Why Not Here?

There was a recent article in the news about a toll-free number set up in India by Google so that people in that country can call that number to speak with Google Assistant. Here is a link to that article:

https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/18/google-assistant-no-internet-india/


If this can be done in India, why can't it be done anywhere else?


Better still, toll-free telephone numbers can be set up around the world through which people can talk with digital agents that are built with open source software. Open source is important for verifying what the digital agents are doing.


One of the things that digital agents could be doing is taking calls for the World Congress. The World Congress would consist of the billions of citizens of planet Earth.


The following is what I most want to say to the World Congress, "I recognize the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Earth Charter as supreme law, and I would like to unite with other people in making it so."


It would be the job of the digital agents to find the points of unity in the things that people are saying to the World Congress. In my opinion, there are items in two documents that are desperately important to start observing as supreme law.


Article 7d of the Earth Charter says, "Internalize the full environmental and social costs of goods and services in the selling price..."  Article 7e from the same document is about reproductive responsibilities, and is critical, also.


Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family including, food, clothing, housing and medical care, and necessary social services..."


If drones can carry weapons and explosives, why can't they carry a pound of rice and beans to anyone who needs it anywhere in the world?


It is the responsibility of everyone who is going to bed well fed at the end of the day to help make this happen. One million people who are equipped with the latest generation of smartphones and with open source digital agents might be able to create a distributed, decentralized global platform for the World Congress that could be reached through public access phone numbers anywhere in the world. At the very least, share the link to this page with other people you know.


Hold this vision in mind. Consider how impoverished we are by the fragmentation and divisiveness in the market in spite of the apparent wealth of companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft with their many billions of dollars of market valuation. How much farther along could we be through a collaborative effort in which all players competed in providing the best modules for our open source digital agents? It boggles the mind what we could become together.


Why not here, on the third planet from this sun in a remote spiral arm of this galaxy?  Why not now?


John Kintree

September 19, 2019


The previous article was "Social Media."