"Our deepest hope as humans lies in technology; but our deepest trust lies in nature. These forces are like tectonic plates grinding inexorably into each other in one, long, slow collision. This collision is not new, but more than anything else it is defining our era. #Technology is steadily creating the dominant issues and upheavals of our time." - W. Brian Arthur
Google's Sundar Pichai : ‘#Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’:
"Technology doesn’t solve humanity’s problems. It was always naïve to think so. Technology is an enabler, but humanity has to deal with humanity’s problems. I think we’re both over-reliant on technology as a way to solve things and probably, at this moment, over-indexing on technology as a source of all problems, too." - Sundar Pichai.
#Magic and the Machine - essay by David Abram on #Technology and Animism in an age of ecological wipeout: https://emergencemagazine.org/story/magic-and-the-machine/
A dark consensus about screens and kids begins to emerge in Silicon Valley:
Apple and Samsung fined for deliberately slowing down phones:
New study claims data harvesting among Android apps is "out of control":
https://www.techspot.com/news/77077-new-study-claims-data-harvesting-among-android-apps.html #Technology #Politics
Digital Resource Lifespan http://explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1909:_Digital_Resource_Lifespan
"How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds - Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens": https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-smartphones-hijack-our-minds-1507307811
‘As the phone’s proximity increased, brainpower decreased.’
A 16nW Wireless and Batteryless Sensor System with Integrated Cortex-M0+ Processor and Optical Communication for Cellular Temperature Measurement. - vs. A grain of rice
"Efficiency and Madness Using Data and Technology to Solve Social, Environmental and Political Problems" - an essay by Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski: https://www.boell.de/sites/default/files/efficiency_and_madness.pdf
Technologies help us do more with less, they defy boundaries of space, time and self. We experience them as both magic and loss. This essay begins by adopting broader conceptual analysis from the work of academics and theorists, applied from the position of practitioners working internationally on technology deployment for social change. It then looks at how data-driven technologies are currently deployed to solve problems. Lastly, it makes a case for why we cannot leave the challenges posed by data-driven technologies to technologists.
Offline is the new luxury - VPRO Full Documentary (2016)
To be online all the time and everywhere. It sounds great, but it has its drawbacks. As digital networks are closing in, there are fewer places to be really on your own. Being offline is becoming a luxury. Where can you be offline?
We are connected to the internet even in our bedrooms. It’s the ambition of companies like Google and Facebook to connect the entire world, so that we can be online all the time and everywhere. Google has send balloons up into the skies over Sri Lanka to provide the island state with free Wi-Fi for a month. On the ground, more and more devices communicate through the so-called Internet-of-Things. We are going to be ‘glass citizens’ in a transparent house, connected for life to a wireless intravenous drip and traced anywhere via our smartphones. What does it mean?
A small but growing group of people is saying goodbye to lifetime connectability. They are researching ways to keep control. What can we learn from them about life in the digital era? With: Paul Frissen (political scientist), Sherry Turkle (psychologist MIT), Evgeny Morozov (internet critic) and Birgitta Jonsdottir (hacker & founder Pirate Party)
"We use technology as long as *we use it* and it does not get to the point where *it uses us and control us*, that's the bottom line" - A anonymous member of the Amish community.
"You have to understand what drives those companies (google & co). They are only interested in convincing their investors & financials markets that they will keep on growing indefinitely - that they have the capacity to capture the markets in India, China etc." - @evgenymorozov
Money, happiness and eternal life - Greed - Full Documentary:
Can money and power ever make us happy? How much is enough? Our constant desire for more is part of our human nature.
Some call it a useful dowry of evolution, others a fault in the human genetic make-up: The old mortal sin Greed seems to be more ubiquitous than ever. Why can't people ever get enough, where is this self-indulgence leading - and are there any ways out of this vicious circle of gratification?
"People like to have a lot of stuff because it makes them the feeling of living forever," says American social psychologist Sheldon Solomon, who believes today's materialism and consumerism will have disastrous consequences.
Anyone who fails to satisfy his or her desires in this age of the Ego is deemed a loser. But with more than 7 billion people on the Earth, the ramifications of this excessive consumption of resources are already clear. Isn’t the deplorable state of our planet proof enough that "The Greed Program," which has made us crave possessions, status and power, is coming to an end? Or is the frenzied search for more and more still an indispensable part of our nature? We set off to look for the essence of greed. And we tell the stories of people who - whether as perpetrators or victims or even just as willing consumers - have become accomplices in a sea change in values. http://www.dw.com/en/tv/greed/s-32898
"There is a thin line that separates a business man & a criminal. Why? Cause anything i do someone is bound to say i've cheated him. If its Bill Gates or me, people will say we are criminal - its cause we think beyond how other people think" - A leading business man / politican in Zimbabwe
Excerpts from "The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology"