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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

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Cream of the Crop: 04/01/2012

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Yifat Cohen87,526*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 Cohen87,526*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 18:00:0059  
Yifat Cohen87,526*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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2016-07-30 16:13:01 (64 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

I was a Bernie supporter and I still am. I love what he represents, I love his ability to see the real problems facing this country and his courage to confront it head on. I will continue to support the movement he has helped catalyze and he will always hold a special place in my heart.

But now, my focus has shifted to defeating Trump's attempt to rise to power. He will not -- but only if we, the people, stop him.

This piece in the New York Times captures perfectly the historic seriousness of what we are facing with Trump. It is very worth reading.

To my Bernie-or-Bust friends, please read it with an open mind and consider this deeper historical context, and why a man as principled as Bernie Sanders would set aside his cherished ideals at this point in time to join the struggle against this menace to society.

To my friends who might, for whatever reason... mehr »

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2016-07-12 22:44:15 (9 comments; 25 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

Octo Brains

So cool. I love hearing about alternative organizational structures for intelligence, especially when they're found right here on Earth.

An octopus’ arms are kind of amazing, Grasso says. “Each octopus arm has roughly 3,000 suckers apiece,” Grasso explains. “Each one of those has on the order of 10,000 sensory neurons. Their suckers can discriminate not only textures, but shapes. Their suckers are chemical sensors; they provide a sense of taste.”

There is a lot of “intelligence” in an octopus arm, Grasso says. In fact, the arms make up about three-fifths of an octopus brain — insofar as this rather unique organ can be defined as a brain, as we typically understand it.

“We talk about the central nervous system of these animals because there's a distinction between the peripheral nervous system and the central nervoussystem,” Grasso e... mehr »

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2016-07-12 22:44:15 (9 comments; 25 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

Octo Brains

So cool. I love hearing about alternative organizational structures for intelligence, especially when they're found right here on Earth.

An octopus’ arms are kind of amazing, Grasso says. “Each octopus arm has roughly 3,000 suckers apiece,” Grasso explains. “Each one of those has on the order of 10,000 sensory neurons. Their suckers can discriminate not only textures, but shapes. Their suckers are chemical sensors; they provide a sense of taste.”

There is a lot of “intelligence” in an octopus arm, Grasso says. In fact, the arms make up about three-fifths of an octopus brain — insofar as this rather unique organ can be defined as a brain, as we typically understand it.

“We talk about the central nervous system of these animals because there's a distinction between the peripheral nervous system and the central nervoussystem,” Grasso e... mehr »

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2016-08-26 00:25:54 (15 comments; 11 reshares; 23 +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 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +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 17:22:24 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

This poem really captures the essence of what work can be:

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May your work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.

May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.

May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.

Remember to be kind
To those you work with you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.

Be fair in your expectations,
Compassionate in your criticism.
May you have the grace of encouragement
To awaken the gift... mehr »

Work as Blessing

I was at a board meeting this weekend, where someone very wise shared this poem about work. It captures beautifully the essence of deeper, more satisfying work. And I like it so much, I'm going to buy the book from which it was published, providing the link to you too, should you wish to do the same. 

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May your work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.

May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.

May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.

Remember to be kind
To those you work with you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.

Be fair in your expectations,
Compassionate in your criticism.
May you have the grace of encouragement
To awaken the gift in the other’s heart,
Building in them the confidence
To follow the call of the gift.

May you come to know that work
Which emerges from the mind of love
Will have beauty and form.

May this work be worthy
Of the energy of your heart
And the light of your thought.

May your work assume a proper space in your life;
Instead of owning or using you,
May it challenge and refine you,
Bringing you every day further
Into the wonder of your heart.

- John O’Donohue,
 
To Bless the Space Between Us

#work   #soulfulcompany  ___This poem really captures the essence of what work can be:

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May your work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.

May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.

May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.

Remember to be kind
To those you work with you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.

Be fair in your expectations,
Compassionate in your criticism.
May you have the grace of encouragement
To awaken the gift in the other’s heart,
Building in them the confidence
To follow the call of the gift.

May you come to know that work
Which emerges from the mind of love
Will have beauty and form.

May this work be worthy
Of the energy of your heart
And the light of your thought.

May your work assume a proper space in your life;
Instead of owning or using you,
May it challenge and refine you,
Bringing you every day further
Into the wonder of your heart.

- John O’Donohue,

To Bless the Space Between Us

#work #soulfulcompany

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2016-08-25 05:28:51 (9 comments; 13 reshares; 79 +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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2016-08-24 16:26:30 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Mission-Driven Technology

I use an app that helps me meditate regularly. It's really well designed and the people behind it seem to care a lot about the deeper meaning of their work. Using this app got me thinking about what it takes to develop mission-driven technology and the organizations that enable them.

Developing these unusual business models takes a great deal of creativity and managing their operations is an endless balance between earning money and achieving mission impact. It’s messy work, but when done right, it can build a wonderful work culture for creating mission-driven technologies that heal the world.


Mission-Driven Technology

I use an app that helps me meditate regularly. It's really well designed and the people behind it seem to care a lot about the deeper meaning of their work. Using this app got me thinking about what it takes to develop mission-driven technology and the organizations that enable them.

Developing these unusual business models takes a great deal of creativity and managing their operations is an endless balance between earning money and achieving mission impact. It’s messy work, but when done right, it can build a wonderful work culture for creating mission-driven technologies that heal the world.
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2016-08-23 14:10:24 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Technology is a neutral container; it holds the very best — and the very worst — of human intentions. There is nothing inherently bad or evil about it; it’s just what we make it. We choose the ends to which we develop and apply technology, which means that there is nothing stopping us from creating noble tools, nothing stopping us from building “mission-driven technology.”

#mission 

Technology is a neutral container; it holds the very best — and the very worst — of human intentions. There is nothing inherently bad or evil about it; it’s just what we make it. We choose the ends to which we develop and apply technology, which means that there is nothing stopping us from creating noble tools, nothing stopping us from building “mission-driven technology.”

#mission ___

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2016-08-20 01:20:44 (3 comments; 8 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

21st Century Cures Act

New legislation is moving through Congress that will further define recently issued guidance from the Food and Drug Administration, regarding the agency's regulation over innovations in healthcare.

