Category: Critical Thinkers

The Real Problem With Voice Assistants Like Siri Is Your Brain

  “The bad news is that dream of a virtual assistant that manages your digital life while you live your real one is probably a lie. The real problem with voice assistants isn’t that they’re underpowered, or that their neural nets aren’t sophisticated enough to intuit our requests. It’s that user ...

Matt Haig (The Guardian:) I used to think social media was a force for good. Now the evidence says I was wrong (must read)

  “Kurt Vonnegut said: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful who we pretend to be.” This seems especially true now we have reached a new stage of marketing where we are not just consumers, but also the thing consumed. If you have friends you only ...

Meet Futurist Gerd Leonhard in London October 4: Keynote at BREAKOUT2017: Ethical codes for a digital age

I am delighted to be able to contribute to this unique event in London, on October 4 2017 (for more details and updates go here). My keynote will be on AI and other exponential technologies, in the context of digital ethics. Get your tickets. Digital technologies are disrupting the world around ...

We’re spending so much time trying to become robots that we’re forgetting how to be human (Scott Hartley via qz.com)

  Totally my topic 😉 “The drumbeat of science, technology, engineering, and math has picked up tempo, but a crisis of culture has emerged from its cadence. As we embark ever more aggressively on the path to master machines, we are forgetting the very foundations of what it means to be human.” We’re ...

…the coming robot onslaught. Great read via Quartz

“Advances in supercomputers and the understanding of neural networks are combining to create a revolution in robotics, and companies eager for more profitability and cheaper production are ruthlessly grabbing the new technology to automate rote jobs. Blue-collar workers—forget about it. The robots will kill off the positions of half a million ...

The dangers and challenges of the Internet of Things – crucial points made by Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier is one of the most brilliant thinkers when it’s about security and technology, in general. His recent piece ‘Click here to kill everyone’ is a must-read for anyone looking at the future of technology, and in particular the Internet of Things (IoT). While preparing for my upcoming keynote at ...

Resist the Internet – read this nicely put heretic piece

  “Compulsions are rarely harmless. The internet is not the opioid crisis; it is not likely to kill you (unless you’re hit by a distracted driver) or leave you ravaged and destitute. But it requires you to focus intensely, furiously, and constantly on the ephemera that fills a tiny little screen, ...

My comments on “What Black Mirror, Her and the near-future genre tell us about tomorrow” (TheGuardian)

I was recently interviewed by Noah Berlatsky and his piece just went online at TheGuardian  “Taking after George Orwell and JG Ballard, some of the most prophetic and disturbing fiction about the near future continues to be made on TV and film…” Part of the reason that the near future is enjoying ...

Is it time to become exponentially human?

By Gerd Leonhard, Future-Thinker and Humanist, Zürich, Switzerland, November 7, 2016 IS IT Time to become exponentially human? Machines can increasingly mimic the human brain and may indeed soon outpace it in certain respects such as calculations per second or storage capacity.  Yet I believe that for the foreseeable future no mechanical apparatus, ...

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