A Taste of the Future: good read

“The fact is that sooner than we can imagine, there will be masses of educated people suddenly finding themselves out of a job, no longer having the relevant skills for the type of work that will be required. At the same time, the next generation isn’t being properly prepared for the types of vocations that will be needed, such as Data Scientists, Neuro-Implant Technicians and VR Experience Designers.”

A Taste of the Future
https://medium.com/@kimarazi/a-taste-of-the-future-a16672bc5c20
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How Facebook Makes Us Dumber - confirmation bias is a huge issue

“As Del Vicario and her coauthors put it, “users mostly tend to select and share content according to a specific narrative and to ignore the rest.” On Facebook, the result is the formation of a lot of “homogeneous, polarized clusters.” Within those clusters, new information moves quickly among friends (often in just a few hours).

The consequence is the “proliferation of biased narratives fomented by unsubstantiated rumors, mistrust, and paranoia.””

How Facebook Makes Us Dumber
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-01-08/how-facebook-makes-us-dumber
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Human-Animal Chimera | MIT Technology Review

“The effort to incubate organs in farm animals is ethically charged because it involves adding human cells to animal embryos in ways that could blur the line between species.

Last September, in a reversal of earlier policy, the National Institutes of Health announced it would not support studies involving such “human-animal chimeras” until it had reviewed the scientific and social implications more closely.”

Human-Animal Chimera | MIT Technology Review
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/545106/human-animal-chimeras-are-gestating-on-us-research-farms/
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Rushkoff on the future of work, automation and the economic OS

“we may come to see that the values of the industrial economy are not failing under the pressures of digital technology. Rather, digital technology is expressing and amplifying the embedded values of industrialism.”

Viewed in this light the Industrial Age may have had no more to do with making products better or more efficiently than simply removing human beings from the value equation, and monopolizing wealth at the top


the-future-of-work-rebooting-workprogramming-the-economy-for-people
http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/the-future-of-work-rebooting-workprogramming-the-economy-for-people
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The Internet of Things is already here—just not the way you expected (#futuristgerd quoted)

“Gerd Leonhard, CEO of the Futures Agency, believes companies chasing user information “will never want less data from us, and they will find it impossible to resist the mantra of ‘yes we can and so we will,’” describing it as a “huge issue looming right in front of us.” In his estimation, it’s an issue that will need to be addressed both on individual and regulatory levels.

Currently, protections for IoT consumers are too often absent. A 2014 study of connected devices and services found that 52 percent didn’t even provide a privacy policy to inform users what can be collected and how it can be used. It’s already difficult for companies to avoid the temptation of overreaching when it comes to data; it’s even harder to prevent them from crossing the line when there is no line drawn in the first place.

“The problem is similar to why oil companies were and are heavily regulated,” Leonhard says. “Data is the new oil but we have very few regulations as to who, where, when and why.””

The Internet of Things is already here—just not the way you expected
http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/headline-story/15404/state-of-internet-of-things-2016/
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Techno-social engineering: humans becoming pervasively programmable (Scott Allan Morrison)

“Scott Allan Morrison:  There would be nothing inherently wrong with this if we could be absolutely certain the companies that control this technology will act only in our best interests. But if not, we could all be susceptible to manipulation by powerful systems we couldn’t possibly understand. Some academics have even raised the specter of techno-social engineering and questioned whether we are moving into an age in which “humans become machine-like and pervasively programmable.”

Techno-social engineering is freaking insiders out
http://boingboing.net/2015/12/11/techno-social-engineering-is-f.html
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This is one of my key concerns in regards to exponential technological progress 

Marc Andreessen: 'In 20 years, every physical item will have a chip implanted in it'

I tend to agree but don't know if this world will be heaven or hell - what to you think ?



“Andreessen is a fierce believer in the impact of this wave of software-driven sensor startups. His core thesis is that over the next 20 years every physical item will have a chip implanted in it. “The end state is fairly obvious - every light, every doorknob will be connected to the internet. Just like with the web itself, there will be thousands of of use cases - energy efficiency, food safety, major problems that aren’t as obvious as smartwatches and wearables,” he says.”

Marc Andreessen: 'In 20 years, every physical item will have a chip implanted in it'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/12050185/Marc-Andreessen-In-20-years-every-physical-item-will-have-a-chip-implanted-in-it.html
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US Feds only have themselves to blame for Apple and Google's smartphone encryption efforts | ZDNet

“The US government and police officials are in the midst of a misleading PR offensive to try to scare Americans into believing encrypted cellphones are somehow a bad thing.”
— Trevor Timm”

Yes... That just about says it all! This is why I like to use apple phones, btw - you pay for privacy.

Feds only have themselves to blame for Apple and Google's smartphone encryption efforts | ZDNet
http://www.zdnet.com/article/feds-only-have-themselves-to-blame-for-apple-and-googles-smartphone-encryption-efforts/
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what the world will be like in 2045, according to DARPA’s top scientists

I tend to agree on these predictions - but I really worry about all these changes being driving by the military on the one side, and investors / money on the other. 

"I  think in 2045 we’re going to find that we have a very different relationship with the machines around us,” says Pam Melroy, aerospace engineer, former astronaut, and deputy director of DARPA’s Tactical Technologies Office. “I think that we will begin to see a time when we’re able to simply just talk or even press a button” to interact with a machine to get things done more intelligently, instead of using keyboards or rudimentary voice-recognition systems.”

Here’s what the world will be like in 2045, according to DARPA’s top scientists
http://www.businessinsider.com/darpa-world-predictions-2015-12
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Europe Approves Tough New Data Protection Rules - NYTimes.com

I think this is a very important step in the right direction - yet it will most certainly deepen the gulf between Europe and the US. Inevitable.

“Europe’s national governments and the European Parliament are widely expected to back the proposals later this week, support that is necessary for the rules to go in effect.

Among the new policies approved on Tuesday:

■ Allowing national watchdogs to issue fines, potentially totaling the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars, if companies misuse people’s online data, including obtaining information without people’s consent.

■ Enshrining the so-called right to be forgotten into European law, giving people in the region the right to ask that companies remove data about them that is either no longer relevant or out of date.

■ Requiring companies to inform national regulators within three days of any reported data breach, a proposal that goes significantly further than what is demanded by American authorities.

■ Obliging anyone under 16 to obtain parental consent before using popular services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, unless any national government lowers the age limit to 13.

■ Extending the new rules to any company that has customers in the region, even if the company is based outside the European Union.”

Europe Approves Tough New Data Protection Rules - NYTimes.com
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/12/16/technology/eu-data-privacy.html?nytmobile=0
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