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Gideon Rosenblatt has been at 7 events

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Plus Your Business!13,322*This Thursday!* On this week's show I am delighted to be joined by someone I have great respect for when it comes to business,@105103058358743760661. We will discuss the 'intersection of technology and business as a force for good' - 'Social Business'. *What else?* Will it be funny too, you are asking? Well, maybe! We will discuss Amazon's drone delivery system, and whether we need to leave the house by 2035! And there will be PYB Academy tips and some special shout outs to community members too. Hope to see you there. It is going to be a great ride...The 'Plus Your Business' show!2015-02-26 20:00:00120  
Social Media Today144,822*Does Social Business Make Sense?* _Not just for people but for the organizations as well?_ *Social Business is the focus of every business owner and CEO.* As we transition to a world of people, connections and relationships where advertising and traditional marketing do not work like they used to, the trend is to reposition a business to work harder for its employees, better with its customers and for its community. When the traditional model of a business gives us some very strong, clearly defined guidelines, driven by the irrefutable logic of the balance sheet, *does it make much sense to really talk about social business?* Is it a distraction? *And if not, can there be a workable path that can transition a legacy business to a modern, social one?* Discussing some of the key questions will be TEDx speaker and author @105103058358743760661. *A former Microsoft executive and a thought leader in the field of technology, people and organizations,* Gideon will be sharing some of his insights with us. Hosting the discussion will be @115620878851836664537  with @102000982871890720967  and at the controller's helm, making sure that everything runs smoothly will be @100470926227322431614 with @115000108263064481690. *Don't forget to join the conversation!* We want your questions, highlights, and feedback prior to, during, and after the event so make sure to tweet @socialmedia2day using the hashtag #SMTPowerTalk  or leave us comments on the Google+ or YouTube event pages! Let's get this conversation started!Does Social Business Make Sense?2015-01-22 18:00:00208  
Reinventors Network830,040Talk about a fundamental Reinvention! The arrival of Artificial Intelligence could reinvent what it is to be human, to be employed. As we shift many kinds of work, even knowledge work, to machines, we might ultimately need to rethink economic distribution and the social compact among citizens. Join @116416314233992548280 , the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, as we focus this roundtable on this important initial question: What is the early path of commercialization for Artificial Intelligence? In other words, what will be AI’s first killer apps? This will be where regular people initally encounter AI. Let’s get a handle on this powerful enabling technology now. We have a great group of participants taking part in this discussion: @108234610138016658041 , Non-fiction author and historian of technology @107791637874069639914 , CEO of Cycorp @109232706375076896189 , Tech entrepreneur, engineer, innovator @104810569466427874748 , CEO of Bottlenose @104401121686781166984 , Resident Futurist at Boulder Future Salon @116425013055966487482 , Founder of Serial Metrics See more at: http://reinventors.net/roundtables/reinvent-artificial-intelligence/Reinvent Artificial Intelligence with Kevin Kelly2014-04-30 20:00:00220  
Business Rockstars3,715 We are pleased to host @103911563591974976562  in a discussion about the human brain and it's possibilities. *We are taking your questions* Submit your questions in the comments for a chance to have @111480413428119678209 relate them to Dr. Michio Kaku in the Hangout!  The New York Times best-selling author of PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE and HYPERSPACE tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.           For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.    THE FUTURE OF THE MIND gives us an authoritative and compelling look at the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics.  One day we might have a "smart pill" that can enhance our cognition; be able to upload our brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; send thoughts and emotions around the world on a "brain-net"; control computers and robots with our mind; push the very limits of immortality; and perhaps even send our consciousness across the universe.             Dr. Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future might hold, giving us not only a solid sense of how the brain functions but also how these technologies will change our daily lives. He even presents a radically new way to think about "consciousness" and applies it to provide fresh insight into mental illness, artificial intelligence and alien consciousness.   With Dr. Kaku's deep understanding of modern science and keen eye for future developments, THE FUTURE OF THE MIND is a scientific tour de force - an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience. ------------ #physics   #michiokaku   #hangoutsonair   #businessrockstars   #thefutureofthemind   #business  SOON: "Add 120+ IQ Points & Time Travel!"2014-03-22 00:00:0064  
