How Silicon Valley Utopianism Brought You the Dystopian Trump Presidency

“Fromm distinguished between two kinds of freedom: negative freedom, casting off the shackles of social, political, and cultural restrictions; and positive freedom, finding a truer expression of self and identity. When the former occurs without the latter, he wrote, “the newly won freedom appears as a curse; [mankind] is free from the sweet bondage of paradise, but he is not free to govern himself, to realize his individuality.””

How Silicon Valley Utopianism Brought You the Dystopian Trump Presidency
https://www.wired.com/2017/01/silicon-valley-utopianism-brought-dystopian-trump-presidency/
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How Silicon Valley Utopianism Brought You the Dystopian Trump Presidency

“There are things we were optimizing for that had unintended consequences,” says Justin Kan, a venture capitalist at Y Combinator and co-founder of Twitch. In designing to maximize engagement, social networks inadvertently created hives of bias-confirmation and tribalism.”

How Silicon Valley Utopianism Brought You the Dystopian Trump Presidency
https://www.wired.com/2017/01/silicon-valley-utopianism-brought-dystopian-trump-presidency/
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Let’s Not Surrender Romance to Trumpism and Silicon Valley / Tim Leberecht

“Humans are — first and foremost — impulsive and social beings. We are highly erratic, thoroughly subjective, and we constantly underestimate how much experiences, perceptions, and emotions — rather than facts and figures — drive our behavior. The idea of the “economic man,” motivated merely by self-interest and rational decision-making, is a fairy tale, and this election has made us painfully aware of that.”

Let’s Not Surrender Romance to Trumpism and Silicon Valley
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Martin Luther King Jr. was decades ahead of his time in advocating for a universal basic income

“Experts have pointed to the “economic anxiety” of voters in the Rust Belt states, where manufacturing jobs have declined steeply, as one of the primary reasons for Donald Trump’s victory. Trump blamed trade policy for the job losses, though the real culprit is technology.”

Martin Luther King Jr. was decades ahead of his time in advocating for a universal basic income
https://qz.com/886516/martin-luther-king-jr-was-decades-ahead-of-his-time-in-advocating-for-a-universal-basic-income/
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How DNA Editing Could Change Life on Earth - must read!

“There has never been a more powerful biological tool, or one with more potential to both improve the world and endanger it. Esvelt hopes to use the technology as a lever to pry open what he sees as the often secretive and needlessly duplicative process of scientific research. “The only way to conduct an experiment that could wipe an entire species from the Earth is with complete transparency,” he told me. “For both moral and practical reasons, gene drive is most likely to succeed if all the research is done openly. And if we can do it for gene drive we can do it for the rest of science.””

How DNA Editing Could Change Life on Earth
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/02/rewriting-the-code-of-life
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Just How Dangerous Is Alexa?

“The Willing Suspension of Our Privacy

We apply similar concepts to our online lives. Most of us are willing to give up our data (location, viewing, purchasing or search history) for our online enjoyment. We can call this the “willing suspension of our privacy” because if you spent a moment to consider what your data was actually being used for, you would refuse to let it happen.

The Willing Suspension of Our Agency

Which brings us to the next level of insanity: the willing suspension of our agency for our own enjoyment. This is past the point of giving up a “reasonable amount” of data or privacy to optimize the capabilities of our digital assistants. Suspension of our agency exposes our normally unmonitored physical activity, innocent mumblings and sequestered conversations. Some people believe this is happening with Alexa, Google Home, Siri and other virtual assistant and IoT systems. It may well be.”

Just How Dangerous Is Alexa?
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/just-how-dangerous-alexa-shelly-palmer
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2017 Predictions: the rise of purpose (frank Diana )

“In 2017, we will see a growing shift towards purpose, exploiting our advances in science and technology to improve the human condition. Whether it is achieving standard of living parity in developing economies, or advances in the current standard of living of developed nations, this shift in focus will gain more traction in the coming year, penetrating the mission statements of many more companies. I explore this prediction in detail in a recent post titled Revolution and the Innovation Wheel.”

2017 Predictions
https://frankdiana.net/2017/01/05/2017-predictions/
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Medium says it can’t make money selling ads so it’s laying off a third of its staff

“The vast majority of articles, videos, and other ‘content’ we all consume on a daily basis is paid for  —  directly or indirectly —  by corporations who are funding it in order to advance their goals,” Williams wrote. “And it is measured, amplified, and rewarded based on its ability to do that. Period. As a result, we get … well, what we get. And it’s getting worse.””

Medium says it can’t make money selling ads so it’s laying off a third of its staff
http://www.recode.net/2017/1/4/14169348/medium-layoffs-ad-business-model-change
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