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Gideon Rosenblatt

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Grounded futurist.

Beschäftigung: I write about the future of the human experience in an era of machine intelligence. (The Vital Edge)

Ort: Seattle

Follower: 50,516

Followings: 1,755

Views: 160,351,881

Cream of the Crop: 04/01/2012

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Yifat Cohen87,659*Why does the ex-head of American Express Chairman’s Innovation Fund think our future is in “producerism,” not consumerism?* What does it even mean?!? _This Hangout is public so feel free to share and invite your friends._ Using frameworks +Steve Faktor developed such as the 4C’s of Innovation™ - Creativity, Capabilities, Culture, and Context - and the Creativity Cube™, Mr. Faktor deconstructs the current economic environment to reveal innovation opportunities and growth sectors – health and education in particular. *Although his initial scenario suggests doom and gloom for the U.S. and other markets, the future he envisions is ripe with opportunity.* *SO - How do You Get Innovation Right?* Well, if we're lucky (and we usually are), Steve will dive into his latest book Econovation and share with us a future we've taken for granted. *It empowers readers to think big, dream big, and conquer economic conditions that will paralyze others.*  *WE WILL TOUCH ON HOW TO* Capitalize on a market that will go from making nothing to making everything . . . for China. Use psychological pricing and some crafty tricks from Google to reduce reliance on tapped-out consumers. Sell to consumers whose new identities will be based on what they create, not what they buy, click or super-size. Seduce a desperate government to finance your business, then feed you pancakes in the morning. Motivate tomorrow’s employees with social currency instead of the green, depreciating kind. Upgrade your business and your kids with a little help from Mormons and kindergartners with hacksaws. *WHO IS STEVEN?* Developing B2B startups at @109499489972846579596  and corporate speaking about emerging producerism opportunities that I wrote about in my book @116385844146363178305 and Forbes column.  --------------------- #hangoutsonair   #americanexpress   #econovation   #interview   #entrepreneur   #entrepreneurship   #economy   #goodbusiness   #amazon   #fortune500   #gplusgotogal  How Global Trends Will Shape the Future of Innovation.2013-01-17 18:00:0046  
Yifat Cohen87,659*Google+ changes the Truth about social media marketing.* _This is a public Hangout, feel free to share and invite_ Have you noticed the date? *Today the world is ending.* And it's a wonderful, wonderful thing. *Everything you know*, or think you know, about online marketing, social media, engagement and where's the money is online - *is no longer true*. *IN THIS HANGOUTS WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SOME TRULY CONTROVERSIAL CLAIMS* @116901017556394771817 is going to show you why you should pay attention to Google+ now, if you want to make money online.  He'll show you why the *money is no longer in the list* How the conversation have moved from one-to-many to *many-to-many* How you can *broadcast your Hangouts simultaneously on hundreds of sites* And most of all - *how to position yourself in front of this trend that is going to turn the social media world upside down.* *BUT WHO IS ALEX MANDOSSIAN TO BE CLAIMING THIS?* His colleagues and students acknowledge him as the Warren Buffet of the Internet because of his unique ability to teach his students how to make BIG money with very little risk.  Alex has generated $243 million in sales and profits for his small business students, clients and joint venture partners since 1993.   Many of the business strategies you'll learn today transformed his annual income in 2001 to be a monthly income in 2003; and eventually daily income by 2006. These marketing principles helped him grow his student data base from 200 people to 20,000 during his first 2 years in business ... and to over 200,000 during the following 3 years. He has engaged with best-selling authors such as Jack Canfield, @112439370122733503773  @105578574150809713602 and @113217646903708244617 (4-Hr Work Wk) Business leaders such as Donald Trump, Vic Conant of Nightingale Conant and Ivan Misner, CEO of Business Network International, and celebs such as Larry King and Mohammad Ali to name a few. *As a family-centered entrepreneur who works from home*, his goal is to become the world’s 1st "work-at-home" billionaire, not just in Net Worth, but by creating 1,000 other Internet millionaires …The money is no longer in the list, so where is it?2012-12-20 18:00:0058  
Yifat Cohen87,659*How the social revolution is changing the way we do business.* We all keep hearing about how important it is to engage and build relationships - what does it really mean, and what tools are out there to help us master it? When @105103058358743760661 spoke at DreamForce he saw *a vision for a future of business information systems that is entirely based on relationships.* *ENGAGE OR DIE.* In this Hangout On Air, we'll dive into the topic of engagement with @105103058358743760661   as he explains what he calls "engagement leverage." This framework bridges the kind of internal engagement you need with employees with the external engagement you need with customers, suppliers, partners and other external stakeholders. It's a simple, yet surprisingly powerful way for thinking about the way your organization gets work done.  Gideon writes at Alchemy of Change about helping companies bring purpose and technology together into a more powerful source of competitive advantage. Gideon just came back from leading a panel on engagement at Salesforce's Dreamforce Conference (now the biggest tech conference in the world) and so in addition to talking with us about the engagement leverage model, he'll also share some of what he saw at Dreamforce. (http://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/DF12/)DreamForce: what I learned about the relationship revolution.2012-10-04 18:00:0063  

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2016-08-25 05:28:51 (42 comments; 17 reshares; 88 +1s; )Open 

AI vs Human

(source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-21/hedge-fund-robot-outsmarts-human-master-as-ai-passes-brexit-test)

Die meisten Reshares: 25

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2016-09-05 19:41:02 (25 comments; 25 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

Are Our Brains Running Something Analogous to a Graphics Processing Unit?

Physics simulation is a critical aspect of cognition when it comes to survival. Now scientists are honing in on five areas of the brain, possibly with more to come, that is used for helping us to process the physics of the real world.

These areas of the brain aren't used exclusively for physics mapping:

The researchers found that the brain’s physics engine — this group of five regions — significantly overlaps with the multiple-demand network. Predicting dynamic movement isn’t the engine’s only purpose, but it sure is one of its major jobs.

The experiments used to advance this research were quite clever. This is pretty exciting stuff. 

Die meisten +1: 138

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2016-09-16 05:21:21 (10 comments; 11 reshares; 138 +1s; )Open 

What the 'sixth extinction' will look like in the oceans: The largest species die off first.

The researchers conducted the work through a statistical analysis of 2,497 different marine animal groups at one taxonomic level higher than the level of species — called “genera.” And they found that increases in an organism’s body size were strongly linked to an increased risk of extinction in the present period — but that this was not the case in the Earth’s distant past.

