people have already realized that it makes no sense to go alone. Many people awake to this crazy mentality of “going on your own”.
Stop, take a step back and think. Isn’t it absurd that 7 billion people living on the same planet get so separated from each other? What sense does it make, you and the thousands (or millions) of people living in the same city turn your back on each other? Every time I think of this, I get kind of depressed.
But fortunately, things are changing. All the movements of sharing and collaborative economy are pointing towards this direction. The rise of collaboration, sharing, helping, giving hands, getting united.
It is beautiful. It brings tears to my eyes.
4- We are finally starting to understand what the internet is
The internet is an incredibly spectacular thing and only now, after so many years, we are understanding its power. With the internet, the world opens, the barriers fall, separation ends, union starts, collaboration explodes, help emerges.
Some nations created revolution with the internet, such as what happened with the Arab Spring. In Brazil we are just starting to better use this magnificent tool.
The internet is taking down mass control. There is no more television, no more newspapers showing the news they want us to read. You can go after whatever you want, you relate to whoever you want. You can explore whatever you want, whenever you want.
With the internet, small people start to get a voice. The anonymous become known. The world gets united. And the system may fall.
5- The fall of exaggerated consumption
For many years, we have been manipulated, stimulated to consume as maniacs. To buy everything that was launched in the market. To have the newest car, the latest iPhone, the best brands, lots of clothes, lots of shoes, lots of lots, lots of everything.
But many people have already understood that it makes no sense at all. Movements such as the lowsumerism, slow life, slow food, start to show us that we have organized ourselves in the most absurd possible way.
Each time less people use cars, less people buying, each time more people trading clothes, donating, buying old things, sharing goods, sharing cars, apartments, offices.
We need nothing of what they told us we needed.
And this consciousness can break any corporation that depends on exaggerated consumption.
6- Healthy and organic eating
We were so crazy that we accepted eating any kind of garbage. It only needed to taste good in the mouth, that was ok.
We were so disconnected, that the guys started to add poison in our food and we didn’t say anything.
But then some guys started to wake up and give strength to movements of healthy eating and organic consumption.
And this is going to be huge.
But what does it has to be with the economy and work? It has everything to do with it!
The production of food is the basis of our society. Food industry is one of the most important of the world. If consciousness changes, our eating habits also change, and consumption changes, and then the big corporations must follow these changes.
The small farmer is starting to have strength again. Also the people who are planting their own food.
And that changes the whole economy.
7 - The awakening of spirituality
How many friends do you have that practice yoga? What about meditation?
How many used to do it 10 years ago?
Spirituality for many years was a thing for esoteric people. Or those weird people from mysticism.
But fortunately, this is also changing. We reached the limits of our rationality. We could see that with the rational mind we cannot understand everything that happens here. There is something more happening and I know you want to understand.
You want to understand how things work in here. How life operates, what happens after death, what is this energy thing that people talk so much about, what is quantum physics, how can thoughts become things and create our reality, what are coincidences and synchronicities, why meditation works, how is it possible to cure with the hands and what about these alternative therapies that medicine does not approve of, but work?
Companies are promoting meditation to their employees. Schools are teaching meditation to kids.
8 - Unschooling movements
Who created this teaching model? Who chose the classes you have to take? Who chose the lessons we learn in history classes? Why didn’t they teach us the truth about other ancient civilizations?
Why should the kids obey rules? Why should they watch everything in silence? Why should they wear uniform?
Take a test to prove that you learned?
We created a model that forms followers of the system. That prepare people to be ordinary human beings.
But fortunately there are many people working to change that. Movements like unschooling, hackschooling, homeschooling.
Maybe you have never thought of this and you are choked with the points I’m listing here.
But all of these things are happening.
Silently, people are awakening and realizing how crazy it is to live in this society.
Look at all these movements and try to think everything is normal.
The theft of 80 million customer records from health insurance company Anthem earlier this month would be more shocking if it were not part of a larger trend. In 2013, the Department of Defense and some US states were receiving 10–20 million cyberattacks per day. By 2014, there was a 27% increase in successful attacks, culminating with the infamous hack of Sony Pictures.
Much of the media focus is on the losses rather than the process by which such breaches take place. Consequently, instead of talking about how we could stop the next attack, people and policymakers are discussing punitive actions. But not enough attention is given to the actions of individual end users in these cyberattacks.
We are the unintentional insiders
Many of these hacking attacks employ simple phishing schemes, such as an e-card on Valentine’s Day or a notice from the IRS about your tax refund. They look innocuous but when clicked, they open virtual back doors into our organizations.
It is you and I who click on these links and become the “unintentional insiders” giving the hackers access and helping spread the infection. Such attacks are hard to detect using existing anti-virus programs that, like vaccines, are good at protecting systems from known external threats — not threats from within.
