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Gideon Rosenblatt

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Grounded futurist.

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

Location: Seattle

Followers: 50,263

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Cream of the Crop: 04/01/2012

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Yifat Cohen87,091*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 Cohen87,091*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 Cohen87,091*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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2016-07-12 14:13:55 (27 comments; 22 reshares; 137 +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/

Most reshares: 33

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2016-06-27 16:15:33 (14 comments; 33 reshares; 136 +1s; )Open 

Frisson and Openness to Experience

Do you get goosebumps when listening to particularly moving music? If so, would you consider yourself as someone who is more open to experience?

Studies have shown that people who possess "Openness to Experience" have "unusually active imaginations, appreciate beauty and nature, seek out new experiences, often reflect deeply on their feelings, and love variety in life," explains social psychologist Mitchell Colver. Some aspects of this trait are inherently emotional and others are cognitive, so the combination makes for an imaginative empathizer with great intellectual curiosity and appreciation of beauty.

HT to +Georgina Lester​ over on Facebook.

Most plusones: 236

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2016-07-03 14:41:37 (11 comments; 31 reshares; 236 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-25 19:21:14 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +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; 19 +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 (19 comments; 9 reshares; 32 +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... more »

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... more »

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 (11 comments; 9 reshares; 61 +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; 36 +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 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 21 +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; 59 +1s; )Open 

Agate bed.

Agate bed.___

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2016-07-14 17:42:30 (15 comments; 22 reshares; 108 +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... more »

___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; 23 reshares; 181 +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... more »

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; 137 +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; 2 reshares; 19 +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; 16 +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 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 26 +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; 9 reshares; 48 +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; 1 reshares; 30 +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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2016-07-07 19:06:38 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Droddy will admit that he plays off that persona. “I think people see me and think, ‘That’s not another robot runner. That’s a guy that doesn’t take himself too seriously,’” he said. “They think, ‘This guy is not some mutant. He is a normal guy.’ And I think I am a normal guy outside of running. I think people can relate to it. It’s how I feel comfortable.”

Thanks for this one, +David Amerland.

Looks Can Be Deceptive

Meet Noah Droddy, the guy who almost made it in the Olympic 10K trials. But what is truly outstanding here is his spirit and point of view. Well worth your time. ___Droddy will admit that he plays off that persona. “I think people see me and think, ‘That’s not another robot runner. That’s a guy that doesn’t take himself too seriously,’” he said. “They think, ‘This guy is not some mutant. He is a normal guy.’ And I think I am a normal guy outside of running. I think people can relate to it. It’s how I feel comfortable.”

Thanks for this one, +David Amerland.

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2016-07-07 18:57:29 (0 comments; 11 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Short and sweet introduction of the blockchain.

HT to +Zara Altair.

Here's my first animated video. I used After Effects. It's for Institute for the Future.___Short and sweet introduction of the blockchain.

HT to +Zara Altair.

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2016-07-07 04:23:53 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

AI applied to social and ecological problems

This is Microsoft Research's Eric Horvitz talking about applying AI into decision-making in healthcare, ecology, transportation infrastructure, and a number of other fields.

One of the most interesting parts was biologist E.O. Wilson musing that "AI may be essential to the survival of life on our planet."

AI applied to social and ecological problems

This is Microsoft Research's Eric Horvitz talking about applying AI into decision-making in healthcare, ecology, transportation infrastructure, and a number of other fields.

One of the most interesting parts was biologist E.O. Wilson musing that "AI may be essential to the survival of life on our planet."___

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2016-07-06 13:44:28 (6 comments; 8 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

Do Art and Do It for the Rest of Your Lives

Kurt Vonnegut's excellent advice to a group of high schoolers.

What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what's inside you, to make your soul grow.



HT to +John Kellden​'s Conversation Group over on Facebook.

Do Art and Do It for the Rest of Your Lives

Kurt Vonnegut's excellent advice to a group of high schoolers.

What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what's inside you, to make your soul grow.