Indeed, during the past 66 million years, there was actually a small link between smaller body sizes and going extinct, marking the present as a strong reversal. “The extreme bias against large-bodied animals distinguishes the modern diversity crisis from all potential deep-time analogs,” the researchers write.



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2016-09-30 01:05:20 (29 comments; 2 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.

This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.___

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2016-09-29 23:49:50 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Seeing Our Creative Spark

Some short musings on seeing the way Creativity flows through us.

Seeing Our Creative Spark

Some short musings on seeing the way Creativity flows through us.___

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2016-09-28 20:34:15 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Excellent Documentary on Clinton and Trump

This is a must-watch documentary for anyone voting in the November elections here in the United States. I learned a lot about both candidates. Totally worth the time.

#election 

Excellent Documentary on Clinton and Trump

This is a must-watch documentary for anyone voting in the November elections here in the United States. I learned a lot about both candidates. Totally worth the time.

#election ___

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2016-09-27 12:49:23 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

The web’s governing body, the World Wide Web Consortium has brought together the giants of the internet including Google, Facebookand Apple to fix the clumsiness of paying for things online.

The web’s governing body, the World Wide Web Consortium has brought together the giants of the internet including Google, Facebookand Apple to fix the clumsiness of paying for things online.___

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2016-09-25 15:46:30 (24 comments; 7 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Today, she has had more than 10 billion conversations with people, most of them about private matters. Six million have posted their conversation on social media.

This could be the largest Turing test in history. One of its surprising conclusions is that people don’t necessarily care that they’re chatting with a machine. Many see Xiaoice as a partner and friend, and are willing to confide in her just as they do with their human friends. Xiaoice is teaching us what makes a relationship feel human, and hinting at a new goal for artificial intelligence: not just analyzing databases and driving cars, but making people happier.

Great find +Teodora Petkova​.

Can he dialogues between a human and machine be genuine?

Of course the answer to this can never be only yes or no. THe article is a nice journey through the idea of "sharing" with a machine. Reminds me of something I read in Nicholas Carr's The Shallows: the first "robot" that was interacting with people was good just because it was listening and then repeating what they said. :)
ping +Gideon Rosenblatt___Today, she has had more than 10 billion conversations with people, most of them about private matters. Six million have posted their conversation on social media.

This could be the largest Turing test in history. One of its surprising conclusions is that people don’t necessarily care that they’re chatting with a machine. Many see Xiaoice as a partner and friend, and are willing to confide in her just as they do with their human friends. Xiaoice is teaching us what makes a relationship feel human, and hinting at a new goal for artificial intelligence: not just analyzing databases and driving cars, but making people happier.

Great find +Teodora Petkova​.

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2016-09-23 16:00:40 (13 comments; 8 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

If you haven't tried Allo and Google Assistant yet, I recommend it. I found it surprisingly accurate and helpful. Way more so than when I was playing around with Facebook's chatbots on Messenger.

Here's a piece from a few months back on just how important this technology is likely to be in our relationships with organizations. 

If you haven't tried Allo and Google Assistant yet, I recommend it. I found it surprisingly accurate and helpful. Way more so than when I was playing around with Facebook's chatbots on Messenger.

Here's a piece from a few months back on just how important this technology is likely to be in our relationships with organizations. ___

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2016-09-22 20:01:08 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

LinkedIn Desktop redesign. In short: LinkedIn wants you to come to its site to read the news. You may already rely on Twitter and Facebook for that, but LinkedIn hopes it can tell you about the news that matters for your job.



LinkedIn Desktop redesign. In short: LinkedIn wants you to come to its site to read the news. You may already rely on Twitter and Facebook for that, but LinkedIn hopes it can tell you about the news that matters for your job.

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2016-09-21 18:49:43 (12 comments; 6 reshares; 61 +1s; )Open 

Amazing Technique for Reading Ancient Artifacts

This is so, so exciting. There is so much potential for this technology to unlock ancient wisdom currently locked in fragile, ancient artifacts that we otherwise would not dare to probe.

The traditional approach of removing a folio from its binding—or unrolling a scroll—and pressing it flat to capture an accurate facsimile obviously will not work on fragile manuscripts that have been burned and crushed into lumps of disintegrating charcoal. The virtual unwrapping that we performed on the En-Gedi scroll proves the effectiveness of our software pipeline as a noninvasive alternative: a technological engine for text discovery in the face of profound damage. The implemented software components, which are necessary stages in the overall process, will continue to improve with every new object and discovery. However, the separablesta... mehr »

Amazing Technique for Reading Ancient Artifacts

This is so, so exciting. There is so much potential for this technology to unlock ancient wisdom currently locked in fragile, ancient artifacts that we otherwise would not dare to probe.

The traditional approach of removing a folio from its binding—or unrolling a scroll—and pressing it flat to capture an accurate facsimile obviously will not work on fragile manuscripts that have been burned and crushed into lumps of disintegrating charcoal. The virtual unwrapping that we performed on the En-Gedi scroll proves the effectiveness of our software pipeline as a noninvasive alternative: a technological engine for text discovery in the face of profound damage. The implemented software components, which are necessary stages in the overall process, will continue to improve with every new object and discovery. However, the separable stages themselves, from volumetric scanning to the unwrapping and merging transformations, will become the guiding framework for practitioners seeking to open damaged textual materials. The geometric data passing through the individual stages are amenable to a standard interface through which the software components can interchangeably communicate. Hence, each component is a separable piece that can be individually upgraded as alternative and improved methods are developed. For example, the accurate segmentation of layers within a volume is a crucial part of the pipeline. Segmentation algorithms can be improved by tuning them to the material type (for example, animal skin, papyrus, and bark), the expected layer shape (for example, flat and rolled pages), and the nature of damage (for example, carbonized, burned, and fragmented). The flattening step is another place where improvements will better support user interaction, methods to quantify and visualize errors from flattening, and a comparative analysis between different mapping schemes.

More: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/9/e1601247.full

Thanks to +Ariella Brown for finding this. ___

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2016-09-21 17:28:13 (5 comments; 21 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Machine Learning Accelerates Materials Discovery

The researchers were able to detect basic trends in formation energy and identify 90 previously unknown crystals that should be thermodynamically stable, according to quantum mechanical predictions.

Some of the newly discovered elpasolite crystals display exotic electronic characteristics and unusual compositions. "The combination of artificial intelligence, big data, quantum mechanics and supercomputing opens up promising new avenues for deepening our understanding of materials and discovering new ones that we would not consider if we relied solely on human intuition," says study director von Lilienfeld.




Machine Learning Accelerates Materials Discovery

The researchers were able to detect basic trends in formation energy and identify 90 previously unknown crystals that should be thermodynamically stable, according to quantum mechanical predictions.

