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2015 May

Morality Enforcement Through Technology

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”

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Check this out.

http://digitalsynopsis.com/advertising/dislife-more-than-sign-disabled-parking-hologram/

“More than 30% of the drivers in Russia take disabled parking spaces without caring about the signs on the ground. Dislife, a Russian non-profit organisation, came up with a powerful campaign to stop this inconsiderate behaviour. They installed projections of a real disabled person that popped up every time a non-disabled driver tried to park in their space. Special cameras verified the presence of the disabled sticker on their windshields and if no sticker was detected, the hologram would appear to confront the driver. Watch the stunt in action below.”

Alicia Parr

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Mike’s response

Like the stairs painted like piano keys…

Do you know that Russians have always had uber?

Anyone can be a taxi in Russia, although you do need to watch where tough taxis might frequent;)

mike

 

 

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2015 May

Americans Still Spending More, Still Not on What They Want

For your information

mike

Americans Still Spending More, Still Not on What They Want

Americans are spending more on “necessities” such as groceries, healthcare and utilities, while they are spending much less on gasoline than they did last year. Gas is the only major category to show dramatic net spending changes.

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2015 May

The Trouble with Scientists

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”

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Scientists suffer from cognitive biases just like everybody else. The scientific method is supposed to catch and correct such biases, but it is failing to do so. Why? Because to advance as a professional scientist you must publish; learned journals want to publish positive results, not negative ones; so confirmation bias is strengthened; and peer review slows the rate at which wrong claims can be contradicted (3,160 words)

http://nautil.us/issue/24/error/the-trouble-with-scientists

Brian

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Mike’s response

Good article

mike

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2015 May

The Trouble with Scientists

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”

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Scientists suffer from cognitive biases just like everybody else. The scientific method is supposed to catch and correct such biases, but it is failing to do so. Why? Because to advance as a professional scientist you must publish; learned journals want to publish positive results, not negative ones; so confirmation bias is strengthened; and peer review slows the rate at which wrong claims can be contradicted (3,160 words)

http://nautil.us/issue/24/error/the-trouble-with-scientists

Brian

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Mike’s response

Good article

mike

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2015 May

Majority in U.S. Now Say Gays and Lesbians Born, Not Made

Big shift…

For the first time, a majority of Americans say same-sex orientation is something people are born with, rather than something primarily determined by upbringing or environment. A new high of 63% say same-sex relations are morally OK.

Majority in U.S. Now Say Gays and Lesbians Born, Not Made

For the first time, a majority of Americans say same-sex orientation is something people are born with, rather than something primarily determined by upbringing or environment. A new high of 63% say same-sex relations are morally OK.

Read now

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2015 May

Article–Making Sense of Meaning Making Literature

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FYI….for those who are doing work in this area or relates to your work or academic curiosity.

John

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Mike’s response

/meaning/making/model

 

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2015 May

The Second Intelligent Species: How Humans Will Become as Irrelevant as Cockroaches | KurzweilAI

Author:

Marshall Brain

Publisher:

BYG Publishing, Inc. (4/7/2015)

Right now, as far as we can tell, there is exactly one intelligent species in the universe and it is us: human beings. We currently see no evidence of any kind indicating that extraterrestrials exist outside of our solar system.

But at this moment, millions of engineers, scientists, corporations, universities and entrepreneurs are racing to create the second intelligent species right here on planet earth. And we can see the second intelligent species coming from all directions in the form of self-driving cars, automated call centers, chess-playing and Jeopardy-playing computers that beat all human players, airport kiosks, restaurant tablet systems, etc.

The frightening thing is that these robots will soon be eliminating human jobs in startling numbers. The first wave of unemployed workers is likely to be a million truck drivers who are replaced by self-driving trucks. Pilots will be eliminated soon as well. Then, as new computer vision systems come online, we will see tens of millions of workers in retail stores, fast food restaurants and construction sites replaced by robots. Unless we take steps now to change the economy, we will soon have tens of millions of workers who are unemployed and seeking welfare because they will have no other choice.

Marshall Brain’s new book “The Second Intelligent Species: How Humans Will Become as Irrelevant as Cockroaches” explores how the future will unfold as the second intelligent species emerges.

The book answers questions like:

– How will new computer vision systems affect the job market?

– How many people will become unemployed by the second intelligent species?

– What will happen to millions of newly unemployed workers?

– How can modern society and modern economies cope with run-away unemployment caused by robots?

– What will happen when the first sentient, conscious computer appears?

– What moral and ethical principles will guide the second intelligent species?

– Why do we see no extraterrestrials in our universe?

“The Second Intelligent Species” offers a unique and fascinating look at the future of the human race, and the choices we will need to make to avoid massive unemployment and poverty worldwide as intelligent machines start eliminating millions of jobs.

—BYG Publishing, Inc.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-second-intelligent-species-how-humans-will-become-as-irrelevant-as-cockroaches?

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The paradigm has already shifted!

Recognition will take more time but not reverse the trend or shift.

 

mike

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2015 May

Ideology and Integrity – NYTimes.com

“Nonetheless, many in the news media will try to make the campaign about personalities and character instead. And character isn’t totally irrelevant. The next president will surely encounter issues that aren’t currently on anyone’s agenda, so it matters how he or she is likely to react. But the character trait that will matter most isn’t one the press likes to focus on. In fact, it’s actively discouraged.

You see, you shouldn’t care whether a candidate is someone you’d like to have a beer with. Nor should you care about politicians’ sex lives, or even their spending habits unless they involve clear corruption. No, what you should really look for, in a world that keeps throwing nasty surprises at us, is intellectual integrity: the willingness to face facts even if they’re at odds with one’s preconceptions, the willingness to admit mistakes and change course.”

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/01/opinion/paul-krugman-ideology-and-integrity.html?referrer=

mike

 

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2015 May

The Nature of Poverty – NYTimes.com

“Saying we should just spend more doesn’t really cut it. What’s needed is a phase shift in how we think about poverty. Renewal efforts in Sandtown-Winchester prioritized bricks and mortar. But the real barriers to mobility are matters of social psychology, the quality of relationships in a home and a neighborhood that either encourage or discourage responsibility, future-oriented thinking, and practical ambition.

Jane Jacobs once wrote that a healthy neighborhood is like a ballet, a series of intricate interactions in which people are regulating each other and encouraging certain behaviors.

In a fantastic interview that David Simon of “The Wire” gave to Bill Keller for The Marshall Project, he describes that, even in poorest Baltimore, there once were informal rules of behavior governing how cops interacted with citizens — when they’d drag them in and when they wouldn’t, what curse words you could say to a cop and what you couldn’t. But then the code dissolved. The informal guardrails of life were gone, and all was arbitrary harshness.

That’s happened across many social spheres — in schools, families and among neighbors. Individuals are left without the norms that middle-class people take for granted. It is phenomenally hard for young people in such circumstances to guide themselves.

Yes, jobs are necessary, but if you live in a neighborhood, as Gray did, where half the high school students don’t bother to show up for school on a given day, then the problems go deeper.

The world is waiting for a thinker who can describe poverty through the lens of social psychology. Until the invisible bonds of relationships are repaired, life for too many will be nasty, brutish, solitary and short.”

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/01/opinion/david-brooks-the-nature-of-poverty.html?referrer=

mike

 

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2015 May

Why the Rich Get Richer: Wealth Inequality Explained

Video Worth Watching:

http://www.wsj.com/video/why-the-rich-get-richer-wealth-inequality-explained/5DD155E1-99E0-4677-82EC-077AEF2E695C.html

mike