Yifat Cohen79,721*Why does the ex-head of American Express Chairman’s Innovation Fund think our future is in “producerism,” not consumerism?* What does it even mean?!? _This Hangout is public so feel free to share and invite your friends._ Using frameworks +Steve Faktor developed such as the 4C’s of Innovation™ - Creativity, Capabilities, Culture, and Context - and the Creativity Cube™, Mr. Faktor deconstructs the current economic environment to reveal innovation opportunities and growth sectors – health and education in particular. *Although his initial scenario suggests doom and gloom for the U.S. and other markets, the future he envisions is ripe with opportunity.* *SO - How do You Get Innovation Right?* Well, if we're lucky (and we usually are), Steve will dive into his latest book Econovation and share with us a future we've taken for granted. *It empowers readers to think big, dream big, and conquer economic conditions that will paralyze others.*  *WE WILL TOUCH ON HOW TO* Capitalize on a market that will go from making nothing to making everything . . . for China. Use psychological pricing and some crafty tricks from Google to reduce reliance on tapped-out consumers. Sell to consumers whose new identities will be based on what they create, not what they buy, click or super-size. Seduce a desperate government to finance your business, then feed you pancakes in the morning. Motivate tomorrow’s employees with social currency instead of the green, depreciating kind. Upgrade your business and your kids with a little help from Mormons and kindergartners with hacksaws. *WHO IS STEVEN?* Developing B2B startups at @109499489972846579596  and corporate speaking about emerging producerism opportunities that I wrote about in my book @116385844146363178305 and Forbes column.  --------------------- #hangoutsonair   #americanexpress   #econovation   #interview   #entrepreneur   #entrepreneurship   #economy   #goodbusiness   #amazon   #fortune500   #gplusgotogal  How Global Trends Will Shape the Future of Innovation.2013-01-17 18:00:0046  
Yifat Cohen79,721*Google+ changes the Truth about social media marketing.* _This is a public Hangout, feel free to share and invite_ Have you noticed the date? *Today the world is ending.* And it's a wonderful, wonderful thing. *Everything you know*, or think you know, about online marketing, social media, engagement and where's the money is online - *is no longer true*. *IN THIS HANGOUTS WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SOME TRULY CONTROVERSIAL CLAIMS* @116901017556394771817 is going to show you why you should pay attention to Google+ now, if you want to make money online.  He'll show you why the *money is no longer in the list* How the conversation have moved from one-to-many to *many-to-many* How you can *broadcast your Hangouts simultaneously on hundreds of sites* And most of all - *how to position yourself in front of this trend that is going to turn the social media world upside down.* *BUT WHO IS ALEX MANDOSSIAN TO BE CLAIMING THIS?* His colleagues and students acknowledge him as the Warren Buffet of the Internet because of his unique ability to teach his students how to make BIG money with very little risk.  Alex has generated $243 million in sales and profits for his small business students, clients and joint venture partners since 1993.   Many of the business strategies you'll learn today transformed his annual income in 2001 to be a monthly income in 2003; and eventually daily income by 2006. These marketing principles helped him grow his student data base from 200 people to 20,000 during his first 2 years in business ... and to over 200,000 during the following 3 years. He has engaged with best-selling authors such as Jack Canfield, @112439370122733503773  @105578574150809713602 and @113217646903708244617 (4-Hr Work Wk) Business leaders such as Donald Trump, Vic Conant of Nightingale Conant and Ivan Misner, CEO of Business Network International, and celebs such as Larry King and Mohammad Ali to name a few. *As a family-centered entrepreneur who works from home*, his goal is to become the world’s 1st "work-at-home" billionaire, not just in Net Worth, but by creating 1,000 other Internet millionaires …The money is no longer in the list, so where is it?2012-12-20 18:00:0059  
Yifat Cohen79,721*How the social revolution is changing the way we do business.* We all keep hearing about how important it is to engage and build relationships - what does it really mean, and what tools are out there to help us master it? When @105103058358743760661 spoke at DreamForce he saw *a vision for a future of business information systems that is entirely based on relationships.* *ENGAGE OR DIE.* In this Hangout On Air, we'll dive into the topic of engagement with @105103058358743760661   as he explains what he calls "engagement leverage." This framework bridges the kind of internal engagement you need with employees with the external engagement you need with customers, suppliers, partners and other external stakeholders. It's a simple, yet surprisingly powerful way for thinking about the way your organization gets work done.  Gideon writes at Alchemy of Change about helping companies bring purpose and technology together into a more powerful source of competitive advantage. Gideon just came back from leading a panel on engagement at Salesforce's Dreamforce Conference (now the biggest tech conference in the world) and so in addition to talking with us about the engagement leverage model, he'll also share some of what he saw at Dreamforce. (http://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/DF12/)DreamForce: what I learned about the relationship revolution.2012-10-04 18:00:0064  

