Closed-source software is a disgrace to humanity

May 16, 2020

We people learn a great deal from culture. Because of culture, new generations don’t have to reinvent what older generations have already discovered. The proverbial standing on the shoulders of giants would not be possible without culture. It would not be possible without sharing.

Not sharing is why closed-source software is a disgrace to humanity. Closed-source software cannot be studied and thus impedes people’s ability to learn and empower themselves. By locking up software, a few greedy individuals shoot humanity in the foot, because they stop the flow of knowledge within and across generations.

So what, you might ask? Well, I don’t know exactly what the ultimate consequence of losing knowledge is, but Jonathan Blow (Braid, The Witness) has a few examples of what has happened to civilizations in the past in his talk Preventing the Collapse of Civilization ^_-.