Facebook Plans to Rewire Your Life. Be Afraid.

“has helped to chase people into ideological silos and feed them content that reinforces confirmation biases. Facebook actively created the silos by fine-tuning the algorithm that lies at its center -- the one that forms a user's news feed. The algorithm prioritizes what it shows a user based, in large measure, on how many times the user has recently interacted with the poster and on the number of "likes" and comments the post has garnered. In other words, it stresses the most emotionally engaging posts from the people to whom you are drawn -- during an election campaign, a recipe for a filter bubble and, what's more, for amplifying emotional rather than rational arguments.”

Facebook Plans to Rewire Your Life. Be Afraid.
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-02-17/mark-zuckerberg-s-manifesto-for-facebook-offers-a-social-dystopia
via Instapaper



Elon Musk says humans must become cyborgs to stay relevant. Is he right?

“The idea that digital machines no matter how hyper-connected, how powerful, will one day surpass human capacity is total baloney,” he told the Guardian.

Nicolelis argues that the brain – contrary to what Musk and Singularity proponents like Ray Kurzweil say – is not computable because human consciousness is the result of unpredictable, nonlinear interactions among billions of cells. “Our brains do not work in an algorithmic way and are not digital machines,” he said.”

Elon Musk says humans must become cyborgs to stay relevant. Is he right?
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/15/elon-musk-cyborgs-robots-artificial-intelligence-is-he-right
via Instapaper



Here’s how to use AI to make America great again;)

“It is “glaringly obvious,” says Daron Acemoglu, an economist at MIT, that political leaders are “totally unprepared” to deal with how automation is changing employment. Automation has been displacing workers from a variety of occupations, including ones in manufacturing. And now, he says, AI and the quickening deployment of robots in various industries, including auto manufacturing, metal products, pharmaceuticals, food service, and warehouses, could exacerbate the effects. “We haven’t even begun the debate,” he warns. “We’ve just been papering over the issues.””

Here’s how to use AI to make America great again
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603465/the-relentless-pace-of-automation/
via Instapaper

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/
via Instapaper

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/
via Instapaper

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
https://extranewsfeed.com/lets-not-surrender-romance-to-trumpism-and-silicon-valley-184cb3940874
via Instapaper

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/
via Instapaper

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
via Instapaper

#crispr 

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
via Instapaper