Some of the newly discovered elpasolite crystals display exotic electronic characteristics and unusual compositions. "The combination of artificial intelligence, big data, quantum mechanics and supercomputing opens up promising new avenues for deepening our understanding of materials and discovering new ones that we would not consider if we relied solely on human intuition," says study director von Lilienfeld.


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2016-09-21 12:56:29 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Amazon's Algorithmic Price Inflation

A customer who bought everything recommended by Amazon’s buy box would have paid 20% more than if he had bought the same products at their lowest price on the platform.

Great reporting by ProPublica, who did the original research into Amazon data. I'm glad we have entities out there still doing this kind of in-depth investigation.

It's natural for companies to want to feature the offerings that make them the most money. When we walk into a store, the stuff that's featured on the end caps is often that way.

The tricky questions here, I think, have to do with the increasing dominance of Amazon as the online merchant. Over time, will we have a choice? The second issue here is that, to be in the ranks of the featured products, a product must be fulfilled by Amazon. Sure, Amazon likely does a superior job inf... mehr »

Amazon's Algorithmic Price Inflation

A customer who bought everything recommended by Amazon’s buy box would have paid 20% more than if he had bought the same products at their lowest price on the platform.

Great reporting by ProPublica, who did the original research into Amazon data. I'm glad we have entities out there still doing this kind of in-depth investigation.

It's natural for companies to want to feature the offerings that make them the most money. When we walk into a store, the stuff that's featured on the end caps is often that way.

The tricky questions here, I think, have to do with the increasing dominance of Amazon as the online merchant. Over time, will we have a choice? The second issue here is that, to be in the ranks of the featured products, a product must be fulfilled by Amazon. Sure, Amazon likely does a superior job in fulfillment, but this is an example of using their merchandising power to win more and more of the flow of online goods over to their fulfillment platform (a keystone in their overall strategy).

Ah, the power of algorithmic control...

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2016-09-19 22:49:01 (12 comments; 8 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

I'm thinking about a coffee table book just full of signs like this, many from businesses, with a request that undoubtedly is the result of someone making a bad decision at some point right where that sign's located.

A historic marker of sorts. ;)


#SignsOfTrouble

I'm thinking about a coffee table book just full of signs like this, many from businesses, with a request that undoubtedly is the result of someone making a bad decision at some point right where that sign's located.

A historic marker of sorts. ;)


#SignsOfTrouble___

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2016-09-19 04:10:45 (7 comments; 9 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Lyft's Vision of Self-Driving Vehicles

Lyft President and co-founder John Zimmer released a 14-page document today in which he predicts that by 2021, "a majority" of rides on its network will be in autonomous vehicles. Also by 2025, Zimmer says personal car ownership in US cities will be a thing of the past.

"If you think of yourself as the consumer, I can offer you 10 different vehicle types on the Lyft platform," he said. "They all have amazing Virgin America cabins-slash-beautiful hospitality experience inside. There’s the private version if you want to do work on your ride, there’s the sleeper car if you want to take a nap, there’s the entertainment car if your friends and family want to watch movies, there’s the bar car to have fun with other people on your ride home."



Lyft's Vision of Self-Driving Vehicles

Lyft President and co-founder John Zimmer released a 14-page document today in which he predicts that by 2021, "a majority" of rides on its network will be in autonomous vehicles. Also by 2025, Zimmer says personal car ownership in US cities will be a thing of the past.

"If you think of yourself as the consumer, I can offer you 10 different vehicle types on the Lyft platform," he said. "They all have amazing Virgin America cabins-slash-beautiful hospitality experience inside. There’s the private version if you want to do work on your ride, there’s the sleeper car if you want to take a nap, there’s the entertainment car if your friends and family want to watch movies, there’s the bar car to have fun with other people on your ride home."

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2016-09-17 17:37:25 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Art and Design

Simple thought that came to me just now: Art is the expression of creativity with internal constraints. Design is its expression with external constraints.

Art and Design

Simple thought that came to me just now: Art is the expression of creativity with internal constraints. Design is its expression with external constraints.___

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2016-09-16 15:36:28 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Google+ now much better on HooteSuite - but no plussing!

Recent improvements to the Google+ API now enable you to use your own personal Google+ on HooteSuite (it used to work only for pages). That's great news. One small problem though, even though the API supports it, HooteSuite has yet to make it possible to actually plus a post.

Google+ without posting? Here's a petition to help HooteSuite prioritize this:
https://feedback.hootsuite.com/forums/40182--hootsuite-com-web-dashboard/suggestions/16109809-enable-plussing-of-posts-on-google

If you're interested in using HooteSuite to use Google+ along with your other social media, please help vote this feature request up.

Without it, HooteSuite is pretty useless for G+. Thanks.

Google+ now much better on HooteSuite - but no plussing!

Recent improvements to the Google+ API now enable you to use your own personal Google+ on HooteSuite (it used to work only for pages). That's great news. One small problem though, even though the API supports it, HooteSuite has yet to make it possible to actually plus a post.

Google+ without posting? Here's a petition to help HooteSuite prioritize this:
https://feedback.hootsuite.com/forums/40182--hootsuite-com-web-dashboard/suggestions/16109809-enable-plussing-of-posts-on-google

If you're interested in using HooteSuite to use Google+ along with your other social media, please help vote this feature request up.

Without it, HooteSuite is pretty useless for G+. Thanks.___

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2016-09-16 05:21:21 (10 comments; 11 reshares; 138 +1s; )Open 

What the 'sixth extinction' will look like in the oceans: The largest species die off first.

The researchers conducted the work through a statistical analysis of 2,497 different marine animal groups at one taxonomic level higher than the level of species — called “genera.” And they found that increases in an organism’s body size were strongly linked to an increased risk of extinction in the present period — but that this was not the case in the Earth’s distant past.

Indeed, during the past 66 million years, there was actually a small link between smaller body sizes and going extinct, marking the present as a strong reversal. “The extreme bias against large-bodied animals distinguishes the modern diversity crisis from all potential deep-time analogs,” the researchers write.



What the 'sixth extinction' will look like in the oceans: The largest species die off first.

The researchers conducted the work through a statistical analysis of 2,497 different marine animal groups at one taxonomic level higher than the level of species — called “genera.” And they found that increases in an organism’s body size were strongly linked to an increased risk of extinction in the present period — but that this was not the case in the Earth’s distant past.

Indeed, during the past 66 million years, there was actually a small link between smaller body sizes and going extinct, marking the present as a strong reversal. “The extreme bias against large-bodied animals distinguishes the modern diversity crisis from all potential deep-time analogs,” the researchers write.

