Better Technology Isn’t The Solution To Ecological Collapse. It’s hard to ignore the headlines these days, with all their warnings about ecological breakdown. Last year brought troubling news on everything from plastic pollution to soil depletion to the collapse of insect populations. These crises are worsening as our demands on the Earth intensify.
Right now, virtually every government in the world is committed to pursuing economic growth: ever-expanding levels of extraction and consumption year on year. And the more we grow, the more we eat away at the web of life on which we all depend. We have known about this problem for decades now, but we’ve been told not to worry: As technology improves and becomes more efficient, we’ll be able to keep growing the economy while nonetheless reducing our impact on the natural world. Here’s the magic number: 50 billion tons. When green growth theory was first proposed, there was no evidence on whether it would actually work–it was purely speculative. Why the bad news? There are lots of ways to get there. Scotland is leading fight against isolation – but we need independence.
IT would be difficult not to be moved by much of this week’s coverage of the Scottish Government’s first steps towards a new loneliness strategy. By coincidence or design, the Conservative government also announced a new “minister for loneliness”. This is a response a recommendation from the Jo Cox Foundation, set up to honour the murdered Labour politician’s commitment to the issue. After listening to experiences of isolation from the elderly or the marginalised, or dwelling on the decency of Ms Cox (and the sheer alienation of her killer), I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to follow the folksy advice being offered. Make your “five-a-day” also mean “five meaningful conversations” in a day.
Be “happy to chat”. And, most importantly, phone your Mum (I did). This display of the better angels of our nature, embodied by the quietly powerful welfare minister Jeane Freeman, cheered me up considerably about the practice of politics. A general crisis of human work is starting to break over us. 10 predictions for 2018. 18 Exponential Changes We Can Expect in the Year Ahead. Azeem Azhar is a strategist, product entrepreneur, and analyst living in London. He is the curator of the weekly newsletter Exponential View, from which the following is adapted. You can (and should!) Sign up here. This is the first year I am presenting predictions for the coming year. Many trends, in particular the convergence of multiple technologies which are improving exponentially, continue.
As Bill Gates said, "Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in 10 years. " Here are 18 areas which I think will be interesting to watch in the coming year: 1. These should be developed in the public sphere with a wide range of participants. The massive global platforms—Facebook, Google, Amazon, and the like—are defining a new political economy. 2. Europe and Central America lead the way in decarbonizing their energy chains. The U.S., with its declining health and social outcomes and turn inward, will become less appealing to some entrepreneurs. Why Trying to Predict the Future Is the Worst Way to Prepare for the Years Ahead.
The year was 2003. An important client invited a revered futurist to share some of the inevitable cultural phenomena that was about to reach the masses in the coming months and years. It was highly tantalizing. It was like learning the results of the Super Bowl before the game was even played. We were told, quite matter-of-factly, that 2004 was going to be the year of the stripper pole. That stripper poles were increasingly becoming mass and soon to be installed in bars and suburban basements everywhere--part play thing and part fitness equipment. But 2004 came and went. But alas, no stripper pole. Most businesses are obsessed with the future: preparing for the future, changing the future, realizing the future.
This makes sense considering how society in general is future obsessed. For brands, if you believe all that you hear, the future is daunting. But somehow, businesses get it so wrong. What are we going to do with all this future? Some brands do this right. Why Strategic Plans Need Multiple Futures. When members of Lowe’s Innovation Labs first began talking with the home improvement retailer’s senior executives about how disruptive technologies would affect the future, the presentations were well received but nothing stuck. “We’d give a really great presentation and everyone would say, ‘Great job,’ but nothing would really happen,” says Amanda Manna, head of narratives and partnerships for the lab. The team realized that it needed to ditch the PowerPoints and try something radical. The team’s leader, Kyle Nel, is a behavioral scientist by training. He knows people are wired to receive new information best through stories.
Sharing far-future concepts through narrative, he surmised, could unlock hidden potential to drive meaningful change. So Nel hired science fiction writers to pen the future in comic book format, with characters and a narrative arc revealed pane by pane. When the lab presented leaders with the first comic, “it was like a light bulb went on,” says Manna. What's the difference between explorers, anthropologists and tourists? | Science. An anthropologist, an explorer and a tourist walk into a bar. They’re each clutching a spear. The anthropologist describes how it was presented to her on her seventh fieldwork season by the elders of the tribe.
