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The unbreakable genius of Mark Zuckerberg

1. As he sees it, in just 10 years’ time, “VR will be a mainstream-computing platform.” And just as we saw an explosion of apps for our smartphones, an entire ecosystem of activities will be built up around it.

“You can bring these objects into any space,” he says. “I’ll be able to say, ‘OK, we’re here together, let’s play chess.’ Now here’s a chessboard, and we can be in any space. We can play chess on Mars.”

What Zuckerberg is proposing—and working to create—is a radical rethinking of our relationship with our personal technology, which he doesn’t see as all that personal right now. “It’s kind of crazy to me that we’re here in 2016 and the defining relationship we have with computers and phones is apps, not people,” he says. “It feels very unnatural and overly technical to me.” His goal is to help build out the next-generation computing platform, in which, he says, “people are the foundational element.”

His end goal is a seamless integration of our digital and analog lives: augmented reality, also known as mixed reality. Not a full virtual zone like in VR, but one based in the real world, in which you call up the things you need, and the people you need, when you need them. “If you look around the room,” he says, gesturing around the nearly empty conference room, “how many of the things here need to be physical?” It turns out, not much. Not the laptops on the tables, not the TV screens on the walls. “Instead of buying these things for hundreds of dollars,” he says, “you’d buy it for like a dollar in an app store and use it whenever.”

In addition to the social apps he expects to find in the virtual world (attending a lecture across the globe, for example, or standing inside a 360-degree live stream of a street protest in a foreign capital), Zuckerberg sees this technology usurping our solitary moments.

2. To Zuckerberg, education is just another engineering problem. So is medical research. So is anything.

3. Not one to lack vision, he’s willing to go so far as to say that science can, through AI and machine learning, one day manage or cure the main diseases that kill humans, such as cancer. “I really want to convince the world that it is possible,” says Zuckerberg, “to get to a place where we can manage all diseases by the end of the century. I believe that we can.”
In just 12 years, he built an empire of 1.71 billion followers. His next goal: to friend the rest of humanity.
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MIUI8 Global stable ROM starts rolling out today!
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So, the truth: Right now, today, in 2016 is the best time to start up. There has never been a better day in the whole history of the world to invent something. There has never been a better time with more opportunities, more openings, lower barriers, higher benefit/ risk ratios, better returns, greater upside than now. Right now, this minute. This is the moment that folks in the future will look back at and say, “Oh, to have been alive and well back then!”
“The strongest force propelling human progress has been the swift advance and wide diffusion of technology.” — The Economist
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> I think humanists are actually disrespectful. When they say your thoughts come from a soul, a little tiny thing that has no structure, I think they're insulting you. Because you're thoughts come from a hundred thousand million cells working in a tremendously sophisticated organization. And that's the thing we should respect in people. The idea that it comes from the soul is like looking at the frame of a picture, and not seeing the picture.

- Marvin Minsky (3:00 into this video)

#identity #pluralism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0vzwM7jeuI
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This is definitely well worth a read.
 
> In the United States, the two-party system works as a way to manufacture an artificial group identity, akin to an ethnic or national one or an allegiance to a sports team. Part of the identity seems to consist in allegiance to certain conclusions on a range of hot button political issues. On those issues political party affiliation does seem to result in rigidly held belief and loyalty in the voting booth. Allegiance to the group identity forged by political party affiliation renders Americans blind to the essential similarities between the agendas of the two parties, similarities that can be expected to be exactly the ones that run counter to public interest.

Jason Stanley, How Propaganda Works
via +Jason Gordon

// Yes, yes, Trump is an awful human being. Clinton is wildly more stable and competent. The clear majority of the public will not dispute this fact anymore. Clinton will win in an historic landslide, and (almost) nothing can stop it now. Calm down.

http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/#plus
http://predictwise.com/

The claim is not that the two are indistinguishable, but that the differences between the parties reflect a coherent and unified political agenda at work. Trump and Clinton are two sides of the same political coin. The reason we accept the politics of people like Clinton is because we're afraid of people like Trump, and both sides know how to use this to their advantage. Trump would not break this cycle even if he won. Clinton winning in a landslide will ensure this strategy remains in tact for the foreseeable future. For better or worse, it is super-effective.

The trick should be familiar by now: the media scares the public over some infrequent but easy to sensationalize story, and this ongoing fear keeps the public at a low simmer, ready to jump at this or that boogeyman, ready to galvanize behind whatever cause you feed it. Persistent and perpetual fear is a primary tool for controlling the public. Whenever something you read in the news frightens you, that emotion you feel is a product of this control. We are seeing the logic of the War on Terror used for everyday electoral politics.

The political class eats this terror narrative up like candy: that racist/tribalist/religious sects stir up grassroots fear and suffering, and the global politics of corporate nationalism must swoop in to restore peace and justice. This is how we justify wars overseas, and now this is how we justify our political candidates at home. Notice that there are no narratives whereby state capitalism swoops in to save black lives at home or brown lives overseas, because in both cases state capitalism is the source of this terror, and we have no choice but to vote it into power. So our enemy is presented in the media as being the white nationalist male gun nuts among us, as if they aren't also symptoms and victims of this systemic abuse and control.

This is how the War on Terror works: our enemies are fabricated and sensationalized so that we ignore our real enemies, waste our resources, and fight among ourselves. The chaos leaves a small class of economic elites with overwhelming political control, which they use to perpetuate this totalizing machine while taking everything for themselves. This election is a terrorist election. Trump and Clinton are both terrorists. The American people are being terrorized for political control. It is genuinely terrifying.