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2015-08-11 20:44:22 (61 comments, 10 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

To Be or Not to Be?: The Fate of a Community

In December 2012, the very day that Google rolled out the new Communities feature for Google+, I started a community called "Good Business" - aimed at building connections between people interested in business as a force for good in the world.

The community's first several months were a kind of 'golden age' with lots of interesting conversation and sharing of relevant articles.

Then, one day, the community was listed as a featured community by Google. It, and other featured communities, became one of the first things that new Google+ users saw when they signed up. Suddenly, we were inundated with new members - and spam began to flow like the mighty Amazon river. +Adam Johnson (who was by then moderating the community with me) tried numerous things to stem the flood, but the community rapidly became... mas »

Most reshares: 133

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2015-08-06 19:11:45 (32 comments, 133 reshares, 156 +1s)Open 

Tesla's robotic snake automatically moves out from the wall and plugs itself in to charge your car. Musk told us this was coming late last year. Here it is. 

#tesla   #robotics  

Most plusones: 213

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2015-08-05 22:46:43 (7 comments, 19 reshares, 213 +1s)Open 

I guess J.J. Abrams really is planning on less computer-generated graphics and more puppetry for special effects in Star Wars: Episode VII. 

#starwarstheforceawakens   #starwars  

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2015-09-04 06:28:39 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How's this for a definition of artificial intelligence?

"Intelligence measures an agent’s ability to achieve goals in a wide range of environments."

How's this for a definition of artificial intelligence?

"Intelligence measures an agent’s ability to achieve goals in a wide range of environments."___

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2015-09-03 17:14:31 (14 comments, 10 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Humans and AI, Co-Evolving

This is a worthwhile read from Stephen Hsu, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Michigan State University. It outlines an interesting perspective I'd not really embraced deeply enough until reading this piece, which is that our ability to evolve machines may actually depend on our ability to evolve our own biology. 

I like this excerpt, in particular: 

Rather than the standard science-fiction scenario of relatively unchanged, familiar humans interacting with ever-improving computer minds, we will experience a future with a diversity of both human and machine intelligences. For the first time, sentient beings of many different types will interact collaboratively to create ever greater advances, both through standard forms of communication and through new technologies allowing brain interfaces.

#artificialintelligence  #bi... mas »

Humans and AI, Co-Evolving

This is a worthwhile read from Stephen Hsu, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Michigan State University. It outlines an interesting perspective I'd not really embraced deeply enough until reading this piece, which is that our ability to evolve machines may actually depend on our ability to evolve our own biology. 

I like this excerpt, in particular: 

Rather than the standard science-fiction scenario of relatively unchanged, familiar humans interacting with ever-improving computer minds, we will experience a future with a diversity of both human and machine intelligences. For the first time, sentient beings of many different types will interact collaboratively to create ever greater advances, both through standard forms of communication and through new technologies allowing brain interfaces.

