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Month: February 2016

The Technium: Why Kevin Kelly does not worry about a Super AI (and I quite disagree on that)

I like kk's work but this dead-wrong !

“The clear ethical programing AIs need to follow will force us to bear down and be much clearer about why we believe what we think we believe. Under what conditions do we want to be relativistic? What specific contexts do we want the law to be contextual? Human morality is a mess of conundrums that could benefit from scrutiny, less superstition, and more evidence-based thinking. We’ll quickly find that trying to train AIs to be more humanistic will challenge us to be more humanistic. In the way that children can better their parents, the challenge of rearing AIs is an opportunity – not a horror. We should welcome it. I wish those with a loud following would also welcome it.”

The Technium: Why I Don’t Worry About a Super AI
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inverted totalitarianism

“The blind masses experiencing bread and circus adventures in Hyperreality while the ‘real’ world passes by entirely undetected. The ultimate triumph of inverted totalitarianism?

In inverted totalitarianism, every natural resource and every living being is commodified and exploited to collapse as the citizenry is lulled and manipulated into surrendering their liberties and their participation in government through excess consumerism and sensationalism”

Week 7 | import digest
https://malm.teqy.net/2016/02/23/week-7-2/
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The age of digital ethics is beginning

...and everyone is buzzing with it: Accenture (digital trust, people first) CORDIS / EU (on Gerd Leonhard's TedX talk)Watch Gerd Leonhard's 2014 (!) Ted Talk on thisGerd's Slideshare TedX ...

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When is great technology enough…?

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Point is, a little technology is amazing. But all technology, all the time is dystopia. And strutting and fretting our entire lives digitally is a reduction of the rich possibilities of life beyond the algorithm. Even as the increasingly comprehensive digital footprints we generate are also, clearly, a way too tempting repository for governments and companies to ignore — and so they do the opposite: lift, store and manipulate the substance of our digital lives at will.

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Our evolving relationship with technology

“Right now, at the frontier of technology, people are deciding the future of human-computer interaction. The Myo armband is one futuristic input among many. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the United States (DARPA) has just announced that they’re developing a “cortical modem,” a direct neural interface that stimulates your visual cortex and displays information without glasses or goggles. It’s a heads-up display that plugs straight into your brain. Equal parts captivating and terrifying.

We believe that any digital input that disregards human biology — as the desktop environment did — can’t succeed in the 21st century. Our bodies are already rebelling against technology’s impact, and any device that asks us to act more like machines — by fundamentally changing our bodies, habits, vocabulary, or how we relate to one another — isn’t a sustainable option.”

Our evolving relationship with technology
https://blog.thalmic.com/the-evolution-of-computing/
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Computers, the Internet, and the Abdication of Consciousness – made me think

“Only if we counter these technologies with a greater power of attention to the specific, the qualitative, the local, the here and now, can we keep our balance. This is the general rule, first voiced, so far as I know, by Rudolf Steiner: To the extent we commit ourselves more fully to a machine-mediated existence, we must reach more determinedly toward the highest regions of our selves; otherwise, we will progressively lose our humanity.”

Computers, the Internet, and the Abdication of Consciousness
https://natureinstitute.org/txt/st/jung.htm
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Internet of Things could be used as spy tool by governments says US intel chief (Arstechnica), and Bruce Schneier on the IoT

“In the future, intelligence services might use the loT for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials," Clapper said (PDF), according to his prepared testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.”

Internet of Things to be used as spy tool by governments: US intel chief
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/02/us-intelligence-chief-says-iot-climate-change-add-to-global-instability/
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