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How We Think

The real difference between the way we work as conscious entities of a relatively predetermined ontological status and intelligent computers is that even at their smartest the latter are purely reactive while we can be completely proactive. And yeah ... mucho research, gallons of coffee, long hours spent writing and thinking (this last string of words can be arranged in a better sentence, for sure ;) ). 
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Too true +David Amerland we do have the advantage of being reactive or proactive yet the great benefits we can gain by replicating the consistent conscious observance of augmented intelligence cannot be underrated.

By extending our proactivity and reactivity with a higher level of informational guidance, than we would have otherwise, we open the door to accessing enhanced information in order to do those things 
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Pika! Pika!

When a State Department briefing on ISIS is interrupted by Pokemon Go (because you just never know which Pokemon will appear near you) - http://goo.gl/Q6r54a, we might be tempted to say “enough is enough, already!” particularly as it has caused other incidents: http://goo.gl/oFWSTP, and demand that grown men (and women) return to some kind of seriousness and sanity.

And that would be a tragic mistake.

The world is not yet going to hell, but the 21st century is far from a garden overrun by unicorns and lit by rainbows, either. Levity is a Latin word (https://goo.gl/LRUWZ9) meaning “lightness” and frivolity” and while I can probably hear some of you already saying “there is a moment for everything” I would say that it’s the ability to lighten up that actually allows us to be serious when we truly need to (http://goo.gl/gDGCNQ). As a matter of fact a little lightness has such an impact on productivity (and sanity) that there is a whole book devoted to it: https://goo.gl/eUj4mt.

Laughing seems to aid learning (http://goo.gl/YBj2On) and when things get kinda heavy (as they are at the moment almost everywhere) a little levity seems to go a long way - http://goo.gl/92KSZZ.

Even the TED talks are not immune to a little bit of fun and some tongue-in-cheek indictment as comedian Sam Hyde, proved when he took advantage of some pretty lax vetting at Drexel University’s independently organized TEDx speaker series to pose as a documentary filmmaker and journalist fresh off a trip from war-torn Mogadishu, Hyde hijacked the conference and speak there: https://goo.gl/75Wpjm.

And just to prove that TED takes humour seriously there is even a talk on what makes things funny: https://goo.gl/JzSR6T. Being funny can, apparently, be learnt: https://goo.gl/Y48FvM and it is when things are darkest that we need laughter the most: https://goo.gl/vmUaCJ. Incongruity, is at the very heart of funny: http://goo.gl/b8DhwE.

We are now beginning to look at the science behind why we laugh: http://goo.gl/od4LZU (and why Grouch Marx found an elephant in his pajamas), and the funniest joke in the world actually worked may have you, as it did me, in tears. The science of laughter (https://goo.gl/XuPP83) suggests that laughter is a social tool and that it paradoxically predates “funny” - http://goo.gl/JIWMIe.

The neuroscience of laughter is beginning to become better understood (http://goo.gl/Od6Jti) which explains why we are OK-ish with laughing inappropriately (at least I am) - http://goo.gl/r7rv3j.

All of which brings us back to Pikatsu who is about to get his own movie (http://goo.gl/owG7wf) and the importance of not taking things too seriously even when there is seriousness in things. So, while we laugh (https://goo.gl/mE133p) there are still those moments which contain their own gravity: http://goo.gl/0kA21B - when we must trust others.

Laughter, hilarity, jokes, mirth, frivolity, much like shared cat pictures on a #Caturday form a common framework through which we can come together despite our differences, despite the crushing pressure of doubt, uncertainty or fear. The lightness which joins us says, louder than anything else: there, we are all human after all.

It gives a handle through which we can understand each other and in understanding we can predict the behavioral arcs that transpire from different moments, and because we can predict them (no matter how approximately) we are willing to trust each other. Which is what actually makes the whole thing work.

So, if you have not yet caught any Pokemon (I now have over 80) I’d suggest you give it a go, at least for a few days. To inspire you I present you the Pikatsu song: https://goo.gl/J8otIz and just so you have a slightly more serious framework to hang everything on, you may want to read up a little on the psychology of Pokemon Go: http://goo.gl/Q3MYvs.

I hope, in the meantime, that catching and training Pokemon did not distract you from the task at hand. You have sufficient coffee, donuts, croissants, cookies and chocolate cake, accompanies by that ever precious black liquid that makes western civilization go round: Coffee! Have an awesome Sunday wherever you are.