There are a number of interesting dimensions to the changes, but what most caught my eye are the rules around "Real World Evidence":

...The second guidance addresses the use of “Real World Evidence” in research. “RWE” derives from data collected outside clinical trials. Although not usually used to win approval of a new device, RWE can be used to gain the FDA’s permission for a device to be used for more indications that the one for which it was originally approved. What is the source of data to build the evidence? “The data is typically derived from electronic systems used in health care delivery, data contained withinmedical dev... mehr »

21st Century Cures Act

New legislation is moving through Congress that will further define recently issued guidance from the Food and Drug Administration, regarding the agency's regulation over innovations in healthcare.

There are a number of interesting dimensions to the changes, but what most caught my eye are the rules around "Real World Evidence":

...The second guidance addresses the use of “Real World Evidence” in research. “RWE” derives from data collected outside clinical trials. Although not usually used to win approval of a new device, RWE can be used to gain the FDA’s permission for a device to be used for more indications that the one for which it was originally approved. What is the source of data to build the evidence? “The data is typically derived from electronic systems used in health care delivery, data contained within medical devices, and/or in tracking patient experience during care, including in home-use settings.”

In other words, we, the patients, will increasingly play a vital role in validating the efficacy of future healthcare innovations. The FDA is essentially acknowledging what the tech industry has long known: customers aren't just consumers -- they are co-creators.___

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2016-08-19 13:32:43 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

User's New Otto Subsidiary Accelerates Self-Driving Truck Market

This is an interesting look at how Uber plans to catalyze the automation of the trucking industry.

If, Berdinis says, the driver could put the truck in “cruising” mode, as they call it, and technically go off duty, getting some shut eye in the berth behind the driver’s seat, a truck could drive itself for hours—with the driver still collecting the usual rate per mile. But for now, drivers are still needed — not only to oversee the driving, but for all the things that happen either side of onramps and off-ramps, like the city driving and logistics, the docking and parking and weighing and so forth. “They’re still in the cabin,” Ron says.

#trucking #selfdriving #uber

User's New Otto Subsidiary Accelerates Self-Driving Truck Market

This is an interesting look at how Uber plans to catalyze the automation of the trucking industry.

If, Berdinis says, the driver could put the truck in “cruising” mode, as they call it, and technically go off duty, getting some shut eye in the berth behind the driver’s seat, a truck could drive itself for hours—with the driver still collecting the usual rate per mile. But for now, drivers are still needed — not only to oversee the driving, but for all the things that happen either side of onramps and off-ramps, like the city driving and logistics, the docking and parking and weighing and so forth. “They’re still in the cabin,” Ron says.

#trucking #selfdriving #uber___

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2016-08-18 16:23:01 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 


Of Products, Markets, Consumers and Services

"And money, in our current system, generally comes through our participation in the conversion of nature into products, communities into markets, citizens into consumers and relationships into services."
- Charles Eisenstein 


Of Products, Markets, Consumers and Services

"And money, in our current system, generally comes through our participation in the conversion of nature into products, communities into markets, citizens into consumers and relationships into services."
- Charles Eisenstein ___

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2016-08-17 03:34:27 (2 comments; 8 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Making Robotic Intelligence More Like Our Intelligence

The other day, I posted a piece about +Danko Nikolic's theory of Practopoiesis. That got me digging into more of his work, which in turn, led me to this TEDx talk on making smarter robots.

The part to tune into here is the distinction Danko makes between systems that have a relatively small number of learning algorithms that are supported by massive amounts of stored information, and systems like our brain that invest in massive quantities of different kinds of learning algorithms. That treasure trove of learning algorithmic intelligence is the gift of hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary process and we (and the rest of our biological world) are its lucky recipients.

Great talk and it's just twelve minutes.

Making Robotic Intelligence More Like Our Intelligence

The other day, I posted a piece about +Danko Nikolic's theory of Practopoiesis. That got me digging into more of his work, which in turn, led me to this TEDx talk on making smarter robots.

The part to tune into here is the distinction Danko makes between systems that have a relatively small number of learning algorithms that are supported by massive amounts of stored information, and systems like our brain that invest in massive quantities of different kinds of learning algorithms. That treasure trove of learning algorithmic intelligence is the gift of hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary process and we (and the rest of our biological world) are its lucky recipients.

Great talk and it's just twelve minutes.___

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2016-08-16 20:32:32 (18 comments; 5 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Outsourcing Memory to "Containers of Our Collective Intelligence"

The results revealed that participants who previously used the Internet to gain information were significantly more likely to revert to Google for subsequent questions than those who relied on memory. Participants also spent less time consulting their own memory before reaching for the Internet; they were not only more likely to do it again, they were likely to do it much more quickly. Remarkably 30% of participants who previously consulted the Internet failed to even attempt to answer a single simple question from memory.

Lead author Dr Benjamin Storm commented, "Memory is changing. Our research shows that as we use the Internet to support and extend our memory we become more reliant on it. Whereas before we might have tried to recall something on our own, now we don't bother. As more... mehr »

Cognitive offloading: How the Internet is increasingly taking over human memory

Our increasing reliance on the Internet and the ease of access to the vast resource available online is affecting our thought processes for problem solving, recall and learning. In a new article, researchers have found that 'cognitive offloading', or the tendency to rely on things like the Internet as an aide-mémoire, increases after each use.___Outsourcing Memory to "Containers of Our Collective Intelligence"

The results revealed that participants who previously used the Internet to gain information were significantly more likely to revert to Google for subsequent questions than those who relied on memory. Participants also spent less time consulting their own memory before reaching for the Internet; they were not only more likely to do it again, they were likely to do it much more quickly. Remarkably 30% of participants who previously consulted the Internet failed to even attempt to answer a single simple question from memory.

Lead author Dr Benjamin Storm commented, "Memory is changing. Our research shows that as we use the Internet to support and extend our memory we become more reliant on it. Whereas before we might have tried to recall something on our own, now we don't bother. As more information becomes available via smartphones and other devices, we become progressively more reliant on it in our daily lives."

If you're interested in this topic, you may be interested in this talk I gave in Singapore this spring. The focus is on 'containers of our collective intelligence":

http://www.the-vital-edge.com/machine-based-collective-intellige/



Thanks to +George Station for flagging this one for my attention.

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2016-08-16 18:19:59 (14 comments; 9 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Biocentrism: Biological Consciousness Explaining the Universe

This is a wonderful talk from 2010 by Robert Lanza, outlining his views on "biocentrism" - the view of reality that explains the funky, unintuitive world of quantum physics by giving consciousness the primary role.

