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Come see me today at 1:30 PT in conversation with Michael Hiltzik at the Los Angeles Times #bookfest at USC. Michael will be talking with me about the lessons of my book (WTF? What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us) for some of the burning technology questions of the day, including how are we to think about Facebook, privacy, and Cambridge Analytica, and the many economic, business, and social issues raised by the spread of Artificial Intelligence in vast cloud-based networks like Facebook and in businesses in every segment of our economy. Come join the conversation if you're in town! I'll also be signing books afterwards. https://festivalofbooks2018.sched.com/speaker/tim_oreilly.1xvf7mpa
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I’m so proud of my wife Jennifer Pahlka and her colleagues at Code for America, who won the 2018 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship for their amazing work to transform government & change lives.
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I'm looking forward to discussing my book, WTF? What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us, with Arun Sundararajan as part of the NYU Stern Author series this coming Thursday, November 16th. Doors open at 7 pm. We'll be discussing the lessons from technology platforms about the future of business and the economy. We're getting pretty close to capacity, so if you're in town and interested, sign up! (Follow the link below.) Thanks to Civic Hall for co-sponsoring!

http://nyustern.imodules.com/s/1068/GroupBus/social.aspx?sid=1068&gid=2&pgid=16877
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Rob Reid explores many of the same themes in his wonderful science fiction novel After On that I explore in my new book, WTF: Humans as gut bacteria for AI, tech and the economy, and our failure of imagination when it comes to thinking through a new economy. It was a delight to talk with him about our shared ideas an explorations for his podcast, which he so wonderfully summarizes and links to in this article for Ars Technica.
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Elon Musk is afraid of runaway AI that becomes hostile to humans by pursuing its own goals. I believe we started building that AI 47 years ago, and it's only now coming into its own. Here is my talk from the O'Reilly AI Conference earlier today about the algorithmic systems that already rule our lives, and why we need to change the goals we have given them.
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We shouldn't fear technology. It does what we ask it to do. What we should fear (and change!) is what we are asking for. In this interview with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, I talk about my new book, and make the case that we are already living inside an artificial intelligence, and we've told it to be hostile to humans. The book isn't out till October 10, but you can pre-order it on Amazon.
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It looks like #@CTRLLabsCo has made a real breakthrough. This is one of the advances that will take us beyond the smartphone. If you've done any playing around with augmented reality, you realize that control and interaction is one of the key blocks to widespread adoption. Brain-computer interfaces are a key combinatorial innovation that will enable a completely different UI paradigm for interacting with devices and ambient computing.
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Do you remember the Ginzu knife infomercials on TV, showing off more and more amazing feats and features, then asking: "Now how much would you pay?" Except now we're talking about an amazing bundle of data science and AI ebooks from O'Reilly Media! It's good for you, good for the publisher and authors, and good for the selected nonprofit. So I'm SUPER excited to say that we are doing our best-ever Humble Bundle starting today. The Humble Bundle is a real innovation in ebook, software, and game distribution - a "pay what you want" bundle of amazing value, with minimum thresholds unlocking ever more value. A portion of what you pay goes to a nonprofit, in this case, Code for America, which brings the power of technology to bear helping government services work better for the people who need them most. Now how much would you pay? Check it out!
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Check out Maker Media's new Humble Bundle deal. If you're not familiar with Humble Bundle, it's a pay-what-you want promotion. In this case, get a selection of amazing electronics + programming #ebooks for pennies on the dollar! Supports Maker Education
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Nobel Laureate in Economics Oliver Hart and his colleague Luigi Zingales provide a fascinating analysis and refutation of Milton Friedman's intellectual basis for shareholder value maximization theory, explaining why they believe that "shareholder welfare maximization should replace market value maximization as the proper objective of companies.”
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