A though experiment on Information Access

Thought experiments for the intelligent ones…

Experiment A
Let’s say I take 9-11 million people with from one continent (con-A) and shift them to another continent (con-B)

In this new continent I teach them how to speak in Ubrindi. I also teach them how to clean, cook, knit, stitch and farm.

I never teach them how to write or read books in Urbindi. This continues for their children and their grand children and so on for a couple of hundred years.

Question 1: Will selective access to information for a couple hundred years; create massive gaps in socio-economic status between the two groups for centuries to follow?

Experiment B
Let’s say I go to about 40-50 countries that speak an aggregate of about 1600-2000 languages. I make up a new rule – to access any well paid job – you need read/speak/write Urbindi.

Access to decent quality education is only available in Urbinidi.

This rule continues for 200-250 years.

Question 2: Could it be possible that this preferential access to information (via the Urbinidi medium) would destroy hundreds on languages in centuries to come?

Experiment C
Let’s say I win the elections in a country called Anataria. I soon pass a law that restricts all external media – via TV, Internet, Radio etc.

Anyone who consumes news/information from sources that aren’t approved by the Government of Anataria gets arrested.

This law continues for a few decades.

Question 3: Can it be possible by imposing restriction to access information; I create a country of people completely unaware of the outside reality?

Experiment D
In the year 2050, and let’s assume everything we buy is online by then, I will go to 35 countries and allow them to download stuff but not upload.

You can download at 10MBps and upload at 24kbps.

People can watch/consume/download videos/files/etc but can upload only text – no videos, files, data etc.

Question 4: What will happen when I restrict information access in this way?

Cases A, B and C have observable data.

But what do you think will be the outcome for experiment D – and the future of these 35 countries?

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