tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:/posts OnTeamHuman 2019-07-31T07:52:17Z What does it mean to be on 'Team Human'? Futurist Gerd Leonhard tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1439415 2019-07-31T07:52:13Z 2019-07-31T07:52:17Z Some Gerd Leonhard memes and images

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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1414685 2019-05-30T13:09:04Z 2019-05-30T13:09:05Z Meet me in Bucharest June 10!!
Technology, humanity, society and ethics: A look at the next 10 years

Understanding the future and developing foresights is becoming mission-critical. Join us for this groundbreaking session where Gerd will introduce the most important things we must know about the etfuture, today, such as the decline of the oil and fossile fuel economy, the end of routine work (and why that's not the end of work),  the newly emerging opportunities caused by industry convergence, automation vs globalization, tomorrow’s ethics, a new economic system, the future of Europe and much more. 
The future is better than we think - we just need to govern it wisely.

Keynote Speaker: Gerd Leonhard - Futurist | Author | Speaker | CEO - TheFuturesAgency
Guest Speaker: Peter Vander Auwera - Content Curator Digital Ethics | Speaker | Sensemaker

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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1413688 2019-05-27T15:13:16Z 2019-05-27T15:13:17Z Robo-Apocalypse? Not in Your Lifetime | by J. Bradford DeLong
“Nonetheless, over the next few generations, this process of technological development will work itself out, leaving humans with just four categories of things to do: thinking critically, overseeing other humans, providing a human connection, and translating human whims into a language the machines can understand.”

Robo-Apocalypse? Not in Your Lifetime | by J. Bradford DeLong
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/rise-of-robots-social-work-by-j-bradford-delong-2019-05
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1413620 2019-05-27T11:13:22Z 2019-05-27T11:13:22Z Amazon Is Working on a Device That Can Read Human Emotions
“The notion of building machines that can understand human emotions has long been a staple of science fiction, from stories by Isaac Asimov to Star Trek’s android Data. Amid advances in machine learning and voice and image recognition, the concept has recently marched toward reality. Companies including Microsoft Corp., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and IBM Corp., among a host of other firms, are developing technologies designed to derive emotional states from images, audio data and other inputs. Amazon has discussed publicly its desire to build a more lifelike voice assistant.

The technology could help the company gain insights for potential health products or be used to better target advertising or product recommendations. The concept is likely to add fuel to the debate about the amount and type of personal data scooped up by technology giants, which already collect reams of information about their customers. Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that Amazon has a team listening to and annotating audio clips captured by the company’s Echo line of voice-activated speakers.”

Amazon Is Working on a Device That Can Read Human Emotions
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-23/amazon-is-working-on-a-wearable-device-that-reads-human-emotions
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1410952 2019-05-20T16:32:24Z 2019-05-20T16:32:28Z Social Media Are Ruining Political Discourse
“A presence on Twitter has become almost a job requirement for columnists and pundits. YouTube can also be a valuable educational resource with videos of political roundtables, academic conferences, lectures, and interviews. But the flow-oriented design of these media inhibits extended debate. When the liberal economist Paul Krugman tweeted a critique of the inconsistency of Republican policies on interest rates, for example, most of the more than 100 replies were simply derisive comments about Republican hypocrisy—posts created to derive pleasure from online riposte rather than advocacy for a particular position.

By contrast, blog posts and articles in online newspapers and magazines are not flow media; they are digital extensions of the kind of political writing that characterized printed newspapers and journals in the 19th and 20th centuries. There might be an opportunity for the readers to comment at the end of the article, but their responses do not contribute to flow and engagement in the same way. Even formal news and commentary often decays into flow fodder, such as when people post gut-feel responses to social media about articles they haven’t even read, based on the headline alone.

The politics of flow now poses a serious challenge to the earlier tradition of political debate. Some pundits have interpreted Trump’s populism as a realignment of the traditional political narratives of the left and the right. In both his presidential campaign and his presidency, Trump showed how easy it was to break both narratives into incendiary fragments that could be reshuffled into a variety of combinations. From the left he took opposition to international trade agreements and economic globalism; from the right, hostility to social programs and the federal bureaucracy (“drain the swamp”).”

