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Today it is difficult to imagine a technology that is as enthralling and terrifying as machine learning. Read full Article

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Today Google released a new set of AI ethics principles, which were prompted, at least in part, by the controversy over the company’s work on the US military’s Project Maven. This post contains some quick preliminary analysis on the strengths and weaknesses of those principles. Read full Article

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What is consciousness? Is a mosquito conscious? A bee? A dog? A dog is certainly sentient, and can communicate. We already breed dogs, changing their genetic and temperamental characteristics quite considerably. We use them as our servants. Read full Article

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Hossein Rahnama knows a CEO of a major financial company who wants to live on after he’s dead, and Rahnama thinks he can help him do it. Rahnama is creating a digital avatar for the CEO that they both hope could serve as a virtual “consultant” when the actual CEO is gone. Read full Article

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In 1967 British biologist and Nobel laureate Sir Peter Medawar famously characterized science as, in book title form, The Art of the Soluble. “Good scientists study the most important problems they think they can solve. Read full Article

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One remarkable development of twentieth century science is the discovery that both physical structures and the communication of ideas can be assembled on the basis of algorithms that make use of codes. Read full Article

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On May 11, 2016, the Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center invited Yuval Noah Harari, a professor of history at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of the international bestseller “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” to deliver a talk on “The New Inequalities” at Tsin Read full Article

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In the largest cross-cultural survey ever conducted, a team of anthropologists from the University of Oxford has determined seven moral rules they suggest are universal. Read full Article

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“The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society,” quoth Wikipedia, “held in common, not owned privately.” We live in an era of surveillance capitalism in a symbiotic relationship with advertising technology, quoth me. Read full Article

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Exponential View Azeem Azhar’s Weekly Wondermissive: Future, Tech & Society This issue has been supported by our partner: Ocean Protocol. Ocean Protocol is launching their network soon! See their exciting Roadmap ahead. You are reading the free version of Exponential View. Read full Article

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NOTE: This is part of a series of excerpts from my book World After Capital. Today’s post continues on the idea from last week that privacy is not compatible with technological progress (if you would rather watch a talk, you can find some of the same material in my Blockstack Berlin presentation). Read full Article

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai brought good tidings to investors on parent company Alphabet’s earnings call last week. Alphabet reported $39.3 billion in revenue last quarter, up 22 percent from a year earlier. Read full Article

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The acceleration of knowledge and the emergence of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), has provoked new ethical questions and requires universities to approach research ethics differently. Read full Article

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Main menu Skip to content Using the Top 10 list in the classroom. Life – there’s an app for that.  Are we having fun yet?  Welcome the robo-reformation. We’re under attack! From digital resurrection to custom friendship. Street cred takes on a whole new meaning. Read full Article

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Life extension – using science to slow or halt human aging so that people live far longer than they do naturally – may one day be possible. Big business is taking this possibility seriously. Read full Article

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Beyond the digital frontier The most promising technology trends of tomorrow are grounded in nine powerful macro forces that form the backbone of technology innovation today. Understanding how they function, together and separately, is key. Read full Article

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It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or are we, deep down, wired to be bad, blinkered, idle, vain, vengeful and selfish? There are no easy answers, and there’s clearly a lot of variation betwe Read full Article

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In a series of remarkably prescient articles, the first of which was published in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in the summer of 2013, Shoshana Zuboff pointed to an alarming phenomenon: the digitization of everything was giving technology firms immense social power. Read full Article

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People and organizations are navigating a new terrain, characterized by autonomous technologies, runaway markets, and weaponized media. Read full Article

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