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Why do we like making our friends laugh? Because it feels good. +Oleg Moskalensky explains it way better than I could - https://goo.gl/6Ro7hp 
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Suicide Squad Trailer #3

With Comic-Con in full swing the goodies just keep on coming! 
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Looks like great fun.
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King Arthur - ish

This looks like a reboot but with the actors involved I am already beginning to like it. :) 
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All you have to do is say Guy Ritchie. :)
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Round the World in 11 Days

Phileas Fogg may have taken 80 days to go round the world (https://goo.gl/UKZV0I) but Fyodor Konyukhov managed the feat in just 11 days with his 56m tall helium and hot air balloon: http://goo.gl/ghGyx0

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WOW !!! Thanks +David Amerland
Love the "link" for Fogg's trip showed itinerary of stops ...
"link" for Konyukhov story to BBC News site ... Could't "share" to Google +
In Comes Nexus 6P "now" Voilà ...
Sharing to Google + ... Dagnabbit
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A Fitness Journey With a Difference

The Darebee motto is simple: Body and mind are linked. Everyone is equal. Fitness is fun. Check it out: http://goo.gl/CwV6Ax and yeah, a little bit of coverage in an Indian newspaper. :) 
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Dr Strange Trailer Seriously Rocks!

Looks like it is going to be a busy year for yours truly. Much popcorn eating lies in my future. 
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I have collected way too many of these breaking dawn pics of late. 
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Wonder Woman Trailer

They went back to the comic book origins for this (with some adjustment) - feast your eyes. :) 
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I know, +Gina Fiedel​. I'd yell in support of USA or the UK, since it produced the Beatles, Benny Hill & +David Amerland​, of course, but not anything else... ;)
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A Donut Emergency? Don't Panic! We Have the Tech to Help You

We definitely need this for the Sunday Read moments. ;)
 
Donuts in flight in first US-approved drone delivery - With a chicken sandwich, hot coffee and donuts, aviation history was made Friday.
With a chicken sandwich, hot coffee and donuts, aviation history was made Friday.
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+Kathy D just wait
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Belief And Faith

The mind can affect the body in ways that allow us to overcome the limitations of our physiology. This (incredibly enough) extends to such perceptually 'insurmountable' obstacles like poor eyesight! 
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Thank you +Mark Traphagen for the 100 virtual pluses!
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G+ is the True Global Village

+Zara Altair is spot on! Until G+ came along we had digital versions of our localities. G+ changed everything.
 
Google Plus Global Scale Makes Our World Blossom

+Zara Altair  is on Google Plus from the very first moment. One thing she most loves is the Global scale of the connections on Google+ (1:10)

I was privileged to be invited and take part in a discussion on a live event Zara organised for the new Google+ earlier last year. Zara's live events are one of the most loved live streaming discussions on Google+

#Google+GlobalMakesOurWorldBlosson
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+Nina Trankova Very Happy we met !!!
Have a Fantastic Saturday !!!
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The world is changing. Showing how is part of what I do. I travel a lot (less than I used to). G+ is my home in more ways than one. In one way or another, all of us here, are part of a vanguard that "gets" the change that's happening.  

In my posts, interviews and podcasts I add pieces to the puzzle. I explain how each one fits in a bigger picture. How that bigger picture then makes sense. 

Sensemaking changes everything.

Before I got here, I used to be a corporate rat who used to be a journalist, before I jumped ship into full-time writing, speaking and blogging. 

In my offline time I indulge a lifelong passion in martial arts, I run, hit the heavy bag and try to find the limits at which we can go without sleep and still function. I also visit as many museums and cafes as possible. Funnily enough I regard what can be found in both museums and cafes as brain food. 

Fitness is important to me. It helps maintain a level of sanity that would otherwise require pharmaceuticals or expensive therapy. I pay some of what it has given me back by running  a Fitness Community. I am also a moderator of Plus Your Business a community focused on helping business people get the most out of G+ and the semantic web. 

Speaking of semantics, I am the owner of Google Semantic Search a community I started to explore the implications of semantic technology in daily life (and there are many) and I also own and post a lot in the SEO Help Community.

Professionally I advise a handful of companies globally, blog for a number of websites, including Forbes, journalism.co.uk, and socialmediatoday and write for magazines and newspapers. 

I give about 50 talks, speeches and presentations each year and hold an annual seminar on SEO and Social Media (details to which you will find on my website.). I advise a couple  of global companies and a handful of startups on social media positioning and search strategies and I write for Forbes, 21CIT, Insights and a number of dead-tree newspapers. 

Some of the Events  I have been part of:
  • SEO in the Sun (SEO & Introduction to Social Media)
  • Manchester SES (SEO)
  • Business Group Digital Conference (SEO & Social Media)
  • Rutgers University mini-MBA (SEO and Social Media Crisis Management)
  • Shanghai APAC executive SEO & Social Media Crisis Management training.
  • MxDE Senior Executive Program, Zug (Piercing the Search Bubble).
  • SMX East (keynote speech on Entities in semantic search)
  • Semantic Technology & Business Conference panelist
  • SMX London
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Currently working on:
  • Working on a writing project about which I can't yet say anything. (Sorry)
If you made it this far you might be interested to know that now all of my writing is curated (without comment) at Prometheus. I no longer use RSS on my website and the G+ Page here gives me the opportunity to archive all my writing across the web.  I have, however, created an RSS feed for it so you can keep track of everything I write here.

