The Next Industrial Revolution Is Coming and It Could Destroy Millions of Jobs #mademethink !

“I think the digital revolution is probably going to be as important and transformative as the industrial revolution. The main reason is machine intelligence, a general-purpose technology that can be used anywhere, from driving cars to customer service, and it’s getting better very, very quickly. There’s no reason to think that improvement will slow down, whether or not Moore’s Law continues.

I think this transformative revolution will create an abundance of labor. It will create enormous growth in [the supply of workers and machines], automating a lot of industries and boosting productivity. When you have this glut of workers, it plays havoc with existing institutions.

I think we are headed for a really important era in economic history. The Industrial Revolution is a pretty good guide of what that will look like. There will have to be a societal negotiation for how to share the gains from growth. That process will be long and drawn out. It will involve intense ideological conflict, and history suggests that a lot will go wrong.”

The Next Industrial Revolution Is Coming and It Could Destroy Millions of Jobs
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/the-next-industrial-revolution/498779/

Gerd adds: totally agreed on the "societal negotiation" on sharing the gains !!

Googling our medical symptoms is making us sicker - software 'cheating the world'?

“The web has the potential to increase anxieties of people who have little or no medical training,” White and Horvitz concluded, “especially when web search is employed as a diagnostic procedure.” Now, seven years later, even Google admits that “health content on the web can be difficult to navigate, and tends to lead people from mild symptoms to scary and unlikely conditions, which can cause unnecessary anxiety and stress.””

Googling our medical symptoms is making us sicker
http://qz.com/773031/googling-our-medical-symptoms-is-making-us-sicker/
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Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology – Medium

“‘It may be a hundred years before a computer beats humans at Go — maybe even longer.” — New York Times, 1997
“Master of Go Board Game Is Walloped by Google Computer Program” — New York Times, 2016”

Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology – Medium
https://medium.com/@cdixon/eleven-reasons-to-be-excited-about-the-future-of-technology-ef5f9b939cb2
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How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence

“The specifics of what the industry group will do or say — even its name — have yet to be hashed out. But the basic intention is clear: to ensure that A.I. research is focused on benefiting people, not hurting them, according to four people involved in the creation of the industry partnership who are not authorized to speak about it publicly.”

How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/technology/artificial-intelligence-ethics.html
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Big data, Google and the end of free will: must-read via the FT

“a fresh shift is taking place. Just as divine authority was legitimised by religious mythologies, and human authority was legitimised by humanist ideologies, so high-tech gurus and Silicon Valley prophets are creating a new universal narrative that legitimises the authority of algorithms and Big Data. This novel creed may be called “Dataism”. In its extreme form, proponents of the Dataist worldview perceive the entire universe as a flow of data, see organisms as little more than biochemical algorithms and believe that humanity’s cosmic vocation is to create an all-encompassing data-processing system — and then merge into it.”

Big data, Google and the end of free will
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/50bb4830-6a4c-11e6-ae5b-a7cc5dd5a28c.html
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Brilliant stuff!



Infographic: Digital Assistants are coming!

“According to market research firm Tractica, the use of virtual digital assistants (VDAs) is going to increase sharply over the next few years. As our chart illustrates, the number of people using digital assistants is projected to increase from 504 million this year to 1.8 billion by 2021. While intelligent voice-recognition technology is currently most commonly known from smartphone-based assistants such as Siri and Google Now, Tractica expects similar solutions to be used in many more devices going forward.”

Infographic: Digital Assistants - Always at Your Service
https://www.statista.com/chart/5621/users-of-virtual-digital-assistants/
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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