Manifesto

Metanoia is the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life. We are optimists on the power of technology to elevate humanity, but we are pessimists with the current mindset and use of technology.

At Metanoia Technologies, we build human empowering solutions.
Read on to learn more about our philosophies and beliefs.

The chains of habit are too light to be felt, until they are too strong to be broken.

Warren Buffett

In the 1950s and 1960s, there was boundless hope in technology. The possibilities were endless, but a common theme was improving human life and freeing us from the mundane and trivial to pursue ambitious goals. The hope was to do things that had never been done before. The belief was that it was possible.
It is clear we have fallen short of this lofty vision.
We seem to have traded away our independence for convenience. Our freedom extends only as long as the batteries in the devices we carry. Large monopolies know more about us than our closest friends and family. Users, on average, pick up their phone about 100 times a day, or once every 10 minutes. With companies working harder than ever to design more addictive products and services, this number does not seem likely to decrease.
We should consider deeply the future we are shaping. The future is not defined, and we have the power to change it.

“Intelligence is one of the greatest human gifts. But all too often a search for knowledge drives out the search for love. This is something else I've discovered for myself very recently. I present it to you as a hypothesis: Intelligence without the ability to give and receive affection leads to mental and moral breakdown, to neurosis, and possibly even psychosis. And I say that the mind absorbed in and involved in itself as a self-centered end, to the exclusion of human relationships, can only lead to violence and pain.”

Flowers For Alergnon

Nothing is so healing as the human touch.

Bobby Fischer

Social media apps are replacing relationships. Social distancing is being advocated for as a means of increasing efficiency, but at the same time, it affects our humanity. Our brains are simply not evolved for these changes.

Boredom, frustrations and other limitations lead to the greatest human innovations. But we now have apps and devices that kill those necessary human emotions that would otherwise drive us forward.

The internet promised information parity, but we have greater inequality. The power of those at the top is vastly superior than at any other time in human history. Therefore, we have the term "influencer". Why have so many people embraced the idea of being manipulated? It is so widely accepted now because the largest corporations in the world are all built on influence and advertisements. We seem to have traded convenience for sacred thought.

During the pandemic of 2020, people promoted further human distancing as a positive. We believe the opposite. The metrics used to calculate efficiency do not include long-term health. Therefore, we focus on building socially conscious solutions to enhance relationships.

I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn't know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it's also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.

― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

And that leads to the worst part of all: we've stopped even imagining other, better ways we could live.

Emily Guendelsberg

The greatest threat to the vision of the 50s and 60s is the loss of consciousness and hope. If we spend more time in a virtual world, are we compelled to make any significant impact in the real world?

Technologies that are winning are designed to be social first, but also designed to keep users in the app for longer periods of time. Does this not remind you of casinos, that are designed to keep you inside for as long as possible so they win and you lose?

Games in particular are a prime example of the shift. The most popular titles today have no end and are designed for endless play. In a digital world, we have no use for our five senses in relationships. The impact of this means that even the most digitally popular people feel hollow without real-world relationships.

The de-sensitized mind loses consciousness and clarity. We are drip fed anxiety, pleasure and other human emotions to the point we are less prone to feel them naturally. At Metanoia, we don't believe that technology is to blame, but lack of innovation and lack of vision.

We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we've just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we've barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.

Interstellar