The Universe, in other words, exists in some shimmering, probabilistic reality that isn't out there and only comes into being through its interaction with biological consciousness.

Very worth watching. Seems like a pretty down-to-earth guy too.

Note: this is part one only. Part two should pop up immediately after this one is done. 

Biocentrism: Biological Consciousness Explaining the Universe

This is a wonderful talk from 2010 by Robert Lanza, outlining his views on "biocentrism" - the view of reality that explains the funky, unintuitive world of quantum physics by giving consciousness the primary role.

The Universe, in other words, exists in some shimmering, probabilistic reality that isn't out there and only comes into being through its interaction with biological consciousness.

Very worth watching. Seems like a pretty down-to-earth guy too.

Note: this is part one only. Part two should pop up immediately after this one is done. ___

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2016-08-15 17:34:54 (2 comments; 10 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Artificial Emotional Intelligence

Applications for artificial emotional intelligence, ranging from the mundane (the emotional impact of advertising) to the truly touching (training an autistic boy to make heart-opening eye contact with his mom).

Fast-forward three to five years. We think our devices and our technologies will all have an emotion chip, so pretty much like our devices have a GPS or location-enabled apps today.

#ArtificialEmotionalIntelligence  

Artificial Emotional Intelligence

Applications for artificial emotional intelligence, ranging from the mundane (the emotional impact of advertising) to the truly touching (training an autistic boy to make heart-opening eye contact with his mom).

Fast-forward three to five years. We think our devices and our technologies will all have an emotion chip, so pretty much like our devices have a GPS or location-enabled apps today.

#ArtificialEmotionalIntelligence  ___

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2016-08-15 12:38:36 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

This month alone, Intel announced plans to acquire deep learning startup Nervana Systems. And Apple confirmed it would acquire Turi inc. Earlier this year, Twitter acquired Magic Pony Technology, Salesforce acquired PredictionIO, ESI Group acquired Mineset, and Apple acquired Emotient, among other deals.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said 29 machine learning companies have been acquired so far this year by companies large and small, and total deals in 2016 will likely exceed the 37 such buyouts made last year.




This month alone, Intel announced plans to acquire deep learning startup Nervana Systems. And Apple confirmed it would acquire Turi inc. Earlier this year, Twitter acquired Magic Pony Technology, Salesforce acquired PredictionIO, ESI Group acquired Mineset, and Apple acquired Emotient, among other deals.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said 29 machine learning companies have been acquired so far this year by companies large and small, and total deals in 2016 will likely exceed the 37 such buyouts made last year.


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2016-08-14 23:58:22 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

The Growth of Executive Power Under President Obama

I am someone who is generally very happy with President Obama. I'm also someone who tries to keep open to big societal shifts, even when they may not be positive and are connected with someone I respect.

This New York Times pieces attempts to chronicle the rise of executive power under President Obama, and it makes a pretty compelling case. Over the course of the last seven years, this administration has finalized over 560 major regulations -- a 50% increase from the previous administration.

The Obvious
What the article makes clear is that this increased regulatory muscle is a direct response of the administration's inability to work with an overtly hostile Republican-controlled Congress. It explains the evolution of the administration's response and it's an interesting story that is... mehr »

The Growth of Executive Power Under President Obama

I am someone who is generally very happy with President Obama. I'm also someone who tries to keep open to big societal shifts, even when they may not be positive and are connected with someone I respect.

This New York Times pieces attempts to chronicle the rise of executive power under President Obama, and it makes a pretty compelling case. Over the course of the last seven years, this administration has finalized over 560 major regulations -- a 50% increase from the previous administration.

The Obvious
What the article makes clear is that this increased regulatory muscle is a direct response of the administration's inability to work with an overtly hostile Republican-controlled Congress. It explains the evolution of the administration's response and it's an interesting story that is worth reading.

The Not-So-Obvious
What's less clear to me is how the total increase in executive rulings might measure against the kinds of increase in laws that might normally occur in a well-functioning version of our legislative branch. If anyone has any data on that, I would be very curious about that. Our legislative branch has, one might argue, been effectively neutralized in its ability to carry our the governance of our nation; and I see that as due to two primary problems:

1) An extreme right that would rather shut government down than compromise its extreme positions. This problem largely stems from lack of true political competition caused by rampant gerrymandering across the country.
2) A captured legislative branch, where money buys influence. This problem is largely due to an ongoing weakening of our laws regarding money in politics.

The Problem
So, I think that what this article fails to outline are the deeper causes of this shift towards executive control, which is essentially the chronic dysfunction of our legislative branch.

The challenge of living in a large, modern economy is that, as that economy grows and evolves, new problems emerge that we, as a society, have not yet encountered. And so the demand for laws and rules setting societal norms about what is and is not in the greater good with regards to the ongoing operations of businesses, as the economic engines of our society.

The problem with this, and this is coming from someone who is fairly progressive, is that it is very, very difficult for government regulators or even legislators to stay up with the increasing pace of innovation and the growing complexity of businesses and their technologies. Government is missing the crucial drive of the market that keeps business moving at its blistering pace. I'm not saying that the government should be run by the market, but that it is not, and that puts it at a severe disadvantage in keeping pace in balancing the needs of business with the needs of society.

Stakeholders
Those who know me also know that I am a big fan of stakeholder theory (http://www.the-vital-edge.com/tag/stakeholder/), and I think this actually relates directly to the above problem.

Our economic system isn't just capitalist; it is a special variant of capitalism operated under the assumption of "shareholder primacy" -- the belief that the primary purpose of a business is to maximize returns for shareholders. This particular twist on capitalism turns publicly-traded corporations into powerful extraction engines for concentrating wealth in the hands of shareholders.
(see detailed stats on the extent of this extraction here: http://www.the-vital-edge.com/stock-market-concentration-of-wealth/)

So, essentially, we have a system where, with a few possible exceptions, the heads of our large corporations feel tremendous pressure to apply every trick that they have towards meeting their shareholder primacy goals - even when those tricks entail eating into the interests of the broader set of shareholders with a long-term stake in their business. The result is that we are left to call on government to intervene in the creaky, stumbling way that it does.

Don't get me wrong. I am a firm believer in laws and regulations as a way to lay out the overall goals for the general welfare. The question I'm pondering here is whether an economy that embraced stakeholder primacy, rather than shareholder primacy, might just enable us to more effectively balance the needs of business with the needs of people and planet with greater nimbleness and flexibility.