Social Media Are Ruining Political Discourse
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/05/why-social-media-ruining-political-discourse/589108/?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-82144uBghSiGsOclpXytsnfx5Tlp906M_u1MaQEZnigt8tqgpaBa3-bcNJIuL37kqtaIDQ37Z78zbVZu9tGb--n5CPeNgKlogF764EeSc0pGRmWGI&_hsmi=72835581&utm_campaign=the_download.unpaid.engagement&utm_content=72835581&utm_medium=email&utm_source=hs_email
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1407540 2019-05-10T16:30:25Z 2019-05-10T16:30:25Z Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future (joi ito)
“Instead of thinking about machine intelligence in terms of humans vs machines, we should consider the system that integrates humans and machines – not artificial intelligence but extended intelligence. Instead of trying to control or design or even understand systems, it is more important to design systems that participate as responsible, aware and robust elements of even more complex systems.

We must question and adapt our own purpose and sensibilities as observers and designers within systems for a much more humble approach: humility over control.”

Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/artificial-intelligence-extended-intelligence
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1385347 2019-03-13T21:00:20Z 2019-03-13T21:00:21Z Why IBM’s “Dear Tech” Oscars Ad Is So Enraging
“What I want to know is: Can tech companies sell A.I. without preying on our vulnerabilities and biases?

Commercials for Watson personify the natural language speaking technology as an independent being that can rapidly internalize massive amounts of human expertise that’s embedded in volumes of scientific reports and apply the knowledge to wisely make complex medical recommendations. Debate, however, exists over whether marketing material led medical practitioners to develop unrealistic expectations of what the technology can do, how the technology is programmed, and how hard it would be to set up. Indeed, a few years ago, Cory Doctorow slammed the marketing of Watson for Oncology for being “deceptive.” Frankly, tough questions should be asked about the honesty of the entire tech industry every time a product is depicted as more humanlike than it really is, since anthropomorphism triggers cognitive biases that can get in the way of us seeing things clearly.”

Why IBM’s “Dear Tech” Oscars Ad Is So Enraging
https://slate.com/technology/2019/02/ibm-dear-tech-oscars-ad.html
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1384919 2019-03-12T21:43:15Z 2019-03-12T21:43:15Z Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine
“Our brains produce enough data to stream 4 HD movies every second. The problem is that the best way we have to get information out into the world—speech—can only transmit about the same amount of data as a 1980s modem. We’re working on a system that will let you type straight from your brain about 5x faster than you can type on your phone today. Eventually, we want to turn it into a wearable technology that can be manufactured at scale. Even a simple yes/no ‘brain click’ would help make things like augmented reality feel much more natural.””

Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine
https://www.wired.com/story/zuckerberg-wants-facebook-to-build-mind-reading-machine/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1380793 2019-03-03T12:42:22Z 2019-03-03T12:42:23Z Don’t Fight the Robots. Tax Them.
“And at the same time that the rise of robots shrinks government tax revenue, the fallout from automation will place more demands on government services. The United States will probably need more money to retrain workers bumped from their jobs by automation, to give them a shot at a new one. Welfare rolls could grow, as millions of workers are displaced to the bottom end of the service economy, where wages are low and robots are scarce.”

Don’t Fight the Robots. Tax Them.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/23/sunday-review/tax-artificial-intelligence.html
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1380789 2019-03-03T12:33:59Z 2019-03-03T12:33:59Z [digital heresy] This Is Silicon Valley – OneZero



“In Silicon Valley, few people find things like climate change important enough to talk about at length, and even fewer find it important enough to work on. It’s not where the money is at. It’s not where “success” is at. And it’s certainly not where the industry is at. Instead, money comes from changing a button from green to blue, from making yet another food delivery app, and from getting more clicks on ads. That’s just how the Valley and the tech industry are set up. As Jeffrey Hammerbacher, a former Facebook executive, told Bloomberg, “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.”

This is Silicon Valley.”

This Is Silicon Valley – OneZero
https://onezero.medium.com/this-is-silicon-valley-3c4583d6e7c2
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1371864 2019-02-08T11:10:47Z 2019-02-08T11:10:47Z Team Human vs. Team AI
“By hiring more people rather than machines, paying them livable wages, and operating with less immediate efficiency, companies could minimize the destruction they leave in their wake. Hiring 10 farmers or nurses may be more expensive in the short run than using one robotic tractor or caregiver, but it may make life better and less costly for everyone over the long term.”

Team Human vs. Team AI
https://www.strategy-business.com/article/Team-Human-vs-Team-AI?gko=4d55d
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1367700 2019-01-27T18:06:10Z 2019-01-27T18:06:11Z The Hidden Automation Agenda of the Davos Elite
“In Davos, executives tend to speak about automation as a natural phenomenon over which they have no control, like hurricanes or heat waves. They claim that if they don’t automate jobs as quickly as possible, their competitors will.