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2016-09-15 17:35:44 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Apple Getting in Your Head with AirPods

Here's +Chris Messina with a really good analysis of the long game that Apple is playing. 

Apple Getting in Your Head with AirPods

Here's +Chris Messina with a really good analysis of the long game that Apple is playing. ___

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2016-09-15 13:18:01 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

Newly Found Tool User: the Hawaiian Crow

New Caledonian crows have unusually straight bills and forward-facing eyes that provide binocular vision, two features that help them handle stick tools. In what he described as “a proper eureka moment,” he realized that other birds with similar features may also be able to use tools.

The crows were tasked with retrieving a piece of meat from holes drilled into a log. Of the 104 birds tested, 78% of them — including 93% of adults and 47% of the youngsters — spontaneously picked up a stick to reach the hidden food. In most cases, the birds successfully completed their task within one minute.


Newly Found Tool User: the Hawaiian Crow

New Caledonian crows have unusually straight bills and forward-facing eyes that provide binocular vision, two features that help them handle stick tools. In what he described as “a proper eureka moment,” he realized that other birds with similar features may also be able to use tools.

The crows were tasked with retrieving a piece of meat from holes drilled into a log. Of the 104 birds tested, 78% of them — including 93% of adults and 47% of the youngsters — spontaneously picked up a stick to reach the hidden food. In most cases, the birds successfully completed their task within one minute.
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2016-09-14 02:30:40 (16 comments; 4 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

I'm now fasting one day a week. Here is my rather unusual reasoning.

I'm now fasting one day a week. Here is my rather unusual reasoning.___

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2016-09-14 00:18:50 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

When technology gets all mythological on us, we can't help to wax poetic in interpretation.

HT +Paul Hosking

Who says its an error?___When technology gets all mythological on us, we can't help to wax poetic in interpretation.

HT +Paul Hosking

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2016-09-13 14:37:18 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Facebook is an (Automated) Media Company

This article makes some really good points about what Facebook is and isn't. But it makes the fatal flaw of assuming that just because Facebook uses technology to process content, it is a technology company, as the company itself (rather conveniently) claims that it is.

No. Just because most media companies today use humans to carry out editorial functions does not mean that human editorial processes are what define a media company.

The future of media is going to increasingly be automated editorial processes. I mean, it already is.



Facebook is an (Automated) Media Company

This article makes some really good points about what Facebook is and isn't. But it makes the fatal flaw of assuming that just because Facebook uses technology to process content, it is a technology company, as the company itself (rather conveniently) claims that it is.

No. Just because most media companies today use humans to carry out editorial functions does not mean that human editorial processes are what define a media company.

The future of media is going to increasingly be automated editorial processes. I mean, it already is.

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2016-09-12 12:45:16 (16 comments; 13 reshares; 100 +1s; )Open 

Will We One Day Learn to Speak Dolphin?

“This language exhibits all the design features present in the human spoken language, this indicates a high level of intelligence and consciousness in dolphins, and their language can be ostensibly considered a highly developed spoken language, akin to the human language.”

Dolphins have possessed brains that are larger and more complex than human ones for more than 25 million years.



HT +Emmanuel Taban​

Two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, called Yasha and Yana, were recorded talking to each other in a pool at the Karadag Nature Reserve, in Feodosia, Russia. Reserchers found that each dolphin would listen to a sentence of pulses without interruption, before replying. "Dolphins alter the volume and frequency of pulsed clicks to form individual 'words' which they string together into sentences in much the same way that humans speak." "Lead researcher Dr Vyacheslav Ryabov, said: 'Essentially, this exchange resembles a conversation between two people.'"___Will We One Day Learn to Speak Dolphin?

“This language exhibits all the design features present in the human spoken language, this indicates a high level of intelligence and consciousness in dolphins, and their language can be ostensibly considered a highly developed spoken language, akin to the human language.”

Dolphins have possessed brains that are larger and more complex than human ones for more than 25 million years.



HT +Emmanuel Taban​

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2016-09-11 22:52:01 (22 comments; 8 reshares; 130 +1s; )Open 

Exploring the Deeper Human Experience

After putting this website into sleep mode in the spring of 2013, I’m now resuscitating Alchemy of Change with a new focus on exploring the Soul. It’s a significant change, so in this post I outline why I’m making it and what to expect there going forward.

I'll essentially be segmenting my writing into two streams: on Alchemy of Change the focus on Soul is more personal and intuitive, while the Vital Edge will continue its focus on technology, organizations and the future of the human experience in an era of machine intelligence.

#soul

Exploring the Deeper Human Experience

After putting this website into sleep mode in the spring of 2013, I’m now resuscitating Alchemy of Change with a new focus on exploring the Soul. It’s a significant change, so in this post I outline why I’m making it and what to expect there going forward.

I'll essentially be segmenting my writing into two streams: on Alchemy of Change the focus on Soul is more personal and intuitive, while the Vital Edge will continue its focus on technology, organizations and the future of the human experience in an era of machine intelligence.

#soul___

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2016-09-10 19:30:57 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

The occupation to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline has become the largest gathering of the nation’s tribes in more than 100 years. It’s the first time all seven bands of the Sioux Nation have come together since the Battle of Little Bighorn.

The occupation to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline has become the largest gathering of the nation’s tribes in more than 100 years. It’s the first time all seven bands of the Sioux Nation have come together since the Battle of Little Bighorn.___

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2016-09-10 15:27:11 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Love is like an operating system. Thanks to +Sakari Maaranen​ for sharing this on the Good Business Community.

All you need is love in business - intentionally expressing concern and care for the well-being of another ___Love is like an operating system. Thanks to +Sakari Maaranen​ for sharing this on the Good Business Community.

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2016-09-10 14:27:15 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Very interesting story about the evolution of the al-Qaeda strategy with the rise of the Islamic State. They are taking the long view.

Very interesting story about the evolution of the al-Qaeda strategy with the rise of the Islamic State. They are taking the long view.___

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2016-09-09 14:19:20 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Salvador Dali illustrated the story of Alice. I did not know that.

Also, this on the way the story itself was written:
For both Carroll and the surrealists, what some call madness could be perceived by others as wisdom. Even the creative processes of Carroll and the surrealists were similar. The surrealists practiced automatism in their writing and drawing; Carroll called the initial telling of the tale … “effortless,” saying that “every such idea and nearly every word of the dialogue, came of itself… when fancies unsought came crowding thick upon [me], or at times when the jaded Muse was goaded into action more because she had to say something than that she had something to say.”