What scares me most is seeing my friends and colleagues who otherwise appear so level-headed and sensible become so compromised by this propaganda, feeding directly into this machine. Seeing friends rally in support behind Clinton, especially during the primaries, feels like seeing friends rally in support of the Iraq War over a decade ago: a clearly bad decision driven by a completely odd sense of nationalist patriotism and misplaced self-righteous duty. Considerably more of my friends support Clinton today than supported the Iraq war in college.

Again, this is terrifying. If you've been supporting Clinton, you're the vanguard of this trend. You are literally voting to keep this terrorist system in place. What terrifies me most is that I don't know if it's possible to explain this to any of the Clinton supporters in my network and have them understand.

Yes, Trump with nukes is scary. But Trump has less chance of starting a global nuclear war than North Korea. I'm positive you're not an "NK HAS NUKES" single-issue voter, because no such person exists. Again, relax. There are a lot of stupid racist people in this world, but they are slightly outnumbered by the competent, well-meaning people. And both groups are radically outnumbered by the people who just don't give a shit and drag everything to a crawl. That's a good thing. Calm down.

The more real and everyday threats faced by human lives relate directly to the state and corporate systems that inform our everyday active population control. The failure of the justice system in the united states, whereby crime and punishment is institutionally racialized, is a source of tremendous and unnecessary suffering. The military industrial complex that feeds the world's perpetual wars is a daily threat to human lives all over the globe. Corporations have corrupted governance to keep wages stagnant, health care and college expensive, and infrastructure on the brink of collapse. These are not scary hypotheticals, they are immediate and daily threats to human lives. Clinton is a representative of these systems, and has shown every intention of keeping them in tact, even helping them grow.

I've criticized Clinton's views on race, economics, and war in the past, but let me be clear that my views here have nothing to do with Clinton, and I have no interest in attacking her, even on policy. Her and Trump are both puppets on stage for our entertainment while the actual machinery of politics continues to grind away at bodies. Nothing that happens this election will change our circumstances. In fact, this election has demonstrated nothing so clearly as the complete and total control that the media has on US politics.

So. If you've spent any time whatsoever worried about a Trump presidency, you now have clear, first hand experience of how propaganda works. Please take a moment to reflect on your experience and behavior. Consider these truths:

- The chances of Trump winning were always very small
- The extreme fear you experienced in reaction to Trump was radically disproportionate with the actual threat he presented.
- This sensationalized fear occupied the entire national political conversation for over full year, and will continue doing so for at least several months into the future.


What role did you play in this propaganda environment? How seriously did you take it? What emotions did it stir up, and what behavior did it provoke in you? How strongly did it compel you to identify with this or that group or movement or cause? To speak out on this or that issue? To engage others on these issues? How do you feel about yourself, having done these things? Did it go the way you had hoped?

This election season has been one of the most expensive, well-orchestrated, and extraordinary propaganda events in history. The outcome was always predictable, but the path is completely absurd and will be studied for a long time to come.

If we're going to fix this broken machine, we might as well start learning from it now.
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Kernel is cognitive enhancement of the not-gimmicky variety. The concept is based on the work of Theodore Berger, a pioneering biomedical engineer who directs the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California, and is the startup’s chief science officer.

For over two decades, Berger has been working on building a neuroprosthetic to help people with dementia, strokes, concussions, brain injuries and Alzheimer's disease, which afflicts 1 in 9 adults over 65.

The implanted devices try to replicate the way brain cells communicate with one another. Let’s say, for example, that you are having a conversation with your boss. A healthy brain will convert that conversation from short-term memory to long-term memory by firing off a set of electrical signals. The signals fire in a specific code that is unique to each person and is a bit like a software command.


This company can help humans win the race against artificial intelligence by putting a chip in their heads.
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Temperament is a skill

Throwing tantrums, calling names, not doing the reading, making things up, demonizing the other, impulsivity, egomaniacal narcissism, breaking big promises...

Waiting your turn, asking hard questions, thinking about others, slowing down in key moments...

Telling the truth, taking responsibility...

Giving others a chance to share their ideas, attracting and trusting talented people, trusting the right things and being skeptical of the others...

These are all skills (or the lack thereof).

Somewhere along the way, we accepted the baked-in, unchanging, what-you-see-is-what-you-get view of the world. It lets us off the hook, of course, because if this is the way we are, it's certainly not our fault.

The bravest and most optimistic thing we can do, though, is see that each of us has the opportunity to do precisely the opposite. We have far more choices, far more control and far more responsibility than we give ourselves (and others) credit for.

Temperament matters. A lot.
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A beautiful documentary exploring the technological evolution from the legendary film maker Werner Herzog. 
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Programming is a science dressed up as art, because most of us don’t understand the physics of software and it’s rarely, if ever, taught. The physics of software is not algorithms, data structures, languages, and abstractions. These are just tools we make, use, and throw away. The real physics of software is the physics of people. Specifically, it’s about our limitations when it comes to complexity and our desire to work together to solve large problems in pieces. This is the science of programming: make building blocks that people can understand and use easily, and people will work together to solve the very largest problems.

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Problem with biometrics: When your personal pattern code leaks, there’s no password reset button that can change it. https://www.wired.com/2016/08/hackers-trick-facial-recognition-logins-photos-facebook-thanks-zuck/
Researchers use online photos to create 3-D renders of faces and successfully dupe four facial recognition systems.
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July 2016 was warmest month in 136 years of modern record-keeping.

Climate change is for real.

The man made pollution is affecting our planet in a bad way. 
July 2016 was the warmest July in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.
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Google Duo is out for iOS and Android.

https://duo.google.com/
Google Duo is the new, simple video calling app that brings you face-to-face with all the people that matter most.
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