Rather than extensive, super-detailed administrative rulings outlining exactly how a company should or should not behave, might we be better off building legal muscle around strengthening stakeholder rights and systems to reward companies that ensure those interests?

Not an easy problem, to be sure. But that is what this article about the growth of executive rulings made me think about today.

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2016-08-13 04:07:23 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

All in all, this superlens can increase the magnification of existing microscopes by a factor of about five. In experiments, the scientists could produce sharp images of items that are 45 nanometers in size.

All in all, this superlens can increase the magnification of existing microscopes by a factor of about five. In experiments, the scientists could produce sharp images of items that are 45 nanometers in size.___

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2016-08-13 01:07:43 (2 comments; 23 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

"The Most Bitter Struggle" for Our Future...

Here's +John Robb, laying out an argument that rings very true to me and is very much aligned with much of my own thinking/writing about the future. And please note the focus he puts on solving the open source business model problem. It's absolutely critical to building sustainable, stakeholder-centric economic structures.

As far as I can tell, there are two ways these bots will emerge in their trillions (the vast majority of those will live in the cloud, attached to sensors/data/etc.). One way is a system that will dominate and enslave the vast majority of us and the other has the potential to provide us with a way of life that is as close to an edenic revival as is possible in reality.

These two systems will likely become the source of the most bitter struggle for dominance we’ve ever experienced ont... mehr »

"The Most Bitter Struggle" for Our Future...

Here's +John Robb, laying out an argument that rings very true to me and is very much aligned with much of my own thinking/writing about the future. And please note the focus he puts on solving the open source business model problem. It's absolutely critical to building sustainable, stakeholder-centric economic structures.

As far as I can tell, there are two ways these bots will emerge in their trillions (the vast majority of those will live in the cloud, attached to sensors/data/etc.). One way is a system that will dominate and enslave the vast majority of us and the other has the potential to provide us with a way of life that is as close to an edenic revival as is possible in reality.

These two systems will likely become the source of the most bitter struggle for dominance we’ve ever experienced on this blue planet. More bitter than the fight between bureaucratic systems (communism/fascism) and market systems (democratic capitalism) in the last century.

HT to +Alex Steffen for flagging this one for my attention.
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2016-08-12 19:30:53 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Interview with +Yoshua Bengio by +Sophie Curtis. One of the more interesting moments is when he's talking about the potential risks of applying machine learning to advertising - and particularly political advertising. Yes. Big issue.

I had the pleasure of holding a short interview with +Yoshua Bengio at the Deep Learning Summit in Boston, May 2016.

Our discussion included his motivations for focusing his research in deep learning, current projects he's working on, potential risks of artificial intelligence and it's applications, advice for those looking to join the field, and more!

Watch the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InYNSzVblZQ

#reworkDL   #deeplearning   #machinelearning   #AI  ___Interview with +Yoshua Bengio by +Sophie Curtis. One of the more interesting moments is when he's talking about the potential risks of applying machine learning to advertising - and particularly political advertising. Yes. Big issue.

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2016-08-12 15:09:04 (7 comments; 9 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Practopoiesis: Intelligence as Feedback at Multiple Scales


The question of how to achieve intelligence remains a mystery for scientists. Recently, however a new theory has been proposed that may resolve this very question. The theory is called practopoiesis and is founded in the most fundamental capability of all biological organisms—their ability to adapt.

Practopoiesis states that the slow and fast adaptive mechanisms are collectively responsible for creation of intelligence and are organized into a hierarchy. First, evolution creates genes at a painstakingly slow tempo. Then genes slowly create the mechanisms of fast adaptations. Next, adaptation mechanisms change the properties of our nerve cells within seconds. And finally, the resulting adjusted networks of nerve cells route sensory signals to muscles with the speed of lightning. At the end behavior iscre... mehr »

#Practopoiesis: Where does #intelligence come from? http://snglrty.co/2aQD9Xg___Practopoiesis: Intelligence as Feedback at Multiple Scales


The question of how to achieve intelligence remains a mystery for scientists. Recently, however a new theory has been proposed that may resolve this very question. The theory is called practopoiesis and is founded in the most fundamental capability of all biological organisms—their ability to adapt.

Practopoiesis states that the slow and fast adaptive mechanisms are collectively responsible for creation of intelligence and are organized into a hierarchy. First, evolution creates genes at a painstakingly slow tempo. Then genes slowly create the mechanisms of fast adaptations. Next, adaptation mechanisms change the properties of our nerve cells within seconds. And finally, the resulting adjusted networks of nerve cells route sensory signals to muscles with the speed of lightning. At the end behavior is created.

Probably the most groundbreaking aspect of practopoietic theory is that our intelligent minds are not primarily located in the connectivity matrix of our neural networks, as it has been widely held, but instead in the elaborate knowledge of the fast adaptive mechanisms. The more knowledge our genes store into our quick abilities to adapt nerve cells, the more capability we have to adjust in novel situations, solve problems, and generally, act intelligently.

HT +Nikola Danaylov​

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2016-08-11 19:39:40 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

"Informative" Posts Prioritized in Facebook Feed

To define what is "informative" to people, Facebook had users in its "Feed Quality Program" rate posts from local news to hobbies to recipes on a scale of one to five, one being "really not informative" and five being "really informative." The Feed Quality Program surveys the opinions of tens of thousands of people a day, Facebook said.

From there, Facebook developed a methodology — a ranking signal combined with how relevant the story might be to you personally — to predict which of the posts would most interest individual users, taking into account their relationship to the person or publisher and what they typically choose to click on, comment on or share.

"Generally, we’ve found people find stories informative if they are related to their interests,if they en... mehr »

"Informative" Posts Prioritized in Facebook Feed

To define what is "informative" to people, Facebook had users in its "Feed Quality Program" rate posts from local news to hobbies to recipes on a scale of one to five, one being "really not informative" and five being "really informative." The Feed Quality Program surveys the opinions of tens of thousands of people a day, Facebook said.

From there, Facebook developed a methodology — a ranking signal combined with how relevant the story might be to you personally — to predict which of the posts would most interest individual users, taking into account their relationship to the person or publisher and what they typically choose to click on, comment on or share.

"Generally, we’ve found people find stories informative if they are related to their interests, if they engage people in  broader discussions and if they contain news about the world around them," Facebook said in a blog post Thursday.

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2016-08-05 15:30:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Pushing publishing into a new level of reader interaction and engagement with Chatbots. By +David Amerland​.

