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John M Smart
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My new post on Smart Agents. I think these will be the biggest social IT advance of the next generation, and the human face of the coming tech singularity. Agree? Disagree? Let me know.

Thanks deeply for liking, sharing and feedback, public or private!

Your Personal Sim: Pt 2--Why Agents Matter.

https://medium.com/@johnsmart/your-personal-sim-pt-2-why-agents-matter-266d397d372e#.fwfzx0rnp

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Your Personal Sim: The Brave New World of Smart Agents and their Data

A Multi-Part Series, Posted on Wednesdays on Medium
https://medium.com/@johnsmart/

Part 1 — Your Attention Please: A New World Is Almost Upon Us

Summary (tl;dr)

This series will explore the five- to twenty-year future of smart agents and the knowledge bases they use and build. These may be the most socially important forms of AI that will emerge in the coming generation.

As we’ve seen in the headlines about deep learning since 2012, the AIs are presently awaking all around us, whether we want them to or not. They are also coming in our image — in their neural form and function — again whether we want them to or not. To paraphrase futurist Stewart Brand, “We are gaining superpowers, so we better get good at using them.”

A new kind of software agent called a personal sim is the most empowering and intimate form of AI on the horizon. We’ll soon be using sims that model our interests, goals, and values in their knowledge bases, and which act as our assistants and digital interfaces to the world.

In their early years we’ll likely think of sims as bright but slightly autistic children, much better at many tasks than we are, but still unschooled and unwise in many ways. At the same time, the knowledge bases our sims use will be full of errors, and won’t be sufficiently open at first.

The takeaway from this series will be that we will need to build and raise our sims and their knowledge bases well, with love and care, as they will be central to how billions of us live our lives in the 2020s and beyond.

For more, please see Your Personal Sim: Part 1 on Medium. Thanks!
https://medium.com/@johnsmart/your-personal-sim-a07d78ffdd40#.dm0pvnaq1

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John Smart is a futurist exploring the intersection of technology and culture from universal, acceleration, and evo-devo-based perspectives. These posts are excerpted from his new 15 chapter book on the foresight profession, The Foresight Guide. The Guide will posted free online, as a permanent, page-commentable blog, on June 30th at ForesightGuide.com. To be reminded when it goes online, leave your email address at ForesightGuide.com.
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My first solo post on our new BPF blog. "Dendritic Spines, Memory & Brain Preservation". Neuroscience is soooo close to solving the long-term memory preservation puzzle, and reanimating uploaded memories from model organisms. Within the next ten years I think. Then the number of people who "get" the value of brain preservation will really start growing fast, and more of us can come to see ourselves as always learning, "informational entities", with bright futures. Every one of us. It is such an amazing time to be alive, I feel tremendously blessed.
Let me start this post with a disclaimer: I am not a trained neuroscientist. As VP and co-founder of the BPF, I enjoy following the scientific literature on neuroscience topics. I am instead a technology futurist, with six years of postbaccalaureate and graduate studies in biological sciences, computer sciences, and medicine at UCSD, and a master’s degree in futures studies […]
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My new post on one exciting future of #Groupnets. Our extended families, biological and adopted, will soon be closer and stronger than ever before. A rich digital platform for finding, adopting, and helping at-risk families by pairing them with sponsor families now seems feasible with entrepreneurial vision and technical leadership.

Would you adopt an at-risk family in Sub-Saharan Africa or some other place of great need if you could participate in their lives even more easily than if they were your physical neighbors? I certainly would. Let's get it done!

https://eversmarterworld.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/the-internet-of-families-private-facebooks-global-family-adoption-future-of-groupnets/
One of the coming developments I've been the most excited about in recent years are Groupnets (what I originally called "symbiont networks" in a 2004 article). Groupnets are tightly connected, sens...
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A serious concern indeed. I take a crack on strategy for fixing that in my next book, Your Digital Twin. Thanks iPan.
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Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz at Sunset. Our new friends Brigit and Chris on left, Alvis and Dinara on right. I'm the Paratrooper!  :)
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Seen Interstellar? Here are four mental rewrites to help you love it as much as it deserves, and two predictions on the future of Remix Culture. 
Friends who know my work as a systems theorist, including my speculations about the evolutionary developmental (evo devo) nature of our universe, and the potential attraction of universal intellige...
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Hey Friends!

My talk on the future of Smart Agents at BIL LA 2016 is here (individual talk posts coming later, this is my timecode in the livestream). So great seeing all my LA buds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXrCC1owDxE&feature=youtu.be&t=1h8m55s

A bit ranty and ravy so I apologize for that, but it does get across my conviction that these are going to be the single most important IT development of the coming generation. Our next-gen sims will hugely empower or limit us, depending on how they are built, trained and used, by each of us.

Checkout my multiweek series on Medium about that if you'd like more details. Part 1 is here:

https://medium.com/@johnsmart/your-personal-sim-a07d78ffdd40#.iaasobh9r

Let me know what you think, and thanks for reading!

Major thanks to Christy Fair and Fedje Lang for organizing LA's event, and to Cody Marx Bailey for co-founding the BIL Conferences in 2008. Bottom-up unconferencing is an awesome way to share our passions!! Cheers.
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Thank you Benjamin! I will include this, and cite you, in a future post. Much appreciated. :)

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Part 1 of my multi-week series on Smart Agents is now up on Medium. Will you use a Personal Sim? Are Smart Agents and their Data Web 3.0, the next major advance in our global digital ecosystem? What are the downsides of agents/sims? The upsides?

Please share this one with your future-curious colleagues, and let me know what you think! Thanks friends!!

https://medium.com/@johnsmart/your-personal-sim-a07d78ffdd40#.n0q9p52wj
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We need block chain based agents.
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Brilliant. Looking forward to our digital twins disrupting this whole chain, at many intervention points in coming years. We're already a third of the way to disrupting the top-down media and replacing it with bottom-up alternatives, I'd say. Add micropayments and social crediting payments and equity crowdfunding and remix licenses and open media platforms with NLP interfaces and we'll be there.
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Thanks guys, you rock :)
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My brother and sister Alvis and Dinara got married today. Graceland wedding chapel in Las Vegas baby! :) A 1973-era Elvis was in the building. Now we need to dance to Ylvis :)
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"Uncle John" has a nice ring to it, eh? :)
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Foresight Speaker, Consultant, Educator, Scholar
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  • Technical Advisor
    Next IT, 2013 - present
  • Foresight Advisor
    Singularity University, 2009 - present
  • Naval Postgraduate School
    Lecturer, 2011 - present
  • Acceleration Studies Foundation
    President, 2003 - present
  • University of Advancing Technology
    Program Champion, M.S. in Emerging Technologies, 2007 - 2012
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Foresight, Tools, and Strategies for a World of Accelerating Technological Change
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Futurist, Author, Educator, Speaker, Consultant. President, Acceleration Studies Foundation
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  • University of Houston
    M.S. Futures Studies, 2005 - 2007
  • University of California, San Diego
    M.S.Eq. Physiology and Medicine, 1997 - 1999
  • University of California, Berkeley
    B.S. Business Administration, 1900 - 1904
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