tag:digitalethics.net,2013:/posts Digital Ethics by FuturistGerd 2018-06-19T14:30:43Z Digital Ethics by Futurist Gerd Leonhard tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1295516 2018-06-19T14:30:43Z 2018-06-19T14:30:43Z It’s time to rein in the data barons
“Jonathan Taplin, the director emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, argues in Move Fast and Break Things, his book about the power of the internet giants, that rebel artists have long had to deal with “suits” who control distribution of their work. But the rise of companies like Facebook and Amazon has increased the stakes immeasurably. “The concentration of profits in the making of arts and news,” he writes, “has made more than just artists and journalists vulnerable: it has made all those who seek to profit from the free exchange of ideas and culture vulnerable to the power of a small group of …”

It’s time to rein in the data barons
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611425/its-time-to-rein-in-the-data-barons/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1285481 2018-05-20T07:29:39Z 2018-05-20T07:29:40Z Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why.
“Taken together, these graphs illustrate ecological overshoot: the fact that, in the pursuit of material progress, our civilization is consuming the earth’s resources faster than they can be replenished. Overshoot is particularly dangerous because of its relatively slow feedback loops: if your checking account balance approaches zero, you know that if you keep writing checks they will bounce. In overshoot, however, it’s as though our civilization keeps taking out bigger and bigger overdrafts to replenish the account, and then we pretend these funds are income and celebrate our continuing “progress.” In the end, of course, the money runs dry and it’s game over.”

Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why.
https://patternsofmeaning.com/2018/05/17/steven-pinkers-ideas-about-progress-are-fatally-flawed-these-eight-graphs-show-why/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1285266 2018-05-19T16:44:00Z 2018-05-19T16:44:02Z Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering - watch the video !!
“Building on the ledger idea, the middle section of the video presents a conceptual Resolutions by Google system, in which Google prompts users to select a life goal and then guides them toward it in every interaction they have with their phone. The examples, which would “reflect Google’s values as an organization,” include urging you to try a more environmentally friendly option when hailing an Uber or directing you to buy locally grown produce from Safeway.”

Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering
https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/17/17344250/google-x-selfish-ledger-video-data-privacy
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1282784 2018-05-12T12:52:09Z 2018-05-12T12:52:10Z Jaron Lanier Q&A: ‘We Won, and We Turned Into Assholes’
“And then when you move out of the tech world, everybody’s struggling. It’s a very strange thing. The numbers show an economy that’s doing well, but the reality is that the way it’s doing well doesn’t give many people a feeling of security or confidence in their futures. It’s like everybody’s working for Uber in one way or another. Everything’s become the gig economy. And we routed it that way, that’s our doing. There’s this strange feeling when you just look outside of the tight circle of Silicon Valley, almost like entering another country, where people are less secure. It’s not a good feeling. I don’t think it’s worth it, I think we’re wrong to want that feeling.”

Jaron Lanier Q&A: ‘We Won, and We Turned Into Assholes’
http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/04/jaron-lanier-interview-on-what-went-wrong-with-the-internet.html
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1282490 2018-05-11T16:15:21Z 2018-05-11T16:15:22Z Google goes for the wow at I/O, but what about privacy? - CNET
“We tell Facebook all about ourselves, but Google knows the real us," says Brian Solis, an analyst at the Altimeter Group. "That's why it's so incredible -- and also so dangerous at the same time."”

Google goes for the wow at I/O, but what about privacy? - CNET
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-goes-for-the-wow-at-io-2018-but-what-about-privacy-ai-virtual-assistant/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1282488 2018-05-11T16:15:18Z 2018-05-11T16:15:18Z Bill Gates: Global inequality is falling faster than ever
“Now let’s move on to the global picture, and look at the share of global wealth held by the richest 1% - a slightly different measure than the earlier chart, which looked at income inequality. A January 2016 Oxfam report revealed that the richest 1% held over 50% of global wealth – a situation that has become steadily worse over the last five years:


Image: Oxfam

But Bill Gates’ point – which he has made before – is that while incomes at the top of the scale may be rising, overall global inequality is being reduced by the reduction of poverty.

While he is specifically referring to the last 20 years or so, the wider point can be illustrated by taking a longer view. This graphic from Our World in Data shows the progress made in improving the distribution of world income over the last 200 years.”