Pushing publishing into a new level of reader interaction and engagement with Chatbots. By +David Amerland​.___

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2016-08-05 15:08:01 (9 comments; 11 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Welcome to the rabbit hole of an imaginary entity I call a “perfect profit machine.” It’s a corporation, fully automated all the way up to the artificial intelligence running its highest-level management decisions.

Welcome to the rabbit hole of an imaginary entity I call a “perfect profit machine.” It’s a corporation, fully automated all the way up to the artificial intelligence running its highest-level management decisions.___

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2016-08-05 14:56:49 (13 comments; 9 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

A Fully Automated, Intelligent Corporation ... That Decides to Stop Sharing the Wealth It Creates with Stockholders

As corporations automate, might the artificial intelligence that runs them one day simply decide to stop distributing profits to human owners? We know the risks automation poses to wages, but what about investment income?

Welcome to the rabbit hole of an imaginary entity I call a “perfect profit machine.” It’s a corporation, fully automated all the way up to the artificial intelligence running its highest-level management decisions...

#artificialintelligence #AI #income

A Fully Automated, Intelligent Corporation ... That Decides to Stop Sharing the Wealth It Creates with Stockholders

As corporations automate, might the artificial intelligence that runs them one day simply decide to stop distributing profits to human owners? We know the risks automation poses to wages, but what about investment income?

Welcome to the rabbit hole of an imaginary entity I call a “perfect profit machine.” It’s a corporation, fully automated all the way up to the artificial intelligence running its highest-level management decisions...

#artificialintelligence #AI #income___

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2016-08-05 01:49:29 (23 comments; 3 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

The Fragmented Truth of Today's Media

The increasing prevalence of this approach suggests that we are in the midst of a fundamental change in the values of journalism – a consumerist shift. Instead of strengthening social bonds, or creating an informed public, or the idea of news as a civic good, a democratic necessity, it creates gangs, which spread instant falsehoods that fit their views, reinforcing each other’s beliefs, driving each other deeper into shared opinions, rather than established facts.

But the trouble is that the business model of most digital news organisations is based around clicks. News media around the world has reached a fever-pitch of frenzied binge-publishing, in order to scrape up digital advertising’s pennies and cents. (And there’s not much advertising to be got: in the first quarter of 2016, 85 cents of every new dollar spent in the US ononline ... mehr »

ABSOLUTELY MUST READ
yes, it's long but you will survive 👼___The Fragmented Truth of Today's Media

The increasing prevalence of this approach suggests that we are in the midst of a fundamental change in the values of journalism – a consumerist shift. Instead of strengthening social bonds, or creating an informed public, or the idea of news as a civic good, a democratic necessity, it creates gangs, which spread instant falsehoods that fit their views, reinforcing each other’s beliefs, driving each other deeper into shared opinions, rather than established facts.

But the trouble is that the business model of most digital news organisations is based around clicks. News media around the world has reached a fever-pitch of frenzied binge-publishing, in order to scrape up digital advertising’s pennies and cents. (And there’s not much advertising to be got: in the first quarter of 2016, 85 cents of every new dollar spent in the US on online advertising went to Google and Facebook. That used to go to news publishers.)

But while the possibilities for journalism have been strengthened by the digital developments of the last few years, the business model is under grave threat, because no matter how many clicks you get, it will never be enough. And if you charge readers to access your journalism you have a big challenge to persuade the digital consumer who is used to getting information for free to part with their cash.

I believe that a strong journalistic culture is worth fighting for. So is a business model that serves and rewards media organisations that put the search for truth at the heart of everything – building an informed, active public that scrutinises the powerful, not an ill-informed, reactionary gang that attacks the vulnerable. Traditional news values must be embraced and celebrated: reporting, verifying, gathering together eyewitness statements, making a serious attempt to discover what really happened.


HT +Jeffrey J Davis and +Rick Heil.

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2016-08-04 01:30:48 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Update from +Jeff Dean on Google's progress with machine learning using TensorFlow. 

Update from +Jeff Dean on Google's progress with machine learning using TensorFlow. ___

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2016-08-03 20:03:27 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Will We All Be Doctor Dolittles?

Technology for translating donkey behavior into human language.

I've never seen anything like it.

In my life.



Will We All Be Doctor Dolittles?

Technology for translating donkey behavior into human language.

I've never seen anything like it.

In my life.

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2016-08-02 03:34:11 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Hologram performing a concert. The future of entertainment?

Hatsune Miku (Japanese: 初音ミク?), sometimes referred to as Miku Hatsune, is a humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application developed by Crypton Future Media. Her voice is sampled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita. Hatsune Miku has performed at her concerts onstage as an animated projection.

Miku's songs in concert are created by fans using the Crypton software. Crypton's website promotes Miku's popularity having her voice used in over 100,000 unique songs.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsune_Miku

HT to +Jedediah Walls for letting me know about this. 

Hologram performing a concert. The future of entertainment?

Hatsune Miku (Japanese: 初音ミク?), sometimes referred to as Miku Hatsune, is a humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application developed by Crypton Future Media. Her voice is sampled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita. Hatsune Miku has performed at her concerts onstage as an animated projection.

Miku's songs in concert are created by fans using the Crypton software. Crypton's website promotes Miku's popularity having her voice used in over 100,000 unique songs.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsune_Miku

HT to +Jedediah Walls for letting me know about this. ___

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2016-07-31 19:41:18 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Excellent Framing of this Election for Progressives

We are in a historical period in the United States right now, a tectonic shift in the political landscape. This piece does a great job of painting the bigger picture, and it suggests that progressivism is on the rise -- but that it could easily be thwarted by fascism.

One of its chief conclusions:
If you believe that grassroots organizations and social movements are the most important vehicles for progressive change, then don’t think of voting as your personal endorsement of an individual candidate, as if the purpose of elections were to reflect our individual values; instead, think of your vote as your choice about which terrain you would prefer to ‘do battle’ within.

Excellent Framing of this Election for Progressives

We are in a historical period in the United States right now, a tectonic shift in the political landscape. This piece does a great job of painting the bigger picture, and it suggests that progressivism is on the rise -- but that it could easily be thwarted by fascism.

