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The most advanced digital society in the world is a former Soviet Republic on the edge of the Baltic Sea
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"Ask the average German to choose between an army that kills with ruthless efficiency and one that merely goofs around, and they will probably pick the latter."

True enough...
The German army was never meant to function on its own, but now it barely functions at all.
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I love the idea of making tax rates dependent on existing levels of inequality within a society. However, the really pressing question is how to end the extreme levels of global wealth inequality, rather than national ones.
Rich and poor, left and right, we all agree the world should be more equal. Dan Ariely and Michael Norton have spent the past decade analyzing the data. Now, they tackle what to do next.
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One of the most important things you learn in any job is what's actually safe and what isn't. This is true if you're fueling trucks, raising a kid, or designing spacecraft: you develop a profound intuition for which corners are completely fine to cut and which things you never even slightly mess around with. Most often, as you learn a trade, you more and more realize that things you thought were dangerous are actually safe -- which makes sense, since it's better for those who don't know to assume danger. You end up dividing things into three groups: things that really are dangerous, things that are dangerous unless you know what you're doing, and things which aren't dangerous at all.

Of course, what you really don't want is for a bunch of amateurs to then tell you how to do your job. There's the old joke about how first-time parents, when their baby drops a pacifier, will resterilize it in boiling water; second-time parents will give it a quick rinse; third-time parents will shrug, wipe it off on their shirt, and stick it back in the kid. You really wouldn't want a bunch of first-time parents (or non-parents) passing a law mandating that you sterilize everything. What you want is for less-experienced people to learn from more-experienced people.

In this context, here's an interesting new Pew survey of attitudes towards science. What I found most interesting about it is that a lot of the questions on which there were big differences between scientists' opinions and those of the general public were precisely "is this safe" questions tied to the things that scientists deal with every day. 

Most of the time, people who know the subject say that something which sounds dangerous is actually perfectly safe: eating genetically modified foods, eating foods grown with pesticides, getting vaccines, building nuclear power plants (!). Perhaps more interestingly, there are some things which the general public thinks is safe which experts say OH HELL NO GET AWAY FROM THAT SWITCH YOU LUNATIC to: allowing climate change and increasing offshore drilling being the two most notable examples. That's part of the same kind of professional eyeball: sometimes you know that something is just a giant deathtrap waiting to happen. Turns out that offshore drilling rigs are far, far more alarming to professionals than nuclear power plants: the former fail all the time, in horribly disastrous ways, while the latter are actually pretty reliable, all told.

We can talk about lots of reasons for this: for example, the media loves to make things sound really scary (because that sells newspapers), or people don't know enough about the details. But really, what's going on is simply the judgment of experience: people who work with various strange and foreign things, day-in and day-out, tend to get a pretty good feeling for what does and doesn't matter. And it's not always going to be obvious which is which: you just have to ask people who know.
The public and scientists express strikingly different views about science-related issues, yet both groups agree that K-12 STEM education in America falls behind other nations.
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I am actually really pleased more people fear pesticides then GM.
Quite surprising.
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"To believe in progress is not only to believe in the future: It is also to usher in the possibility that the past wasn’t all that. I now feel — and this is a revelation — that my past was an interesting and quite fallow period spent waiting for the Internet. At home, I’ll continue to cause a festival of eye-rolling with my notion that some values were preserved by the low-tech environment, but, more generally speaking, life has just gotten better and better. "
Credit Sylvie Fleury, "Yes to All," 2008, courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York
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Thought experiment of what Africa might look like if it hadn't been colonized by western powers.
One of the questions I'm often asked by friends who haven't studied African history is what might have happened to the continent if it hadn't been colonized.  It's interesting to look at the follow...
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Zulu, Xhosa and a substantial chunk to the Khoisan - sounds plausible for what is South Africa today. It is the Khoisan who are marginalised, altho their language is politely used for our national motto. 
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. Seen on Tumblr, along with associated discussion: Yellow: People's minds are heartbreaking. Not because people are so bad, but because they're so good. Nobody is the villain of their own life sto...
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It's a really tough decision between the grey or black pill.
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"There are two competing views of the situation of the world in the future, where the first (proposed by many economists, some technologists and a few intellectuals) state that economic growth necessarily will improve most indicators of well-being both in society and in the environment, and that we will live in a better, richer and more secure world by 2050.

