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   - Try not to cough on one another.   - Try not to cough on one another.
-  - Don't lose things.+  - Distribute, don't reinvent (aka. Don't lose things)
   - Tell each other faster.   - Tell each other faster.
   - Mitigate tyranny.   - Mitigate tyranny.
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   - Try not to run out of energy.   - Try not to run out of energy.
  
-"​Civilizations always think they'​re immortal, Eagleman noted, but they nearly always perish, leaving "​nothing but ruins and scattered genetics."​ It takes luck and new technology to survive. We may be particularly lucky to have Internet technology to help manage the six requirements of a durable civilization [...] But if the Net is so crucial, what happens if the Net goes down? It may have to go down a few times before we learn how to defend it properly, before we catch on that civilization depends on it for survival"​ --  [[Stewart Brand]]+=== averting collapse ===
  
-  - "Try not to cough on one another." ​More humans have died from epidemics than from all famines ​and warsDisease precipitated ​the fall of Greece, Romeand the civilizations of the Americas. People used to bunch up around the infectedwhich pushed local disease into universal plague. Now we can head that off with Net telepresence,​ telemedicine,​ and medical alert networks. All businesses should develop a work-from-home capability for their workforce.+<​blockquote>​ 
 +Civilizations always think they'​re immortal, Eagleman noted, but they nearly always perish, leaving ​"nothing but ruins and scattered genetics." ​It takes luck and new technology to surviveWe may be particularly lucky to have Internet technology to help manage ​the six requirements ​of a durable civilization [...] But if the Net is so crucialwhat happens if the Net goes down? It may have to go down a few times before we learn how to defend it properlybefore ​we catch on that civilization depends on it for survival" ​--  ​[[Stewart Brand]] 
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-  ​"Don't lose things." ​As proved by the destruction of the Alexandria Library ​and of the literature ​of Mayans and Minoans"​knowledge is hard won but easily lost." Plumbing disappeared for a thousand years when Rome fell. Inoculation was invented in China and India 700 years before Europeans rediscovered itThese days Michelangelo'​s David has been safely digitized in detail. Eagleman has direct access ​to all the literature he needs via PubMedJSTOR, and Google Books"​Distribute,​ don't reinvent."+  ​"Try not to cough on one another." ​More humans have died from epidemics than from all famines ​and wars. Disease precipitated ​the fall of Greece, Romeand the civilizations of the AmericasPeople used to bunch up around ​the infectedwhich pushed local disease into universal plague. Now we can head that off with Net telepresence,​ telemedicine, and medical alert networksAll businesses should develop a work-from-home capability for their workforce.
  
-  ​- "Tell each other faster." Don'​t ​let natural disasters cascadeThe Minoans perished for lack of the kind of tsunami alert system we now haveCountless Haitians ​in the recent earthquake were saved by Ushahidi.comwhich aggregated cellphone field reports in real time.+  ​"​Don'​t ​lose things." As proved by the destruction ​of the Alexandria Library and of the literature of Mayans and Minoans, "​knowledge is hard won but easily lost." Plumbing disappeared for a thousand years when Rome fell. Inoculation was invented ​in China and India 700 years before Europeans rediscovered it. These days Michelangelo'​s David has been safely digitized in detail. Eagleman has direct access to all the literature he needs via PubMed, JSTOR, and Google Books"​Distributedon't reinvent."
  
-  ​"Mitigate tyranny." ​The USSR's collapse was made inevitable by state-controlled media and state-mandated mistakes such as Lysenkoism, which forced a wrong theory ​of wheat farming on 13 time zones, and starved millionsNow crowd-sourced cellphone users can sleuth out vote tamperingWe should reward companies that stand up against censorshipas Google has done in China.+  ​"Tell each other faster." ​Don't let natural disasters cascade. The Minoans perished for lack of the kind of tsunami alert system we now haveCountless Haitians in the recent earthquake were saved by Ushahidi.comwhich aggregated cellphone field reports ​in real time.
  
-  ​"Get more brains involved in solving problems." ​Undertapping human capital endangers the future. Open courseware from colleges is making higher education universally accessible. Crowd-sourced problem solving is being advanced by sites such as PatientsLikeMeFoldit (protein folding), and Cstart (moon exploration)Perhaps the next step is "​society sourcing."​ +  ​"Mitigate tyranny." ​The USSR's collapse was made inevitable by state-controlled media and state-mandated mistakes ​such as Lysenkoismwhich forced a wrong theory of wheat farming on 13 time zones, and starved millionsNow crowd-sourced cellphone users can sleuth ​out vote tamperingWe should reward companies that stand up against censorshipas Google has done in China.
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-  ​"Try not to run out of energy." When energy expenditure outweighs energy returncollapse ensues. Email saves trees and trucking. Online shopping is a net energy gain, with UPS optimizing delivery routes and never turning left. We need to expand the ability to hold meetings and conferences online.+
  
 +  * "Get more brains involved in solving problems."​ Undertapping human capital endangers the future. Open courseware from colleges is making higher education universally accessible. Crowd-sourced problem solving is being advanced by sites such as PatientsLikeMe,​ Foldit (protein folding), and Cstart (moon exploration). Perhaps the next step is "​society sourcing."​
  
 +  * "Try not to run out of energy."​ When energy expenditure outweighs energy return, collapse ensues. Email saves trees and trucking. Online shopping is a net energy gain, with UPS optimizing delivery routes and never turning left. We need to expand the ability to hold meetings and conferences online.
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