Why Data Needs Humans as Much as Humans Need Data

“The thing that will separate the great agencies and great work from the merely informed and statistically correct is not the quantity of the data, but the quality of the people sifting through, interpreting and applying it—the people who can turn cold, hard facts into insights, ideas and emotions; the people who know how to truly connect with others.”

Why Data Needs Humans as Much as Humans Need Data
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Newco Shift | Technology, Humanity, and the Existential Test

“the technology industry reveled for decades as a kind of benighted warrior for societal good. As one Senator told me during the Facebook hearings this past summer, “we purposefully didn’t regulate technology, and that was the right thing to do.” But now? He shrugged. Now, maybe it’s time.”

Newco Shift | Technology, Humanity, and the Existential Test
https://shift.newco.co/2018/09/24/technology-humanity-and-the-existential-test/
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A Model for the Future of Education

“For me it’s about passion, curiosity, imagination, critical thinking, and grit.

Passion: You’d be amazed at how many people don’t have a mission in life… A calling… something to jolt them out of bed every morning. The most valuable resource for humanity is the persistent and passionate human mind, so creating a future of passionate kids is so very important. For my 7-year-old boys, I want to support them in finding their passion or purpose… something that is uniquely theirs. In the same way that the Apollo program and Star Trek drove my early love for all things space, and that passion drove me to learn and do.
Curiosity: Curiosity is something innate in kids, yet something lost by most adults during the course of their life. Why? In a world of Google, robots, and AI, raising a kid that is constantly asking questions and running “what if” experiments can be extremely valuable. In an age of machine learning, massive data, and a trillion sensors, it will be the quality of your questions that will be most important.
Imagination: Entrepreneurs and visionaries imagine the world (and the future) they want to live in, and then they create it. Kids happen to be some of the most imaginative humans around… it’s critical that they know how important and liberating imagination can be.
Critical Thinking: In a world flooded with often-conflicting ideas, baseless claims, misleading headlines, negative news, and misinformation, learning the skill of critical thinking helps find the signal in the noise. This principle is perhaps the most difficult to teach kids.
Grit/Persistence: Grit is defined as “passion and perseverance in pursuit of long-term goals,” and it has recently been widely acknowledged as one of the most important predictors of and contributors to success.”

A Model for the Future of Education
https://singularityhub.com/2018/09/12/a-model-for-the-future-of-education-and-the-tech-shaping-it/
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Just Don’t Call It Privacy

“In other words, asking companies whose business models revolve around exploiting data-based consumer-influence techniques to explain their privacy policies seems about as useful as asking sharks to hold forth on veganism.

“Congress should not be examining privacy policies,” Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a prominent digital rights nonprofit, told me last week. “They should be examining business practices. They should be examining how these firms collect and use the personal data of customers, of internet users.””

Just Don’t Call It Privacy
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/22/sunday-review/privacy-hearing-amazon-google.html
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Just Don’t Call It Privacy

“In a surveillance economy where companies track, analyze and capitalize on our clicks, the issue at hand isn’t privacy. The problem is unfettered data exploitation and its potential deleterious consequences — among them, unequal consumer treatment, financial fraud, identity theft, manipulative marketing and discrimination.”

Just Don’t Call It Privacy
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/22/sunday-review/privacy-hearing-amazon-google.html
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Former Head of Google China Foresees an AI Crisis--and Proposes a Solution

“AI will take many single-task, single-domain jobs away. You can argue that humans have abilities that AI does not: We can conceptualize, strategize, create. Whereas today’s AI is just a really smart pattern recognizer that can take in data, optimize, and beat humans at a given task. But how many jobs in the world are simple repetitions of tasks that can be optimized? How many jobs require no creativity, strategizing, conceptualization? Most jobs are repetitive: truck-driving, telemarketing, dishwashing, fruit picking, assembly-line work, and so on. I’m afraid that about 50 percent of jobs in the world are in danger.”

Former Head of Google China Foresees an AI Crisis--and Proposes a Solution
https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/robotics/artificial-intelligence/former-head-of-google-china-foresees-an-ai-crisis
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The future of humanity depends on design ethics, says Tim Wu

“To be clear, these false loops are an explicit business strategy. The more you can convince someone that they need to keep checking your site, the more time they’ll spend on your platform–and the more ads they’ll see. It’s the same philosophy that underpins incessant notifications and the infinite scroll you find on many media sites (including our own). “If you were to obey Facebook’s mandate–hey, this friend commented on this, you should comment back, oh, you need to like this–you’d spend 24 hours there and still you’d never close the loops,” Wu says.”

The future of humanity depends on design ethics, says Tim Wu
https://www.fastcompany.com/90239599/the-future-of-humanity-depends-on-design-ethics-says-tim-wu
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Forget the new iPhones: Apple’s best product is now privacy

“In 2018, no issue is more important than user privacy–or the lack of it. We’re tracked by private industry on an unprecedented scale, with major corporations having so much data about us–much of it gleaned without our knowledge–that they can tell when a teenager is pregnant (and inform the teen’s father) or even predict your future actions based on decisions you haven’t made yet. If you want to be part of this world, designed by advertisers and tech giants, you must relinquish your right to privacy. In other words, we live in a commercial surveillance state.”

Forget the new iPhones: Apple’s best product is now privacy
https://www.fastcompany.com/90236195/forget-the-new-iphones-apples-best-product-is-now-privacy
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Senior Google Scientist Resigns Over “Forfeiture of Our Values” in China

““I view our intent to capitulate to censorship and surveillance demands in exchange for access to the Chinese market as a forfeiture of our values and governmental negotiating position across the globe,” he wrote, adding: “There is an all-too-real possibility that other nations will attempt to leverage our actions in China in order to demand our compliance with their security demands.””

Senior Google Scientist Resigns Over “Forfeiture of Our Values” in China
https://theintercept.com/2018/09/13/google-china-search-engine-employee-resigns/
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