Frank Ocean, Apple Music, And The Headache Of Streaming Exclusives

“This new reality differs from the one we were promised. Back in 2005, academics David Kusek and Gerd Leonhard envisioned an almost utopian world in which we would access "music like water," essentially paying for access to music just like another monthly utility bill. At the time, their book, The Future of Music: Manifesto For The Digital Music Revolution, may have sounded radical, coming as it did two years before Spotify or even the iPhone”

Frank Ocean, Apple Music, And The Headache Of Streaming Exclusives
https://www.fastcompany.com/3063108/tim-cooks-apple/frank-ocean-apple-music-and-the-headache-of-streaming-exclusives
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Great Max Planck quote

Consciousness is fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness."

Machines of Loving Grace. Interview with John Markoff. Good read !

“John Markoff: Ben Shneiderman, the University of Maryland computer scientist and user interface designer has written eloquently on this point. Indeed he argues against autonomous systems for precisely this reason. His point is that it is essential to keep a human in the loop. If not you run the risk of abdicating ethical responsibility for system design.”

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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I already live in the future — and so should you - says Vivek Wadhwa

“Such rapid, ubiquitous change has, of course, a dark side. Many jobs as we know them will disappear. Our privacy will be further compromised. Future generations may never drive a car or ride in one driven by a human being. We have to worry about biological terrorism and killer drones. Someone you know — maybe you — will have his or her DNA sequence and fingerprints stolen. Man and machine will begin to merge into a single entity. You will have as much food as you can possibly eat, for better and for worse.”

I already live in the future — and so should you
http://wadhwa.com/2016/08/09/i-already-live-in-the-future-and-so-should-you/
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Great read - just one critical comment below 



Of prediction and policy - good read via The Economist

“Machine-learning systems excel at prediction. A common approach is to train a system by showing it a vast quantity of data on, say, students and their achievements. The software chews through the examples and learns which characteristics are most helpful in predicting whether a student will drop out. Once trained, it can study a different group and accurately pick those at risk. By helping to allocate scarce public funds more accurately, machine learning could save governments significant sums. According to Stephen Goldsmith, a professor at Harvard and a former mayor of Indianapolis, it could also transform almost every sector of public policy.”

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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The biggest threat to democracy? Your social media feed ...says the WEF

“What happened in the UK was not only a political disaster, but also a vivid example of what happens when you combine the uncontrollable power of the internet with a lingering visceral feeling that ordinary people have lost control of the politics that shape their lives. When people feel their democratic representatives do not serve them anymore, they turn to the internet. They look for others who feel the same and moans turn into movements.

In this regard, the Leave campaign’s main social media messages appealed to the agency of ordinary voters to reject the rule of the bureaucracy and “take control” of their own country. Using very simple language, largely consisting of only a few syllables, these messages spread very fast across the internet and were often reinforced with amusing memes, instead of rigorous expert opinions or statistics.”

The biggest threat to democracy? Your social media feed
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/08/the-biggest-threat-to-democracy-your-social-media-feed/
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How the DNA Revolution Is Changing Us

“CRISPR places an entirely new kind of power into human hands. For the first time, scientists can quickly and precisely alter, delete, and rearrange the DNA of nearly any living organism, including us. In the past three years, the technology has transformed biology. Working with animal models, researchers in laboratories around the world have already used CRISPR to correct major genetic flaws, including the mutations responsible for muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, and one form of hepatitis. Recently several teams have deployed CRISPR in an attempt to eliminate HIV from the DNA of human cells. The results have been only partially successful, but many scientists remain convinced that the technology may contribute to a cure for AIDS.”

How the DNA Revolution Is Changing Us
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/08/dna-crispr-gene-editing-science-ethics/
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The Evolution of AI: Can Morality be Programmed? - Good read via FLI - Future of Life Institute

“At first glance, the goal seems simple enough—make an AI that behaves in a way that is ethically responsible; however, it’s far more complicated than it initially seems, as there are an amazing amount of factors that come into play. As Conitzer’s project outlines, “moral judgments are affected by rights (such as privacy), roles (such as in families), past actions (such as promises), motives and intentions, and other morally relevant features. These diverse factors have not yet been built into AI systems.””

The Evolution of AI: Can Morality be Programmed? - FLI - Future of Life Institute
http://futureoflife.org/2016/07/06/evolution-of-ai/
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Gerd Leonhard: la tecnologia tra paradiso e inferno: good interview

“Puoi espandere il commento che fai nel video [Umanità vs Tecnologia], dove dici "vedremo più cambiamenti nei prossimi 20 anni rispetto ai 300 anni precedenti"?

È una frase che uso per semplificare la natura esponenziale in aumento di ciò che oggi stiamo vedendo nella tecnologia: è sempre più vero che quasi tutto ciò che era "impossibile" o "lontano" ora sta diventano sempre più fattibile; infatti, testimoniano l'ingegneria genetica, i veicoli autonomi, il computing cognitivo e quantistico, l'ascesa dell'energia solare, le batterie potenti, eccetera.”

Gerd Leonhard: la tecnologia tra paradiso e inferno
http://www.controcorrenteblog.com/2016/07/gerd-leonhard-tecnologia-paradiso-e-inferno.html
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Americans love technology, but we aren’t so sure about using it to enhance our bodies

“a majority of Americans said they would be “very” or “somewhat” worried about three specific biomedical technologies chosen by Pew: gene editing, brain chips and synthetic blood. In all these cases, worry about the technology outweighs the excitement people feel about it.”

Americans love technology, but we aren’t so sure about using it to enhance our bodies
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/07/26/americans-love-technology-but-arent-so-sure-about-using-it-to-enhance-our-bodies/
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