Growing Up with Connected Private Watson Machines – Meaning of Life

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human. In our post The 4th Industrial Revolution and the Meaning of Life we suggested some thinking steps …

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The Knowledge Illusion – 21st Century Challenges

Providing people with more facts is not going to improve making sense of the world. Instead, we need to look of other solutions to break the hold of groupthink.

Medical Stalking

This is the third post in the series “21st Century Challenges” about Who Owns Your Medical Data?. In the first post, we discussed the following: In the future, Big Data algorithms and biometric sensors may detect and diagnose a disease before we have started to notice any discomfort or signs. But would you like your insurance …

A Totally Misused Concept: the Average

In our Thinkibility nibble What Is An Interesting Book? we suggested that books with intellectual value should be categorized by the publisher into categories: Mainstream Improvement Criticism Provocation and Alternatives We propose a strong candidate for category 4: Provocation and Alternatives: The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness Subversive Dispels a …

What year is this? – Suffering and Artifical Intelligence

Imagine that a time machine could transport you to a medieval village. What if you asked a villager "What year is this?" What would the reply be? In the brilliant book Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind, the author Yuval Noah Harari  says that the question would have bewildered the person. The cycles of natural …

More Soul, More Youthful Thinking and More Thinking Among Machines

What is artificial intuition? How can it be developed? What if machines not only learn like children but also think like children? What would happen if machines started to think together? Bill Gates has suggested that robots should be taxed and that the money should be used to pay the people who have lost their …

Intensive Human Farming – Thinkibility Nibble

The success of industrial food production has been obtained by applying principles of scientific management, a theory of management that analyzes and synthesizes workflows. Its main objective is improving economic efficiency, especially labour productivity. It was one of the earliest attempts to apply science to management,and when applied to food production it has resulted in intensive …