“They will be disrupted if they don’t,” said Katy George, a senior partner at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

Automating work is a choice, of course, one made harder by the demands of shareholders, but it is still a choice. And even if some degree of unemployment caused by automation is inevitable, these executives can choose how the gains from automation and A.I. are distributed, and whether to give the excess profits they reap as a result to workers, or hoard it for themselves and their shareholders.”

The Hidden Automation Agenda of the Davos Elite
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/automation-davos-world-economic-forum.html
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1365610 2019-01-21T22:01:10Z 2019-01-21T22:01:11Z The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution
“The drive for profits and market dominance is instilled in artificial intelligence systems that aren’t wired to ask why. But we aren’t machines; we can ask why. We must confront how these technologies work, and evaluate the consequences and costs for us and other parts of our society. We can question whether the companies’ “solutions”—like increased staffing and technology for content moderation—are good enough, or if they are the digital equivalent of “clean coal.” As the services become less and less separable from the rest of our lives, their effects become ever more pressing social problems.”

The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution
https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/january-february-march-2019/the-world-is-choking-on-digital-pollution/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1364764 2019-01-19T07:59:43Z 2019-01-19T07:59:43Z It's Time for Action on Privacy, Says Apple's CEO Tim Cook
“First, the right to have personal data minimized. Companies should challenge themselves to strip identifying information from customer data or avoid collecting it in the first place. Second, the right to knowledge—to know what data is being collected and why. Third, the right to access. Companies should make it easy for you to access, correct and delete your personal data. And fourth, the right to data security, without which trust is impossible.”

It's Time for Action on Privacy, Says Apple's CEO Tim Cook
http://time.com/collection-post/5502591/tim-cook-data-privacy/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1364763 2019-01-19T07:52:14Z 2019-01-19T07:52:17Z Why Facebook is giving $300 million for local journalism
“As The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan recently wrote, the decline of local reporting has profound consequences for communities and for self-governance. “One problem with losing local coverage is that we never know what we don’t know. Corruption can flourish, taxes can rise, public officials can indulge their worst impulses,” she said. Local reporting can also help establish a foundation of common information, easing polarization and misinformation, owing to high levels of trust that local outlets have with their audiences, she said.”

Why Facebook is giving $300 million for local journalism
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/01/15/facebook-pledges-million-local-journalism-projects/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1357427 2018-12-27T01:08:29Z 2018-12-27T01:08:29Z The Dawn of a New Big Tech Regulatory Era? - Shelly Palmer
“The new normal for the big tech regulatory environment

While they may not face the spectre of an onerous regulatory environment in the near future, the big tech companies do understand the policy landscape has changed. They have to dig into their business processes, find the root cause of their problems, fix them, and demonstrate their change to (re)build public trust. In the current environment, these companies have started moving away from the old position of self-regulation to actively seeking to work with lawmakers in Europe and the US.”

The Dawn of a New Big Tech Regulatory Era? - Shelly Palmer
https://www.shellypalmer.com/2018/12/dawn-new-big-tech-regulatory-era/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1342775 2018-11-11T14:58:55Z 2018-11-11T14:58:59Z Mindset and Heartset - must read by John Hagel
“The key assumption in the room was that it was all about the mind. They assumed that our assumptions and beliefs shape what we feel and what we do. In this view of the world, emotions are a distraction, or at best a second order effect, and it’s ultimately all about our mind.

Expanding our view
I would suggest that we’re a lot more complicated than that. Our emotions aren’t just derivative of our assumptions and beliefs. Emotions shape our perceptions, assumptions, thoughts and beliefs as well. If you try to shape assumptions and beliefs without paying attention to the emotions that already exist, good luck.

We need to move beyond mindset and expand our horizons to address our heartset: what are the emotions that filter how we perceive the world, shape what we believe and influence how we act?”

Mindset and Heartset
https://edgeperspectives.typepad.com/edge_perspectives/2018/11/mindset-and-heartset.html
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1334753 2018-10-22T05:38:37Z 2018-10-22T05:38:38Z Alexa’s Most Dangerous Feature Can’t Be Undone
“These and other tech corporations have grand ambitions. They want to colonize space. Not interplanetary space. Everyday space: home, office, car. In the near future, everything from your lighting to your air-conditioning to your refrigerator, your coffee maker, and even your toilet could be wired to a system controlled by voice.”

