The Leis Theory of Friction

All of today’s “problems” are the side effects of friction in the transfer of information. As friction is lessened through technology, these problems vanish.

The Internet has opened up the dating pool from those in your general area to basically anyone in the world. In this sudden pool of 6.5 billion people there are many who lie about their age and other stats. Some can be serial killers, jokesters, or just plain idiots. New services based on creating a more truthful profile of a person are beginning to crop up. As we begin to lose our qualms about privacy, the flow of information encounters less friction. The liars are flagged immediately and quality prospects become more easily accessible.

There are other examples I could give, including the exponential increases in all things computing related, the increase in terrorism as borders and ideologies collapse all over the world, and the perceived increase in economic volatility as more and more nations open up their economies. All show the same general trend of an apparent spike in problems (caused by the collapse of what we consider “traditional”) followed by sudden paradigm shifts as technology decreases the friction between all the “moving parts” of the system.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).