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Some morsels from my recent keynotes: humarithms, machine thinking, practical wisdom and more

Here are some of the most popular memes and concepts that I have presented during some of my recent keynotes.  Please comment and share this post if you like it. Let’s start with this cartoon that I found on Tumblr and have been making good use of: This is by far the most popular image used ...

The Servitude Bubble – some good comments on the ‘sharing economy’ (Umair Haque)

 Read Umair’s piece here – some pretty hard-hitting observations here!  A chat app bought for one fifth of the US educational budget. An Uber for dog-walkers. An app to have your trash taken out for you. On-demand butlers. On-demand massages. On-demand pedicures. On-demand private jets. On demand gardeners, plumbers, and private chefs. A ...

Must read: the coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than us

The Coming Problem of Our iPhones Being More Intelligent Than Us http://singularityhub.com/2015/04/24/the-coming-problem-of-our-iphones-being-more-intelligent-than-us/ (via Instapaper)  by Vivek Wadhwa Kurzweil, a renowned futurist and the director of engineering at Google, now says that the hardware needed to emulate the human brain may be ready even sooner than he predicted — in around 2020 — using ...

A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute – why total optimisation is not…optimal (good read via NYT)

The gut is dead. Long live the data, turned out day and night by our myriad computers and smart devices. Not that we trust the data, as we once trusted our guts. Instead, we “optimize” it. We optimize for it. We optimize with it. A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute NYT via Instapaper Context: automation ...

Your Lawyer May Soon Be an Algorithm … (but what is… soon?)

“AI making legal decisions is a compelling idea. Not only is it more efficient, but couldn’t it somehow be more just to place decisions in an entity unable to be swayed by bias or emotion?” Your Lawyer May Soon Be an Algorithm http://motherboard.vice.com/read/your-lawyer-may-soon-be-an-algorithm via Instapaper Gerd Leonhard Futurist, Author and ...

Beware the rise of the digital oligarchy (good read via the Guardian)

“Our personal data reflects our interests, our desires: it is a digital extension of our soul. By giving it away so freely to social networks, supermarket loyalty cards and internet search engines have we engaged in some form of Faustian pact? Our digital souls may not be immortal, but they ...

The Future of In-Flight Entertainment: Virtual Reality? (interesting trend)

“Such virtual reality headgear are staples of science fiction movies. In “Demolition Man,” Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock use them to have virtual sex (it doesn’t go well).  In the original “Total Recall,” Arnold Schwarzenegger uses one to go on a virtual vacation (that goes even worse).” The Future of In-Flight ...

HBO Go without needing cable? Welcome to the future of television (good insights via the Guardian)

From channels to platforms…!  Broadcasting converges with Boadbanding:) see my illustrations below. I do think that, outside of the US, it’s more about cable-nevers than cable-cutters:) However, what’s really worrisome is that 49% of subscribers aged 25 to 34 say they are “very likely” to ditch cable. Much of that might ...

Did You Know You Had Diabetes? It’s All Over the Internet (interesting read via Bloomberg)

This is a good read on a topic I have been looking at very closely – which personal information can be used online for what purpose, by whom, and when – and what are the unintended consequences of exponential technologies that make everything so much more efficient, transparent and omniscient? The ...

Interesting NYT piece on the Sharing Economy: Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty?

A really interesting post presenting some of the key issues behind the rise of ‘sharing economy’ leaders such as Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit and AirBnB. Some similar thoughts have recently crossed my mind, as well – is the so-called sharing economy actually based on some short-fused and ‘technology-fueled exploitation’ scheme or is there ...

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