Ben Goertzel is founder and CEO of SingularityNET, a blockchain-based AI marketplace project.
The global need for scalable, usable decentralized information technologies has never been more acute than right now, mid-pandemic.
Forced digitalization is driving most of the world’s population further into the grip of big tech companies. As more of life goes online, more of the world’s data goes into their hands, and a higher percentage of human thoughts and behaviors are guided by their self-serving algorithms.
Effective management of the pandemic cries out for integrated analysis of medical data and data on human movement and interaction. However, integrated doesn’t have to mean centralized. Indeed, the centralized nature of many track-and-trace apps , rendering them mostly non-functional due their incompatibility with Google and Apple’s latest privacy-respecting features.