HT to +John Kellden​'s Conversation Group over on Facebook.___

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2016-07-05 05:25:51 (9 comments; 12 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

The Importance of Human Values in Artificial Intelligence

Other pernicious uses include automated surveillance on a scale not possible in the past, as well as what he called "automated persuasion", which he described as:

"The ability of AI systems, through very carefully targeted interactions with individual human beings, to persuade them to adopt a particular political viewpoint or buy particular products. This could have a serious negative effect on our society."

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In particular, Russell cautioned against building a smart system to pursue a set of goals without giving it the capacity to understand what actions are acceptable to achieve those goals.

"Imagine you have a domestic robot. It's at home looking after the kids and the kids have had their dinner and are still hungry. It looks in the fridgeand there&#... more »

The Importance of Human Values in Artificial Intelligence

Other pernicious uses include automated surveillance on a scale not possible in the past, as well as what he called "automated persuasion", which he described as:

"The ability of AI systems, through very carefully targeted interactions with individual human beings, to persuade them to adopt a particular political viewpoint or buy particular products. This could have a serious negative effect on our society."

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In particular, Russell cautioned against building a smart system to pursue a set of goals without giving it the capacity to understand what actions are acceptable to achieve those goals.

"Imagine you have a domestic robot. It's at home looking after the kids and the kids have had their dinner and are still hungry. It looks in the fridge and there's not much left to eat. The robot is wondering what to do, then it sees the kitty, you can imagine what might happen next.

"It's a misunderstanding of human values, it's not understanding that the sentimental value of a cat is much greater than the nutritional value."

To counter these dangerous misunderstandings, Russell says there will be a need to equip AI with a common sense understanding of human values. To this end, he suggests the only absolute objective of autonomous robots should be the maximising the values of humans as a species. In this way the machines would be mindful of societal values while performing tasks, so they will fetch a coffee when asked but not mow down anyone who gets in their way.

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2016-07-04 18:36:58 (14 comments; 5 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Dealing with mosquito bites

Heat a spoon under really hot water, then press the spoon directly onto your bite to eliminate the itching.

"When mosquitoes bite, they inject proteins under the skin to keep blood from clotting. This protein causes an allergic reaction and subsequent itch, but it cannot survive hot temperatures. Try pressing a towel soaked in hot water or use a hot spoon right on the area for a few seconds to stop the itching."

Dealing with mosquito bites

Heat a spoon under really hot water, then press the spoon directly onto your bite to eliminate the itching.

"When mosquitoes bite, they inject proteins under the skin to keep blood from clotting. This protein causes an allergic reaction and subsequent itch, but it cannot survive hot temperatures. Try pressing a towel soaked in hot water or use a hot spoon right on the area for a few seconds to stop the itching."___

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2016-07-03 14:41:37 (11 comments; 31 reshares; 236 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-01 17:02:31 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

People Still Struggling a Bit with Chatbot UI

Facebook is essentially marrying the conversational responsiveness and accessibility of chatbots with the familiarity and intuitive interface of apps you browse. To win messaging, Facebook may need bots. To offer bots, it needs developers. And to attract developers, it needs an audience. A hybrid of chat and buttons could make bots actually usable.

People Still Struggling a Bit with Chatbot UI

Facebook is essentially marrying the conversational responsiveness and accessibility of chatbots with the familiarity and intuitive interface of apps you browse. To win messaging, Facebook may need bots. To offer bots, it needs developers. And to attract developers, it needs an audience. A hybrid of chat and buttons could make bots actually usable.___

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2016-07-01 03:14:03 (4 comments; 9 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Synthetic Biology

If you want to understand some of the amazing things happening in synthetic biology these days, take the time to watch the video in this article.

Andrew Hessel does a great job of outlining what is coming.

HT +Ted Holmes​​

Recently Andrew Hessel presented a tremendous keynote address at the Congress On the Future of Engineering Software on the state-of-the-art in genetic engineering and what the future of biotechnology might bring. This is must-watch material. http://www.33rdsquare.com/2016/06/andrew-hessels-discussion-of-genetic.html ___Synthetic Biology

If you want to understand some of the amazing things happening in synthetic biology these days, take the time to watch the video in this article.

