Google CEO Predicts The End Of Computers As A Device - must read!

“Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the "device" to fade away. Over time, the computer itself—whatever its form factor—will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day. We will move from mobile first to an AI first world.”

This is huge. 

Sundar Pichai's First Letter To Employees As Google CEO Predicts The End Of Computers As A Devi
http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/in-his-first-letter-to-employees-as-google-ceo-sundar-pichai-predicts-the-end-of-computers-as-a-device-254289.html
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There’s No Such Thing as Free Will - great if maybe troubling story via TheAtlantic

“In recent decades, research on the inner workings of the brain has helped to resolve the nature-nurture debate—and has dealt a further blow to the idea of free will. Brain scanners have enabled us to peer inside a living person’s skull, revealing intricate networks of neurons and allowing scientists to reach broad agreement that these networks are shaped by both genes and environment. But there is also agreement in the scientific community that the firing of neurons determines not just some or most but all of our thoughts, hopes, memories, and dreams.”

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/06/theres-no-such-thing-as-free-will/480750/
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AI Startups Are Reinventing Media

“Last year, Associated Press announced that the majority of its earnings reports will eventually be written with AI-enabled software. While the company argues it will free up reporters to do more analytical work, the question it raises is unsettling: Should we just leave it to the machines to interpret what they see in piles of Big Data and write up the results? Shouldn’t they at least have some human editors?”

NEWS FLASH: AI Startups Are Reinventing Media
http://www.wired.com/brandlab/2015/04/news-flash-ai-startups-reinventing-media/
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After three weeks in China, it's clear Beijing is Silicon Valley's only true competitor

“In China, there is a company work culture at startups that's called 9/9/6. It means that regular work hours for most employees are from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week. If you thought Silicon Valley has intense work hours, think again.”

After three weeks in China, it's clear Beijing is Silicon Valley's only true competitor
http://www.recode.net/2016/5/13/11592570/china-startup-tech-economy-silicon-valley
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Siri’s creators say they’ve made something better that will take care of everything for you (my take : we're heading towards the global brain)

“The stealthy, four-year-old Viv is among the furthest along in an endeavor that many in Silicon Valley believe heralds that next big shift in computing — and digital commerce itself. Over the next five years, that transition will turn smartphones — and perhaps smart homes and cars and other devices — into virtual assistants with supercharged conversational capabilities, said Julie Ask, an expert in mobile commerce at Forrester.


Powered by artificial intelligence and unprecedented volumes of data, they could become the portal through which billions of people connect to every service and business on the Internet. It’s a world in which you can order a taxi, make a restaurant reservation and buy movie tickets in one long unbroken conversation — no more typing, searching or even clicking.”

Siri’s creators say they’ve made something better that will take care of everything for you
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/05/04/siris-creators-say-theyve-made-something-better-that-will-take-care-of-everything-for-you/
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If Something Is Going To Destroy Humanity, It's Going To Be One Of These Catastrophes

“As new gene editing techniques such as CRISPR make it simpler and cheaper to change organisms, there's more of a risk of accidental release of lethal diseases from labs, or intentional release by terrorists.”

If Something Is Going To Destroy Humanity, It's Going To Be One Of These Catastrophes
http://www.fastcoexist.com/3059491/if-something-is-going-to-destroy-humanity-its-going-to-be-one-of-these-catastrophes
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AI doctors will become 'as ubiquitous as stethoscopes' (Wired UK)

“The role of an AI doctor isn't intended to replace the human component, but rather complement it. "It's about augmenting or complementing; the role of the human doctor is in building the relationship. It's the skills that humans have – the compassion, the ability to abstract, to generalise, to have common sense, to have morals. These are all key aspects. Technology should be used to improve these relationships, not make them harder."”

AI doctors will become 'as ubiquitous as stethoscopes' (Wired UK)
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-04/29/kyu-rhee-ibm-watson-ai-doctor
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Welcome to the new feudalism – with Silicon Valley as our overlords | Evgeny Morozov

“Advertising might have been a necessary evil to get these companies off the ground, but there is no reason to stick with it for ever, especially if – and when – they manage to destroy all competition and make the world dependent on their platforms.”

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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