Edit: Planning community post, will share more broadly after the event.
Edit: In case there is confusion, this is a planning community and not an announcement of upcoming events.
It might be worth sourcing a list of ingress friendly FS winter locations so that it makes it easier to organize for next time!
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Last year I got to go to Boston Comic Con and Arisia. I didn't dress up for either, but I'm hoping to get a chance coming this spring and summer. I also was able to attend First Night, which was great. Thank goodness for indoor entertainment because it was way to cold to be outside for any length of time that night.
The new moon comes on February 18, 2015, and then reaches perigee less than one-third day later. It’s the closest new moon of the year, which qualifies it as a new moon supermoon. It’s also a seasonal Black Moon; that is, the third of four new moons in the current season (December solstice to March equinox). The moon reaches lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth for the month – some 7.6 hours after the moon turns new at 23:47 UTC (6:47 p.m. CDT) on February 18. Don’t expect to see anything special, not even a little crescent . A full moon supermoon is out all night – brighter than your average full moon. But a new moon supermoon is only out during the daytime hours, hidden in the sun’s glare.
What do we as individuals and civilizations need to do to adapt in an ever-more automated world? Here are my thoughts:
Economics, like language, is at least based in something more fundamentally natural than human, so I don't think we can get rid of it. In a system of limited resources, there is always a mechanism of give and take, and a currency of reward. In some ways I see economics as some critical part of the "thought process" (if you will) of the great beast of civilization, a good measure of the way "persons" are made a part of "people" and blah blah blah. Of course, I'm taking a broad brush to economics, and counting far more than bank transaction and the stock market here, but I think it's fair to say that most of history's attempts to suppress economic systems have simply resulted in a change of what is considered "currency". As such, I am highly suspect of any plan that starts with either "throw out money" or "it will work when the whole world joins".
That said, I'm obviously in favor of a social baseline. Jefferson probably couldn't even conceive of a world where the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" meant what it does now, but I think the extension of the idea into a modern context of providing for basic needs and health across the board is actually meaningful one in terms of allowing civilization to adapt to a world in which the projected survival of the species as we know it is perhaps more tenuous than the projected survival of most individuals. This very possible strategy would free people from immediate survival and allow us to explore solutions that bring our group the highest long term gains, while still providing recognition for those achievements.
Collective brain power really works. People don't have to test out as genius level IQ to be better than computers at creative work (including science and engineering), they just have to have access, patience to find their real skills and interests, and enough reward to guide them back once they find that niche. We see this with supernova detection and protein folding (and cancer diagnosis), even though these seem like the kind of thing that algorithmic grinding would be good at. That doesn't mean computers can't work with humans to great effect, but we need human interest in these fields. The problem is that these are highly specialized talents/skills and we are looking at a future where the real need is for millions of niche specialists and not a few scattered among normal, work-a-day, equally trained non-specialists (the foundation of much of the late 19th and 20th century, thanks to the rise of the corporation).
There is no lack of territory for human work though: if the last century has taught us anything it's that searching for solutions is a long and changing road, not some trivial search for a few rules that then extend to easy governance of the future. The need to put human minds on the task of solving novel problems is not just one of curiosity or an attempt to keep ourselves relevant in a changing world, it's a true necessity in surviving an environment where we have accelerated change, and where we have become comfortable in a world that has recently seemed docile but where that seeming promise is really just a roll of the dice. It holds the promise of both expanding our horizons and preserving what we hold dear.
This isn't something we can do when more than half the population of the world is devoting their mental and temporal capital to survival. Risk in our world is a privilege of the successful elite, and this means that the pool of people who even have time to take action on any "big problem" that they want to see solved is within the range of 1% or less. In some places the perverse solution of populations so poor or mistreated that they have nothing left to loose has resulted in progress through risk taking, but at the cost of tremendous suffering and damage.
Those are some pretty lofty goals, so it's going to take time, discussion, and work; but I think that with increasing automation we need to look forward to ways to keep ourselves pertinent, and right now there is a lot of effort to people to jobs that will soon be obsolete, instead of laying out a realistic road map for recognition that innovation will soon have to be a tool of the common man, and not the elite, or else the whole system will collapse for lack of proper support. If, instead, our transition to the future is reliant on the fortunate ideas of the elite and the incredibly costly revolutions of the terminally opressed, the future is dark indeed, but if we provide a safety net for common people to take educated risks for marginal reward, I think we will see a lush and diverse set of solutions for our lives and for the future of the human race.
Take the following and compare to this: a mathematical model for "why all hipsters look the same". http://io9.com/a-mathematical-model-explains-why-all-hipsters-look-the-1657906723
“Perhaps by trying to stand out,” according to the team of Australian National University researchers led by Andrew Kahn “the crabs wait until the first waver has completed a wave and then kick off – but with up to 100 crabs in a square metre they end up joining a dance troupe instead of being a solo act. It's a really chaotic environment they live in and maybe they are just trying to follow a few basic rules that end up backfiring. In a world where everyone is trying to be different, they all end up being exactly the same."
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