Bill Gates: Global inequality is falling faster than ever
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/04/bill-gates-global-inequality-is-falling-faster-than-ever/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1282044 2018-05-10T12:23:27Z 2018-05-10T12:23:28Z The Neighbourhood Where Google Plans to Kill the Private Car
“Many of us may someday be living inside that structure. And what brings us there could be Quayside’s self-driving cars. “Power and control over autonomous-vehicle technology is already concentrated in the hands of a small few,” wrote Anna Wiener last November in the New York Times, “If a company like Uber or Alphabet controls the dominant transportation infrastructure you need not live in an intentional community like Quayside to feel as though your city is becoming a company town.””

The Neighbourhood Where Google Plans to Kill the Private Car
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/a3y59e/the-neighbourhood-where-google-plans-to-kill-the-private-car
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1282006 2018-05-10T09:22:21Z 2018-05-10T09:22:22Z The Neighbourhood Where Google Plans to Kill the Private Car
“If Google can hasten the demise of the private car, it would accelerate a shift in corporate power already underway at the top of our economy. Since the advent of car-dependant suburbs like Levittown, the world’s most valuable companies have been oil producers like Exxon, Shell, BP, and Chevron. Today the list is dominated by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook. Google’s parent Alphabet alone is worth $763 billion. “The numbers are staggering,” Gerd Leonhard, a Switzerland-based futurist, speaker and author, recently told me. “Tech is basically much bigger and more powerful than oil has ever been.” Google’s vast financial power comes from ruling the digital realm. Quayside gives it a bridge into our physical world.”

The Neighbourhood Where Google Plans to Kill the Private Car
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/a3y59e/the-neighbourhood-where-google-plans-to-kill-the-private-car
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1279882 2018-05-03T06:56:23Z 2018-05-03T06:56:23Z Life in 2030: these are the 4 things experts can't predict
“This explosion of connectivity brings new possibilities, but also economic and social vulnerabilities. The level of coordination and coding required to stitch the Internet of Things together is orders of magnitude more complicated than any historical endeavour yet. It is likely that things will break and no one will know how to fix them. Bad actors will be able to achieve societal disruptions at scale and from afar. Consequently, we are faced with some hard, costly choices. How much redundancy should these complex systems have? How will they be defended and by whom? How is liability redefined, as objects are networked across a global grid and attacks can metastasize quickly?”

Life in 2030: these are the 4 things experts can't predict
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/11/life-in-2030-what-experts-cant-predict/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1271863 2018-04-12T16:46:27Z 2018-04-12T16:46:28Z Congress Is Unearthing Facebook’s Terrible Power
“The problem Zuckerberg faces is running an empire that’s too big for any one entity to control. The largest virtual public square in the world, one that provides a communications tool to 2.2 billion users is overseen by one individual. Zuckerberg created something that is far bigger than himself, and he–along with the rest of us–failed to account for the unintended consequences in advance. We’re concerned about who gets access to our information, yes. But as yesterday’s Senate hearing revealed, we’re also concerned about many other ways Facebook is impacting our lives. We’re worried our children are becoming addicted to it.”

Congress Is Unearthing Facebook’s Terrible Power
https://www.wired.com/story/congress-is-unearthing-facebooks-terrible-power/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1269224 2018-04-05T16:26:18Z 2018-04-05T16:26:19Z What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere? The view from 2065
“Humans look back at the beginning of the 21st century the way people then looked back at the 18th century: a time of sickness and disaster, where children and loved ones were swept away by diseases. Cholera, lung cancer and river blindness no longer threaten us. By 2065, humans are on the verge of freeing themselves People like Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and author of The Singularity Is Near, are entranced with the idea of living forever. It’s something I’ve always found depressing, but I wouldn’t mind having several lives packed into one. And that seems reachable. “AI won’t lead to immortality, because there will always be accidents,” says Susan Schneider, “but it will lead to extreme life extension.” Of course living longer will be cool only if the world is actually not a hellscape—and if you live in one of the nice parts. “I think [curing diseases] would be wonderful,” she says, “especially if we had cheap energy and were able to end world resource scarcity. I imagine some societies will come closer to achieving that than others.” from the biology that created them.”