Andrew Hessel does a great job of outlining what is coming.

HT +Ted Holmes​​

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2016-06-30 04:01:57 (21 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Amidst all of the buzz about the hacking of the DAO and the consequences for Ethereum, everyone seems to be missing the most crucial point of all.

The Ethereum Foundation stated quickly on its website that they identified and effectively froze the hacker’s account. Also, Stephan Tual (the founder of Slock.It, the group that created the DAO) said:

“All stolen funds will be retrieved from the attacker.”

Now if you change the “will” to “can” in that sentence you get an interesting and crucial new reality:

“All stolen funds can be retrieved from the attacker.”



Amidst all of the buzz about the hacking of the DAO and the consequences for Ethereum, everyone seems to be missing the most crucial point of all.

The Ethereum Foundation stated quickly on its website that they identified and effectively froze the hacker’s account. Also, Stephan Tual (the founder of Slock.It, the group that created the DAO) said:

“All stolen funds will be retrieved from the attacker.”

Now if you change the “will” to “can” in that sentence you get an interesting and crucial new reality:

“All stolen funds can be retrieved from the attacker.”

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2016-06-30 00:03:41 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Black Hole Sun 

Black Hole Sun ___

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2016-06-28 04:19:29 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Racing with Innovation, the Red Queen

"Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Queen%27s_race



Racing with Innovation, the Red Queen

"Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Queen%27s_race

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2016-06-28 04:14:15 (26 comments; 4 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

The question, in my view, is how fast we continue to learn new skills relative to our algorithmic progeny.

So who is right: the pessimists (many of them techie types), who say this time is different and machines really will take all the jobs, or the optimists (mostly economists and historians), who insist that in the end technology always creates more jobs than it destroys? The truth probably lies somewhere in between. AI will not cause mass unemployment, but it will speed up the existing trend of computer-related automation, disrupting labour markets just as technological change has done before, and requiring workers to learn new skills more quickly than in the past. Mr Bessen predicts a “difficult transition” rather than a “sharp break with history”. But despite the wide range of views expressed, pretty much everyone agrees on the prescription: that companies and governments will needto make... more »

The Economist: "Automation and anxiety - Will smarter machines cause mass unemployment?"
>> www.economist.com/news/special-report/21700758-will-smarter-machines-cause-mass-unemployment-automation-and-anxiety

"...Enlitic’s deep-learning system examines and compares them to see if they are blood vessels, harmless imaging artefacts or malignant lung nodules. The system ends up highlighting a particular feature for further investigation. In a test against three expert human radiologists working together, Enlitic’s system was 50% better at classifying malignant tumours and had a false-negative rate (where a cancer is missed) of zero, compared with 7% for the humans.

Another of Enlitic’s systems, which examines X-rays to detect wrist fractures, also handily outperformed human experts. The firm’s technology is currently being tested in 40 clinics across Australia."
---___The question, in my view, is how fast we continue to learn new skills relative to our algorithmic progeny.

So who is right: the pessimists (many of them techie types), who say this time is different and machines really will take all the jobs, or the optimists (mostly economists and historians), who insist that in the end technology always creates more jobs than it destroys? The truth probably lies somewhere in between. AI will not cause mass unemployment, but it will speed up the existing trend of computer-related automation, disrupting labour markets just as technological change has done before, and requiring workers to learn new skills more quickly than in the past. Mr Bessen predicts a “difficult transition” rather than a “sharp break with history”. But despite the wide range of views expressed, pretty much everyone agrees on the prescription: that companies and governments will need to make it easier for workers to acquire new skills and switch jobs as needed.

HT +Alex Schleber​

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2016-06-27 16:15:33 (14 comments; 33 reshares; 136 +1s; )Open 

Frisson and Openness to Experience

Do you get goosebumps when listening to particularly moving music? If so, would you consider yourself as someone who is more open to experience?