The explorer regales them with the tale of how he won the spear upon completing an initiation challenge the tribe had set for him, filmed for a documentary. The tourist explains that he paid $10 for his at the market, and needs to get back now otherwise the cruise ship will leave without him … The media attention about the misadventure and recent rescue of British explorer Benedict Allen from Papua New Guinea, and the debate over whether his exploits are culturally appropriate in a post-colonial world, raise a question that’s at the heart of anthropology itself. Why do we travel to other cultures? Who, if anyone, gives permission? Allen described his objective as tracking down a band of people “out-of-contact with our interconnected world”. And what of the non-professional? The impossibility of intelligence explosion – François Chollet. In 1965, I. J. Good described for the first time the notion of “intelligence explosion”, as it relates to artificial intelligence (AI): Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever.
Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an “intelligence explosion,” and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make, provided that the machine is docile enough to tell us how to keep it under control. Decades later, the concept of an “intelligence explosion” — leading to the sudden rise of “superintelligence” and the accidental end of the human race — has taken hold in the AI community.
A flawed reasoning that stems from a misunderstanding of intelligence Intelligence is situational We are our tools. Jeff Bezos a interdit l'utilisation d'un outil très populaire à ses employés chez Amazon — les réunions se passent bien mieux depuis. Jeff Bezos, patron d'Amazon. Business Insider US Si vous voulez travailler chez Amazon, il va falloir vous y faire: les présentations PowerPoint y sont strictement interdites. Jeff Bezos est le premier patron de la tech à s'être fait connaître pour son aversion pour ces présentations projetées en réunion, souvent sous forme de listes et de mots-clé. Si ses employés ont une idée à présenter, ils sont invités à la développer à l'écrit, en un mémo de quatre à six pages.
Quelqu'un a écrit un mémo,les autre employés passent les 20 premières minutes de la réunion à lire le mémo,puis ils posent des questions à l'auteur-e du mémo. Ce fonctionnement est tellement ancré dans les moeurs d'Amazon que lorsque Forbes a récemment demandé à Lara Aldag, directrice exécutive au sein de l'entreprise, ses trois stratégies pour écrire une proposition de projet, c'est le premier élément qu'elle a listé: "Vous pouvez oublier les PowerPoint. " Et de continuer: Laurentian University student starts 'cultural camp' for non-Indigenous youth - Sudbury. A Laurentian University student from Wikwemikong is working to start a cultural camp for non-Indigenous Youth. The camp on Manitoulin Island is set to open at the beginning of next month, Kaella-Marie Earle said. The main goal is to "change the narrative for Canadians on Indigenous cultures, values and humanitarian issues," she said. "If we can teach the culture to non-Indigenous youth, it will help strengthen relationships between Canadians and help inspire policy makers to address these calls to action.
" Laurentian student draws on Indigenous heritage during climate change training Earle said many Canadians don't know a lot about Indigenous culture, and she's hoping that an open, safe place to talk will change that. "I want people to know that Indigenous people are welcoming and want you to learn about the culture," she said. "That's what I'm trying to teach people. " Earle said she's recruited an Indigenous professor and an elder for the camp. Cookies are Not Accepted - New York Times. Citymapper "redesigns the bus" with new London transport service based on demand.
Transport app Citymapper has converted its extensive data analysis into a real-life bus that drives an under-serviced route in London. The Citymapper Smartbus – unveiled in a Medium post yesterday – sees the company "redesign the bus", both in terms of how one looks and how it operates. The new bus is now on the road in London for a two-day trial. It is driving a set route, but represents stage one in an ongoing project that will see the company attempt to realise responsive buses. "We feel buses haven't evolved enough," wrote Citymapper in its post. "They still roam around cities utilising old systems of operations and inefficient technology. " "If we're going to solve urgent problems of congestion and infrastructure, we need buses to improve, to operate smarter. For now, the Citymapper Smartbus is driving a circuit route in the city centre.
The bus comes in two sizes: the standard long bus, and a smaller minibus-like vehicle the company believes is necessary in crowded cities. Privacy In The Competency Marketplace: Who Owns Your Profile Metadata? 6 Technology Trends That Aren’t AI, Blockchain or VR. While I’m a big fan of cool new technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and VR/AR, I have to confess that I’m starting to get tired of these technologies sucking all the air and taking the shine from a lot of other cool technology being developed across the world. We have AI in art, in finance, healthcare. While these technologies are providing value, the hype is getting a tad bit too much. I’ll be at SXSW for all 10 days this year (hit me up at @SeyiFabo if you’d like to connect), and I know I won’t be able to avoid ‘AI and VR in everything’ but here are 6 other trends that I’m hoping to learn more about at this geek fest. System-Scale Tech Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin just announced the first paying client for his space exploration company.
