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Talked Talk [Knowing the Future of the World Before Anyone Else] (Part 1) Entrepreneur and Media Producer Hiroto Kobayashi and Consultant Jun Fukuda

Hiroto Kobayashi and I are the same age, and it is wonderful that he shares the same sense of the times and is involved in a wide variety of affluent activities.

I have had several conversations with you in the past, but this is the first time I have heard about your pre-social life.

The following insight into the inequality of information acquisition in the age of search is sobering.
Please read on.


Talked dialogue [Knowing the world’s future map before anyone else] (Part 1)
Entrepreneur, Media Producer Hiroto Kobayashi x Consultant Jun Fukuda

Kobayashi: “The German philosopher Marcus Gabriel ridiculed the “wisdom of the crowd” instead of the “wisdom of the blind. Nowadays, you can look things up quickly on the Internet, but if something that describes incorrect information comes up at the top of the search rankings, the rest is just a degraded copy of it.

Then, “those who took it seriously” spread the pattern further. Therefore, the pattern of propagation for a single piece of information can actually be categorized into several types, and there are not many variations. If we consider whether or not there is any benefit to posting the truth, there are many stories that do not have a positive impact on real life and society.

Except as it relates to the public interest. Rather, it is the cost of time and effort to post it online. This is a cost related to posting information. And most of the stories are probably not relevant to the general public because of the posting. Therefore, most of the net tends to lean toward stories that can induce profit by posting them. The value of news and gazettes, which must report the truth, is rather devalued. This is because variations cannot be made, so they are enriched.

In contrast, “If you read this, you will become ________” type of profit-driven information and fake news to increase someone’s value by damaging his or her value are wielding a great deal of power. This is where the reverse phenomenon occurs from the real world. The cost (physical and psychological) of posting information should be taken into consideration.

Of course, many of them must be posted by philanthropists for the public good, but good money is destroyed by bad money. Plus, search terms can be bought and ad tech is raging, so there is an inequality of discovery, unlike discovering a book in a library.”

Composition: Junko Io
Photo by Yukiko Koshima