Studies have shown that people who possess "Openness to Experience" have "unusually active imaginations, appreciate beauty and nature, seek out new experiences, often reflect deeply on their feelings, and love variety in life," explains social psychologist Mitchell Colver. Some aspects of this trait are inherently emotional and others are cognitive, so the combination makes for an imaginative empathizer with great intellectual curiosity and appreciation of beauty.

HT to +Georgina Lester​ over on Facebook.

Frisson and Openness to Experience

Do you get goosebumps when listening to particularly moving music? If so, would you consider yourself as someone who is more open to experience?

Studies have shown that people who possess "Openness to Experience" have "unusually active imaginations, appreciate beauty and nature, seek out new experiences, often reflect deeply on their feelings, and love variety in life," explains social psychologist Mitchell Colver. Some aspects of this trait are inherently emotional and others are cognitive, so the combination makes for an imaginative empathizer with great intellectual curiosity and appreciation of beauty.

HT to +Georgina Lester​ over on Facebook.___

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2016-06-26 15:39:39 (16 comments; 19 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Histories of discrimination can live on in digital platforms, and if they go unquestioned, they become part of the logic of everyday algorithmic systems.

Histories of discrimination can live on in digital platforms, and if they go unquestioned, they become part of the logic of everyday algorithmic systems.___

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2016-06-25 07:09:36 (3 comments; 13 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

"The Machine Learners Have Finally Won"

Google's efforts to shift is software development to machine learning.

“The machine learning model is not a static piece of code — you're constantly feeding it data,” says Robson. “We are constantly updating the models and learning, adding more data and tweaking how we're going to make predictions. It feels like a living, breathing thing. It’s a different kind of engineering.”

Thanks +Raja Mitra​.

Insights from +Steven Levy about how Google is transforming itself into an AI company.

Excerpt:
'Considering the vast size of Google’s workforce — probably almost half of its 60,000 headcount are engineers — this is a tiny project. But the program symbolizes a cognitive shift in the company. Though machine learning has long been part of Google’s technology — and Google has been a leader in hiring experts in the field — the company circa 2016 is obsessed with it. In an earnings call late last year, CEO Sundar Pichai laid out the corporate mindset: “Machine learning is a core, transformative way by which we’re rethinking how we’re doing everything. We are thoughtfully applying it across all our products, be it search, ads, YouTube, or Play. And we’re in early days, but you will see us — in a systematic way — apply machine learning in all these areas.”'___"The Machine Learners Have Finally Won"

Google's efforts to shift is software development to machine learning.

“The machine learning model is not a static piece of code — you're constantly feeding it data,” says Robson. “We are constantly updating the models and learning, adding more data and tweaking how we're going to make predictions. It feels like a living, breathing thing. It’s a different kind of engineering.”

Thanks +Raja Mitra​.

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2016-06-25 06:18:42 (5 comments; 10 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

The Origins of Scales, Feathers and Hair

Indeed, we have identified in reptiles new molecular signatures that are identical to those observed during the development of hairs and feathers, as well as the presence of the same anatomical placode as in mammals and birds. This indicates that the three types of skin appendages are homologous: the reptilian scales, the avian feathers and the mammalian hairs, despite their very different final shapes, evolved from the scales of their reptilian common ancestor.'


The Origins of Scales, Feathers and Hair

Indeed, we have identified in reptiles new molecular signatures that are identical to those observed during the development of hairs and feathers, as well as the presence of the same anatomical placode as in mammals and birds. This indicates that the three types of skin appendages are homologous: the reptilian scales, the avian feathers and the mammalian hairs, despite their very different final shapes, evolved from the scales of their reptilian common ancestor.'
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2016-06-23 19:02:33 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

A Peak Inside the Economics of the Uber Participatory Platform

A new report by Buzzfeed reveals that Uber drivers are not making as much money as previously thought, and nowhere near the figures that the ride-sharing company previously estimated.

A Peak Inside the Economics of the Uber Participatory Platform

A new report by Buzzfeed reveals that Uber drivers are not making as much money as previously thought, and nowhere near the figures that the ride-sharing company previously estimated.___

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2016-06-23 12:36:32 (23 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

How Many Rounds Can an Assault Rifle Fire?

