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Sadly, the Internet Isn’t Making the World a Better Place

From MIT’s Technology Review
http://bit.ly/1Ow9Pwi

Tech companies are trying to hasten the spread of the digital revolution, but a new study suggests it could do more harm than good.

As the New York Times writes, this contradicts some of the assumptions behind Silicon Valley efforts to spread Internet access to poorer nations, such as Google’s Internet-by-balloon effort, Project Loon, and Facebook’s subsidized Internet service,Internet.org. In India, Facebook’s effort, which provides only limited access to the Internet beyond the social network, has indeed already come in for some severe criticism.

It also seems like an important counter to an overarching philosophy of techno-optimism that sometimes seems to pervade the tech industry. Richer countries need to bear this in mind as well. The spread of more advanced digital technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics could start giving some companies huge advantages, while eradicating or fundamentally changing many jobs.

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Understanding The Rise Of The Robots

Martin-FordBy Martin Ford who is author of Rise of the Robots and The Lights in the Tunnel two books about AI, job automation & the future economy.

In this talk recorded at the RSA, leading expert on AI and the robotics revolution Martin Ford offers both an exploration of this new technology and a call to arms to face its radical implications. The world is being transformed by a profound technological revolution, dominated by digital – a second machine age. Digital technology is changing all our lives, work, society and politics. It is clear that unless we radically reassess the fundamentals of how our economy and politics work, we risk a future of massive unemployment and inequality.

This talk was posted in the Social Europe journal on November 19, 2015
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Learning in Exponential Times?

Peter DiamandisDr. Peter H. Diamandis is a Greek American engineer, physician, and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

How to learn is changing, and it’s changing fast.

In the past, we used to learn by doing – we called them apprenticeships.

Then the model shifted, and we learned by going to school.

Now, it’s going back to the apprenticeship again, but this time, you are both the apprentice and the master.

This blog is about how to learn during exponential times, when information is abundant and expertise is fleeting.

Passion, Utility, Research & Focus

First, choosing what you want to learn and becoming great at it is tough.

As I wrote in my last blog, doing anything hard and doing it well takes grit.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years to help choose what you want to learn:

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