I’m going to start this post with a personal admission: I’m so angry at what’s just happened in the UK. The loss of Britain’s membership to the EU, the potential damage to t…
Eugene Fernandez's insight:
Good points about the scripts and agendas that constitute what we perceive as free choice. If you don't spend time having real dialogue over what future you prefer to have then be prepared for one to be imposed on you - The sad part or perhaps comforting part is that you will be unconscious of the influences at play. Most thinking due to time, stress etc operates at the shallows - what's missing is deep thinking and learning about the way we think.
New ideas about artificial intelligence and cognitive computing systems in education have been advanced this year by major computing and educational businesses, including Pearson and IBM. Pearson’s promotion of AI reflects its growing interests in data analytics and other digital methods while IBM is seeking to extend its existing R&D on cognitive computing into the education sector. AI has been the subject of serious debate recently. High profile figures including Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk have voiced concern about the threats it poses, while awareness about cognitive computing has been fueled by widespread media
Everyone has at least a few non-negotiable values. These are the things that, no matter what the circumstance, you'd never compromise for any reason - such as "I'd never hurt a child," or "I'm against the death penalty."
(Social) Theory for the Anthropocene McKenzie Wark / First published in The Future We Want / Nov 2, 2015 So what becomes of social theory in the Anthropocene? Well, maybe it could no longer be about the social. Maybe it would no longer be possible to take the social as given, as an artifact for…
An inventor at IBM has patented technology for a cognitive assistant that could learn all about you, then remind you of a name you can't remember the moment you need to say it.
Eugene Fernandez's insight:
There is an argument that the reality we perceive is a construction. To stay congruent and avoid dissonance, our brains are very selective about what it construes as reality. Our brain also seeks pattern and predictability and here we have a search engine with a predictive enhanced mechanism to solidify our view of reality.
The danger lies in being immersed further within a self referential loop. Imprisoned within the delusional walls of our self-construction, trading away what little reflective capacity we have to be immersed in unconscious activity and banal existence. By extension we are now open to suggestion and ... Who is to say what's real and imagined! Wow to the philosopher who speaks uncomfortable truths, but speak we must.
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