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Technology Doesn't Have to be Heartless

There are no shackles that bind technology to the cravings of the human ego. It may feel as though there are, but the truth is that our tools are a neutral extension of us that can hold any of our intentions. That gives us an enormous freedom for the future of technology.

#ego #technology

If we want technology that embraces our humanity, we need to start asking for it.
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When you belong in the funny papers...
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hehehehehehe very colourful!!! will sleep tonight giggling. ;))))
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Consciousness as Integrated Information

Not for everyone, but if you're into thinking about consciousness and wonder whether it might not just be a universal phenomenon, this paper is for you. ;)

For those uncomfortable with subscribing to a panpsychist theory, a possible way round the problem is to assign an attribute “potential consciousness” to matter at the most fundamental level. Then, the quantity of potential consciousness is simply the quantity of integrated intrinsic information. But only when there is a large amount of intrinsic integrated information with a sufficiently rich structure to be worthy of being compared to a typical healthy adult human waking conscious moment, should we say that the integrated information has “actual consciousness” associated with it. A line could thus be drawn somewhere between the potential consciousness of an isolated electron in a vacuum and the actual consciousness generated by my brain as I write this article. The problem with such a distinction however is that potential consciousness would still be assigned phenomenal content, so it is perhaps more elegant to just use a single term “consciousness” for the whole spectrum of integrated information.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3912322/

Thanks to +Darius Gabriel Black for introducing me to IIT.

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Doesnt stand scientific or philosophical inquiry. Hence that a boigentic living organism is existing in the elements needed. Conscience is a term to describe awareness since empirically we only have a brain of vast complexity it operates the mind, heart and all organs. Once the brain is unable to function the organs shut down, there is no alt reality, unless we are tripping our brains out in numerous ways one is belief.. hence we are unable to live anywhere else besides earth. Puesdo science nonsense is not science its not provable. Its likewise a universalists view and an y amount of proof will always just be subjective, since humans experience different things in their brains depending on their environments and social circumstances. Doesn't stand to scrutiny just another theory, unlike gravity and evolution its not a fact. I'll wait for that day. 
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+Medium is having problems with its business model, so they are re-focusing. On this:

We believe people who write and share ideas should be rewarded on their ability to enlighten and inform, not simply their ability to attract a few seconds of attention. We believe there are millions of thinking people who want to deepen their understanding of the world and are dissatisfied with what they get from traditional news and their social feeds. We believe that a better system — one that serves people — is possible. In fact, it’s imperative.

So, we are shifting our resources and attention to defining a new model for writers and creators to be rewarded, based on the value they’re creating for people. And toward building a transformational product for curious humans who want to get smarter about the world every day.

I really wish them success; especially in a world of #fakefakenews

Details here: https://blog.medium.com/renewing-mediums-focus-98f374a960be#.2wwyh815k
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+Gideon Rosenblatt What I found most useful from that was the daily time-use survey -- 47 and 43 minutes daily for men and women respectively on all reading and computer use. From which all textually-obtained news information is drawn. Given about 3.4 minutes per article (time-on-site for a typical online news site, from other data), this corresponds strongly with what I've been saying for a while to +Yonatan Zunger: that the "news stack" awareness is on the order of ten items per day, or fewer. Possibly a few more headlines seen, but no in-depth story awareness.

I've been focusing far more on the social impacts of changing media types, a field in which there's surprisingly little work. Elizabeth Eisenstein's 1979 The Printing Press as an Agent of Change pretty much sets the field off, though if you look at the field of media studies and its precursors (MacCay's Madness of Crowds, Bernays, Goebbels, MacLuhan, Chomsky, Jerry Mander, Niel Postman, Clay Shirky, danah boyd), there is some good material. Plato and Aristotle with their logic, grammar, and rhetoric as well.

Thanks again.
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A beautiful jewel floating in the dark, with its reflection.


A composite of two separate images, taken Nov. 20 by a high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, was released Friday.
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This piece is after my own heart. Great to see Thomas Friedman talking about this stuff.

In short: If machines can compete with people in thinking, what makes us humans unique? And what will enable us to continue to create social and economic value? The answer, said Seidman, is the one thing machines will never have: “a heart.”


Remembering what makes us human is how to show economic value in the age of smarter and smarter machines.
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I would go as far to say that, having learned how little volition I have, gaining as much of it as possible is one of my primary goals now, maybe the most important, and why I hold biological transcendence in such high regard - I want to be free.

Free of biological drives and instincts. Free of irrationality. Free of limited perception. Free of heredity and hierarchy.
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Think of the seven days here more in the Biblical sense - i.e. as a day not necessarily translating into a strict, 24-hour period. I say this not because the technological change of a singularity would be slower, but because the human response to it would not move on the order of days pictured here.

Still, it's an interesting seven minute vision of AI awakening and the potential impact on humans.

HT +Wayne Radinsky
 
7 Days of AI. (From last year but I somehow didn't see until today.) This video in the style of a sci-fi film intro (using sci-fi film clips) shows how in 7 days, DeepMind will lead to fully automated luxury communism (and more).
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+Gideon Rosenblatt H/T to you
I agree and have always stated, we are not looking for an imprint of ourselves. And yet, we have done exactly thus!!
Thank you for this video, it seems to be a wake up call many do not wish to take note of..... ;)))
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Knowledge is being replaced by knowing

A great article by +David Weinberger, disguised as a book review.
Here's the link: https://goo.gl/elwSEd

Here's the best quote in this piece:
The net is demonstrating the weakness of knowledge as finished, settled, and static content. It’s doing so by plunging us deeper into knowing.