#artificialintelligence   #biotech  ___

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2015-09-03 01:29:22 (13 comments, 8 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Putting the Reader in Charge - by Asking Their Questions

This is a really great read, and it asks some important questions about how to create truly compelling content. The conclusion is this: put readers in charge of asking the question that drive your story selection. 

There's a whole process outlined here, and I'm already trying to figure out how to tackle something like this for my own site. 

#readers   #writing   #journalism  

Putting the Reader in Charge - by Asking Their Questions

This is a really great read, and it asks some important questions about how to create truly compelling content. The conclusion is this: put readers in charge of asking the question that drive your story selection. 

There's a whole process outlined here, and I'm already trying to figure out how to tackle something like this for my own site. 

#readers   #writing   #journalism  ___

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2015-09-02 15:02:52 (46 comments, 12 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

What's Really Happening at Amazon?

The recent reports about Amazon's work conditions are disturbing, but I wanted to take a deeper dive into what I think is really happening at the company. At the heart of the problem is what I'm starting to now see as my new mantra on the effects of robotics, artificial intelligence and automation more generally on human work: 

Today, the role of human labor is to do the work machines have not yet learned.

This article started off as just a post here on Google+, but then I started going deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, and fell into some conclusions that I think are pretty important about the relatively near-term future of human work. So this article is about Amazon because it's at the cutting edge of something bigger.

It's not a particularly optimistic take on where things are going, and I do... mas »

What's Really Happening at Amazon?

The recent reports about Amazon's work conditions are disturbing, but I wanted to take a deeper dive into what I think is really happening at the company. At the heart of the problem is what I'm starting to now see as my new mantra on the effects of robotics, artificial intelligence and automation more generally on human work: 

Today, the role of human labor is to do the work machines have not yet learned.

This article started off as just a post here on Google+, but then I started going deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, and fell into some conclusions that I think are pretty important about the relatively near-term future of human work. So this article is about Amazon because it's at the cutting edge of something bigger.

It's not a particularly optimistic take on where things are going, and I do think there are alternatives to the picture painted here, which I'd be happy to get into in comments. 

This one's hot off the press, and, I think, one of my better ones. 

#amazon   #automation   #technologicalunemployment   #robotics   #artificialintelligence  ___

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2015-09-01 21:05:27 (59 comments, 19 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Search for Collections!

OK. This is not my imagination. We now have the ability to do searches on Collections. Very useful. This is going to do a lot for discoverability of collections on Google+ - and go a long way to helping connect people with shared interests. 

Below is a search I ran for "artificial intelligence." You can run it from within your Collections tab or just type a search query in the search box and hit the "Collections" tab (third from the left). It's not a dumb search either. A search for artificial intelligence, also brings up collections about "AI", "deep learning", "machine learning" and "cognition." 

Good, incremental progress here. 

P.S. - looks like this came out around August 18th. Thanks for the clarification +CircleCount. 

#search   #collections   #goo... mas »

Search for Collections!

OK. This is not my imagination. We now have the ability to do searches on Collections. Very useful. This is going to do a lot for discoverability of collections on Google+ - and go a long way to helping connect people with shared interests. 

Below is a search I ran for "artificial intelligence." You can run it from within your Collections tab or just type a search query in the search box and hit the "Collections" tab (third from the left). It's not a dumb search either. A search for artificial intelligence, also brings up collections about "AI", "deep learning", "machine learning" and "cognition." 

Good, incremental progress here. 

P.S. - looks like this came out around August 18th. Thanks for the clarification +CircleCount. 

#search   #collections   #googleplus  ___

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2015-09-01 15:33:56 (55 comments, 9 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

A Sugar-Free Brain for Increased Clarity

This spring, for the first time in my life, I did a seven-day meditation retreat at Spirit Rock, outside San Francisco. When I returned, my mental clarity was through the roof. What this article suggests is that, aside from the intensive meditation practice every day, part of that clarity was probably also due to the fact that I was eating a diet, free of refined sugar for that week. 

Interesting. 