What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere?
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-intelligence-future-scenarios-180968403/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1269204 2018-04-05T15:18:38Z 2018-04-05T15:18:39Z How the Government Could Fix Facebook
“Peter Swire, a privacy-law professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology who testified last year in an Irish court on behalf of Facebook, recently laid out the legal case for why Google and Facebook might be regulated as public utilities. Both companies, he argued, satisfy the traditional criteria for utility regulation: They have large market share, are natural monopolies, and are difficult for customers to do without.”

How the Government Could Fix Facebook
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/four-ways-to-fix-facebook/557255/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1268363 2018-04-03T07:06:45Z 2018-04-03T07:06:46Z The Paradox of Universal Basic Income: must-read by Joi Ito
“That would be applauded by libertarians and some conservatives, but not by many others.

Underpinning the Silicon Valley argument for UBI is the belief in exponential growth powered by science and technology, as described by Peter Diamandis in his book Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think. Diamandis contends that technological progress, including gains in health, the power of computing, and the development of machine intelligence, among other things, will lead to a kind of technological transcendence that makes today’s society look like how we view the Dark Ages. He argues that the human mind is unable to intuitively grasp this idea, and so we constantly underestimate long-term effects. If you plot progress out a few decades, Diamandis writes, we end up with unimaginable abundance: “We will soon have the ability to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp.” (Technologists often forget is that we actually already have enough food to feed the world; the problem is that it’s just not properly distributed.)

Many tech billionaires think they can have their cake and eat it too, that they are so rich and smart the trickle-down theory can lift the poor out of poverty without anyone or anything suffering. And why shouldn’t they think so? Their companies and their wealth have grown exponentially, and it doesn’t appear as though there is any end in sight, as Marc Andreessen prophetically predicted in his famous essay, “Why Software is Eating the World.” Most of Silicon Valley’s leaders gained their wealth in an exponentially growing market without having to engage in the aggressive tactics that marked the creation of wealth in the past. They feel their businesses inherently “do good,” and that, I believe, allows them to feel more charitable, broadly speaking.”

The Paradox of Universal Basic Income
https://www.wired.com/story/the-paradox-of-universal-basic-income/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1267701 2018-04-01T15:08:37Z 2018-04-01T15:08:38Z Facebook Executive In 2016: “Maybe Someone Dies In A Terrorist Attack Coordinated On Our Tools”
“The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good. It is perhaps the only area where the metrics do tell the true story as far as we are concerned,” he wrote. “That isn’t something we are doing for ourselves. Or for our stock price (ha!). It is literally just what we do. We connect people. Period.””

Facebook Executive In 2016: “Maybe Someone Dies In A Terrorist Attack Coordinated On Our Tools”
https://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanmac/growth-at-any-cost-top-facebook-executive-defended-data
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1267700 2018-04-01T15:08:27Z 2018-04-01T15:08:30Z Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran
“This is one of the craziest things about the modern age. We would never let the government or a corporation put cameras/microphones in our homes or location trackers on us. But we just went ahead and did it ourselves because – to hell with it! – I want to”

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/28/all-the-data-facebook-google-has-on-you-privacy
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1267614 2018-04-01T10:36:14Z 2018-04-01T10:36:14Z Emmanuel Macron Talks to WIRED About France's AI Strategy
“EM: I think artificial intelligence will disrupt all the different business models and it’s the next disruption to come. So I want to be part of it. Otherwise I will just be subjected to this disruption without creating jobs in this country. So that’s where we are. And there is a huge acceleration and as always the winner takes all in this field. So that’s why my first objective in terms of education, training, research, and the creation of startups is to streamline a lot of things, to have the adaptable systems, the adapted financing, the adapted regulations, in order to build champions here and to attract the existing champions.

Laura Stevens”

Emmanuel Macron Talks to WIRED About France's AI Strategy
https://www.wired.com/story/emmanuel-macron-talks-to-wired-about-frances-ai-strategy/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1266071 2018-03-28T10:36:17Z 2018-03-28T10:36:18Z Mark Zuckerberg Thinks We’re Idiots. Via Monday Note
“As Facebook’s leader, Zuckerberg resolves to get things straightened out in the future (“it’s my job, right?”) while he delivers a callcenter-style broken record reassurance: “Your privacy is important to us”. Yes, of course, our privacy is important to you; you made billions by surveilling and mining our private lives. One wonders how aware Zuckerberg is of the double entendre.”