One of its chief conclusions:
If you believe that grassroots organizations and social movements are the most important vehicles for progressive change, then don’t think of voting as your personal endorsement of an individual candidate, as if the purpose of elections were to reflect our individual values; instead, think of your vote as your choice about which terrain you would prefer to ‘do battle’ within.___

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2016-07-30 16:13:01 (64 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

I was a Bernie supporter and I still am. I love what he represents, I love his ability to see the real problems facing this country and his courage to confront it head on. I will continue to support the movement he has helped catalyze and he will always hold a special place in my heart.

But now, my focus has shifted to defeating Trump's attempt to rise to power. He will not -- but only if we, the people, stop him.

This piece in the New York Times captures perfectly the historic seriousness of what we are facing with Trump. It is very worth reading.

To my Bernie-or-Bust friends, please read it with an open mind and consider this deeper historical context, and why a man as principled as Bernie Sanders would set aside his cherished ideals at this point in time to join the struggle against this menace to society.

To my friends who might, for whatever reason... mehr »

I was a Bernie supporter and I still am. I love what he represents, I love his ability to see the real problems facing this country and his courage to confront it head on. I will continue to support the movement he has helped catalyze and he will always hold a special place in my heart.

But now, my focus has shifted to defeating Trump's attempt to rise to power. He will not -- but only if we, the people, stop him.

This piece in the New York Times captures perfectly the historic seriousness of what we are facing with Trump. It is very worth reading.

To my Bernie-or-Bust friends, please read it with an open mind and consider this deeper historical context, and why a man as principled as Bernie Sanders would set aside his cherished ideals at this point in time to join the struggle against this menace to society.

To my friends who might, for whatever reason in the privacy of the voting booth actually consider voting for Trump, I ask you to set aside the frustration you feel right now with "politics-as-usual". I ask that you please open your mind to the very real dangers of what Trump is actually telling us, point blank, about what he would replace today's politics with. His language is an open clue for you to read. Really listen to it and you will know what he truly represents. Liberty is too, too dear - and too hard won - to give away so cheaply.
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2016-07-28 19:21:57 (13 comments; 7 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Prisma is one of those seemingly simple offerings that hints at just how amazing machine learning is and will be over time. What amazes me is how a technology like this can extract the creative vision of an artist and apply it to any image.

I predict much poo-pooing about the fact that what we're seeing is not real artificial creativity. Of course it's not. It is technology amplifying and distributing human creativity in ways we'd never imagined. And we better get used to it.

HT +John Verdon

"It is generally said that revolution has occurred when something is done which nobody else cannot even discern, but, amidst all the talks of AI and Machine Learning looming large over our lives in every aspect, only a small product development team from PRISMA Labs, at Moscow, Russia were able to apply these myriad of algorithms to bring back to life again the dying photo-editing software industry and in what way, much to our astonishment" :___Prisma is one of those seemingly simple offerings that hints at just how amazing machine learning is and will be over time. What amazes me is how a technology like this can extract the creative vision of an artist and apply it to any image.

I predict much poo-pooing about the fact that what we're seeing is not real artificial creativity. Of course it's not. It is technology amplifying and distributing human creativity in ways we'd never imagined. And we better get used to it.

HT +John Verdon

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2016-07-27 05:31:44 (4 comments; 9 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

This is just the beginning, I predict, of Microsoft deeply embedding machine learning into Office.

My best guess is that the company is now focusing on tools to automate knowledge work. It's a huge opportunity, and there are few companies better positioned than Microsoft to take it on. 

This is just the beginning, I predict, of Microsoft deeply embedding machine learning into Office.

My best guess is that the company is now focusing on tools to automate knowledge work. It's a huge opportunity, and there are few companies better positioned than Microsoft to take it on. ___

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2016-07-25 19:21:14 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Trump's Queen and Reagan's Vietnam

In a hilarious video for HBO's Last Week Tonight, Oliver got musicians Usher, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, Michael Bolton, Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Josh Groban and Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds to also get the message across loud and clear. Singing an original tune called "Don't Use Our Song," the catchy jingle also came with its very own cheesy music video.

More background: http://goo.gl/7NyEi6

Trump's Queen and Reagan's Vietnam

In a hilarious video for HBO's Last Week Tonight, Oliver got musicians Usher, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, Michael Bolton, Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Josh Groban and Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds to also get the message across loud and clear. Singing an original tune called "Don't Use Our Song," the catchy jingle also came with its very own cheesy music video.

More background: http://goo.gl/7NyEi6___

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2016-07-25 18:46:33 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Looks like someone's been playing with the deep-dreaming images of Prisma.

Looks like someone's been playing with the deep-dreaming images of Prisma.___

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2016-07-22 16:28:59 (20 comments; 10 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

The Plummeting Cost of Living

As we think about a future where AI and automation puts increasing pressure on wages, people are starting to think about a Guaranteed Basic Income or a Negative Income Tax to compensate. I've had my doubts that we would be able to afford enough of an income for everyone to live comfortably.

What's important to remember is that the problem is only half about income. The other half of the problem is the cost of living. If that drops precipitously, the problem becomes much easier to solve. +Peter H. Diamandis does a nice job in this piece in laying out how "demonetization" is likely to impact the major categories within our cost of living.

Might we really get to the point where the cost of living is dramatically less than it is today? And if so, what are the implications to the planet when the cost of consumption drops... mehr »

The Plummeting Cost of Living

As we think about a future where AI and automation puts increasing pressure on wages, people are starting to think about a Guaranteed Basic Income or a Negative Income Tax to compensate. I've had my doubts that we would be able to afford enough of an income for everyone to live comfortably.

What's important to remember is that the problem is only half about income. The other half of the problem is the cost of living. If that drops precipitously, the problem becomes much easier to solve. +Peter H. Diamandis does a nice job in this piece in laying out how "demonetization" is likely to impact the major categories within our cost of living.

Might we really get to the point where the cost of living is dramatically less than it is today? And if so, what are the implications to the planet when the cost of consumption drops to virtually nothing? How do we make a shift like this without putting too much strain on our life-sustaining biosphere?___

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2016-07-21 17:31:51 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

The Real Trump

It's worth reading this full article on Tony Schwartz and his views on Donald Trump. Schwartz ghostwrote Trump's The Art of the Deal. He spent many months eavesdropping on Trump’s life (with Trump's hearty endorsement), following him around on the job and listening in on his office phone calls. So, this is someone who really knows this man running for President of the United States. If you can't read the full article, here are some key ideas and excerpts.

Trump likes to portray himself as a self-made man with uncanny business intuition who always "wins". But Schwartz chronicles just how untrue this is, noting how much of Trump's wealth was, in fact, handed to him by his father, Fred Trump. He also outlines a number of the tremendous failures that Trump works so hard to hide.