Clearly, this virtual battle cannot be won using software alone. In the same way personal hygiene stymies the spread of infectious disease, fixing this cyber quandary will require all of us to develop better cyberhygiene. We need to begin by considering the cyberbehaviors that lead to breaches.
My research on phishing points to three. Firstly, most of us pay limited attention to email content, focusing instead on quick clues that help expedite judgment. A picture of an inexpensive heart-shaped valentine gift gets attention, oftentimes at the cost of looking at the sender’s email address.
This is coupled by our ritualized media habits that our always-on and accessible smartphones and tablets enable. Many of us check emails throughout the day whenever an opportunity or notification arises, even when we know it is dangerous to do so, such as while driving. Such habitual usage significantly increases the likelihood of someone opening an email as matter of routine.
And finally, many of us just aren’t knowledgeable about online risks. We tend to hold what I call “cyber risk beliefs” about the security of an operating system, the safety of a program, or the vulnerability of an online action, most of which are flawed.
Cleaning up our cyberhygiene act
Developing cyberhygiene requires all of us — netizens, educators, local government, and federal policymakers — to actively engage in creating it.
To begin, we must focus on educating everyone about the risks of online actions. Most children don’t learn about cybersafety until they reach high school; many until college. More troublingly, some learn through risky trials or the reports of someone else’s errors.
In an age where online data remain on servers perpetually, the consequences of a privacy breach could haunt a victim forever. Expanding federal programs such as the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, which presently aims to inspire students to pursue cybersecurity careers, could help achieve universal cybersecurity education.
Second, we must train people to become better at detecting online fraud. At the very least, all of us must be made aware of online security protocols, safe browsing practices, secure password creation and storage, and on procedures for sequestering or reporting suspicious activity. Flawed cyber-risk beliefs must be replaced with objective knowledge through training.
Although some training programs address these issues, most target businesses that can pay for training. Left out are households and other vulnerable groups, which, given the recent “bring your own device to work” (BYOD) trend, increases the chances that a compromised personal device brings a virus into the workplace. Initiatives such as the Federal Cybersecurity Training Events that presently offer free workshops to IT professionals are steps in this direction, but the emphasis must move beyond training specialists to training the average netizen.
Finally, we must centralize the reporting of cyber breaches. The President’s proposed Personal Data Notification and Protection Act would make it mandatory for companies to report data breaches within 30 days. But it still doesn’t address who within the vast network of enforcement agencies is responsible for resolution. Having a single clearing house that centralizes and tracks breaches, just like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks disease outbreaks across the nation, would make remediation and resource allocation easier.
Across the Atlantic, the City of London Police created a system called Action Fraud, which serves as a single site for reporting all types of cyberattacks, along with a specialized team called FALCON to quickly respond to and even address impending cyberattacks. Our city and state police forces could do likewise by channeling some resource away from fighting offline crime. After all, real world crime is at a historically low rate while cybercrimes have grown exponentially.
Building on previous research that twisted light to send data at unheard-of speeds, scientists at USC have developed a similar technique with radiowaves, reaching high speeds without some of the hassles that can go with optical systems.
The researchers, led by electrical engineering professor Alan Willner of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, reached data transmission rates of 32 gigabits per second across 2.5 meters of free space in a basement lab at USC.
For reference, 32 gigabits per second is fast enough to transmit more than 10 hour-and-a-half-long HD movies in one second and is 30 times faster than LTE wireless.
“Not only is this a way to transmit multiple spatially collocated radio data streams through a single aperture, it is also one of the fastest data transmission via radio waves that has been demonstrated,” Willner said.
Faster data transmission rates have been achieved – Willner himself led a team two years ago that twisted light beams to transmit data at a blistering 2.56 terabits per second – but methods to do so rely on light to carry the data.
“The advantage of radio is that it uses wider, more robust beams. Wider beams are better able to cope with obstacles between the transmitter and the receiver, and radio is not as affected by atmospheric turbulence as optics,” Willner said.
Willner is the corresponding author of an article about the research that will be published in Nature Communications on Sept. 16. The study’s co-lead authors Yan Yan and Guodong Xie are both graduate students at USC Viterbi, and other contributors came from USC, the University of Glasgow, and Tel Aviv University.
To achieve the high transmission rates, the team took a page from Willner’s previous work and twisted radio beams together. They passed each beam – which carried its own independent stream of data – through a “spiral phase plate” that twisted each radio beam into a unique and orthogonal DNA-like helical shape. A receiver at the other end of the room then untwisted and recovered the different data streams.
“This technology could have very important applications in ultra-high-speed links for the wireless ‘backhaul’ that connects base stations of next-generation cellular systems,” said Andy Molisch of USC Viterbi. Molisch, whose research focuses on wireless systems, co-designed and co-supervised the study with Willner.
Future research will focus on attempting to extend the transmission’s range and capabilities.