Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good 5* read via the NYT

“Such programs are proliferating. And not just for the elderly.

Life for anyone but the very rich — the physical experience of learning, living and dying — is increasingly mediated by screens.

Not only are screens themselves cheap to make, but they also make things cheaper. Any place that can fit a screen in (classrooms, hospitals, airports, restaurants) can cut costs. And any activity that can happen on a screen becomes cheaper. The texture of life, the tactile experience, is becoming smooth glass.

The rich do not live like this. The rich have grown afraid of screens. They want their children to play with blocks, and tech-free private schools are booming. Humans are more expensive, and rich people are willing and able to pay for them. Conspicuous human interaction — living without a phone for a day, quitting social networks and not answering email — has become a status symbol.

All of this has led to a curious new reality: Human contact is becoming a luxury good.”

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/23/sunday-review/human-contact-luxury-screens.html
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Coders’ Primal Urge to Kill Inefficiency—Everywhere

“It’s one thing to optimize your personal life. But for many programmers, the true narcotic is transforming the world. Scale itself is a joy; it’s mesmerizing to watch your new piece of code suddenly explode in popularity, going from two people to four to eight to the entire globe. You’ve accelerated some aspect of life—how we text or pay bills or share news—and you can see the ripples spread outward.”

Coders’ Primal Urge to Kill Inefficiency—Everywhere
https://www.wired.com/story/coders-efficiency-is-beautiful/
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Humanity is on 'the highway to digital dictatorship', says Yuval Noah Harari

“Well, none of this is inevitable,” he says, suddenly eager to sound a note of optimism. “We can do things on the level of global co-operation, such as an agreement against producing autonomous weapons systems. We can do things on the level of individual government, for example laws to govern the ownership and use of data. And we can do things on the level of the individual. Each of us makes daily choices that have some impact. What control do you have over your own data, on your smartphone, for example?””

Humanity is on 'the highway to digital dictatorship', says Yuval Noah Harari
https://www.noted.co.nz/currently/social-issues/yuval-noah-harari-humanity-on-highway-to-digital-dictatorship/
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The Automatic Weapons of Social Media (the dangers of automated business models) - good read !

“What’s changed my mind is the recalcitrant posture of these companies in the face of overwhelming evidence that their platforms are being intentionally manipulated to undermine our democracy. This is an existential crisis, both for civil society and for the health of the businesses being manipulated. But to date the response from the platforms is the equivalent of politicians’ “hopes and prayers” after a school shooting: Soothing murmurs, evasion of truly hard conversations, and a refusal to acknowledge the core problem: Their automated business models.”

The Automatic Weapons of Social Media
https://medium.com/newco/the-automatic-weapons-of-social-media-3ccce92553ad
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This is How AI is Redefining Love

“DNA Dating and VR Dating

By 2020, DNA dating and VR dating will remove the last vestiges of unpredictability from love.

In DNA dating, People will use their DNA, big data and artificial intelligence to create their Perfect Dates with max compatibility. Their Personal Dating Avatars will find, diagnose and transact to make sure your date candidate is not a psycho. Next, there will be sentiment and behavioral analysis, along with a compatibility check for lifestyle, economics, culture, and values.

Then, the Intimacy Diagnostic created with all the above parameters will be evaluated. If the diagnostic is compatible, you meet and take the relationship forward. Else just abort and move on.

On the other hand, VR or Virtual reality dating focuses more on the experience of meeting people in real life.

Ross Dawson, Chairman, Future Exploration Network says. “There’s a big gap still between your image or profile-based dating and just meeting someone in real life — we still meet people in real life, but we still have Tinder, eHarmony, and your profile-based matching. So what we need to do is fill the gap in between, because so many times after seeing photos, reading each other’s profiles, etc., it’s a totally different experience when you meet in real life.”

Which brings us to Virtual Reality Dating — a way to be able to connect, to be able to see what it’s like to be with somebody and chat, interact, without actually being physically there. And that’s when you can decide whether to go out on a real date because you have to be sure it’s worth your time and your safety to go out on a real physical date.”

This is How AI is Redefining Love
https://medium.com/swlh/this-is-how-ai-is-redefining-love-53c78f0f1118
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This is How AI is Redefining Love (Medium)

“Algorithms can end up knowing a person better than friends, family or even themselves, and that’s revolutionizing matchmaking”, says Michal Kosinski, a computational psychologist and assistant professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. “Algorithms can learn from experiences of billions of others, while a typical person can only learn from their own experience and the experience of a relatively small number of friends.””

This is How AI is Redefining Love
https://medium.com/swlh/this-is-how-ai-is-redefining-love-53c78f0f1118
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AI is reinventing the way we invent

“New methods of invention with wide applications don’t come by very often, and if our guess is right, AI could dramatically change the cost of doing R&D in many different fields.” Much of innovation involves making predictions based on data. In such tasks, Cockburn adds, “machine learning could be much faster and cheaper by orders of magnitude.””

AI is reinventing the way we invent
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612898/ai-is-reinventing-the-way-we-invent/
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How I fell out of love with the internet .. brillant Must-read

“Find out Facebook let Netflix and Spotify read your private messages. Find out Facebook uses your location data to send you more targeted ads. To steer your body. Look up Facebook’s patents. Find a technique for using passive imaging data to detect your emotions and deliver content. Find a method for generating emojis based on facial analysis. Find a system for tapping your phone and monitoring your TV habits. Facebook will never apologize for any of this. This is their business model, watching you and productizing you and selling you off. Living on the internet feels like living in an empire now — Mark Zuckerberg’s empire.”

How I fell out of love with the internet
https://qz.com/1551620/how-i-fell-out-of-love-with-the-internet/
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AI Ethics and the Human Problem

“The Alibaba City Brain project, which is employed by the Chinese retail giant Alibaba in the city of Hangzhou, aims to ‘create a cloud-based system where information about a city, and as a result everyone in it, is stored and used to control the city’. This has had positive impacts with the trial of City Brain on traffic vastly improving traffic speed in Hangzhou; however, it has led to many questioning the issue of privacy and surveillance.

Whilst the world is nowhere near AI controlled cities just yet, the fact that they are in (albeit infantile) development without proper regulations over issues such as privacy is worrying. Even more worrying is this statement from the AI manager at Alibaba: ‘In China, people have less concern with privacy, which allows us to move faster.’ Further demonstrating my earlier point of power.”

AI Ethics and the Human Problem
https://www.iotforall.com/ai-ethics-human-problem/
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[artificial intelligence] We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next (MIT tech review)




“The biggest shift we found was a transition away from knowledge-based systems by the early 2000s. These computer programs are based on the idea that you can use rules to encode all human knowledge. In their place, researchers turned to machine learning—the parent category of algorithms that includes deep learning.

Among the top 100 words mentioned, those related to knowledge-based systems—like “logic,” “constraint,” and “rule”—saw the greatest decline. Those related to machine learning—like “data,” “network,” and “performance”—saw the highest growth.”

We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612768/we-analyzed-16625-papers-to-figure-out-where-ai-is-headed-next/
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