I have tried again and again to write about Social Technology in fiction, to make it easier to understand. I seem to have a knack for dialog, I think. I will post some on the Social Technology website, soon. Meanwhile, I have come up against the ambiguous font problem. I read aloud a lot, always have, ever since I was a first grade student who went back to read to the class at my old kindergarten. Recently I have been reading about one novel a week to a friend. As always I stumble over words which look almost exactly alike, because, for instance ‘rn’ looks a lot like ‘m’, so ‘burn’ to set on fire, looks a lot like ‘bum’, one’s posterior. When I write fiction I read and modify my text over and over again, and even in my own writing I stumble over ambiguous font problems. Jerry Fitzpatrick designed Crystal, a font designed to be completely unambiguous, but I don’t find it pretty, and if it has a boldface, it’s hard to tell. The old classic OCR A Extended is intentionally unambiguous too, for optical character recognition, but it is rather ugly and has no visible boldface. I hope someone might be able to suggest a good unambiguous font which is nice to look at, too. Or design one, if you can. Meanwhile, I go on writing fiction in the default font Open Office uses, New Times Roman, which is full of ambiguities. I’ll post what I write, which is indeed all about social technology, as all my novels have been. Maybe I’ve learned something since writing them. That was what they were for. — dpw
I continue to use the clickable image below, though it dates from a time when I naively ignored the dangers of Social Technology.
Like all truly advanced technology, these solutions to social problems will involve a lot of math, but must not require users to have special knowledge or skills. Programmers are invited to help with the development of open source libraries for applied social mathematics.
Non-technical accounts of all these topics as well as accessible accounts of the underlying math are on the front pages of a network of associated websites.
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