Don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember, everything is small stuff, is advice given by the wise to the over-stressed. And yet that is what the global mind does, it sweats the small stuff. It keeps track of everything. It records our every action and documents our sensed and observed lives on one premise. That murder, corruption, adultery, gluttony, etc. . . . all begin with the smallest choices, the simplest indiscretions, and least wise decisions. Mass murderers and dictators in embryo are enabled by an environment where their misbehaviors are not corrected while they are young, impressionable, and correctable. Even if the little bully, thief, or despot is not willing to be corrected at the very least his behavior is identified and dealt with at the earliest possible stage.
At the very least the wanna-be or the soon-to-be derelict of society is deprived of the bounties and rewards of a prosperous society. He and his ideas are segregated from other like-minded individuals. His physiological responses and actions are constantly monitored and evaluated. He and others like him are assigned persistent mentors and guardians whose job it is to engage and guide even the most evil intellect with… the purpose of capitalizing on its perspective, its alternative thought process, and anomalistic behaviors for the express reason of learning about human nature and developing the rational for achieving man’s highest purpose; which is to love, regard, and respect one another.
Not that there is only one way, one behavior, one truth. But that there is a most preferred way, a most preferred behavior, and the closest answer to the truth that the global mind can calculate. The challenge is to reduce the bias and calculate the potential of a certain behavior, line of reasoning, and personal motivation so that innovation is empowered, so that progress can be continued, and so that mankind is enabled. By sweating the small stuff the global mind in conjunction with the human intellect is in pursuit of perfection knowing that it doesn’t exist but that landing on either side is beneficial.
The interesting thing about humans is that they are inconsistent, variable, and forgetful. Eventually good behavior seems to go bad, good ideas run out of applicability, and positive intent is over come by reality. That is where the GM is at its greatest good. It is absolutely consistent, invariable, and never forgets. However, change and presumably progress seems dependent upon the anomalies, the alternatives, the mother of invention, “need”. Once again that is where the GM shines. Because it remembers so well and is capable of calculating expected outcome. The errant individual is quietly reminded that his or her value to society is going down and she can then make a decision to correct her behavior or not. But that is also where the greatest challenge exists. Programming variability into an algorithm so that good ideas, behaviors, and circumstances are discovered they can become part of the calculations.
As person makes choices the value is calculated, the trajectory mapped and the next responsible adult, who is calculated to be empathetic, is notified and it becomes their responsibility, there opportunity to intervene adding their perspective and guidance. But the outcome is also remembered and with each deviation the relative value is reformulated.
Aberrant behavior calculated to be outside of the acceptable is dealt with early. Aberrant behavior calculated to be contrary but benign is allowed and a mentor is recruited. Behaviors not beneficial to society are not allowed to persist and there is no amount of reasoning or calculating that can justify it so the GM assigns the relative value and that value dictates what goods and services are available and who get involved. Whether it is a mentor, guardian, or council with the authority to constrain and remove.
If an individual persists in antisocial and contrary behavior then that individual is brought under closer and closer scrutiny and greater and greater intervention. The critic can call foul but after a history of 5000 years, the achievement of a prosperous, fair and free society is a laudable and definable goal.
There simply are some aspects of life that do not justify its allowance. This doesn’t mean that contrary opinions don’t exist, that accidents don’t happen and that some individual’s actions will cause others harm because they will. What it does mean is that individual aberrant behavior, group antisocial thinking, or collective harm to a society is deemed not beneficial to society in general and any good that could possibly come from such behavior, thinking, or actions is not worth the cost to gain it.
This is not an explicit directive but rather and implicit knowledge that the residents of the society have. The people in the society intrinsically know which things are good and what are bad. Their physiological reactions are monitored and the GM and the variability algorithm factors the majority readings into the calculations.
The artificial intelligence of the GM capitalizes on the small stuff because that is where the seeds of refinement are found. Even thought there are people who profess to not believe in the Ten commandments in actuality no one would want to live in a world where they were not the main practice. However the variety and excitement of life does not exist in the main stream of existence but at the edges. Walking on thin ice may be exciting but the consequences are deadly. The knowledge that something is poisonous came at the expense of the first person to eat it. Fortunately or unfortunately life in the 22 century has been refined to the point it is only personal choice that results in harm. But the search for excitement and the associated adrenaline rush still causes some to make bad decisions. The goal of the GM is to observe the small stuff calculate and post and alert but not restrain. Figuring out when to post the alert is the chore for AI and the responsibility of the human intellect.