- Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian:
“There will be people who own the AI, and therefore own everything else,” he says. “Which means homo sapiens will be split into a handful of ‘gods’, and then the rest of us. “I think our best hope going forward is figuring out how to live in an economy of radical abundance, where machines do all the work, and we basically play.”It doesn't have to be dystopian (see: The Culture). Our biggest barrier is not the machines, it's ourselves. Capitalism is based on selfishness and greed, not equality. It leaves people unprepared and incapable of dealing with the potential of the future. Why do we assume factory workers can't be the next generation of philosophers or technicians? Do we forget that inequality of education wastes brilliant minds? Do we forget that being poor robs people of the time and energy required to re-skill or upskill? What if every utterly bored worker (of any class or kind) could ditch their hated job and pursue their passion? Sure many would happily pursue passions that don't advance humanity, but what if we freed up just a handful of wasted geniuses who cure disease and reverse ageing?
- Coliving: A Solution for Lonely Millennials? - The Atlantic. I reckon that would beat share housing.
- 'It's like swiping left on your soulmate': Alanis Morissette updates Ironic | Music | The Guardian:
Morissette also took a jab at herself with the line: “It’s singing ironic but there are no ironies”, addressing a long-standing gripe that the original song does not actually illustrate ironic situations.
- 6 Photographers Shoot the Same Guy But He Gives Each of Them a Different Backstory «TwistedSifter. Unsurprisingly, when asked to capture six different identities the photographers do so...
- Hyundai’s Virtual Owners' Manual Lets You See Inside Your Engine Bay With A Tablet (an actually-useful example of augmented reality)
- Momentary Ink - Test Drive Your Tattoo
- Can You Teach a Coal Miner to Code? — Backchannel — Medium:
As America switches from an industrial economy to a digital one, its bluest collar workers are facing the toughest challenge of their lives. Can miners really learn how to code?...obviously yes, but it's a great read hearing how one group is doing it.
- New App Lets You Borrow A Dog To Walk And Play With | Bored Panda
- Gun control: New York Times runs front page editorial for first time since 1920 | Media | The Guardian and End the Gun Epidemic in America - The New York Times:
It is not necessary to debate the peculiar wording of the Second Amendment. No right is unlimited and immune from reasonable regulation.
- You Can Change The Color Of These Sneakers Instantly So You Wouldn’t Wear The Same Shoes Twice | Bored Panda
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