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Month: January 2016

Some Buckminster Fuller Bottom Lines (via BrainPickings)

“Fuller then moves on to the vital distinction between money-work and purpose, debunking the myth of the zero-sum game of prosperity:

It is also mistakenly assumed that employment is the only means by which humans can earn the right to live, for politicians have yet to discover how much wealth is available for distribution. All this is rationalized on the now scientifically discredited premise that there can never be enough life support for all. Thus humanity’s specialization leads only toward warring and such devastating tools, both, visible and invisible, as ultimately to destroy all Earthians.


It is eminently feasible not only to provide full life support for all humans but also to permit all humans’ individual enjoyment of all the Earth without anyone profiting at the expense of another and without any individuals interfering with others.”

Buckminster Fuller’s Manifesto for the Genius of Generalists
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What does it mean to be human in the age of technology? (Tom Chatfield – The Guardian)

“This is an astonishing, disconcerting, delightful thing: the crowd in the cloud becoming a stream of shared consciousness.

We think of ourselves as individual, rational minds, and describe our relationships with technology on this basis”

What does it mean to be human in the age of technology?
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Digital Ethics: The role of the CIO in balancing the risks and rewards of digital innovation

“What is digital ethics?

In our hyper-connected world, an explosion of data is combining with pattern recognition, machine learning, smart algorithms, and other intelligent software to underpin a new level of cognitive computing. More than ever, machines are capable of imitating human thinking and decision-making across a raft of workflows, which presents exciting opportunities for companies to drive highly personalized customer experiences, as well as unprecedented productivity, efficiency, and innovation. However, along with the benefits of this increased automation comes a greater risk for ethics to be compromised and human trust to be broken.

According to Gartner, digital ethics is the system of values and principles a company may embrace when conducting digital interactions between businesses, people and things. Digital ethics sits at the nexus of what is legally required; what can be made possible by digital technology; and what is morally desirable.”

MIS-Asia - Digital Ethics: The role of the CIO in balancing the risks and rewards of digital innovation
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Stop Being A Loner, It’ll Kill You: low social interaction has worse effects than obesity

“This paper mirrors the results of a 2013 study from Brigham Young University, which found that "low social interaction has the equivalent lifespan impact as smoking 15 cigarettes daily or being a raging alcoholic. Cutting yourself off from others is worse, even, than inactivity. And twice as bad as obesity."”

Stop Being A Loner, It'll Kill You
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Meet the digital dissenters: They’re fighting for a better internet. Made me think

“Where do humans fit into this new economy? Really not as creators of value, but as the content. We are the content. We are the data. We are the media. As you use a smartphone, your smartphone gets smarter, but you get dumber.”

Douglas Rushkoff, author of “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” █”

Meet the digital dissenters: They’re fighting for a better internet
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What if the Internet Really Isn’t Social? What If It’s the Opposite? (asks Jason Gots)

“Marc Potenza, a psychiatrist at Yale who primarily studies alcohol and drug addiction says that “some people have posited that the Internet is a vehicle and not a target of disorder.”

What If the Internet Really Isn't Social? What If It's the Opposite? | Big Think
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A Taste of the Future: good read by Kim Araz (work, automation and IoT)

“The fact is that sooner than we can imagine, there will be masses of educated people suddenly finding themselves out of a job, no longer having the relevant skills for the type of work that will be required. At the same time, the next generation isn’t being properly prepared for the types of vocations that will be needed, such as Data Scientists, Neuro-Implant Technicians and VR Experience Designers.”

A Taste of the Future
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How Facebook Makes Us Dumber – confirmation bias is a huge issue on large social networks

“As Del Vicario and her coauthors put it, “users mostly tend to select and share content according to a specific narrative and to ignore the rest.” On Facebook, the result is the formation of a lot of “homogeneous, polarized clusters.” Within those clusters, new information moves quickly among friends (often in just a few hours).

The consequence is the “proliferation of biased narratives fomented by unsubstantiated rumors, mistrust, and paranoia.””

How Facebook Makes Us Dumber
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Will we see Human-Animal Chimeras soon (must read by MIT Technology Review)

“The effort to incubate organs in farm animals is ethically charged because it involves adding human cells to animal embryos in ways that could blur the line between species.

Last September, in a reversal of earlier policy, the National Institutes of Health announced it would not support studies involving such “human-animal chimeras” until it had reviewed the scientific and social implications more closely.”

Human-Animal Chimera | MIT Technology Review
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