But there's a lot of other gems to be found here:

The net is making clear how important “echo chambers” are to knowledge and even more so to understanding. If you care about molecular gastronomy and hear about a new technique, you’ll go to your favorite molecular gastronomy sites to learn more. If you’re a supporter of Net Neutrality and there’s a court ruling you don’t understand, you’ll go to a site that shares your values to get the explanation. If you are a feminist and a new pay equity law passes, you’re not going to go to a male supremacy site to find out what it means for you. Knowledge and culture depend on like-minded individuals joining together and iterating over tiny differences. This is how the net works. This is also how traditional knowing works. We did not like to acknowledge that. Now we can’t avoid it.
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Perhaps our chief epistemic avoidance mechanism was turning knowing into the production of a type of content — knowledge — that we convinced ourselves had to be independent of the knower in two senses.
First, we devised methodologies that try to keep the vagaries of the individual out of the process of creating knowledge. The scientific method works. Journalistic objectivity continues to be reevaluated...

Second, we physically separated knowledge from individuals by externalizing it (e.g., books). What started in Greece as a particular class of belief became a body of printed statements that could be called knowledge even if there was no one left to believe them. Obviously, this has been wildly successful for our species, but it also meant that the medium of externalization — paper — has shaped knowledge to fit its peculiarities.
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There’s tremendous value in consulting existing bodies of well-vetted beliefs, and, to their credit, teachers like Professor Lynch expose us to that value. But there is also value in the networking of knowledge in which ideas are linked in their differences. We can go wrong in those networks, but we can also go very right, achieving a new sense of how knowledge goes together even if it never fully coheres.

Much, much more too. It's worth the read.

Related: a talk I gave in Singapore last year that touches on these topics and our "containers of collective intelligence":
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/machine-based-collective-intellige/

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I deeply appreciate your comments, +Peter Strempel, especially when it sounds like you've got other pressing matters. And yes, a post like this might have gotten much more commenting a few years ago, but I would trade 150 so-so comments for the sustenance of just two very thoughtful comments such as yours.

The picture you paint of human consciousness within the cosmos is most definitely true. I mean to say that it is literally true. All it takes is the ability to slip into that perspective and then you can see that we are an organ of universal consciousness, even if one may not subscribe to our being an organ of Universal Consciousness.

There is great beauty in this way of seeing the world, and I, like you believe that it transcends the strict limits of mechanistic descriptions. There is something more here and I am learning to set aside my earlier hesitations and call it "Soul." It is a far more complex topic than can be contained in a comment like this. What I would say, however, is that I believe we humans are a wonderful combination of "Heaven and Earth" - we grew out of great biological wisdom and yet we reach for the abstract knowledge of the stars. The schools of thinking that best describe for me that latter form of wisdom are those of the non-dualist teachers (Advaita) - though I admit to only just now beginning to dive into these rich teachings.

OK. That's it for now. Dinner is calling. Thanks again for the deep dive. 
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Asgardians Unite!

We are getting closer to understanding the biological origins of multicellular organisms. How cool is that?

Very.

Eukaryotic cells are generally much bigger than either bacteria or archaea. They also have larger genomes. They have internal compartments that act like our organs, each with its own special job. They have an internal skeleton that acts as a transport network for molecules. There’s this huge gulf of complexity that separates them from the other two domains. It’s a gulf that has only ever been crossed once in life’s history. Bacteria and archaea are capable of amazing feats of evolution, but in over 3.7 billion years of existence, none of them have ever evolved into anything approaching a eukaryote-like cell—except that one time.

Thanks +John Hagel
 
Have we discovered the microbes that we've evolved from? We're getting closer as the evidence mounts . . . 
A group of newly discovered microbes, named after Norse gods, may belong to the lineage from which we evolved.
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Asgardians Unite!

We are getting closer Cùng giúp nhau bạn nhé 
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Fixing Web Publishing

Yeah, it's pretty broken right now. We have an ecosystem that isn't that healthy, where most of the profits from online publishing are increasingly concentrated into the hands of the platform owners. Is there a way to resuscitate the golden days of web publishing? Given what we have today, how do we fix this mess? +John Battelle asks some important questions.

HT +Teodora Petkova over on +Medium

#publishing
Let’s discuss the rather sorry state of Internet publishing.
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The sad, sad story of how the CEO of Sears is killing this American institution. 
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Good riddance... And take jcp bealls Kmart true value and all the rest with you. Radio shack on the way out too. Time for a nature cleanse 
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I'm starting to now track the idea of a basic income with its own dedicated collection: the Universal Basic Income Collection. :)

To kick it off, here's a good one:

Don't like Basic Income because pay should be tied to work? This article might change your mind.

In 2015, according to PSZ, the richest 1% of people in America received 20.2% of all the income in the nation. Ten points of that 20.2% came from equity income, net interest, housing rents, and the capital component of mixed income. Which is to say, 10% of all national income is paid out to the 1% as capital income. Let me reiterate: 1 in 10 dollars of income produced in this country is paid out to the richest 1% without them having to work for it.

Oh, and if you want to know how we generate this massive passive income for the 1%, read this:
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/stock-market-concentration-of-wealth/

#basicincome #UBI

The universal basic income — a cash payment made to every individual in the country — has been critiqued recently by some commentators…
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I write about the future of the human experience in an era of machine intelligence.
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    Product Unit Manager, 1991 - 2001
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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+. 


My Story
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 
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  • Wharton School
    MBA, 1989 - 1991
  • Lewis and Clark College
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