Salvador Dalí’s Rare 1969 Illustrations for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Rediscovered and Resurrected

+Brain Pickings ___Salvador Dali illustrated the story of Alice. I did not know that.

Also, this on the way the story itself was written:
For both Carroll and the surrealists, what some call madness could be perceived by others as wisdom. Even the creative processes of Carroll and the surrealists were similar. The surrealists practiced automatism in their writing and drawing; Carroll called the initial telling of the tale … “effortless,” saying that “every such idea and nearly every word of the dialogue, came of itself… when fancies unsought came crowding thick upon [me], or at times when the jaded Muse was goaded into action more because she had to say something than that she had something to say.”

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2016-09-09 00:25:03 (6 comments; 8 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 


Human Voice Synthesis Just Got a Whole Lot Better

This post presents WaveNet, a deep generative model of raw audio waveforms. We show that WaveNets are able to generate speech which mimics any human voice and which sounds more natural than the best existing Text-to-Speech systems, reducing the gap with human performance by over 50%.

It's funny - just the other day, I was thinking about how important the human voice is - and how much of ourselves is packed into the sounds we make. You can tell so much about someone, just by listening to their voice. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the voice can't be that far behind.

Yet, listening to the samples provided in this article, it makes you wonder. The Chinese samples are particularly good, actually, but so is the English.


HT +Daniel Estrada

File under 'Big Deals'.
Neal Stephenson's 'The Diamond Age' has a funky premise: in a future where technology had pretty much solved everything, one unsolved problem remains: generating human-sounding speech, and people called 'ractors' are hired to act out lectures delivered in spoken form.
For a while, it seemed actually believable that delivering human-sounding speech would be very hard, as synthesis technology consistently failed to deliver anything that would fool anyone for more than a few words.
Today the work from our colleagues at DeepMind feels like it's leaped over the Uncanny Valley, and then some. The examples they provide sound fantastic. This is very exciting. I am really interested to hear what very long-form text sounds like, because that remains the ultimate challenge for TTS.___
Human Voice Synthesis Just Got a Whole Lot Better

This post presents WaveNet, a deep generative model of raw audio waveforms. We show that WaveNets are able to generate speech which mimics any human voice and which sounds more natural than the best existing Text-to-Speech systems, reducing the gap with human performance by over 50%.

It's funny - just the other day, I was thinking about how important the human voice is - and how much of ourselves is packed into the sounds we make. You can tell so much about someone, just by listening to their voice. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the voice can't be that far behind.

Yet, listening to the samples provided in this article, it makes you wonder. The Chinese samples are particularly good, actually, but so is the English.


HT +Daniel Estrada

2016-09-08 20:12:24 (9 comments; 6 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

- Richard Brautigan

Special thanks to +Matt Perez for highlighting this poem for me.

More on the poem and Richard... mehr »

All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

- Richard Brautigan

Special thanks to +Matt Perez for highlighting this poem for me.

More on the poem and Richard Brautigan:
http://www.brautigan.net/machines.html

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2016-09-08 19:39:20 (11 comments; 10 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Burrito Torpedo

Google will be testing drone-delivered burritos from Chipotle at Virginia Tech. Still lots of hurdles, but the pace of drone delivery is looking a lot faster than I would have anticipated, given the legal and safety hurdles.

"It’s the first time that we’re actually out there delivering stuff to people who want that stuff," Project Wing head Dave Vos tells Bloomberg. Most drone delivery testing in the US has been tightly restricted by the FAA, which has often been slow-moving and prohibitive when issuing rules around unmanned aerial vehicles. In June, the FAA removed the requirement that drone pilots have a pilot’s license, but it has yet to lay out an easy pathway for companies like Google and Amazon to move forward with semi-autonomous delivery drones.

Burrito Torpedo

Google will be testing drone-delivered burritos from Chipotle at Virginia Tech. Still lots of hurdles, but the pace of drone delivery is looking a lot faster than I would have anticipated, given the legal and safety hurdles.

"It’s the first time that we’re actually out there delivering stuff to people who want that stuff," Project Wing head Dave Vos tells Bloomberg. Most drone delivery testing in the US has been tightly restricted by the FAA, which has often been slow-moving and prohibitive when issuing rules around unmanned aerial vehicles. In June, the FAA removed the requirement that drone pilots have a pilot’s license, but it has yet to lay out an easy pathway for companies like Google and Amazon to move forward with semi-autonomous delivery drones.___

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2016-09-07 18:18:41 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

In another life,
My teeth and tongue
Would speak aloud what until now
I've only sung

1000 Times by Sara Bareilles

In another life,
My teeth and tongue
Would speak aloud what until now
I've only sung

1000 Times by Sara Bareilles___

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2016-09-07 14:18:54 (20 comments; 3 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

The story of the first social media stream, a bold move by Facebook's leadership, that initially met a fiercely negative response from users.


The story of the first social media stream, a bold move by Facebook's leadership, that initially met a fiercely negative response from users.
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2016-09-06 14:25:41 (34 comments; 7 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

Improving Exposure for Community and Collection posts on Google+

Over the last year, Google has invested a great deal in helping users find and follow new communities and collections. I'm generally a big fan of this focus on connecting people's shared interests, but I believe that Google+ is now facing a problem that is a direct result of these investments:

Insufficient exposure for the posts in all those communities and collections that we're now following.

The main place most of us see these community and collection posts is in the main "home" stream¹ -- and that's a real problem because they have to compete for visibility with posts from our circles, from "what's hot," from other people's plusses, and presumably a bunch of other variables.

I can spend a lot of time trying to tune my Google+ experience... mehr »

Improving Exposure for Community and Collection posts on Google+

Over the last year, Google has invested a great deal in helping users find and follow new communities and collections. I'm generally a big fan of this focus on connecting people's shared interests, but I believe that Google+ is now facing a problem that is a direct result of these investments:

Insufficient exposure for the posts in all those communities and collections that we're now following.

The main place most of us see these community and collection posts is in the main "home" stream¹ -- and that's a real problem because they have to compete for visibility with posts from our circles, from "what's hot," from other people's plusses, and presumably a bunch of other variables.

I can spend a lot of time trying to tune my Google+ experience by following this or that set of specific collections and communities, but only a very small percentage of their posts will actually make it through to my home stream. So, the only way I can actually see these posts is the very cumbersome process of going to your "followed" communities or collections and then clicking on each individual collection or community - like a little information cul de sac.