Also, this: 

Mentally, I feel better than I have in years. I’m happier, more aware, and more focused. I sleep better without any disruptions and wake more refreshed than ever—I haven’t felt this energetic since I was a teenager. My relationship with hunger has also changed. Sure, I still get hungry—just nowhere near as often. Eating a diet free from refined sugars fills me up and keeps me full for seven or eighthours. Thi... mas »

Refined sugar's addictive effect on the brain is more powerful than cocaine.

I'm sure you've heard that before. You also heard that refined sugar is in everything - it is found in most sweets, sodas, white breads, and pastas, virtually all "fat free" and "low fat" snacks, fruit juices, yogurts, energy drinks, most Starbucks drinks (including many coffees), sauces (ketchup, BBQ sauces, mayo, pasta sauces), and countless other packaged foods—has now been shown to make us cranky, make us make rash decisions, and make us stupid. 

BUT I don't think we fully comprehend just how much refined sugar is in everything.
For example, a large Big Mac meal deal has 85 grams of sugar - 236% of your daily allowance of 25 grams or fewer each day.

So here's a guy's journey of just 2 weeks without refined sugar and the effects it had on his body...

Sadly, he concludes that:
"As positive as my experience has been—and as great as I feel—I’m worried that I won’t be able to keep saying no to refined sugar. The odds are stacked against me. Refined sugar is hidden in tens of thousands of foods and its addictive effect on the brain is more powerful than that of cocaine. Its presence and its marketing power are everywhere, which makes it nearly unavoidable unless you are willing to do what I did and prepare all of your meals using only fresh foods—something time and work commitments don’t always make possible.

Still, the benefits I’ve experienced from cutting refined sugar from my diet for only two weeks are too powerful to ignore. And that, I hope, will be enough."

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#healthyliving   #sugar   #nutrition  ___A Sugar-Free Brain for Increased Clarity

This spring, for the first time in my life, I did a seven-day meditation retreat at Spirit Rock, outside San Francisco. When I returned, my mental clarity was through the roof. What this article suggests is that, aside from the intensive meditation practice every day, part of that clarity was probably also due to the fact that I was eating a diet, free of refined sugar for that week. 

Interesting. 

Also, this: 

Mentally, I feel better than I have in years. I’m happier, more aware, and more focused. I sleep better without any disruptions and wake more refreshed than ever—I haven’t felt this energetic since I was a teenager. My relationship with hunger has also changed. Sure, I still get hungry—just nowhere near as often. Eating a diet free from refined sugars fills me up and keeps me full for seven or eight hours. This has changed my concept of what my previous bouts of "hunger" actually were. I now realize that prior to this diet, most of the times I had felt "hungry"—every three hours or so—it was my body reaching out for another sugar hit. It wasn’t true hunger.

Thanks for this one, +Yifat Cohen. 

#refinedsugar   #clarity  

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2015-08-31 19:13:11 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

First, I don't even know where to put this one - so many collections might have worked. In the end, I put it under "technology and innovation." 

But, there is a really interesting look at Musk here, as a leader of a "good business" too. Some great quotes: 

Without exception, they were really nice-seeming, friendly people, who all came off as ridiculously smart but in a non-pretentious way. Musk has said he has a strict “no assholes” hiring policy, and I could see that at work in these meetings.

She describes Elon emerging from mission command to address the company and delivering a rousing speech. She refers to Elon’s “infinite wisdom” and says, “I think most of us would have followed him into the gates of hell carrying suntan oil after that.  It was the most impressive display of leadership that I have ever witnessed.”

HT+Steve Faktor, w... mas »

What's it like to meet Elon Musk? Another excellent post from Wait But Why. Excerpt:
"[Musk's] response included the following words: hypersonic, rarefied, densifying, supersonic, Mach 1, Mach 3, Mach 4, Mach 5, vacuum, regimes, thrusters, nitrogen, helium, mass, momentum, ballistic, and boost-back. While this was happening, I was still mostly blacked out from the surreality of the situation, and when I started to come to, I was scared to ask any questions about what he was saying in case he had already explained it while I was unconscious."___First, I don't even know where to put this one - so many collections might have worked. In the end, I put it under "technology and innovation." 