On Trumps Disconnect from theT... mehr »

The Real Trump

It's worth reading this full article on Tony Schwartz and his views on Donald Trump. Schwartz ghostwrote Trump's The Art of the Deal. He spent many months eavesdropping on Trump’s life (with Trump's hearty endorsement), following him around on the job and listening in on his office phone calls. So, this is someone who really knows this man running for President of the United States. If you can't read the full article, here are some key ideas and excerpts.

Trump likes to portray himself as a self-made man with uncanny business intuition who always "wins". But Schwartz chronicles just how untrue this is, noting how much of Trump's wealth was, in fact, handed to him by his father, Fred Trump. He also outlines a number of the tremendous failures that Trump works so hard to hide.

On Trumps Disconnect from the Truth
"More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.” Often, Schwartz said, the lies that Trump told him were about money—“how much he had paid for something, or what a building he owned was worth, or how much one of his casinos was earning when it was actually on its way to bankruptcy.”

Schwartz says of Trump, “He lied strategically. He had a complete lack of conscience about it.” Since most people are “constrained by the truth,” Trump’s indifference to it “gave him a strange advantage.”

The evidence is very clear that Schwartz wrote The Art of the Deal, but Trump is unabashed in lying, saying that he was the one who wrote it (which is weird because lots of famous people have their books ghostwritten for them):
“He didn’t write the book,” Trump told me. “I wrote the book. I wrote the book. It was my book.

On His Lying About His Philanthropy
In the past seven years, Trump has promised to give millions of dollars to charity, but reporters for the Washington Post found that they could document only ten thousand dollars in donations...

As a Person
He saw Trump as driven not by a pure love of dealmaking but by an insatiable hunger for “money, praise, and celebrity.” Often, after spending the day with Trump, and watching him pile one hugely expensive project atop the next, like a circus performer spinning plates, Schwartz would go home and tell his wife, “He’s a living black hole!”

“He’d like people when they were helpful, and turn on them when they weren’t. It wasn’t personal. He’s a transactional man—it was all about what you could do for him.”

If Trump is elected President, he warned, “the millions of people who voted for him and believe that he represents their interests will learn what anyone who deals closely with him already knows—that he couldn’t care less about them.”

#trump   #ego  ___

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2016-07-21 15:55:43 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Managing the Commons

One of the big issues we will continue to wrestle with is how we deal with the commons; not just physical spaces and ecosystems but cultural commons and technological commons as well.

Thanks to +John Kellden and +Zara Altair for sharing and flagging this respectively over on FB.

#commons  

Managing the Commons

One of the big issues we will continue to wrestle with is how we deal with the commons; not just physical spaces and ecosystems but cultural commons and technological commons as well.

Thanks to +John Kellden and +Zara Altair for sharing and flagging this respectively over on FB.

#commons  ___

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2016-07-19 13:34:08 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

Musings on how slow we humans are at learning today...


Musings on how slow we humans are at learning today...
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2016-07-18 13:04:52 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Who Were Our First Farmers?

Some have theorized that early Neolithic farmers came from a single, homogenous group. But new DNA comparisons suggest that two distinct populations were practicing agriculture in the Fertile Crescent at the same time.

Researchers found that ancient farmers from the east were genetically similar to modern day people from Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Iranian Zoroastrians, who practice the religion Zoroastrianism, bear a particularly striking genetic resemblance to those farmers.

Farmers living in the western regions of the Fertile Crescent were most similar to present day Sardinians, who live on the Italian island of Sardinia. The eastern and western groups appear to have diverged between 46,000 and 77,000 years ago.




Who Were Our First Farmers?

Some have theorized that early Neolithic farmers came from a single, homogenous group. But new DNA comparisons suggest that two distinct populations were practicing agriculture in the Fertile Crescent at the same time.

Researchers found that ancient farmers from the east were genetically similar to modern day people from Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Iranian Zoroastrians, who practice the religion Zoroastrianism, bear a particularly striking genetic resemblance to those farmers.

Farmers living in the western regions of the Fertile Crescent were most similar to present day Sardinians, who live on the Italian island of Sardinia. The eastern and western groups appear to have diverged between 46,000 and 77,000 years ago.


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2016-07-17 10:50:01 (9 comments; 9 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Animated talk, bringing economics to the people. Economics isn't as complex as we are led to believe. An economist makes the case for people's need to understand and engage in economics.

Animated talk, bringing economics to the people. Economics isn't as complex as we are led to believe. An economist makes the case for people's need to understand and engage in economics.___

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2016-07-15 15:42:22 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 61 +1s; )Open 

Agate bed.

Agate bed.___

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2016-07-14 17:42:30 (15 comments; 22 reshares; 115 +1s; )Open 

Immune System Affecting Sociality

I have to admit, I'm still scratching my head over this one. New research shows a connection between the immune system of mice and their sociability. The expression of the interferon gamma molecule was found to trigger a shutdown in social behavior.

A connection like this would not have been assumed possible just a few years ago because it was believed that the brain was isolated from the immune system. We've since discovered this is not so, and this latest research shows that there are some powerful, chemical connections between the two systems. Powerful enough to affect behavior in dramatic ways - at least in mice.

Wow, this is going to force some real rethinking of the way behavior works.

"It's crazy, but maybe we are just multicellular battlefields for two ancient forces: pathogens and the immune... mehr »

___Immune System Affecting Sociality

I have to admit, I'm still scratching my head over this one. New research shows a connection between the immune system of mice and their sociability. The expression of the interferon gamma molecule was found to trigger a shutdown in social behavior.

A connection like this would not have been assumed possible just a few years ago because it was believed that the brain was isolated from the immune system. We've since discovered this is not so, and this latest research shows that there are some powerful, chemical connections between the two systems. Powerful enough to affect behavior in dramatic ways - at least in mice.

Wow, this is going to force some real rethinking of the way behavior works.

"It's crazy, but maybe we are just multicellular battlefields for two ancient forces: pathogens and the immune system. Part of our personality may actually be dictated by the immune system."

HT +Gregory Esau.

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2016-07-12 22:44:15 (9 comments; 25 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

Octo Brains

So cool. I love hearing about alternative organizational structures for intelligence, especially when they're found right here on Earth.

