Stop Being A Loner, It'll Kill You: low social interaction has worse effects than obesity

“This paper mirrors the results of a 2013 study from Brigham Young University, which found that "low social interaction has the equivalent lifespan impact as smoking 15 cigarettes daily or being a raging alcoholic. Cutting yourself off from others is worse, even, than inactivity. And twice as bad as obesity."”

Stop Being A Loner, It'll Kill You
http://www.fastcoexist.com/3055386/stop-being-a-loner-itll-kill-you
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Meet the digital dissenters: They’re fighting for a better internet. Made me think

“Where do humans fit into this new economy? Really not as creators of value, but as the content. We are the content. We are the data. We are the media. As you use a smartphone, your smartphone gets smarter, but you get dumber.”

Douglas Rushkoff, author of “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus” █”

Meet the digital dissenters: They’re fighting for a better internet
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2015/12/26/resistance/
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What If the Internet Really Isn't Social? What If It's the Opposite? | Big Think

“Marc Potenza, a psychiatrist at Yale who primarily studies alcohol and drug addiction says that “some people have posited that the Internet is a vehicle and not a target of disorder.”



What If the Internet Really Isn't Social? What If It's the Opposite? | Big Think
http://bigthink.com/connected/internet-gaming-addiction?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook
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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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