Category: Critical Thinkers

New podcast with Matt Ward: Megashifts, AI and Why the Future is More Unknowable than Ever

read more here You can listen right here on iTunes In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including: The evolution of AI and dangers of AGI Why Europe has to lead the way on privacy, data and consumer rights Why Gerd believes we need a moratorium on the future of artificial general intelligence The problem ...

The currency of humanity (Joi Ito’s Practice of Change)

In late 2018, Joi Ito, Director MIT Media Lab presented his draft Phd. dissertation on the “Practice of Change“. Organised in 6 chapters, he articulates how to intervene in complex systems. It’s a fascinating, long and deep read on how to keep our humanity at heart in this fast changing ...

Tim Renner & Gerd Leonhard Beitrag in „Die Welt”. Wacht auf! Mensch, Technologie und die Zukunft der Politik (MIT VIDEO) German / French

Erschienen am 11.8.2018 in DIE WELT (Achtung: Paywall).  Post auf RennerLeonhard.com ansehen. FRENCH translation by Goethe Institut Kanada Update: jetzt mit Video; Science Fiction wird zu Science Fact Von Tim Renner und Gerd Leonhard Wacht auf, Verdammte dieser Erde! Die Zukunft kommt. Sie kommt sogar sehr schnell. Zwar sehen wir noch keine Roboter auf der ...

It’s time to rein in the data barons (great read view MIT technology review)

“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 ...

New Podcast: riveting audio conversation with Futurists Calum Chace and Gerd Leonhard: AI, the Singularity, the Future of Humans and Machines

Calum Chace and me don’t agree on many issues – I’m a humanist and Calum is a science fiction writer and AI advocate.  Having said that I really love talking to him, debating these replay mind-boggling issues with him. Listen to this podcast or download it for later. I think ...

Ein Podcast mit Tim Renner und Gerd Leonhard zum Thema Facebook und Politik – Podcast with Tim Renner (in German)

#deletefacebook – ist das wirklich die Lösung oder braucht es nicht vielmehr einen totalen Reset wie soziale Medien und andere globale Internet Plattformen unsere Daten nutzen dürfen…eine Art von “Statebook” der Bundesrepublik Deutschland? Hier diskutieren der Autor und Futurist Gerd Leonhard und der Musik Manager und ehemalige Berliner Kultur-Staatssekretär Tim Renner über Facebook.   Renner Leonhard Podcast Facebooks ...

My latest contribution to The Next Web: connecting your brain to the Internet sounds great – but is it a good idea?

  SOURCE “Brain implants or other types of neural links, such as Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) between the brain, the internet, and the cloud, are quickly entering the realm of science rather than science fiction. The Defense Advanced Research Agency is ready to run trials with closed-loop mood control chips linked to AI ...

Farhad Manjoo: For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers: real life is slow, technology is fast :)

  “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 ...

Great read about datamining, and nice animation (via Bloomberg)

The Brutal Fight to Mine Your Data and Sell It to Your Boss. Silicon Valley makes billions of dollars peddling personal information, supported by an ecosystem of bit players. One of them, an upstart called HiQ, is going up against LinkedIn in a battle for your lucrative professional identity.  By Drake ...

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 ...

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