Building meaningful futures - Issue #3

The problem with the power of fake news stories emerging last week is just another example of the wor
November 20 - Issue #3

Rudy de Waele

Humanist, Futurist, Transformation Agent, Keynote Speaker, Author, Curator, Saxophonist. My activities in this newsletter cover the use of technology for good, ethical business, projects and stories that reflect upon what it means to stay human in this age of #exponentialhumanity #ai #automation #blockchain #climatechange #futureofwork #fow #iot #smartcities #vr

The problem with the power of fake news stories emerging last week is just another example of the world we’re moving into, a world where decisions are taken increasingly by machines with serious consequences for humanity in general. 
“We do not want to become arbiters of truth ourselves”, said Mark Zuckerberg in his flawed approach to fixing his fake news problem.
Facebook is still a tech company, making money with algorithms, however it became the most powerful news distributor on Earth - the new front page of the news for more than 1 billion people every day.
In an exponential technological era, lies too get spread exponentially. It’s all about speed (technology) versus judgement (media), as this excellent NPR investigation reveals.
What’s the point of applying deep learning on today’s massive available data if the system cannot distinguish good from wrong moral code? The system will learn from itself, right?
It’s high time - looking at the consequences everyday around us - to reflect on our basic universal and shared values to decide where we want to go with this and how to embed this into technology. We need healing, not fixing, we need to redefine what it means to be human in this ever-increasing fast-paced exponential technological era.
“If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. (…) And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.” - Hannah Arendt.

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More random interesting reads
Google, Facebook and the search for truth |
Verge 2021
Design Thinking
Mark Curtis: ‘Design thinking must not become a management fad’
Future of Work
Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines
Tim Leberecht: 4 ways to build a human company in the age of machines
Why exponential technological change will need ‘exponential humanity‘
The Scary Truth About Corporate Survival
Russia starts blocking LinkedIn website after court ruling
We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump
How A Happy School Can Help Students Succeed
The school of the future has opened in Finland
Smart Cities
Urban farming, food markets and parks replace banks and parking lots in this masterplan for Amsterdam
The Simple Economics of Machine Intelligence
The Competitive Landscape for Machine Intelligence
New Bionic Eye That Connects to The Brain Successfully Restores a Woman's Sight
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