The best way to reach me is through Google+ or my website: davidamerland.com
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The Who - Μουσική στο Google Play
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Οι Who είναι αγγλικό ροκ συγκρότημα από το Χάμμερσμιθ του Λονδίνου. Τα βασικά μέλη του συγκροτήματος ήταν ο Ρότζερ Ντάλτρι, ο Πιτ Τάουνσεντ,

Building Trust - Resource Page
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Business development trust resource page.

Personal Data, Self-Gain and Social Networks
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The question regarding the value of personal data and social networks is only now being addressed.

How Google Search Gets Even Smarter
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Google's efforts in predictive search are key to how useful mobile devices become.

Data Center Learnings: What Others Can Learn From Our Experiences
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LinkedIn is growing at a rate of two new members per second, so our infrastructure and data center systems have to expand to match. Thousand

The Future of Google+ - Martin Shervington
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The Future of Google+ is based around Collections and Communities. This Stream will help you connect with great people and ideas, broadening

What if Google+ took over the Open Web?
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The pairing down of Google+ allows it to truly expand its reach.

Google's Real Time Search and how to use it for your online marketing
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The coin of most business is information. What you do and how you do it often depends upon the quality of research you can carry out and you

A quick introduction to Machine Learning - Plus Your Business
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Learn more and understand what is Machine Learning in this quick introduction with David Amerland.

Social Media Meltdown: The Brian Presley and Melissa Stetten Story
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A non-story on a privat eencounter between two people highlights all the ethical and practical pitfalls associated with social media.

5 Reasons to Use Facebook Dynamic Product Ads
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As you may have heard by now, Facebook has recently announced its latest feature to its advertising community: the Dynamic Product Ads. This

The Tribe That Discovered Trust
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The Tribe That Discovered Trust by David Amerland

There are several things that make a bar by the sea: First the sea. On this Mare Mare is unrivaled. There are tables that are practically within five steps from where the waves break. The setting has been nicely decorated and on a hot summer night it feels brilliant. Second, the service. You do want to feel that everything is as magical and special as the setting and sea and here, unfortunately Mare Mare fails to deliver. Water, comes in plastic disposable cups (and it's not cold). The waiters are not trained and although they do try hard, their best is not sufficient substitute for a system to working the tables that allows the patrons to get their drinks in time without having to wait for more than forty thirty minutes (for a couple of drinks) and an additional twenty (for ice-cream ordered at the same time as the drinks, which came half melted). Consider the fact that you do spend money there and the prices are not cheap, the level for service is deplorable. If you really want to enjoy the sound of the waves and the simmering play of moonlight on the surface of the sea grab a rag and a portable cooler and spend some time on the beach, just five meters away. It's free and you get to supply your own drinks, but then again you won't get frustrated by an order that will come in parts, late and be disappointing.
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Two-floor gym with some superb equipment and really friendly stuff. I found it by accident when I was looking for a place to train and I have been a member now for the last three years. Whenever I am in Greece it's where I can be found when not working. ;) It is professionally run, has great opening hours and the membership fee includes classes as well as the use of the equipment. Of the many gyms that can be found in Patras this is one of the best. You will not be disappointed.
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Dedicated staff and excellent exam results speak for themselves. There are not that many businesses that managed to grow during the recession in Greece - this is one of them.
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Googleplex has a feel and atmosphere that is uniquely its own. I had relatively little time to spend there but the place is totally addictive. It thrums with intent and everyone you meet is dead earnest about their ability to change the world and have an impact. Plus you really got to love a place where ideas simply flow across every conversation.
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Huge hotel with some history practically across the road from Penn Station, in Manhattan. Brief stay over three days it feels totally impersonal so if you want a more cosy feel this is definitely not the place to be. It is incredibly busy and often feels like a massive bus stop with crowds coming in and equally large numbers leaving. The lobby is massive. There is a concierge service but what they do exactly is hard to tell. A quick question on how to get somewhere resulted in my having to use my phone and Google maps any way. Then again this is NYC and the whole city feels like this. It adds to a s sense of imperative and speed that carries you along so you hardly notice the imperfections.
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Budget hotel chosen for its proximity to a speaking venue. Great bar and restaurant and the staff were extremely friendly. It was clean, efficient and lived up to everything one might expect from a place like this.
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No visit to Paris can be complete without at least one trip to the S=arc De Triomphe. I walked the route rather than drive and it allowed me to take in the Seine river barges that were very much Highlander in style (for those who know the TV series). Totally loved the change of the guard.
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