Transhumanism

Zeitgeist Optimized Self (transhumanism)  If you can’t beat them (robots), should you join them? The quantified self will evolve to the optimized self, meaning humans will be supported by extreme wearable and embedded sensoring enabling real-time, on-demand guidance from a commercial cloud coach (Google?) for every step, move, and decision they make whether it’s at work or on the playing field; i.e., becoming more machine-like. The dark side is that humans’ born-with intelligence and cognitive skills and capacities will atrophy just like a broken leg in a cast. It will be the end of thinking. sp > Big Questions Is smart technology making us dumb? What’s my next move? know who to call when: Rexter When you feel yourself losing a skill or a simple pleasure in your day, resist the urge to acquiesce to new technology that is ultimately transferring your money and control to someone else. sp   in general: mind-bending: Phenomena Jacobsen > War | altered states: Stealing Fire Kotler, Lucy | transhumanism: To Be a Machine O'Connell big idea | task management: GQueues | exoskeleton: Exo-Glove Poly, Sarcos | off-key to on-key: Auto-Tune | sports: doping | digital assistants: Hound | data-to-health platform: Validic | algorithmically based personalized curriculum platform: Teach to One | coaching/fitness/training: WHOOP, runcoach, snow skiing | emotions: body language | fiction: V-Nation

If you can’t beat them (robots), should you join them? The quantified self will evolve to the optimized self, meaning humans will be supported by extreme wearable and embedded sensoring enabling real-time, on-demand guidance from a commercial cloud coach (Google?) for every step, move, and decision they make whether it’s at work or on the playing field; i.e., becoming more machine-like. The dark side is that humans’ born-with intelligence and cognitive skills and capacities will atrophy just like a broken leg in a cast. It will be the end of thinking.

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China’s Social Credit System

World Since 1920 / East Asia in the 20th century China since 1912 When America China sneezes, the whole world gets a cold. Long term, is it a good idea to take China’s money? Will China’s model for growth which extracts a heavy sacrifice and toll from its people, be sustainable? Development of republic 1912-20: old order disintegrated Interwar years 1920-37: growth of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) War against Japan 1937-45: 2nd Sino-Japanese War after 1st 1894–95 Kuomintang: anti-communism, Chinese nationalism, reunification Chinese Communist ideologies: dynamic to safeguard the party's rule Emergence of the People’s Republic of China economic reform: 60-point plan Internet  social credit: Sesame Credit > Gamification | e-Commerce: alibaba | internet sovereignty | messaging: tencent | search: Baidu orphans: Half the Sky social radar: dissent 2015 population: two-child policy | economy: market meltdown | October: Conflict in South China Sea in general: communist propaganda hip-hop…what!?: rap-aganda | food safety | buy anything: lightinthebox | consumer marketing: prcdirect      books/movies: propaganda: Propaganda Bernays | #1 movie: Monster Hunt | fragile: Red Capitalism Walter | history: In Search of History White | investing: The Chinese are coming, and they’d like to buy your house Francis

China’s social credit system (BBC)

 

As AI accelerates, is our organic thinking declining?

Computer Science Artificial Intelligence (AI)  As machine intelligence accelerates, is our organic thinking declining? Can we build a super-AI that won't kill us? big ideas Is Moore’s Law sustainable? What is the mind? in general: algorithm deelopment: Deep Mind, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Vicarious | artificial general intelligence: strong AI | biomimetics: models for design of machines |  frame-based systems: recognition and description of objects and classes | portals: Deep Learning | semanitc networks: a set of concepts that are related to one another | turing test: Computing machinery and intelligence | thought experiments: Chinese Room expert systems: chess: Centaur Chess | cognitive computing: IBM Watson | automated complaint resolution: cognicor | decision making: decision-making | machine trading: Dark Pools Patterson, Flash Boys  singularity: about | IBM Watson | moore’s law | Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence books/movies: rise of machines, decline of humans?: What to Think About Machines That Think Brockman > Future | ethics: Machines of Loving Grace Markoff | Accelerando Stross | cyborgs: Ex Machina | risks: Superintelligence Bostrom | Smarter Than Us Armstrong | The Emperor's New Mind Penrose | singularity: The Singularity Is Near Kurzweil Enterprise

Break the Chain

by scott pickard

Political Concepts Human Rights If we rationalize torture in the name of war and saving American lives, then we become the barbarians and in so doing, we write a blank check to our enemies to reflect the same barbaric behavior. Like child abuse which propagates from generation to generation, this vicious cycle of abuse and violence will only stop when someone has the courage and leadership to break the chain, and that should be us. sp Historical development 1215 Magna Carter 1787 Constitution Definition of human rights Freedom Liberty: The Miracle of Freedom Cruz United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights International human rights dictatorships: Kim Jong-un North Korea globalization: impact on children migrant workers: Cesar Chavez torture: about | CIA: Senate Report 2014 > War in general: www.amnesty.org | darfur: http://eyesondarfur.org/ | gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender: www.hrc.org | Geneva Conventions | Human Rights Watch: hrw | oral histories: Voice of Witness | UN Global Compact films: Harvest of Shame Murrow

If we rationalize torture in the name of war and saving American lives, then we become the barbarians and in so doing, we write a blank check to our enemies to reflect the same barbaric behavior. Like child abuse which propagates from generation to generation, this vicious cycle of abuse and violence will only stop when someone has the courage and leadership to break the chain of torture, and that should be us.

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