Alexa’s Most Dangerous Feature Can’t Be Undone
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/alexa-how-will-you-change-us/570844/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1324403 2018-09-22T15:25:16Z 2018-09-22T15:25:17Z Former Head of Google China Foresees an AI Crisis--and Proposes a Solution
“AI will take many single-task, single-domain jobs away. You can argue that humans have abilities that AI does not: We can conceptualize, strategize, create. Whereas today’s AI is just a really smart pattern recognizer that can take in data, optimize, and beat humans at a given task. But how many jobs in the world are simple repetitions of tasks that can be optimized? How many jobs require no creativity, strategizing, conceptualization? Most jobs are repetitive: truck-driving, telemarketing, dishwashing, fruit picking, assembly-line work, and so on. I’m afraid that about 50 percent of jobs in the world are in danger.”

Former Head of Google China Foresees an AI Crisis--and Proposes a Solution
https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/robotics/artificial-intelligence/former-head-of-google-china-foresees-an-ai-crisis
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1322626 2018-09-17T16:26:22Z 2018-09-17T16:26:23Z Forget the new iPhones: Apple’s best product is now privacy
“In 2018, no issue is more important than user privacy–or the lack of it. We’re tracked by private industry on an unprecedented scale, with major corporations having so much data about us–much of it gleaned without our knowledge–that they can tell when a teenager is pregnant (and inform the teen’s father) or even predict your future actions based on decisions you haven’t made yet. If you want to be part of this world, designed by advertisers and tech giants, you must relinquish your right to privacy. In other words, we live in a commercial surveillance state.”

Forget the new iPhones: Apple’s best product is now privacy
https://www.fastcompany.com/90236195/forget-the-new-iphones-apples-best-product-is-now-privacy
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1321943 2018-09-15T16:00:23Z 2018-09-15T16:00:34Z Senior Google Scientist Resigns Over “Forfeiture of Our Values” in China
““I view our intent to capitulate to censorship and surveillance demands in exchange for access to the Chinese market as a forfeiture of our values and governmental negotiating position across the globe,” he wrote, adding: “There is an all-too-real possibility that other nations will attempt to leverage our actions in China in order to demand our compliance with their security demands.””

Senior Google Scientist Resigns Over “Forfeiture of Our Values” in China
https://theintercept.com/2018/09/13/google-china-search-engine-employee-resigns/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1317589 2018-09-02T16:21:42Z 2018-09-02T16:21:42Z Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code
“After all, software is written by overwhelmingly affluent white and Asian men – and it will inevitably reflect their assumptions (Google “racist soap dispenser” to see how this plays out in even mundane real-world situations). Bias doesn’t require malice to become harm, and unlike a human being, we can’t easily ask an algorithmic gatekeeper to explain its decision.”

Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/aug/29/coding-algorithms-frankenalgos-program-danger
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1317099 2018-08-31T22:09:41Z 2018-08-31T22:09:42Z In the Future of Work, Creativity Still Rules - Connected Futures
“In 10 years,” he added, “the question of if it works will be replaced by the question of why we are doing this. And who’s going to benefit, and who will control it.”

Moreover, he adds, “most jobs in ten years haven’t even been invented yet.””

In the Future of Work, Creativity Still Rules - Connected Futures
https://connectedfutures.cisco.com/article/future-work-creativity-still-rules/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1309529 2018-08-06T06:43:41Z 2018-08-06T06:43:41Z Why liberal arts and the humanities are as important as engineering - Vivek Wadhwa
“Steve Jobs touted the importance of liberal arts and humanities at the unveiling of the iPad 2: “It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing, and nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices.” With this focus, he built the most valuable company in the world and set new standards for the technology industry.

Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell, who majored in English, also emphasized this. I recently asked him how he turned his company around and caused its stock price to increase by an astonishing 450 percent over five years. He said that it was through relentlessly focusing on design in every product the company built; that engineering is important but what makes a technology product most successful is its design.

The key to good design is a combination of empathy and knowledge of the arts and humanities. Musicians and artists inherently have the greatest sense of creativity. You can teach artists how to use software and graphics tools; turning engineers into artists is hard.”

Why liberal arts and the humanities are as important as engineering - Vivek Wadhwa
http://wadhwa.com/2018/06/12/liberal-arts-humanities-important-engineering/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1303064 2018-07-14T09:39:07Z 2018-07-14T09:39:08Z Review of Technology vs Humanity: The coming clash between man and machine - Ron Immink -
“As Peter Diamandis’ 6Ds, he identified a number of effects.