But, there is a really interesting look at Musk here, as a leader of a "good business" too. Some great quotes: 

Without exception, they were really nice-seeming, friendly people, who all came off as ridiculously smart but in a non-pretentious way. Musk has said he has a strict “no assholes” hiring policy, and I could see that at work in these meetings.

She describes Elon emerging from mission command to address the company and delivering a rousing speech. She refers to Elon’s “infinite wisdom” and says, “I think most of us would have followed him into the gates of hell carrying suntan oil after that.  It was the most impressive display of leadership that I have ever witnessed.”

HT +Steve Faktor, who if you don't know, is the man behind +IdeaFaktory.  

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2015-08-31 13:44:43 (10 comments, 20 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

The Power of Meaning in Work

Really worthwhile read on the need for meaning in work. I ran a mission-driven technology consulting firm for ten years, and we were routinely able to not just hire, but meaningfully engage over many years, people who were paid substantially less than market rate. They did this because it was a great place to work and because their work really meant something.

From the article:
Money does not tap into the essence of human motivation so much as transform it. When money is made the measure of all things, it becomes the measure of all things.

I'm not advocating poor pay, by the way. In the case of the organization I used to run, we were focused on bringing cutting edge technology to environmental organizations who wouldn't otherwise have been able to afford it. That out us in a market where it was harder to charge high rates, and... mas »

The Power of Meaning in Work

Really worthwhile read on the need for meaning in work. I ran a mission-driven technology consulting firm for ten years, and we were routinely able to not just hire, but meaningfully engage over many years, people who were paid substantially less than market rate. They did this because it was a great place to work and because their work really meant something.

From the article:
Money does not tap into the essence of human motivation so much as transform it. When money is made the measure of all things, it becomes the measure of all things.

I'm not advocating poor pay, by the way. In the case of the organization I used to run, we were focused on bringing cutting edge technology to environmental organizations who wouldn't otherwise have been able to afford it. That out us in a market where it was harder to charge high rates, and we supplemented this with revenues from philanthropy. When we lost staff to higher-paying competitors, it was typically when they'd started a family and began to weigh the long-term cost of raising kids (education, in particular).

People need to be able to take care of themselves and their loved ones. If you can help them to solve that and help them to find meaning, the workplace truly is transformed.

#mission #meaning #futureofwork ___

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2015-08-31 04:26:55 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Path to extinction for the individually-owned car? Fun ad campaign image for auto rental company, Sixt.

Path to extinction for the individually-owned car? Fun ad campaign image for auto rental company, Sixt.___

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2015-08-30 13:03:16 (20 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Good, nuanced look at how some of Warren Buffet's holdings are pushing to thwart rooftop solar.

“Philosophically and politically [Buffett is] probably out there hoping to continue to promote greener energy,” said economist Charles Cicchetti, who used to work with Buffett’s companies and more recently consulted for the rooftop solar company SolarCity. “But there’s a gap between his brain and his [business] philosophy. He hires aggressive people who are out there to win at any cost. He doesn’t acquire utilities so they can enhance the public good.”

#solar 

Good, nuanced look at how some of Warren Buffet's holdings are pushing to thwart rooftop solar.

“Philosophically and politically [Buffett is] probably out there hoping to continue to promote greener energy,” said economist Charles Cicchetti, who used to work with Buffett’s companies and more recently consulted for the rooftop solar company SolarCity. “But there’s a gap between his brain and his [business] philosophy. He hires aggressive people who are out there to win at any cost. He doesn’t acquire utilities so they can enhance the public good.”

#solar ___

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2015-08-29 21:04:12 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

"But you’re my friend, and I’ll remember my friends, and I’ll be good to you. So don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll still be nice to you. I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake.”

Roboticist, David Hanson developed an early version of an android that resembles the famous and deceased science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. It's pretty compelling, and now I'm comforted hearing about the warm, safe, people zoo.

Nice catch, +Manuel Saint-Victor​.

