How technology disrupted the truth - what will we do about the future of media and journalism ??

“I am actively searching through Facebook for people celebrating the Brexit leave victory, but the filter bubble is SO strong, and extends SO far into things like Facebook’s custom search that I can’t find anyone who is happy *despite the fact that over half the country is clearly jubilant today* and despite the fact that I’m *actively* looking to hear what they are saying.

This echo-chamber problem is now SO severe and SO chronic that I can only beg any friends I have who actually work for Facebook and other major social media and technology to urgently tell their leaders that to not act on this problem now is tantamount to actively supporting and funding the tearing apart of the fabric of our societies”

How technology disrupted
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jul/12/how-technology-disrupted-the-truth
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What’s So Special About Finland?

“What Finland and its neighbors do is actually walk the walk of opportunity that America now only talks,” Partanen writes. “It’s a fact: A citizen of Finland, Norway, or Denmark is today much more likely to rise above his or her parents’ socioeconomic status than is a citizen of the United States.” The United States is not Finland. And, in one sense, that’s bad news for America. Numerous studies have shown that there is far greater upward social mobility in Nordic countries than in the United States, partly because of the high level of income inequality in the U.S.”

What’s So Special About Finland?
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/07/nordic-american-dream-partanen/489032/
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Sir Arthur C. Clarke interview

“One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. So now people assume that religion and morality have a necessary connection. But the basis of morality is really very simple and doesn't require religion at all. It's this: "Don't do unto anybody else what you wouldn't like to be done to you." It seems to me that that's all there is to it.”

Sir Arthur C. Clarke
http://www.arthurcclarke.net/?interview=4
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what won’t change in 20 years? Peter Diamandis newsletter

“The six basic human needs include:

1. Certainty: We need assurance that we can avoid pain and gain pleasure

2. Uncertainty/Variety: We have a need for variety, continuous change, and stimulus

3. Significance: We have a need to feel unique, important, and special

4, Connection/Love: We need a strong feeling of connection with people and we need to feel loved

5. Growth: We need to expand each of our own capabilities and capacities

6. Contribution: We need to contribute, and we need a sense of service and focus on giving back.”

Fwd: what won’t change in 20 years?

Microsoft’s CEO Explores How Humans and A.I. Can Solve Society’s Challenges—Together?

“Computers may win at games, but imagine what’s possible when human and machine work together to solve society’s greatest challenges like beating disease, ignorance, and poverty.

Doing so, however, requires a bold and ambitious approach that goes beyond anything that can be achieved through incremental improvements to current technology. Now is the time for greater coordination and collaboration on A.I.”

Microsoft’s CEO Explores How Humans and A.I. Can Solve Society’s Challenges—Together
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/06/microsoft_ceo_satya_nadella_humans_and_a_i_can_work_together_to_solve_society.html
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This is why your fears about artificial intelligence are wrong (really ?)

“We didn't evolve to do mathematics, but our brains can do it," he said. "Imagine you could build a brain that’s a million times faster than a human, never gets tired, and it’s tuned to be a mathematician. We could advance mathematical theories extremely rapidly."”

This is why your fears about artificial intelligence are wrong
http://www.recode.net/2016/6/27/12037248/artificial-intelligence-machine-learning-numenta-jeff-hawkins-donna-dubinsky-podcast
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Is the meaning of work about to change?


“The speed and breadth of today’s innovation affect every single job and skillset. Automation, artificial intelligence, Big Data analytics, the Internet of Things and mobile technologies are levelling the playing field – not only geographically but also across the spectrum of businesses from big to small. Not all of this disruption is positive. New technologies could result in a net loss of more than 5 million jobs by 2020, warns a recent World Economic Forum report.”

Is the meaning of work about to change?
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/02/beyond-jobs-beyond-corporations-the-collaboration-economy/
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AI, Apple and Google: good read

“So you can say to your phone: 'show me pictures of my dog at the beach' and a speech recognition system turns the audio into text, natural language processing takes the text, works out that this is a photo query and hands it off to your photo app, and your photo app, which has used ML systems to tag your photos with ‘dog’ and 'beach’, runs a database query and shows you the tagged images. Magic.”

AI, Apple and Google
http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2016/6/23/ai-apple-and-google
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The End of Reflection?

“Neuroplasticity (or the brain’s ability to change) due to technological use is a hot topic. Usually the tone is alarmist, though sometimes it’s optimistic.

Take video games: One study revealed improvements in memory and focus for older adults when playing a simple road-racing game. In another study, playing Super Mario 64 was observed to yield increases in gray matter in regions of the brain associated with memory, planning and spatial navigation.”

The End of Reflection
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/fashion/internet-technology-phones-introspection.html
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