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Relationships are a Limited Numbers Game

Does technology let us soar to new heights of social connectivity? Unlikely. A theory known as “Dunbar’s numbers” suggests there is a physically imposed upper limit to the number of meaningful relationships that we can form. This seems to challenge the orthodoxy of trying to use relationship platforms to gain massive sets of social connections. 

Decay of Digital Data - A New Dark Age

We like to think that improvements in technology will create a world tomorrow that is better than today. However, we are rushing forward into a world where popular music videos are replicated thousands of times, but crucial windows into human life, legal decisions and precious research is lost. We are letting popularity algorithms and business models determine what is kept. It cuts right to the heart of our ownership over information and our responsibility to maintain it for the future. We’ve conceived this digital world of information as a system that we would manage with a top-down intelligence, but we’ve proven incapable of managing it well. 

Mission versus Mandate

So the next time you wander through a large organisation, keep your eyes out for whether you see the physical signs of a history proudly displayed. For good or for ill, it might give you a hint that you are dealing with an organisation with much more then a temporary mandate.