I've been thinking about assault rifles, given the standoff in the U.S. House of Representatives, and it made me wonder: how many rounds of ammunition can an AR-15 realistically fire in one minute? I just wanted to make this more concrete.

Here's a gun advocate explaining how common assumptions are too high. Here's his estimate:

What is probably a lot more likely would be somewhere between 45 to 150 rounds a minute. Actually 150 rounds might be for good shooters. I might not be surprised to see someone fire 180 rounds with a normal AR-15 and a lot of training. This is a much more rational rate of fire.

https://www.quora.com/How-many-rounds-does-a-semi-automatic-rifle-fire-per-minute

The image below is 100 rounds, which is right in the middle of his estimate. So there you go. That box of ammo... more »

How Many Rounds Can an Assault Rifle Fire?

I've been thinking about assault rifles, given the standoff in the U.S. House of Representatives, and it made me wonder: how many rounds of ammunition can an AR-15 realistically fire in one minute? I just wanted to make this more concrete.

Here's a gun advocate explaining how common assumptions are too high. Here's his estimate:

What is probably a lot more likely would be somewhere between 45 to 150 rounds a minute. Actually 150 rounds might be for good shooters. I might not be surprised to see someone fire 180 rounds with a normal AR-15 and a lot of training. This is a much more rational rate of fire.

https://www.quora.com/How-many-rounds-does-a-semi-automatic-rifle-fire-per-minute

The image below is 100 rounds, which is right in the middle of his estimate. So there you go. That box of ammo can be legally fired, using an assault rifle, by a civilian in the United States. In one minute. ___

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2016-06-21 17:05:11 (26 comments; 15 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

How can you not be in awe of that? And how can you not be convinced that this is revealing some deep truth about reality that you simply are not privy to with your eyes or your hands or your ears? There’s no sense that allows us to directly experience the quantum world, but the mathematics allows us to understand it and make predictions that agree with observation. That’s a very powerful story.

How can you not be in awe of that? And how can you not be convinced that this is revealing some deep truth about reality that you simply are not privy to with your eyes or your hands or your ears? There’s no sense that allows us to directly experience the quantum world, but the mathematics allows us to understand it and make predictions that agree with observation. That’s a very powerful story.___

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2016-06-21 05:17:53 (7 comments; 13 reshares; 98 +1s; )Open 

How Education Could Be

In the traditional education system, you start at an "A," and every time you get something wrong, your score gets lower and lower.

In the gaming world, it's just the opposite.

You start with zero, and every time you come up with something right, your score gets higher and higher.

It completely flips the way we currently learn, and it's addictively fun.

#education

How Education Could Be

In the traditional education system, you start at an "A," and every time you get something wrong, your score gets lower and lower.

In the gaming world, it's just the opposite.

You start with zero, and every time you come up with something right, your score gets higher and higher.

It completely flips the way we currently learn, and it's addictively fun.

#education___

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2016-06-20 03:47:53 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Poster hanging at Tillamook Cheese plant on the Oregon Coast.

Poster hanging at Tillamook Cheese plant on the Oregon Coast.___

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2016-06-15 15:30:58 (18 comments; 6 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Going Deeper in Our Design of Technologies

Today, technology acts as a kind of extension of human intellect; an amplification of ego. Injecting more and more smarts into our phones and other devices, we create designs that tear the very fabric of the human Soul. The shiny reflections of technology’s surface distract us from the depth of Human Being.

#2MinuteRead   #soul   #userexperience  

Going Deeper in Our Design of Technologies

Today, technology acts as a kind of extension of human intellect; an amplification of ego. Injecting more and more smarts into our phones and other devices, we create designs that tear the very fabric of the human Soul. The shiny reflections of technology’s surface distract us from the depth of Human Being.