Dependency – Leaving our thinking to software and algorithms because it’s just so much more convenient and fast.
Confusion – Not knowing if it was the intended human who replied to my emails, or her AI assistant. Or even not knowing if I made my own decision or if I was manipulated by my IDA.
Loss of control – Not having a way of knowing if the AI’s anticipation was correct or not, as we could not possibly track the system’s logic or even comprehend the workings of a quantum computing-fueled, machine-learning system. In other words, we would need to either trust it completely or not at all, similar to the dilemma that some airplane pilots are already facing with their autopilot systems.
Abdication – Being tempted to leave more tasks to systems that would handle them for us, whether it is coordinating personal schedules, making appointments, or answering simple emails. Then, of course, it would be very likely that we would simply blame the cloud/bot/AI if something went wrong.
Reminds me of the “The Seventh Sense“. Do you think AI will let us when it has taken over?”

Technology vs Humanity: The coming clash between man and machine - Ron Immink - Bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur and ecopreneur.
https://www.ronimmink.com/technology-vs-humanity-coming-clash-man-machine/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1295515 2018-06-19T14:30:39Z 2018-06-19T14:30:40Z It’s time to rein in the data barons
“Jonathan Taplin, the director emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, argues in Move Fast and Break Things, his book about the power of the internet giants, that rebel artists have long had to deal with “suits” who control distribution of their work. But the rise of companies like Facebook and Amazon has increased the stakes immeasurably. “The concentration of profits in the making of arts and news,” he writes, “has made more than just artists and journalists vulnerable: it has made all those who seek to profit from the free exchange of ideas and culture vulnerable to the power of a small group of …”

It’s time to rein in the data barons
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611425/its-time-to-rein-in-the-data-barons/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1285480 2018-05-20T07:29:33Z 2018-05-20T07:29:34Z Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why.
“Taken together, these graphs illustrate ecological overshoot: the fact that, in the pursuit of material progress, our civilization is consuming the earth’s resources faster than they can be replenished. Overshoot is particularly dangerous because of its relatively slow feedback loops: if your checking account balance approaches zero, you know that if you keep writing checks they will bounce. In overshoot, however, it’s as though our civilization keeps taking out bigger and bigger overdrafts to replenish the account, and then we pretend these funds are income and celebrate our continuing “progress.” In the end, of course, the money runs dry and it’s game over.”

Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why.
https://patternsofmeaning.com/2018/05/17/steven-pinkers-ideas-about-progress-are-fatally-flawed-these-eight-graphs-show-why/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1285265 2018-05-19T16:43:59Z 2018-05-19T16:43:59Z Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering - watch the video !!
“Building on the ledger idea, the middle section of the video presents a conceptual Resolutions by Google system, in which Google prompts users to select a life goal and then guides them toward it in every interaction they have with their phone. The examples, which would “reflect Google’s values as an organization,” include urging you to try a more environmentally friendly option when hailing an Uber or directing you to buy locally grown produce from Safeway.”

Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering
https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/17/17344250/google-x-selfish-ledger-video-data-privacy
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1282489 2018-05-11T16:15:18Z 2018-05-11T16:15:19Z Bill Gates: Global inequality is falling faster than ever
“Now let’s move on to the global picture, and look at the share of global wealth held by the richest 1% - a slightly different measure than the earlier chart, which looked at income inequality. A January 2016 Oxfam report revealed that the richest 1% held over 50% of global wealth – a situation that has become steadily worse over the last five years:


Image: Oxfam

But Bill Gates’ point – which he has made before – is that while incomes at the top of the scale may be rising, overall global inequality is being reduced by the reduction of poverty.

While he is specifically referring to the last 20 years or so, the wider point can be illustrated by taking a longer view. This graphic from Our World in Data shows the progress made in improving the distribution of world income over the last 200 years.”

Bill Gates: Global inequality is falling faster than ever
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/04/bill-gates-global-inequality-is-falling-faster-than-ever/
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tag:www.onteamhuman.com,2013:Post/1282007 2018-05-10T09:22:22Z 2018-05-10T09:22:24Z The Neighbourhood Where Google Plans to Kill the Private Car
“If Google can hasten the demise of the private car, it would accelerate a shift in corporate power already underway at the top of our economy. Since the advent of car-dependant suburbs like Levittown, the world’s most valuable companies have been oil producers like Exxon, Shell, BP, and Chevron. Today the list is dominated by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook. Google’s parent Alphabet alone is worth $763 billion. “The numbers are staggering,” Gerd Leonhard, a Switzerland-based futurist, speaker and author, recently told me. “Tech is basically much bigger and more powerful than oil has ever been.” Google’s vast financial power comes from ruling the digital realm. Quayside gives it a bridge into our physical world.”

The Neighbourhood Where Google Plans to Kill the Private Car
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/a3y59e/the-neighbourhood-where-google-plans-to-kill-the-private-car
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