The power of data has never been bigger than it is today and I think this can be a great thing, even though it is also creating some existential risks.
When we started in 1994, Internet was an incredibly innocent little creature. We were terribly keen on sharing, connecting, and bringing the goodness to the world. Mainly because I was teaching nurses computing, and one thing I realized, that the best way to teach that is to bring people together to share it in the same space. So not giving them exercise to go home but bringing together.
We rarely think about the link between trust and progress and innovation, and how societies move forward. But when you start to think of it like that, you realize that trust is actually the key component not just for companies but any organization that wants human beings to try new things.
Victor’s sin wasn’t in being too ambitious, not necessarily in playing God. It was in failing to care for the being he created, failing to take responsibility and to provide the creature what it needed to thrive, to reach its potential, to be a positive development for society instead of a disaster.
In the future, we have to change the way we look at consumption. That’s why I’m such a big proponent of the sharing economy. Because it’s not an issue of if it’s going to happen, it’s when it’s going to happen. And I’d rather people voluntarily adopt it now and start realizing the benefit of it now while we’re still in this kind of relative land of plenty, than be forced into it later when all of a sudden there’s not enough water to cover Phoenix anymore because it’s a huge city in the middle of a desert and they have to go on water rationing.