Alberta’s Rainforest Framework for Cultural and Technological Progress

A new concept, called the “Rain Forest Framework,” is being adopted in Alberta, to help bridge the gap between technological progress and the success of society.  The Rain Forest Framework is based on the book by Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt, who argue that to change an ecosystem you must start with the culture.

  • Moore’s law states that approximately every two years, the performance of computation doubles, which fits observations over the past few decades. Contrast this to the Darwin’s rate of human evolution, and the pace of Moore’s law seems to be shadowing society’s adaptive response.
  • Whether a new technology is deemed good or bad, one thing is for certain: once it has been created, there is no way to take technology back. If the world of technology is growing so rapidly that humans are not able to keep up, there is a risk that we can create something that can’t be controlled.
  • Jim Gibson suggests that we cannot close the gap between technology and human society, coined “disruption”, unless governance and technology meet by viewing innovation as “The advancement of the human condition through changes in technology matched by equal or greater advancement in social governance.”
  • Unlike social movements of the past, technology is advancing so rapidly that we cannot wait for social movements catch us up.

The main idea behind this movement is that advancing technology for the benefit of a few lucky people is unsustainable, and we must measure the progression of society along with technology to accurately understand our progress.

Learn more about Rainforest Project in Alberta by reading Gibson’s article on Moore’s Law and Human adaption.