#2MinuteRead   #soul   #userexperience  ___

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2016-06-14 14:19:41 (10 comments; 12 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

You're Not Paranoid After All

The FBI really is watching you. And not just them, at least here in Seattle:

The FBI is not the only federal law- enforcement agency using city utility poles as a base for surveillance. The issue came to light last August when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivesacknowledged it has installed cameras as part of an investigation in the Central District.


You're Not Paranoid After All

The FBI really is watching you. And not just them, at least here in Seattle:

The FBI is not the only federal law- enforcement agency using city utility poles as a base for surveillance. The issue came to light last August when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivesacknowledged it has installed cameras as part of an investigation in the Central District.
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2016-06-13 17:00:20 (11 comments; 14 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

AI on Twitter

For those who use Twitter, here is a list of people tweeting about AI over there. I was honored to be included.

Also, if you use Twitter lists, here's a group of some 80+ AI experts I've gathered:
https://twitter.com/gideonro/lists/ai

AI on Twitter

For those who use Twitter, here is a list of people tweeting about AI over there. I was honored to be included.

Also, if you use Twitter lists, here's a group of some 80+ AI experts I've gathered:
https://twitter.com/gideonro/lists/ai___

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2016-06-13 16:41:47 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Brilliant Acquisition: Microsoft Buys LinkedIn

A brilliant move, by both companies. For those not tracking Microsoft these days, one might wonder why LinkedIn would ever agree to be acquired by a "dinosaur."

Well, let me tell you, I think we are going to see a very strong come back from Microsoft. I used to work there and while I was as down as anybody on the company starting around 2001 (which is when I left), I am now seeing some very interesting signs of intelligent life. The first are the huge investments that the company is making in machine learning. Combine that with the still dominant position that Microsoft has in productivity software for knowledge worker organizations, and you can see a company that is positioning itself for the future of knowledge work.

Acquiring LinkedIn suggests, strongly, that Microsoft is well aware that the future of work... more »

Brilliant Acquisition: Microsoft Buys LinkedIn

A brilliant move, by both companies. For those not tracking Microsoft these days, one might wonder why LinkedIn would ever agree to be acquired by a "dinosaur."

Well, let me tell you, I think we are going to see a very strong come back from Microsoft. I used to work there and while I was as down as anybody on the company starting around 2001 (which is when I left), I am now seeing some very interesting signs of intelligent life. The first are the huge investments that the company is making in machine learning. Combine that with the still dominant position that Microsoft has in productivity software for knowledge worker organizations, and you can see a company that is positioning itself for the future of knowledge work.

Acquiring LinkedIn suggests, strongly, that Microsoft is well aware that the future of work is not all about automation. This is a bet that people will continue to be a critical force in the future of work and that they may well be much more fluid in the way they do that work, moving from place to place and gig to gig.

And yes, because sometimes you just can't keep yourself from saying "I told you so" --- this was something I predicted/recommended nearly four years ago:
https://plus.google.com/+GideonRosenblatt/posts/cdrxmgiLLar___

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2016-06-13 04:18:13 (3 comments; 6 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

This will give you an intuitive sense for the evolutionary process. Very cool.

HT +Daniel Estrada 

Make your own complex artificial life forms from simple rules with Richard Dawkins ancient software, now on the web. http://www.mountimprobable.com/___This will give you an intuitive sense for the evolutionary process. Very cool.

HT +Daniel Estrada 

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2016-06-12 23:45:18 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Seeing Ahead

The key to clear vision of the future is to strip away assumptions of the present, to remove the constraints we assume to be true forever. From this state, one is free to fully examine the wealth of possible paths that may unfold, to see where they converge and diverge and to walk along them in the mind's eye and see where they lead. 

Seeing Ahead

The key to clear vision of the future is to strip away assumptions of the present, to remove the constraints we assume to be true forever. From this state, one is free to fully examine the wealth of possible paths that may unfold, to see where they converge and diverge and to walk along them in the mind's eye and see where they lead. ___

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2016-06-12 23:30:35 (12 comments; 9 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

An Ode to the Scientific Method and the Scientific Community

This is a great piece on how pseudo-science spreads and how segments of the US population have lost faith in the scientific community. It was a commencement speech given at Cal Tech the day before yesterday by Atul Gawande.