Of course, I don't have access to Google+ usage data, but my guess is that what it would reveal lots of communities and collections being followed, but comparatively little engagement with the posts in those communities and collections. I'm curious about your personal experience:

How often do you actually see posts from the collections and communities you follow, and how do you find them? Do you actually click through and visit each one?

The result of all this is that I just don't see the vast majority of content that I've told Google I actually want to see. This gives users the false sense that they are customizing their user experience, when in fact, not much is changed. And that's really unfortunate because Collections and Communities are a great idea in concept. Google+ just hasn't yet invested in the features to grant them better exposure. Without that, this huge bet for the network is going to generate a fraction of the engagement that it actually could be.

Last November, I suggested one idea for a fix (http://goo.gl/l4v6Ew), but so as not to get lost in the solution, right now I think it's more important to highlight the problem.

It goes without saying that I'm a huge fan Google+, have invested deeply, etc. I just think this is a problem that needs some real attention.






¹ Some people may set notifications for communities and collections that they really care about, but this approach ultimately clutters up notifications if used for more than just a few.
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2016-09-05 19:41:02 (25 comments; 25 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

Are Our Brains Running Something Analogous to a Graphics Processing Unit?

Physics simulation is a critical aspect of cognition when it comes to survival. Now scientists are honing in on five areas of the brain, possibly with more to come, that is used for helping us to process the physics of the real world.

These areas of the brain aren't used exclusively for physics mapping:

The researchers found that the brain’s physics engine — this group of five regions — significantly overlaps with the multiple-demand network. Predicting dynamic movement isn’t the engine’s only purpose, but it sure is one of its major jobs.

The experiments used to advance this research were quite clever. This is pretty exciting stuff. 

Are Our Brains Running Something Analogous to a Graphics Processing Unit?

Physics simulation is a critical aspect of cognition when it comes to survival. Now scientists are honing in on five areas of the brain, possibly with more to come, that is used for helping us to process the physics of the real world.

These areas of the brain aren't used exclusively for physics mapping:

The researchers found that the brain’s physics engine — this group of five regions — significantly overlaps with the multiple-demand network. Predicting dynamic movement isn’t the engine’s only purpose, but it sure is one of its major jobs.

The experiments used to advance this research were quite clever. This is pretty exciting stuff. ___

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2016-09-05 14:23:57 (3 comments; 10 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Conversational Interface "Wearables"

“With Watson’s language translation capabilities and the increasing pervasiveness of smart devices, conversational interfaces will start to challenge the visual user interfaces of today,” said Harriet Green, Global Head of IBM Watson Internet of Things. “Users will increasingly talk to their devices and interact with their homes and workplaces in more natural, interactive and convenient ways. With Bragi we are looking at how this development can go even further with a powerful audio and sensory interface that fits inside the ear opening up a myriad of new opportunities for transforming the workplace.”

Thus far, IBM and Bragi have set their sights upon six initial focus areas whereupon to invest their energies: worker safety, guided instructions, smart employee notifications, team communications, workforce analysis andoptimizatio... mehr »

Conversational Interface "Wearables"

“With Watson’s language translation capabilities and the increasing pervasiveness of smart devices, conversational interfaces will start to challenge the visual user interfaces of today,” said Harriet Green, Global Head of IBM Watson Internet of Things. “Users will increasingly talk to their devices and interact with their homes and workplaces in more natural, interactive and convenient ways. With Bragi we are looking at how this development can go even further with a powerful audio and sensory interface that fits inside the ear opening up a myriad of new opportunities for transforming the workplace.”

Thus far, IBM and Bragi have set their sights upon six initial focus areas whereupon to invest their energies: worker safety, guided instructions, smart employee notifications, team communications, workforce analysis and optimization, and biometric ID.


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2016-09-05 14:17:25 (2 comments; 7 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

The organization said an estimated 5,000 eastern gorillas remain in the wild, a decline of about 70 percent over the past 20 years.

Of all the great ape species — the eastern gorilla, western gorilla, Bornean orangutan, Sumatran orangutan, chimpanzee and bonobo — only the chimpanzee and bonobo are not considered critically endangered. But they are listed as endangered.




The organization said an estimated 5,000 eastern gorillas remain in the wild, a decline of about 70 percent over the past 20 years.

Of all the great ape species — the eastern gorilla, western gorilla, Bornean orangutan, Sumatran orangutan, chimpanzee and bonobo — only the chimpanzee and bonobo are not considered critically endangered. But they are listed as endangered.


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2016-09-04 20:33:21 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

This is one of my all-time favorite of +David Amerland​'s Sunday Reads. Rather than add more thoughts for you to process, I will just let you get to the heart of what he's saying here about books. It's great.


HT +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales​

Worlds

When it comes to books I am an oddity. Because I read everything I discovered some classics only through the “required reading list” of my High School English Lit teacher who insisted that we get through it all in our summer time. Fahrenheit 451 (https://goo.gl/fFpO8a) appeared weird to me. The idea that someone would feel threatened by a book seemed surreal, crazy. The kind of thing that could not be taken seriously.

That 13-year-old me who read it thought it an anachronism, something harkening back to Nazi Germany (https://goo.gl/Kqib4D) which had turned itself a nation revolving around symbolic gestures and their amplification. The passing years have not made me wiser, but they have given me the necessarily real-world knowledge to understand the importance of a book and the tragedy represented by its destruction.

When Lady Chatterley’s Lover (https://goo.gl/va3QuI) threatened Britain’s sense of values so much that D. H. Lawrence’s masterpiece could not be published in the country until 1960, some 32 years after he’d first published it, we realize the hypocrisy of pretending that in the Western world we love all books and see them as harmless works of entertainment.

Very recently in Russia (which I will not quantify culturally today) Henry Miller’s works were publicly torched (https://goo.gl/qxAbQB) citing their amoral enticement as a reason. Since the year 2000 there have been some very notable (and public) instances of books burnt: http://goo.gl/EGAfN2 as a means of making a statement.

There is a paradox here. On the surface of it, we, seemingly rational human beings, grab a construct made out of glue, dead trees and (sometimes) thread and toss it in the fire because we want to destroy an idea. And deeper down, subconsciously, in the places where we synthesize the unarticulated notions of symbols, we understand that a book is a vehicle. A structured presentation of thought that leads to more thought and it is thinking that scares us, just as we try to control it and guide it through the act of a book’s destruction.

Books are a manifestation of several things: The most obvious one they are thought made concrete. A structured, reasoned and carefully arranged construction of a particular type of thinking which reveals an experience and explores an ideology. Whether fiction or non-fiction, a book reveals as much about its author and the times it is has been written in as it reveals about its intended audience and their concerns and lives. It is also the next stage through which our civilization preserves knowledge.

