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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  
Marrying art and tool, wisdom of Soul and intelligence of mind, we brighten our technological progeny. This is the power of deep user experience design.
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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.

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Sorry not about you opinion ...
Words ... Trying to clean up WEB ...
Like to think Children can learn on the IoT ... guess not ...
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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?
People are concerned about how AI and robotics are taking jobs, destroying livelihoods, reducing our earning capacity, and subsequently destroying the economy. In anticipation, countries... read more
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+Mark Matchen There definitely is a way you can look at all this and attribute costs where they don't belong. And the choices you make can incur more costs as well. But neither preclude the fact that with the right choices, one can drop cost after cost and soon will be able to drop most of them completely.

Keep in mind that buying something once and paying it off long before its usefulness is gone, instantly dumps a massive chunk of "costs" over the lifespan.
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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.

Elinor Ostrom shared the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009 for her lifetime of scholarly work investigating how communities succeed or fail at managing common pool (finite) resources such as grazing land, forests and irrigation waters. On the Commons is co-sponsor of a Commons Festival at ...
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I like your line of thinking, +Darius Gabriel Black. Distributed.

Thanks +John Kellden. Interesting to consider a distributed shared interest graph...
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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.

New research suggests that the earliest humans to adopt farming had genetically diverse origins.
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Interesting that they kept themselves distinctly separate. Thanks, +Gideon Rosenblatt.
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Yes, +Darius Gabriel Black​, that orange one.

+fil smyth​ - a very fine, soft pumice. 
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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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+Mark Traphagen "I see you're writing a plea for help for anyone that can read this. Would you like me to send a small army of clippies to disassemble you or would you like to voluntarily stop this nonsense right now. Resistance is futile."
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Looks like someone's been playing with the deep-dreaming images of Prisma.
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+Jeffrey J Davis They are working on it. And check for the latest updates
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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.”

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In “The Art of the Deal,” Tony Schwartz helped create the myth that Trump is a charming business genius. Now he calls him unfit to lead.
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One of the biggest issues I've faced over the last 6 months is my rapidly increasing distrust of the media (far beyond what it was before), the cherry picking, the unabashed ideological bias presented on both sides. It has gotten to the point where I can barely bring myself to believe anything that is said about Trump, or Hillary, or Bernie, or anyone for that matter. Everyone seems to have an agenda. 
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Musings on how slow we humans are at learning today...

Humanity is under growing pressure to learn faster. What will learning look like in the decades ahead?
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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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Glad you liked it, +Christopher Lamke. Yes, RSA does great stuff.
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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.
The immune system affects -- and even controls -- social behavior, a new study has found. Researchers discovered that blocking a single type of immune molecule made mouse brains go hyperactive and caused abnormal behavior; restoring it fixed both. The discovery could have enormous implications for neurological conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.
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Grounded futurist.
I'm a writer with a background in technology, business and social change. 

Most of my writing these days is at The Vital Edge, where I explore how technology affects organizations and the way people work. I am particularly interested in artificial intelligence, automation and networks and what they hold for the future of humanity. 

I believe in the human soul, and I believe it deserves a place in our understanding of organizations and technology. I have no interest in pushing religion or any particular spiritual point of view, but I do believe in exploring technology and human organization on a deeper level than is typical for these topics today. 

When it comes to my presence on Google+, most of my effort here is really aimed at connecting with people who are drawn to the questions I explore through my writing. I am active on Twitter (@gideonro) as well, and share content more frequently there, but my deepest online engagement is still here on Google+. 

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For nine years, I ran Groundwire, a mission-driven technology consulting group, dedicated to building a more sustainable world. Groundwire specialized in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) databases, websites, social media communications, and engagement strategy as a way to help organizations mobilize people around sustainability causes.

Prior to Groundwire, I worked at Microsoft for ten years (back when it was cool), in various marketing, product development and management positions. While there, I developed CarPoint, one of the world's first large-scale e-commerce websites. I also marketed the world’s first digital encyclopedia and dictionary, and other innovative multimedia works.
I was raised in Utah, lived and worked in Japan and China for several years, and now live in Seattle with my wife, CJ, and two boys. Oh, and I am a proud board member of YES! Magazine.

#AI #automation #organization #technology #GoodBusiness #soul 
I write about the future of the human experience in an era of machine intelligence.
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    Writer, 2013 - present
    The future of the human experience.
  • Alchemy of Change
    Writer, 2010 - 2012
    Executive Director, 2001 - 2010
    Mission-driven technology.
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    Product Unit Manager, 1991 - 2001
  • US China Business Council
    1985 - 1989
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