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I feel very strongly that basic income is the best chance we have at halting and maybe reverting our long slow slide back to feudalism. It will only get worse as we confront the tidal wave of automation about to crash into us: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-brave-new-world-of-robots-and-lost-jobs/2016/08/11/e66a4914-5fff-11e6-af8e-54aa2e849447_story.html

GiveDirectly is a rigorous scientific experiment of basic income that has the potential to make many people's lives much better.

It's important to recognize that basic income isn't some statist government takeover: it's a fundamental replacement of most entitlements, one that believers in the free market and bleeding hearts can get behind. It has the potential to end poverty and radically free up huge amounts of human potential.
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Photos from our 7-day hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was 90% fun, 10% difficult slog. (Best viewed as an album and not as a slideshow.)
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Spectacular!
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You look kinda like Batman.
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"Machines that can learn mean nothing humans do as a job is uniquely safe anymore."
(An alternate version of this article was originally published in the Boston Globe)
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Back in 1997, Louis Freeh, then director of the FBI, predicted, "Law enforcement is in unanimous agreement that the widespread use of robust non-key recovery encryption ultimately will devastate our ability to fight crime and prevent terrorism. Uncrackable encryption will allow drug lords, spies, terrorists and even violent gangs to communicate about their crimes and their conspiracies with impunity."

Things turned out quite differently than he predicted. Now in a time when our private information is so pervasively online and increasingly vulnerable, this argument is as bogus then as it is now.
 
The iPhone Crisis reignited a conflict that should have been settled in the 90s. The loser is our national security.
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I’m preparing to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro! I’ll be going with my friend Ever Zavala, who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro back in 2014. He came back with stories about a tough climb, frigid nights at 15,000 feet, and a fascinating country. Why would he be crazy enough to do it again? Turns out he is crazy -- crazy with empathy!

During Ever's 2014 trek, he visited the Tuleeni Orphanage and saw a great need to help but didn’t know how. He later discovered the Faraji Foundation, which is currently working on a project to establish a sustainable source of clean drinking water for the children of Tuleeni and 7,000 residents of Uru, Tanzania. All engineering plans and building permits have been approved, but the foundation needs $25,000 to complete the project.

Ever, me, and the rest of the team (http://www.hikersfortuleeni.org/index.php/the-team/) plan to summit Mt Kilimanjaro this July in an effort to raise $25,000 for the Faraji Foundation’s water project (http://www.hikersfortuleeni.org/index.php/uru-water-project/). My individual fundraising goal is $2,500. Please support us if you can. https://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=407088

Thanks!

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Going up the Lemosho route, followed by Tarangire National Park and Serengeti National Park. Hopefully I don't get a bad case of pulmonary edema.

How was the altitude for you?
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Photos from my safari through Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serentegi National Park in Tanzania. Lots of animals unafraid of humans!
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That was really hard! More to come...
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Woo hoo! Congrats James and friends!
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Google has published the paper on Piper, our source control system. It's an incredible piece of engineering.

http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2016/7/204032-why-google-stores-billions-of-lines-of-code-in-a-single-repository/fulltext
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Making American companies weaken the security of their products will only weaken American companies.
A U.S. mandate on encryption software wouldn't effect tools developed outside the U.S. or by open source projects, experts say.
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Congrats to the AlphaGo team for a historic achievement! The coming years are going to be very interesting.
Part 1 of 2: "The Road to Superintelligence". Artificial Intelligence — the topic everyone in the world should be talking about.
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"""
Mr. Hassabis said that a central advantage of AlphaGo was that “it will never get tired, and it will not get intimidated either.”

Kim Sung-ryong, a South Korean Go master who provided commentary during Wednesday’s match, said AlphaGo had made a clear mistake early on, but that unlike most human players, it did not lose its “cool.”

“It didn’t play Go as a human does,” he said. “It was a Go match with human emotional elements carved out.”
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So in other words, it can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.
The match between Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo and Lee Se-dol was described as a crucial test of how far research into artificial intelligence has come.
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