Ecologists and environmentalists on the other hand, are seeing resource deprivation and the destruction of the environment as event chains that can possibly lead to the collapse of the current civilization.

The world can not both turn into Paradise and Hell, neither can probably the trajectory be placed on a linear spectrum between the vision espoused by economists and the one proposed by ecologists for future trends."
By Enrique Lescure Introduction No human being has a complete oversight of what objective reality is, but instead understand the world from the collective input of information that all members of t...
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The world most certainly can be a paradise and hell - just depends where you live. ;)
My own view is tech can solve pretty much all our problems - if we let it.
Mostly its human short term thinking, fears,and never wanting anything to change holding us back.
("oh, you got a lightbulb that uses 1/10th the energy and lasts 10 years? ...hmm...I dont like the fact the light is a little different"
"solar panels on my roof pay for themselves in 5 years?......yeah, but its a lot of money right now"
"You mean GM food can increase yields?.....sure, but I'll stick with pesticides or even species introduction because I understand them"
etc etc)

Essentially though, I think the biggest change from tech is virtualisation of devices and media which drastically reduce our physical consumption.
What tech doesn't do, however, is change our eating habits nor our work structures, both which cause a lot of unnecessary resource use.
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Be My Eyes lets you lend your eyes to help the blind http://tnw.me/CWwdLuP
A new non-profit app, Be My Eyes, seeks to help the blind by connecting them with people who can assist with their daily lives over live video. When downloaded the app asks if you ...
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"We have been told of impending doom before: a Soviet invasion of Western Europe, a line of dominoes in Southeast Asia, revanchism in a reunified Germany, a rising sun in Japan, cities overrun by teenage superpredators, a coming anarchy that would fracture the major nation-states, and weekly 9/11-scale attacks that would pose an existential threat to civilization.

Why is the world always “more dangerous than it has ever been”—even as a greater and greater majority of humanity lives in peace and dies of old age?

Too much of our impression of the world comes from a misleading formula of journalistic narration. Reporters give lavish coverage to gun bursts, explosions, and viral videos, oblivious to how representative they are and apparently innocent of the fact that many were contrived as journalist bait. Then come sound bites from “experts” with vested interests in maximizing the impression of mayhem: generals, politicians, security officials, moral activists. The talking heads on cable news filibuster about the event, desperately hoping to avoid dead air. Newspaper columnists instruct their readers on what emotions to feel."
It’s a good time to be a pessimist. ISIS, Crimea, Donetsk, Gaza, Burma, Ebola, school shootings, campus rapes, wife-beating athletes, lethal cops—who can avoid the feeling that things fall apart, the center cannot hold? Last year Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a Senate committee...
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"Nice going Spanish politicians. Your new copyright law not only makes you a laughingstock for pushing a ridiculous industry-driven legislation, but you've made life worse off for everyone. Citizens lose an important way to find relevant news. Publishers lose a big traffic driver. Open access and digital commons are now effectively dead in Spain as well. Who has won here?"

#oa   #openaccess   #spain   #spite
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Actually, I shared this just to show that Germany's publishing sector is only the second-dumbest in the world.

But this is going to be even more entertaining. *grabs popcorn

http://searchengineland.com/spanish-newspapers-want-government-force-google-keep-news-spain-210860
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  • Jobspotting
    Founder, 2013 - present
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    Founder, 2013 - present
  • Google
    Support Engineer, Product Quality, 2007 - 2013
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"Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire. Likewise with randomness, uncertainty, chaos: you want to use them, not hide from them. You want to be the fire and wish for the wind." ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”  
― Stanley Kubrick

"Si no se puede bailar, esta no es mi revolución."
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  • Open University London
    Software Development, 2008 - 2012
  • University of Duisburg-Essen
    Business Economics, 1998 - 2003
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