Notes

Algorithms + biometric sensors (on wrists, fingers, eventually inside body) chooses music for you - analyses in real-time what’s happening to your blood pressure, heart rate, brain activity as you listen to each song… Data accumulated and saved. This algorithm over time can understand your deepest emotions better than yourself.

In modern age, in West, commonly thought art is about inspiring human emotions - joy, sadness, fear. All artists (musicians, painters, film makers) play on the same instrument - the human biochemical system - human emotion. They’ll know how to press our emotional buttons better than anyone else.

I’m experimenting here with thinking and learning in public. Until now, I’ve scribbled ideas, reflections and excerpts in my notes app where, with no coherent order or tagging, they sit. I’ll attempt to log thoughts in themed sections to make them easy to reference later.

The AI partnership's 8 goals

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/ai-partnership-facebook-google-deepmind

1. Ensure AI technologies benefit and empower as many people as possible. <<< equivalent? Social media has proven unprecedentedly powerful in shaping human minds and thought patterns. We needed a similar partnership in the development of these technologies. Current state similar to building a global network of libraries, filling them to the brim with trashy novels, gossip magazines and other crap and hiding away the literature and old wisdom - buried in the back. It can be found but must be deliberately sought - it’s not what’s served up.

The Cybercultures Partnership: to research and collaborate on advancing social media and online entertainment in a responsible way. Each member will contribute financial, research and production resources.

"We believe it’s beneficial to Apple, our customers, and the industry to play an active role in its development and look forward to collaborating with the group to help drive discussion on how to advance AI while protecting the privacy and security of consumers," Gruber said in a statement . "The Board of Trustees will provide direction and oversee the general activities of the Partnership on AI," Facebook, Google (in the form of DeepMind), Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon have created a partnership to research and collaborate on advancing AI in a responsible way. Each member of the Partnership on AI will contribute financial and research resources.

Leading AI researchers from each of the firms have said the agreement is "breaking down barriers," "historic" and that it will lead to systems and products that can operate both safely and fairly. This includes creating self-driving vehicles that are able to make ethical choices and how artificial intelligence is used to treat diseases."The positive impact on AI will depend not only on the quality of our algorithms but the level of public engagement, transparency, and ethical discussion that takes place around it," In this respect, the Partnership will publish its research using open-source licences as well as looking to publish minutes from its meetings. Suleyman added: "One of the roles we might play is propagating best practice, displaying some benchmarks, make available some datasets."

Education in 2019 : knowledge vs wisdom

In an age of overabundance of information and immediate access to knowledge, we’re tasked - in every moment we spend peering into a screen - with deciding what information is worth consuming. With our finite time and capacity, what knowledge do we want to accumulate? What informational diet do we want to follow? The alternative to mindfully making this decision is to allow ourselves to be manipulated into feeding our minds according to someone else’s agenda.

What we as a society need is the wisdom to know what’s worth consuming - we need to be able to discern the nutritious from the junk. We may still want some junk. Why not? But to know before being pulled in any direction what it is we want to want is vital for our cognitive liberty.

Is it that we need to develop society’s stock of wisdom? Sense of self and determination of values? Stock of inspiration - a vision of a desired future?

Potential vehicles to deliver education.

Leveraging social media, gaming and entertainment to support building a wiser society.

Thinking about flipping the rules of the traditional education game.

Feynman’s suggestion that if we really understand something we would be able to explain it in a way a child could understand.

Mapping the neurotech ecosystem.

Books I’m reading.

Thinking in Systems - Donella Meadows. Fantastic. I’m applying every chapter to thinking about systems on a macro scale, but also micro systems - community, family, relationships. Highly recommend it. So worth the read.

Sapiens - Yuval Harari. The first time I read this was back when I was, in my mind’s eye, staring up into the wall-like wave of all the things I wanted to read and accomplish all at once. So, I read it as fast as I could and retained/reflected on very little. This time round, I’m taking my time, lingering to visualize the story of our evolution. It’s written with such masterful storytelling that it reads almost like fiction. Well worth taking your time on and enjoying if you haven’t already.

Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu - Ursula le Guin’s translation. I dip into this in the evenings. I like to read just one musing, then close the book… then stare into space mixing it with my own thoughts and turning it over a few times before letting it simmer in my subconscious.

Books to read.