Mark Zuckerberg Thinks We’re Idiots. – Monday Note
https://mondaynote.com/mark-zuckerberg-thinks-were-idiots-638c64dfab12
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1264469 2018-03-23T15:13:56Z 2018-03-24T12:56:52Z The Tyranny of Convenience - made me think
“In the developed nations of the 21st century, convenience — that is, more efficient and easier ways of doing personal tasks — has emerged as perhaps the most powerful force shaping our individual lives and our economies. This is particularly true in America, where, despite all the paeans to freedom and individuality, one sometimes wonders whether convenience is in fact the supreme value.

As Evan Williams, a co-founder of Twitter, recently put it, “Convenience decides everything.” Convenience seems to make our decisions for us, trumping what we like to imagine are our true preferences. (I prefer to brew my coffee, but Starbucks instant is so convenient I hardly ever do what I “prefer.”) Easy is better, easiest is best.”

Opinion | The Tyranny of Convenience
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opinion/sunday/tyranny-convenience.html
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1263584 2018-03-20T18:52:02Z 2018-03-21T00:25:18Z Opinion | Facebook’s Surveillance Machine
“Mr. Grewal is right: This wasn’t a breach in the technical sense. It is something even more troubling: an all-too-natural consequence of Facebook’s business model, which involves having people go to the site for social interaction, only to be quietly subjected to an enormous level of surveillance. The results of that surveillance are used to fuel a sophisticated and opaque system for narrowly targeting advertisements and other wares to Facebook’s users.”

Opinion | Facebook’s Surveillance Machine
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/19/opinion/facebook-cambridge-analytica.html
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1263492 2018-03-20T13:53:22Z 2018-03-20T13:53:23Z China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious
“Known by the anodyne name “social credit,” this system is designed to reach into every corner of existence both online and off. It monitors each individual’s consumer behavior, conduct on social networks, and real-world infractions like speeding tickets or quarrels with neighbors. Then it integrates them into a single, algorithmically determined “sincerity” score. Every Chinese citizen receives a literal, numeric index of their trustworthiness and virtue, and this index unlocks, well, everything. In principle, anyway, this one number will determine the opportunities citizens are offered, the freedoms they enjoy, and the privileges they are granted.”

China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/02/chinas-dangerous-dream-of-urban-control/553097/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1258471 2018-03-08T14:34:07Z 2018-03-08T14:34:07Z From dopamine to serotonin - good post about happiness - by Humberto Schwab
“According to Robert Lustig, there has been a fundamental error or even a system fallacy in the way the Americans understand the “pursuit of happiness.” A philosophical principle that was firmly established by Jefferson.

We can see that happiness has been mixed up with pleasure. People got the toxic message that happiness can be bought, exchanging pleasure for happiness. The fast-food industry explicitly stresses that you can buy ”happiness.” Also on the internet and in the daily language, we see a complete confusion of these fundamentally different concepts.”

From dopamine to serotonin
http://www.socraticdesignacademy.com/2018/01/16/from-dopamine-to-serotonin/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1258455 2018-03-08T13:33:46Z 2018-03-08T13:33:47Z For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned. Made me think!
“Real life is slow; it takes professionals time to figure out what happened, and how it fits into context. Technology is fast. Smartphones and social networks are giving us facts about the news much faster than we can make sense of them, letting speculation and misinformation fill the gap.

It has only gotten worse. As news organizations evolved to a digital landscape dominated by apps and social platforms, they felt more pressure to push news out faster. Now, after something breaks, we’re all buzzed with the alert, often before most of the facts are in. So you’re driven online not just to find out what happened, but really to figure it out.”

For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/technology/two-months-news-newspapers.html
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1256698 2018-03-04T11:21:56Z 2018-03-04T11:21:56Z Forget learning to code, bosses value collaboration and communication - EQ is the future !
“The report found that while automation is requiring workers to maintain technical fluency across roles, the rise of machine-led tasks makes it necessary for them to do what machines can’t, which is to be adaptable, critical thinkers who can lead and communicate well.”

