The Information Age can become the pinnacle of human civilization, the Golden Age. Or, it can become the end of human civilization. We get to decide which way to go, and act accordingly.
Dismissing people and consciously leaving them to die is probably not the way to go.
Economics, and indeed human civilization, can only be measured and calibrated in terms of human beings. Everything in economics has to be adjusted for people, first, and abandoning the illusory numerical analyses that inevitably put numbers ahead of people, capitalism ahead of democracy,
Each of us who have a choice can choose what we want to do to help or not. It is free-will, our choice, as human beings.
In his recent appearance at the Social Good conference Deepak Chopra describes how harnessing social media will be part of the next phase of humanity