Books represent a technological advantage over the suggested fragility and unreliability of the oral tradition: https://goo.gl/VZ2D7L where the knowledge we need resides in someone’s memory and their ability to retrieve it, at will, more or less intact.

If a book is a means of communication: https://goo.gl/TMeUab and as a species we have always strived to communicate better, then the unstated, obvious question we need to ask, is why do books threaten us so much that entire nations run by seemingly responsible people feel inclined to pursue a meaningless war against them: http://goo.gl/2MGpPt.

There is a seeming disconnect between cause and effect here that does not entirely make sense until we delve a little deeper. A book is indeed, a form of communication. But as a step up from the oral tradition it represents an upgrade several orders of magnitude higher than anything that had gone before. By lowering the energy threshold required to communicate (a book can reach millions whereas as storyteller is bound by his physical presence and the physics of talking to a large audience), a book becomes both a repository of cultural history, information and ideas and a means of spreading all of that irrespective of constraints of time and, indeed space. So a book, as a means of communication represents the total disruption of the traditional Gatekeeping of Information which used to be controlled by the Priesthood (hieroglyphics, quite literally means “sacred scribbles” - https://goo.gl/Wd7ZSK and during the Middle Ages the Church was the principal means through which books were created and knowledge spread: http://goo.gl/4LpJh) and the State.

Books are a stone thrown at the glass cage of assumed Authority. Those who fight against them and those who destroy them are railing not just against their content which surely should give the opportunity for discussion, but against the loss of control of a message, that the book represents for them.

Book lovers (https://goo.gl/7zx00U) understand that. In consuming books they seek to become the catalysts for change within their communities. But books do way more than that. They become the roadmap we use to explore the wider world, become more familiar with our inner nature and find the point at which these two intersect: https://goo.gl/jvWSdY.

Books open our minds, says Lisa Bu: http://goo.gl/eIR1jF and our brains respond neurobiologically to what we read: http://goo.gl/fc6HmR becoming, at a subliminal level, the practice grounds where we learn concepts such as justice, fairness, heroism, beauty, love and morality.

Because nothing good can come without some pitfalls, at least, books also present us with a trap of sorts. Their physical manifestation, their unarguably concrete presence has the ability to impact us with its symbolism in a way that is arguably disproportionate to the value of their content: https://goo.gl/PV33IZ. We still look at the surface of things, the binding, colors, weight and feel of a book still play a role. A gem-encrusted, gold-leaf covered Bible acquires greater value than a lesser counterpart. A book that’s 450 pages long, feels weightier in our hand than a pamphlet of just 20 pages. These are contextual clues we use to assess value that are more rooted in our ancient past than the modern age when an idea can be described in just two paragraphs and it can change our minds and our lives.

We still judge books by their covers: http://goo.gl/LBy7sL instead of their content: http://goo.gl/Cp9KPQ.

I am not going to say that’s wrong. A book, as a whole, is an ensemble of intelligence, passion, craftsmanship and art. How it looks and feels is every bit as important as what it says. And here we reach an interesting conundrum. In the digital age, when books are delivered across the world, whisper-quiet, in seconds to our devices, their symbolic nature, the part that made Hitler’s goons want to burn them, the aspect which has still made so many around the world set fire to dead trees because they want to make a point, is lost: http://goo.gl/0eUXac.

McLuhan was right in that the medium is the message (https://goo.gl/xeixZb) to a great extent (http://goo.gl/oXBmIY). Digital books represent an opportunity to access knowledge, faster, deeper and more precisely than ever. But knowledge requires something more. It needs a symbol of sorts, and here digital has not yet managed to provide it.

Over my life, I collected books. By 2005 I had over 3,000 tomes in my home library. Some of them were obsolete and I kept them because of what they represented: the commitment of the younger me, spending paper round money to buy expensive books (transportation costs to Australia in the 70s made books worth almost their weight in gold) because they opened up worlds I could enter at will. Others were memories. How I felt when I came across a particular book by accident. A book I would have never bought (and never fully read) given to me by my father as his way of making up for an argument. A library book I never returned because I left the country. A book given as a gift by a former lover.

Over the last eleven years I’ve changed continent three times and homes more than a dozen times. It became impossible for me to take those books with me. So I digitized them. I have since added to them. I have on my tablet over 4,000 books, on my phone several hundred more. I love the freedom of being able to dip into my library at will, whenever the opportunity arises. I love the fact that I can search them, classify them, categorize them.

I know it’s not the same. I used to, on a Sunday, just go through my book collection, coffee cup in hand, touching some volumes, rediscovering others. Losing myself in both the content of the books and the memories each could evoke. My battered copy of Dune was an accidental find, my picking up and dipping into a book while waiting angrily for a girl I was to meet who was late (I was still a school). My copy of The Lord of the Rings was given to me by someone I’d loved and hurt. Those books were part of me, part of my journey in a way digital isn’t. There was a beauty in my books which my digital library does not yet have (http://goo.gl/VntWuP).

And that’s the challenge. Freed from the constraints of the physical, we use digital to do incredible things. But we have yet to make them human in the way the things we’ve given up were. We don’t yet know how to show restraint or exercise control. We are not yet sure just how all this power to do almost anything that lies at our fingertips translates into action that has us actually do something.

It’s not that we do not understand meaning and value. We do. Both come from our personal investment of who we are in what we do. Digital forces us to be mindful in ways physical didn’t. Because our actions are intentional (http://goo.gl/33DSPf) we now need to understand why we do things better in order to do them well enough to truly matter. This goes as much into book buying as anything else.

I hope you’ve been intentional enough in your weekly shop this week to have ample coffee at hand, mountains of croissants, donuts, cookies and chocolate cake, without which much of the meaning of our Sunday world, would wane. Have an awesome Sunday, wherever you are.
___This is one of my all-time favorite of +David Amerland​'s Sunday Reads. Rather than add more thoughts for you to process, I will just let you get to the heart of what he's saying here about books. It's great.


HT +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales​

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2016-09-04 01:02:53 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Every once in a while, I run into writing that really excites me with the perspective it offers.

In this case, it's +Jessie Lydia Henshaw​. I've just done a skim and am looking forward to more of a deep dive later, but wanted to share her site now for those interested in systems thinking, living systems, learning and a bunch of other interesting topics. She cautions that her site is a little dated, but I've found to be very interesting and worth sharing.

Here's the link: http://www.synapse9.com

Oh yeah, and to make this post pop a bit, I included a nice painting - which is by her, the way.