Future Work This is not so much a new trend as it is one that will be amplified over the next few years; doing deep collaborative work across time zones on company critical projects without being a ‘regular employee’. Nootropics. Why Ring, Not Amazon Echo, Is The Killer IoT Product. Why Is The Home Automation Industry So Obsessed With Voice Control? | Co.Design | business + design. Some of us have husbands, or wives. Some of us have partners. Some of us have roommates. But most of us have an AI these days, whether it's Siri on our iPhone, or Alexa piping in from an Echo in the kitchen.
How do you communicate with your AI as intimately as you do with your wife, partner or roommate? At least some of the time. In an exclusive article yesterday, Fast Company's Daniel Terdiman gave us a tour of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's self-called "Jarvis": a complete home automation AI, the creation of which he set for himself as his 2016 New Year's Resolution. The parameters of what we'll call "Jarvis"—with deference to Marvel Entertainment! It’s not a production system that’s ready to go to other people.
Those systems, Google Home and Amazon Alexa, let users to control anything compatible in their homes—their lights, thermostats, security systems, entertainment centers, and more—via voice control. Speaking to Jarvis and having it talk back makes sense for playing music. How Leaders Dream Boldly to Bring New Futures to Life. This article is part of a new series exploring the skills leaders must learn to make the most of rapid change in an increasingly disruptive world. The first article in the series, “How the Most Successful Leaders Will Thrive in an Exponential World,” broadly outlines four critical leadership skills—futurist, technologist, innovator, and humanitarian—and how they work together. Today's post, part two in the series, takes a more detailed look at leaders as futurists. Upcoming articles will explore leaders as technologists, innovators, and humanitarians. Science fiction writer William Gibson famously once said, “The future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed.”
In times of increasing change and complexity, it can be difficult to envision bold new futures with any certainty. What’s missing are systematic approaches to understanding and taking advantage of the unknown. Futurists don’t have secret powers to predict the future. Why Thinking Like a Futurist Is Valuable. #weaccept. February 5, 2017 We believe in the simple idea that no matter who you are, where you're from, who you love, or who you worship, you deserve to belong.
We know this is an idealistic notion that faces huge obstacles because of something that also seems simple, but isn't - that not everyone is accepted. People who've been displaced, whether because of war or conflict or other factors, are acutely vulnerable to not being accepted. They are, quite literally, in need of a place to belong, which is why we've been inspired to take action.
We started by providing housing for evacuees of disasters and have since provided housing during 54 global disasters. Today we're setting a goal to provide short-term housing over the next five years for 100,000 people in need. We couldn’t talk about the lack of acceptance in the world without pointing out the challenges in our own community at Airbnb. . - The founders of Airbnb.
The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016. Sometimes the world is not yet ready for a new technology to enter the fray. Virtual reality, for example, sat on the sidelines for many years. The industry went into hibernation around the time of the Dot Com Bust, and it has only recently re-emerged with promise. It is only today that big companies like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, HTC, and Facebook have the infrastructure, peripheral technologies, and capital in place to properly commercialize the technology.
Now, instead of using primitive 300 x 200 pixel LCD displays that were prohibitively expensive in the 90s, we are looking at a world where display will be in beautiful 4k quality. Meanwhile, accelerometers and gyroscopes can measure head movement, and modern computing power can reduce lag and latency. It took many years, but finally the true potential of VR is being realized. Like virtual reality, there are 10 other emerging technologies that are finally ready for prime time.
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How Child Protection Agencies Are Trying to Predict Which Parents Will Abuse Kids | VICE | Canada. For the First Time, Scientists Have Found our "Happiness" Genes. To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions. The Hidden Dangers of AI for Queer and Trans People by Alyx Baldwin. Disability-Simulating VR Promotes Empathy. Researchers uncover molecular event that controls neuron development. The Economics of Power — Pacific Standard. We Could Be Witnessing the Death of the Fossil Fuel Industry—Will It Take the Rest of the Economy Down With It? The Case Against Reality. Against Empathy: Yale Professor Paul Bloom's Argument.