Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

“But it’s his very humanity that makes his unchecked power so problematic.

Mark’s influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government. He controls three core communications platforms — Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp — that billions of people use every day. Facebook’s board works more like an advisory committee than an overseer, because Mark controls around 60 percent of voting shares. Mark alone can decide how to configure Facebook’s algorithms to determine what people see in their News Feeds, what privacy settings they can use and even which messages get delivered. He sets the rules for how to distinguish violent and incendiary speech from the merely offensive, and he can choose to shut down a competitor by acquiring, blocking or copying it.”

Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion/sunday/chris-hughes-facebook-zuckerberg.html
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Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future (joi ito)

“Instead of thinking about machine intelligence in terms of humans vs machines, we should consider the system that integrates humans and machines – not artificial intelligence but extended intelligence. Instead of trying to control or design or even understand systems, it is more important to design systems that participate as responsible, aware and robust elements of even more complex systems.

We must question and adapt our own purpose and sensibilities as observers and designers within systems for a much more humble approach: humility over control.”

Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/artificial-intelligence-extended-intelligence
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Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future (Joi Ito)

“They have found a perfect partner in digital computation, a seemingly knowable, controllable, machine-based system of thinking and creating that is rapidly increasing in its ability to harness and process complexity and, in the process, bestowing wealth and power on those who have mastered it.

In Silicon Valley, the combination of groupthink and the financial success of this cult of technology has created a feedback loop, lacking in self-regulation (although #techwontbuild, #metoo and #timesup are forcing some reflection).”

Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/artificial-intelligence-extended-intelligence
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Will Artificial Intelligence Enhance or Hack Humanity?

“Also when it’s used to enhance you, the question is, who decides what is a good enhancement and what is a bad enhancement? So our immediately, our immediate fallback position is to fall back on the traditional humanist ideas, that the customer is always right, the customers will choose the enhancement. Or the voter is always right, the voters will vote, there will be a political decision about the enhancement. Or if it feels good, do it. We’ll just follow our heart, we’ll just listen to ourselves. None of this works when there is a technology to hack humans on a large scale. You can't trust your feelings, or the voters, or the customers on that. The easiest people to manipulate are the people who believe in free will, because they think they cannot be manipulated. So how do you how do you decide what to enhance if, and this is a very deep ethical and philosophical question—again that philosophers have been debating for thousands of years—what is good? What are the good qualities we need to enhance?”

Will Artificial Intelligence Enhance or Hack Humanity?
https://www.wired.com/story/will-artificial-intelligence-enhance-hack-humanity/
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Michael Dell: Technology must reflect our humanity and our values | ZDNet

“A new age of miracles is literally around the corner," Dell said. "We're technologists and we share an awesome responsibility -- it's up to us to ensure that technology reflects our humanity and our values.

"While technology can amplify human genius, it can also amplify human frailty."

Discussing the concept of unconscious bias in AI, Dell said his company is also experimenting within where its hiring practices are concerned, specifically taking the approach of making sure that bias is not reflected in its technologies.”

Michael Dell: Technology must reflect our humanity and our values | ZDNet
https://www.zdnet.com/article/michael-dell-technology-must-reflect-our-humanity-and-our-values/
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The experience economy is booming, but it must benefit everyone

“As the forces of the Fourth Industrial Revolution accelerate, consumers are enjoying the benefits of rapid innovation and new models of consumption, but also struggling to maintain a sense of connection and understanding our rapidly changing world. In that context, it should be no surprise that experiences, especially transformative ones that educate, inspire and bring people together, are growing in popularity.”

The experience economy is booming, but it must benefit everyone
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/the-experience-economy-is-booming-but-it-must-benefit-everyone/
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Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good 5* read via the NYT

“Such programs are proliferating. And not just for the elderly.

Life for anyone but the very rich — the physical experience of learning, living and dying — is increasingly mediated by screens.

Not only are screens themselves cheap to make, but they also make things cheaper. Any place that can fit a screen in (classrooms, hospitals, airports, restaurants) can cut costs. And any activity that can happen on a screen becomes cheaper. The texture of life, the tactile experience, is becoming smooth glass.

The rich do not live like this. The rich have grown afraid of screens. They want their children to play with blocks, and tech-free private schools are booming. Humans are more expensive, and rich people are willing and able to pay for them. Conspicuous human interaction — living without a phone for a day, quitting social networks and not answering email — has become a status symbol.

All of this has led to a curious new reality: Human contact is becoming a luxury good.”

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/23/sunday-review/human-contact-luxury-screens.html
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Coders’ Primal Urge to Kill Inefficiency—Everywhere

“It’s one thing to optimize your personal life. But for many programmers, the true narcotic is transforming the world. Scale itself is a joy; it’s mesmerizing to watch your new piece of code suddenly explode in popularity, going from two people to four to eight to the entire globe. You’ve accelerated some aspect of life—how we text or pay bills or share news—and you can see the ripples spread outward.”

Coders’ Primal Urge to Kill Inefficiency—Everywhere
https://www.wired.com/story/coders-efficiency-is-beautiful/
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Humanity is on 'the highway to digital dictatorship', says Yuval Noah Harari

“Well, none of this is inevitable,” he says, suddenly eager to sound a note of optimism. “We can do things on the level of global co-operation, such as an agreement against producing autonomous weapons systems. We can do things on the level of individual government, for example laws to govern the ownership and use of data. And we can do things on the level of the individual. Each of us makes daily choices that have some impact. What control do you have over your own data, on your smartphone, for example?””

Humanity is on 'the highway to digital dictatorship', says Yuval Noah Harari
https://www.noted.co.nz/currently/social-issues/yuval-noah-harari-humanity-on-highway-to-digital-dictatorship/
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