Welcome to the new feudalism – with Silicon Valley as our overlords | Evgeny Morozov

“Given all the disruption around us, how reasonable is it to expect that advertising will remain the magic cash cow that helps bring free internet to Sri Lanka or India and allows millions of people to use email and search for free?”

Welcome to the new feudalism – with Silicon Valley as our overlords | Evgeny Morozov
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/24/the-new-feudalism-silicon-valley-overlords-advertising-necessary-evil
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Work and Happiness in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

“Those supporting the negative income tax recognize that the importance of work is not just the income derived from it, but also the anchor that it affords us both socially and psychologically. Work provides a sense of purpose as well as a way to earn social status. The places we work give us both the opportunity for socializing as well as the structure that many of us need to feel productive and happy.””

Work and Happiness in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
http://www.techvshuman.com/work-and-happiness-in-the-age-of-artificial-intelligence/
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The internet as an engine of liberation is an innocent fraud – Nicholas Carr | Aeon Essays

“The panacea was virtuality – the reinvention and redemption of society in computer code. They would build us a new Eden not from atoms but from bits. All that is solid would melt into their network. We were expected to be grateful and, for the most part, we were.

What Silicon Valley sells and we buy is not transcendence but withdrawal. We flock to the virtual because the real demands too much of us”

The internet as an engine of liberation is an innocent fraud – Nicholas Carr | Aeon Essays
https://aeon.co/essays/the-internet-as-an-engine-of-liberation-is-an-innocent-fraud
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Machines of Loving Grace. Interview with John Markoff. | ODBMS


“John Markoff: You can use AI technologies either to automate or to augment humans. The problem is minimized when you take an approach that is based on human centric design principles.

Q4. How is it possible in practice? Isn’t the technology space dominated by giants such as IBM, Apple,Google who dictate the direction of new technology?

John Markoff: This is a very interesting time with “giant” technology companies realizing that there are consequences in the deployment of these technologies. Google, IBM and Microsoft have all recently made public commitments to the safe use of AI.”

Machines of Loving Grace. Interview with John Markoff. | ODBMS Industry Watch
http://www.odbms.org/blog/2016/08/machines-of-loving-grace-interview-with-john-markoff/
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Of prediction and policy- great examples via The Economist

“Bail decisions, in which judges estimate the risk of a prisoner fleeing or offending before trial, seem particularly ripe for help. Jens Ludwig of the University of Chicago and his colleagues claim that their algorithm, tested on a sample of past cases, would have yielded around 20% less crime (see chart), while leaving the number of releases unchanged. A similar reduction nationwide, they suggest, would require an extra 20,000 police officers at a cost of $2.6 billion. The White House is taking notice. Better bail decisions are a big priority of its Data-Driven Justice Initiative, which 67 states, cities and counties signed in June.”

Of prediction and policy
http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21705329-governments-have-much-gain-applying-algorithms-public-policy
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10 Futurist Phrases And Terms That Are Complete Bullshit

“The evolution of our technologies could result in a future in which our planet is wrecked and depleted, our privacy gone, our civil liberties severely curtailed, and our political, social and economic structures severely altered. So while we should still strive to create the future, we must remember that we’re going to have to adapt to this future.”

10 Futurist Phrases And Terms That Are Complete Bullshit
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/07/10-futurist-phrases-and-terms-that-are-complete-bullshit/
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Staying Human in the Machine Age: An Interview With Douglas Rushkoff

“As we further integrate with technology, Rushkoff suggests a crossroads may lie ahead: If we don’t begin reprogramming technologies with a different set of values, we may lose the opportunity to take back control — and maybe even lose our humanness itself.”

Staying Human in the Machine Age: An Interview With Douglas Rushkoff
http://singularityhub.com/2016/06/17/staying-human-in-the-machine-age-an-interview-with-douglas-rushkoff/
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