Too much of a good thing can be a very bad thing: Technology’s Future>Why we must act now — COGNITIVE WORLD

Within the next five years, I think we are going to see new stock markets emerge (such as the still-nascent LTSE in San Francisco) where companies that operate on the premise of “People, Planet, Purpose and Prosperity” will be listed. EUROPE should seize this opportunity and take the lead! — Read on

The Global Risks Report 2021 | World Economic Forum

The 16th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report analyses the risks from societal fractures—manifested through persistent and emerging risks to human health, rising unemployment, widening digital divides, youth disillusionment, and geopolitical fragmentation. — Read on

The over- population issue

“One of the big lessons from the demographic history of countries is that population explosions are temporary. For many countries the demographic transition has already ended, and as the global fertility rate has now halved we know that the world as a whole is approaching the end of rapid population growth.” Two centuries of rapidContinue reading “The over- population issue”

KSR on the future of cities

“To see the climate city, look to planning texts from Holland that describe “vertical farms,” which are skyscrapers that include agriculture, aquaculture, chickens, pigs, and recycling of all waste within towers of food production. Hydroponics and vat-based food production using yeast, algae, and even meats will also be integrated into these towers. This kind ofContinue reading “KSR on the future of cities”

Fork in the road with chrome

“And so we have reached a fork in the road, a pivot point. Most of the people reading this will not want to opt for the uber-private apps and platforms—I recognize that. As good as DuckDuckGo is, as good as Signal is, as good as ProtonMail is, you’ll want to use a mainstream browser, WhatsAppContinue reading “Fork in the road with chrome”

Ted Chiang on AI

“Are we close to artificial intelligence programmes having the ability to design improved versions of themselves and realising recursive self-improvement? Not so much, according to the acclaimed science fiction author Ted Chiang. Writing in The New Yorker, Chiang outlines in plain English how the great innovation in AI, whereby machines can create smarter versions ofContinue reading “Ted Chiang on AI”

We have the power but will we have the will?

“It’s clearly a crisis of two things: of consciousness and conditioning. We have the technological power, the engineering skills to save our planet, to cure disease, to feed the hungry, to end war; But we lack the intellectual vision, the ability to change our minds. We must de-condition ourselves from 10,000 years of bad behavior.Continue reading “We have the power but will we have the will?”

10 years to shape the future

“20 years ago technology was changing our behavior, like driving a car or making a phone call using the Internet. But now technology is changing us. E.g., if you wear augmented reality glasses, virtual reality helmets or brain computer interface, then the way that you are, the way that you think, the way that you’reContinue reading “10 years to shape the future”

Must read by Buckminster Fuller

“By my own rules, I may not profess any special preoccupation or capability. I am a random element. … There is nothing even mildly extraordinary about me except that I think I am durable and inquisitive in a comprehensive pattern. I have learned much; but I don’t know very much; but what I have learned,Continue reading “Must read by Buckminster Fuller”