Forget learning to code, bosses value collaboration and communication
https://www.fastcompany.com/40536361/soft-skills-take-the-top-spot-in-employers-ranking-for-developing-talent
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1256650 2018-03-04T07:31:49Z 2018-03-04T07:31:49Z This year’s tech trends prove we need to embrace Responsible AI sooner—not later
“As AI plays a bigger role in systems that affect social outcomes—like criminal justice, education, hiring, or health care—it’s clear that the creation and shape of AI decision-making needs to be taken seriously. What happens when algorithms decide whether or not you get a job, home, or loan?”

This year’s tech trends prove we need to embrace Responsible AI sooner—not later
https://qz.com/1212678/years-tech-trends-prove-we-need-to-embrace-responsible-ai-sooner/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1251215 2018-02-22T13:10:14Z 2018-02-22T13:10:41Z Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs (Kei-Fu Lee)


It will soon be obvious that half our tasks can be done better at almost no cost by AI. This will be the fastest transition humankind has experienced, and we’re not ready for it.

China will have at least a 50/50 chance of winning the race, and there are several reasons for that.”

Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610298/tech-companies-should-stop-pretending-ai-wont-destroy-jobs/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1247954 2018-02-15T12:04:31Z 2018-02-22T13:10:54Z Why Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Need to Be Disrupted
“Meanwhile, Facebook and Google (now known as Alphabet) are together worth $1.3 trillion. You could merge the world’s top five advertising agencies (WPP, Omnicom, Publicis, IPG, and Dentsu) with five major media companies (Disney, Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, CBS, and Viacom) and still need to add five major communications companies (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Charter, and Dish) to get only 90 percent of what Google and Facebook are worth together.”

Why Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Need to Be Disrupted
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a15895746/bust-big-tech-silicon-valley/
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1243556 2018-02-06T10:12:26Z 2018-02-14T05:11:52Z The Revolt Against Silicon Valley’s Failed Dream – Eudaimonia and Co, Umair Haque
“I’ve warned for a long time that organizations — whether societies or corporations or political parties — must focus, in this troubled, fractured age, on mattering to people: really improving and transforming their lives. The “backlash” tech faces now is what happens when you don’t. More accurately put, people and societies are losing trust in tech, catastrophically. Why is that?”

The Revolt Against Silicon Valley’s Failed Dream – Eudaimonia and Co
https://eand.co/the-revolt-against-silicon-valleys-failed-dream-1bf94546a9e2
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1243554 2018-02-06T10:12:15Z 2018-02-14T05:11:52Z There Is One Thing Computers Will Never Beat Us At – NewCo Shift
“In the world of the future, automated perfection is going to be common. Machines will bake perfect cakes, perfectly schedule appointments and keep an eye on your house. What is going to be scarce is human imperfection.”

There Is One Thing Computers Will Never Beat Us At – NewCo Shift
https://shift.newco.co/there-is-one-thing-that-computers-will-never-beat-us-at-f66af30565f0
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1243553 2018-02-06T10:11:27Z 2018-02-14T05:11:52Z Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse – Eudaimonia and Co / Umair Haque
“The predator in American society isn’t just its super-rich — but an invisible and insatiable force: the normalization of what in the rest of the world would be seen as shameful, historic, generational moral failures, if not crimes, becoming mere mundane everyday affairs not to be too worried by or troubled about.”

Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse – Eudaimonia and Co
https://eand.co/why-were-underestimating-american-collapse-be04d9e55235
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tag:digitalethics.net,2013:Post/1241775 2018-02-02T08:49:35Z 2018-02-14T05:11:52Z Self-driving cars are overdue for a reality check
“If you think you’ll be able to waltz down to your local dealership and plunk down money for a self-driving car, you’ll be disappointed, however. The sensor suite that allows these cars to “see” their environment, combined with the compute hardware eating up a lot of space in the trunk, are really, really expensive. Most automakers are operating under the assumption that autonomous cars won’t be sold as personal vehicles, but instead will be used as part of a service fleet.”

Self-driving cars are overdue for a reality check
https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/30/16950726/state-of-autonomous-car-self-driving-ces-detroit-2018
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