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Moments of urban life in #Japan
 
Die Authentizität vermag ich nicht zu beurteilen, bin aber ganz entzückt ob der Liebe zum Detail.
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For those nostalgic for the sights and smells of Japan, or even those who just plain love GIFs.
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"To address our failure to achieve green growth means, on the one hand, investing far more in green technologies and doing everything in our power to decouple emissions from growth.But it also means taking much more seriously the demands of steady-statists for social change, not just technological change. We need to cut final demand for energy, cultivate satiety, find ways to counter the rebound effect and dismantle a culture of excessive consumerism."
Sooner or later, humanity will have to accept the constraints of a finite world, writes Guy Shrubsole. But two rival economic visions offer conflicting paths to sustainability. In fact, it's time to stop arguing and get on with it - going for green growth in the near term, while aiming for a deeper societal transformation.
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I think this idea might just catch on in Japan!
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 "In a widely-circulated article in Harvard Business Review, Thomas H. Davenport and Julia Kirby outline what workers can do to ensure they thrive in an era of advanced artificial intelligence.Their five strategies for adapting to life in the robotic age are: Step up or find a job a computer cannot do; step aside or choose a career that requires specific human toolset like empathy; step in or monitor and modify the work of computers; step narrowly or find a specialty that wouldn’t be economical to automate; and step forward or develop the next generation of computing and AI tools."
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Criticism from the left with a clear notion of politics as the art of enabling, negotiating and sustaining alternative options: " ... 'There Is No Alternative,' a motto which not only embodies the denial of every left-wing idea, but is also tantamount to the dissolution of the notion of politics altogether, a notion entirely reliant on the fact that there are always alternatives and possible choices." Read more:
(And whether the article is correct in its assessment of the Tsipras government is secondary here)
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Things are renegotiable if not reversible. Yes, the process may be lengthy and full of detours. Yes, change might look different from what we first had in mind. But because of this basic notion of changeability I always keep my calm concerning politics. Calm and ready to go ...
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1. LET IT GO
If you want to create space for unconscious thought, you need to give yourself permission to let go of consciously thinking about the problem you’re trying to solve. A great way to do this is to literally tell yourself, "I’m going to stop thinking about this for now," and then go do something else.

2. MOVE YOUR BODY
If that something else involves moving your body, you’re much more likely to come up with fresh insights and ideas on how to solve your problem. Movement leverages the mind-body connection to give a rest to the part of your brain—the prefrontal cortex—where all of the big-time decision-making and analysis goes on. When you come back to your desk after a walk, a workout, or five to 10 minutes of stretching, you’ll be not just physically but also mentally refreshed and renewed.

3. CHANGE IT UP
Encourage unconscious thought by changing up your work environment or routines. Take a morning to work from home at your dining room table. Go to a coffee shop to create a little space for some midafternoon mental downtime. Bring a colleague along for a walk while you do some brainstorming together or just take some time to catch up on what’s new with each other. Any of these change-ups or others that work for you give your brain an opportunity to unconsciously think about things other than the immediate problem at hand.

4. BLOCK IT OUT
If your calendar is racked and stacked with back-to-back meetings and conversations all day long, you’re not leaving much time for unconscious thought. Take back some control by blocking out at least one 90-minute chunk on your calendar each week for unconscious thought time. Protect it and when the time comes use one or more of the first three tips to optimize the time.

5. SLEEP ON IT
Have you ever gone to bed mulling over a tough problem and woken up the next morning with a clear picture of how to proceed? If you have, your brain was working and making neural connections while you slept that helped you solve the problem.

Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco found that 95% of people need at least seven hours of sleep a night to function at their creative best. If you think you can get by with less, then you’re in the 5% of the population that has a rare genetic mutation that enables you to do so. Odds are that you’re not in that group. If you want to be more creative and innovative, give your brain the ultimate opportunity for unconscious thought and get a good night’s sleep.
Let your innovative ideas simmer and percolate with these five daily rituals.
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Big Data, Neo-Behavioralism, and the Mathematics of Human Relationships

Zuckerberg:
"I’m also curious about whether there is a fundamental mathematical law underlying human social relationships that governs the balance of who and what we all care about. I bet there is."

Nicholas Carr:
It’s not hard to understand the source of Zuckerberg’s misperception. Human beings, like ants or chickens, share a certain bundle of tendencies, a certain nature, and if you analyze our behavior statistically that nature will evidence itself in mathematical regularities. Zuckerberg is hardly the first to confuse the measurement of a phenomenon with the cause of the phenomenon. If some amount of data reveals a pattern, then, surely, more data will reveal “a fundamental mathematical law.”

Is there really an algorithmic explanation for the cause of our behavior; is that the way things actually work inside us, or is it just something we reflect back to ourselves when we look at ourselves with our computational tools?

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+Tim Dettmers​ arguing for the unlikeliness of #singularity
In this blog post I will delve into the brain and explain its basic information processing machinery and compare it to deep learning. I do this by moving step-by-step along with the brains electroc...
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The telegram that made Hitler commit suicide recently sold for $55,000.
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With some plausability a Reuters teleprinter contributed to the final decision: http://blog.thomsonreuters.com/index.php/did-reuters-kill-hitler/
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... there are no quick fixes.
 
MARTIN WOLF (FT); ...'Whether Greece stays inside the euro or leaves, much the same challenges will arise. The Europeans would still have to admit that they would not get much of their money back; and they would still have to help avoid a Greek collapse.'....
The outbreak of the first world war was, we are told, greeted with confidence and jubilation by the peoples of Europe. Something similar seems to be happening after years of economic crisis and political turmoil in Greece. A growing number of people
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Not all those who wander are lost. ( J.R.R. Tolkien)
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Expat German partially raised in Japan, now living in a coastal town of southern Norway. Member of the Norwegian Green Party. Core interests are psychology, film, literature, art/design, literacy, anthropology, technology, nature ..........
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An original, open, courageous mind. :-) I speak several languages, perhaps that is what makes me a good lateral thinker. ... And then there are my two great kids!
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  • Deutsche Schule Tokyo
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  • University of Bonn
    Masters Degree, German Literature
  • University of Oslo
    Psychology
  • University of Bodø
    Multimedia journalism, 2011
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