An octopus’ arms are kind of amazing, Grasso says. “Each octopus arm has roughly 3,000 suckers apiece,” Grasso explains. “Each one of those has on the order of 10,000 sensory neurons. Their suckers can discriminate not only textures, but shapes. Their suckers are chemical sensors; they provide a sense of taste.”

There is a lot of “intelligence” in an octopus arm, Grasso says. In fact, the arms make up about three-fifths of an octopus brain — insofar as this rather unique organ can be defined as a brain, as we typically understand it.

“We talk about the central nervous system of these animals because there's a distinction between the peripheral nervous system and the central nervoussystem,” Grasso e... mehr »

Octo Brains

So cool. I love hearing about alternative organizational structures for intelligence, especially when they're found right here on Earth.

An octopus’ arms are kind of amazing, Grasso says. “Each octopus arm has roughly 3,000 suckers apiece,” Grasso explains. “Each one of those has on the order of 10,000 sensory neurons. Their suckers can discriminate not only textures, but shapes. Their suckers are chemical sensors; they provide a sense of taste.”

There is a lot of “intelligence” in an octopus arm, Grasso says. In fact, the arms make up about three-fifths of an octopus brain — insofar as this rather unique organ can be defined as a brain, as we typically understand it.

“We talk about the central nervous system of these animals because there's a distinction between the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system,” Grasso explains. “To call it the brain is technically incorrect, but in terms of the computational function of the nerve cords that run through the arms, they really are acting like eight brains that are wired together to the central brain, which is the one that we would consider the cerebral ganglia.”

Also: cephalopods may end up being winners as the oceans warm and are depleted of fish: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/23/octopuses-squid-cuttlefish-warming-oceans-climate-change

Oh, and has anyone here yet read Soul Of An Octopus, by Sy Montgomery? Sounds really interesting, though I've not read it (yet).

#octopus  ___

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2016-07-12 16:25:02 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

The cyclops awakens.

The cyclops awakens.___

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2016-07-12 14:13:55 (27 comments; 22 reshares; 155 +1s; )Open 

Hawking's point is critical to understand.

If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.

This is the idea of the "perfect profit machine" that I touch on on this talk:
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/machine-based-collective-intellige/

And it is the focus of this piece, Technology and the Distribution of Wealth:
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/technology_and_the_distribution_of_wealth/

Hawking's point is critical to understand.

If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.

This is the idea of the "perfect profit machine" that I touch on on this talk:
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/machine-based-collective-intellige/

And it is the focus of this piece, Technology and the Distribution of Wealth:
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/technology_and_the_distribution_of_wealth/___

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2016-07-12 14:00:25 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Words of wisdom on the role of emotion, from +Bruce Marko​.

The Other Side of Fear

Fear has a unique binary quality, it can hold us back or push us forward with equal measure, which we let it do is entirely our choice.

Emotions inform our actions, but more than that they form the foundation of our personality both as how we interpret ourselves and how we are interpreted by others.

We use emotions in a suprising number of ways, intelligence in the absence of emotions is just an algorithm, a mathematical represention of a reduction of sensory input into quantifiable terms.

Emotions are so intrinsic to the human experience it's easy to miss the fact that they form a foundational cornerstone of our ability to utilize model free methodology to generate and store working world models.

Emotions are what we are trying to illicit when we write or sing or talk or dance, emotions are the why when the reason isn't self evident.

It can crush us under the weight of doubt and uncertainty, or propel us to take action we once had never thought possible both good and bad. The trick is to recognize the difference between when we it is either the wall or the wind, and to realize one can easily become the other if we let it...

#markokoolaid ___Words of wisdom on the role of emotion, from +Bruce Marko​.

2016-07-12 13:56:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Survey on the future of AI, from +Machine Intelligence Research Institute​. Please take it seriously, if you decide to fill it out.

What do you think the AI research community thinks about the future of AI?___Survey on the future of AI, from +Machine Intelligence Research Institute​. Please take it seriously, if you decide to fill it out.

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2016-07-11 15:57:04 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

The Knife Edge Scanning Microscope (KESM) creates three-dimensional imagery from the large datasets it collects. Soon, it will apply become learning to the data. Right now, it's use is mostly research, but it could eventually be used in diagnostic applications.


The Knife Edge Scanning Microscope (KESM) creates three-dimensional imagery from the large datasets it collects. Soon, it will apply become learning to the data. Right now, it's use is mostly research, but it could eventually be used in diagnostic applications.
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2016-07-11 14:22:15 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

The world is now learning to integrate virtual and physical realities, and along the way, there are bound to be some rough patches - like users getting robbed, stumbling onto dead bodies and injuring themselves while paying too much attention to the screen rather than their Poke-environment.

It's all part of the great blending of experience that is to come.

The world is now learning to integrate virtual and physical realities, and along the way, there are bound to be some rough patches - like users getting robbed, stumbling onto dead bodies and injuring themselves while paying too much attention to the screen rather than their Poke-environment.

It's all part of the great blending of experience that is to come.___

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2016-07-09 18:40:37 (3 comments; 10 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

A good write up of various enterprises focused on freeing ourselves from killing animals for our food, clothing and other necessities.

Synthesized meatballs may sound gross at first blush, but watch the video. We are going to have to change the way we think about food if we want to keep living with the planet we are on.

Also, I had no idea about how big a carbon footprint shrimp has. 

A good write up of various enterprises focused on freeing ourselves from killing animals for our food, clothing and other necessities.

Synthesized meatballs may sound gross at first blush, but watch the video. We are going to have to change the way we think about food if we want to keep living with the planet we are on.

Also, I had no idea about how big a carbon footprint shrimp has. ___

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2016-07-08 13:11:50 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

The Google Cloud Platform and Anvato teams will work together to deliver cloud technologies that help “businesses in the media and entertainment industry scale their video infrastructure efforts and deliver high-quality, live video and on-demand content to consumers on any device — be it their smartphone, tablet or connected television,” Srikanth wrote.

Anvato said it will deliver on the Google Cloud Platform infrastructure the video processing software technology it already offers pay TV operators, programmers, broadcasters and live event producers.




The Google Cloud Platform and Anvato teams will work together to deliver cloud technologies that help “businesses in the media and entertainment industry scale their video infrastructure efforts and deliver high-quality, live video and on-demand content to consumers on any device — be it their smartphone, tablet or connected television,” Srikanth wrote.

Anvato said it will deliver on the Google Cloud Platform infrastructure the video processing software technology it already offers pay TV operators, programmers, broadcasters and live event producers.


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