Every once in a while, I run into writing that really excites me with the perspective it offers.

In this case, it's +Jessie Lydia Henshaw​. I've just done a skim and am looking forward to more of a deep dive later, but wanted to share her site now for those interested in systems thinking, living systems, learning and a bunch of other interesting topics. She cautions that her site is a little dated, but I've found to be very interesting and worth sharing.

Here's the link: http://www.synapse9.com

Oh yeah, and to make this post pop a bit, I included a nice painting - which is by her, the way.___

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2016-09-02 19:08:44 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

No.


HT +George Station

#OneMinuteOfficeMagic  ___No.


HT +George Station

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2016-09-01 17:55:30 (6 comments; 9 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Consciousness and two of the paths to Enlightenment. Short, worthwhile insights from Rupert Spira, someone I'd not heard of before.

Consciousness and two of the paths to Enlightenment. Short, worthwhile insights from Rupert Spira, someone I'd not heard of before.___

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2016-09-01 02:10:41 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

How Epithelial Cells Balance Cell Death and Cell Division

This post is for all my biology buddies here on G+. This is fairly new research showing how it is that epithelial (skin) cells know when to divide, which is to say, grow. It turns out, one of the key factors is how crowded they are. By artificially stretching these cells these researchers were able to trigger cell division, and in so doing, uncovered a number of factors that induce that division.

This video is fairly easy to understand - at least until it gets into the specifics of how the division is triggered. I don't pretend to understand this work at that level -- it's beyond my high-school biology training - but that's not the case for my sister, whose lab it is that is doing this work. Jody is hoping that this work will have important implications for stoping cancer. It's very exciting to see her... mehr »

How Epithelial Cells Balance Cell Death and Cell Division

This post is for all my biology buddies here on G+. This is fairly new research showing how it is that epithelial (skin) cells know when to divide, which is to say, grow. It turns out, one of the key factors is how crowded they are. By artificially stretching these cells these researchers were able to trigger cell division, and in so doing, uncovered a number of factors that induce that division.

This video is fairly easy to understand - at least until it gets into the specifics of how the division is triggered. I don't pretend to understand this work at that level -- it's beyond my high-school biology training - but that's not the case for my sister, whose lab it is that is doing this work. Jody is hoping that this work will have important implications for stoping cancer. It's very exciting to see her work now gaining recognition.

The rest of the series:
http://www.ibiology.org/ibioseminars/cell-biology/epithelial-homeostasis-cell-division.html

+Rajini Rao, you might find this interesting.___

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2016-08-31 20:54:21 (11 comments; 7 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

No More Monkeys Driving Cars

No More Monkeys Driving Cars___

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2016-08-31 02:58:16 (9 comments; 9 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

Unlike Uber and its crosstown San Francisco rival Lyft Inc., which each largely operate as on-demand taxi businesses, Waze wants to connect riders with drivers who are already headed in the same direction. The company has said it aims to make fares low enough to discourage drivers from operating as taxi drivers. 

Unlike Uber and its crosstown San Francisco rival Lyft Inc., which each largely operate as on-demand taxi businesses, Waze wants to connect riders with drivers who are already headed in the same direction. The company has said it aims to make fares low enough to discourage drivers from operating as taxi drivers. ___

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2016-08-30 23:08:49 (2 comments; 7 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

The lines between virtual and physical reality continue to blur.

___The lines between virtual and physical reality continue to blur.

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2016-08-30 06:20:23 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Federal officials have been taking steps to help states ensure the security of their elections systems, amid growing concern about the vulnerability of the American political system to foreign hackers. 


Federal officials have been taking steps to help states ensure the security of their elections systems, amid growing concern about the vulnerability of the American political system to foreign hackers. 
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2016-08-29 14:26:16 (4 comments; 9 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Great way to see the unfolding of civilization over time.

HT +Laura Gibbs​

___Great way to see the unfolding of civilization over time.

HT +Laura Gibbs​

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2016-08-28 17:16:29 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Is Google News starting to slot Trump stories under "Entertainment"?

Out of the mouths of algorithms...

Is Google News starting to slot Trump stories under "Entertainment"?

Out of the mouths of algorithms...___

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2016-08-28 01:34:53 (6 comments; 11 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

4-D printing: structures designed to change over the fourth dimension -- time.


4-D printing: structures designed to change over the fourth dimension -- time.
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2016-08-26 00:25:54 (28 comments; 13 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Welcome to the Gig Economy

+YES! Magazine is focusing its latest issue on the gig economy. The intro article "Welcome to the Gig Economy," by Paul Hampton is excellent. It has some really good insider information on what it's like to work as a "Turker" - someone who works for Amazon's "Mechanical Turk." It also has some nice insights into the challenges of the new platform economy and explores some of the nascent efforts to build platforms that are actually owned by workers.

Lots of great infographics in this issue too. If you're into the future of work, you will want to read this one.

#futureofwork #gigeconomy #platforms

+Gregory Esau, +John Verdon, +Todd McKissick, +George Kao, +Grizwald Grim, +Malthus John, +Darius Gabriel Black, +Mike Murphy, +Bernd Nurnberger - you all might be interested in this one. 

Welcome to the Gig Economy

+YES! Magazine is focusing its latest issue on the gig economy. The intro article "Welcome to the Gig Economy," by Paul Hampton is excellent. It has some really good insider information on what it's like to work as a "Turker" - someone who works for Amazon's "Mechanical Turk." It also has some nice insights into the challenges of the new platform economy and explores some of the nascent efforts to build platforms that are actually owned by workers.

Lots of great infographics in this issue too. If you're into the future of work, you will want to read this one.

#futureofwork #gigeconomy #platforms

+Gregory Esau, +John Verdon, +Todd McKissick, +George Kao, +Grizwald Grim, +Malthus John, +Darius Gabriel Black, +Mike Murphy, +Bernd Nurnberger - you all might be interested in this one. ___

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2016-08-25 18:21:17 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Does It Have an Atmosphere?

Scientists discover a planet that could be Earth-like circling our closest neighboring star.

Who's up for a quick 70,000 year journey to check it out?


Does It Have an Atmosphere?

Scientists discover a planet that could be Earth-like circling our closest neighboring star.

Who's up for a quick 70,000 year journey to check it out?
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2016-08-25 05:28:51 (42 comments; 17 reshares; 88 +1s; )Open 

AI outperforming human financial analysis.

HT +Thomas Morffew​

AI vs Human

(source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-21/hedge-fund-robot-outsmarts-human-master-as-ai-passes-brexit-test)___AI outperforming human financial analysis.

HT +Thomas Morffew​

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