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Margaret Atwood on what really separates people from machines

Margaret Atwood on what really separates people from machines | cognition | Scoop.it
Photo: Miguel Riopa/Getty Last week, Margaret Atwood was the opening keynote speaker at the CHI conference on Human Computer
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The ability to imagine what the future looks like--for better or worse--is what makes us human, Atwood said. "A human being is somebody who imagines those things."

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Earth and Beyond

Earth and Beyond | cognition | Scoop.it

Series of small talks about how our world - and our understanding of it - is changing. American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says he would like to go  to space himself, or at the very least help others get there, but he’s content living vicariously through the robots for now.

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We Think the Future Is Closer Than the Past: Scientific American Podcast

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The researchers interpret the finding to mean that the future feels closer because it seems like we’re literally moving towards it. Gives new meaning to the phrase, “Looking forward to seeing you.”


podcast available at the link.

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The Internet is the God We Create

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The Futurica Trilogy is a work of philosophy, sociology and futurology in three closely related movements. 

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The first volume, The Netocrats, deals with human history from the perspective of the new elite of Informationalism, the emerging society of information networks, shaped by digital interactivity, making prophecies about the digital future of politics, culture, economy, et cetera.

The second volume, The Global Empire, explores the near future of political globalization and the struggle to form new, functioning ideologies for a world where global decision making is a necessity.

The third volume, The Body Machines, thoroughly deals with the demise of the Cartesian subject. It discusses the implications of a materialist image of humanity and explains how it relates to the new, emerging technological paradigm. It explains why we’re all of us body machines, and why this is actually good news.

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The first volume, The Netocrats, deals with human history from the perspective of the new elite of Informationalism, the emerging society of information networks, shaped by digital interactivity, making prophecies about the digital future of politics, culture, economy, et cetera.

The second volume, The Global Empire, explores the near future of political globalization and the struggle to form new, functioning ideologies for a world where global decision making is a necessity.

The third volume, The Body Machines, thoroughly deals with the demise of the Cartesian subject. It discusses the implications of a materialist image of humanity and explains how it relates to the new, emerging technological paradigm. It explains why we’re all of us body machines, and why this is actually good news.

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The Authority of Ideas

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What will historians say about us 250 years from now? Larry Summers, former Harvard University president and economic adviser to President Obama, asks this question in a thought-provoking eSeminar about the evolution of ideas and the critical importance of education in an increasingly multi-faceted world.
This will be a moment in history when the world evolved from a world governed by the idea of authority to a world governed by the authority of ideas, says Summers. Then he tells you how to be a part of the next great revolution.

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Print Your Own Penis | VICE

Print Your Own Penis | VICE | cognition | Scoop.it
How 3D printing could launch swarms of self-replicating rich men's pricks into space.
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Jared Diamond - How Societies Fail-And Sometimes Succeed - Long Now Foundation

Jared Diamond articulately spelled out how his best-selling book, COLLAPSE, took shape. At first it was going to be a book of 18 chapters chronicling 18 coll...
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At first it was going to be a book of 18 chapters chronicling 18 collapses of once-powerful societies--- the Mayans with the most advanced culture in the Americas, the Anasazi who built six-story skyscrapers at Chaco, the Norse who occupied Greenland for 500 years. But he wanted to contrast those with success stories like Tokugawa-era Japan, which wholly reversed its lethal deforestation, and Iceland, which learned to finesse a highly fragile and subtle environment...

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INTERVIEW WITH ISAAC ASIMOV

1975 ARC Identifier 54491 / Local Identifier 306.9415. 

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BOURGIN INTERVIEWS ISAAC ASIMOV, BIOCHEMIST AND SCIENCE FICTION WRITER. MR. ASIMOV MAY BE THE MOST WIDELY READ OF ALL SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS, HAVING WRITTEN 155 BOOKS AND HUNDREDS OF MAGAZINE ARTICLES AND SHORT STORIES. A CLIP OF "FANTASTIC VOYAGE," BASED ON HIS BOOK, IS INSERTED IN THE PROGRAM. VIEWERS WILL FIND THIS INTERVIEW PROVOCATIVE IN REGARD TO WHAT MR. ASIMOV HAS TO SAY ABOUT WRITING AND THE FUTURE OF THIS EARTH

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Wildcat: Archeodatalogy Entwined Enmeshed Entangled

Wildcat: Archeodatalogy Entwined Enmeshed Entangled | cognition | Scoop.it
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The cyborg existentialism is a new domain of relationality residing between the tribal homophily and hyperconnected heterophily.
The cyborg existentialism (CE) is a fresh approach to ‘freedom’ as the ultimate ground of human beings' capacity to relate to the world, extended and enhanced in the world via technology.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The future will not be cool

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The future will not be cool | cognition | Scoop.it
Close your eyes and try to imagine your future surroundings in, say, five, 10 or 25 years. Odds are your imagination will produce new things in it, things we call innovation, improvements, killer technologies and other inelegant and hackneyed words from the business jargon. These common concepts concerning innovation, we will see, are not just offensive aesthetically, but they are nonsense both empirically and philosophically.

Why? Odds are that your imagination will be adding things to the present world. I am sorry, but this approach is exactly backward: the way to do it rigorously is to take away from the future, reduce from it, simply, things that do not belong to the coming times.

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The World in 2050

This talk draws on the latest global modeling research to construct a sweeping thought experiment on what our world will be like in 2050. The World in 2050 combines the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data-everything from climate dynamics and resource stocks to age distributions and economic growth projections.

Laurence C. Smith  takes as big forces demographics, natural resources, globalization and climate change.

- slowing but still very fast growth rate. developed world: dropping

aging: esp. china

- urbanization: demand for electricity, metals,... (esp. growing word)

   -> relying on globalized companies <-> forgetting basic skills
- water stressed regions will be even more so ("resource wars")

- 1893: phyiscs of climate change prooven -> real problem

   -> greatest uncertainty in prediction

   -> long time to see the results / difference between actions

   -> multiplied in north regions ("greenland-potatoes", polar->grizzly)
   -> arctic ice shelf; shipping - warmer winters

   -> greenland cruiseship tourism <-> permafrost, ice roads melting

- oil and gas in the arctic (est. 13%oil, 30%gas prv. undisc.)

   -> conflicts about territory <-> UNCLOS article 76, geol. diplomacy

   -> Russias oil / gas importance <-> unconventional sources

   -> Canada

- current trend of globalization continuing (north countries =/ Russia)

 

 


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