Knowledge and the virtues of the scientific orientation live far more in the community than the individual. When we talk of a “scientific community,” we are pointing to something critical: that advanced science is a social enterprise, characterized by an intricate division of cognitive labor. Individual scientists, no less than the quacks, can be famously bull-headed, overly enamored of pet theories, dismissive of new evidence, and heedless of their fallibility. (Hence Max Planck’s observation that science advances one funeral at a time.) But as a community endeavor, it is beautifullyself-... more »

An Ode to the Scientific Method and the Scientific Community

This is a great piece on how pseudo-science spreads and how segments of the US population have lost faith in the scientific community. It was a commencement speech given at Cal Tech the day before yesterday by Atul Gawande.

Knowledge and the virtues of the scientific orientation live far more in the community than the individual. When we talk of a “scientific community,” we are pointing to something critical: that advanced science is a social enterprise, characterized by an intricate division of cognitive labor. Individual scientists, no less than the quacks, can be famously bull-headed, overly enamored of pet theories, dismissive of new evidence, and heedless of their fallibility. (Hence Max Planck’s observation that science advances one funeral at a time.) But as a community endeavor, it is beautifully self-correcting.

Beautifully organized, however, it is not. Seen up close, the scientific community—with its muddled peer-review process, badly written journal articles, subtly contemptuous letters to the editor, overtly contemptuous subreddit threads, and pompous pronouncements of the academy— looks like a rickety vehicle for getting to truth. Yet the hive mind swarms ever forward. It now advances knowledge in almost every realm of existence—even the humanities, where neuroscience and computerization are shaping understanding of everything from free will to how art and literature have evolved over time.

The mistake, then, is to believe that the educational credentials you get today give you any special authority on truth. What you have gained is far more important: an understanding of what real truth-seeking looks like. It is the effort not of a single person but of a group of people—the bigger the better—pursuing ideas with curiosity, inquisitiveness, openness, and discipline. As scientists, in other words.



Thanks to +Allan Scherger for pointing me to this piece.___

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2016-06-12 18:10:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Be wise in what you want...

I really like this little poem, and I used King Midas as the model of desire and regret for the illustration:

Quis Felix Est?
Si felix est qui quae vult habet omnia, quare
Velle solent homines quae voluisse dolent?

Who is Happy?
If the man who has everything (si qui habet omnia) that he wants (quae vult) is happy (felix est), why do people usually want (quare homines solent velle) the things which (quae) they regret having wanted (dolent voluisse).

http://distichalatina.blogspot.com/2012/07/quis-felix-est.html___Be wise in what you want...

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2016-06-12 17:59:18 (15 comments; 25 reshares; 130 +1s; )Open 

"I don't teach physics; I teach my pupils how to learn physics."

The latest issue of The Economist is focused on teaching. This piece highlights efforts to better teach the teachers the skills of teaching.

Few other professionals are so isolated in their work, or get so little feedback, as Western teachers. Today 40% of teachers in the OECD have never taught alongside another teacher, observed another or given feedback.

And to be very clear, this isn't one of those stupid, derisive accounts of teaching, but one that seems aimed at truly helping teachers improve their skills. Teaching is, perhaps, the most honorable profession in the world.

Making sure that +George Station, +Meg Tufano, and +Laura Gibbs see this. Curious about your thoughts.

"I don't teach physics; I teach my pupils how to learn physics."

The latest issue of The Economist is focused on teaching. This piece highlights efforts to better teach the teachers the skills of teaching.

Few other professionals are so isolated in their work, or get so little feedback, as Western teachers. Today 40% of teachers in the OECD have never taught alongside another teacher, observed another or given feedback.

And to be very clear, this isn't one of those stupid, derisive accounts of teaching, but one that seems aimed at truly helping teachers improve their skills. Teaching is, perhaps, the most honorable profession in the world.

Making sure that +George Station, +Meg Tufano, and +Laura Gibbs see this. Curious about your thoughts.___

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