#turingtest #ai

Most powerful point about machine cognition and the Turing test:

"It’s important to stress that Turing was not claiming that the nature of thinking is universal. The way a human thinks may be different from the way a robot “thinks,” in the same way a bird flies is different from the way an airplane “flies.” Rather, Turing’s general point was that any entity capable of passing a Turing test would be capable of thinking in one form or another."

Extend this analogy to sentience for an implementation substrate independent process. Imagine it as analogous to Dennett's intentional stance as a tool for modeling belief states in agents.

Ping to +Gideon Rosenblatt for the analogue to the organizational soul.___"But you’re my friend, and I’ll remember my friends, and I’ll be good to you. So don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll still be nice to you. I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake.”

Roboticist, David Hanson developed an early version of an android that resembles the famous and deceased science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. It's pretty compelling, and now I'm comforted hearing about the warm, safe, people zoo.

Nice catch, +Manuel Saint-Victor​.

#turingtest #ai

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2015-08-28 15:00:22 (15 comments, 17 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

A picture's with a thousand words.

HT +Wade Aaron Inganamort​

Apollo 15 commander David Scott dropping a feather and hammer on the moon  #apollo15  ___A picture's with a thousand words.

HT +Wade Aaron Inganamort​

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2015-08-28 03:07:22 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Technology is Our Skin

This is a great, short clip and it pretty much sums up my beliefs...though I admit that I also believe there is an inner core to us where technology will not truly tread. 

I love the way @JasonSilva quotes me with video exaltations. I say technology makes us more human. He says it best. http://youtu.be/WIR0nwhesGw___Technology is Our Skin

This is a great, short clip and it pretty much sums up my beliefs...though I admit that I also believe there is an inner core to us where technology will not truly tread. 

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2015-08-27 22:55:24 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Crows Learning Tools

Are crows focusing on ends rather than means in order learn? 

“We’re suggesting it could be that they’re copying the end result of another crow’s action, but they’re not copying the actual actions of the other crows,” Logan continued. “It’s actually a form of emulation but it doesn’t involve the copying actions that were hypothesized previously.”

According to Logan, studies such as this broaden our understanding of the nature of cumulative technological culture. If it can spread through other mechanisms, such as stimulus enhancement — simply drawing one’s attention to something and imprinting on a particular way of doing things — it could expand scientists’ ideas about where they should look for cumulative culture in general, and cumulative technological culture in particular.


#crows   #learning   #technology  ... mas »

Crows Learning Tools

Are crows focusing on ends rather than means in order learn? 

“We’re suggesting it could be that they’re copying the end result of another crow’s action, but they’re not copying the actual actions of the other crows,” Logan continued. “It’s actually a form of emulation but it doesn’t involve the copying actions that were hypothesized previously.”

According to Logan, studies such as this broaden our understanding of the nature of cumulative technological culture. If it can spread through other mechanisms, such as stimulus enhancement — simply drawing one’s attention to something and imprinting on a particular way of doing things — it could expand scientists’ ideas about where they should look for cumulative culture in general, and cumulative technological culture in particular.


#crows   #learning   #technology  ___

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2015-08-27 04:52:41 (4 comments, 20 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Amazon is boosting it's investment in artificial intelligence, with a big focus on retail forecasting. The tools will be made available for other companies, interested in applying the machine learning techniques to their own forecasting. Amazon will charge users 10 cents per 1,000 predictions.

The scientists at the New York unit will focus on demand forecasting, predicting how likely it is that a customer will select a product that is shown in a search query, and how likely that customer is to then click on a related link or purchase a product, Herbrich said.

The forecasting is expected to focus at first on fashion—apparel and shoes—a highly seasonal market segment that is hard to predict based on historical data. Styles of clothes may differ widely from season to season and year to year, and fashion shows in one year largely determine what retailers will sell in the nextyear... mas »

Amazon is boosting it's investment in artificial intelligence, with a big focus on retail forecasting. The tools will be made available for other companies, interested in applying the machine learning techniques to their own forecasting. Amazon will charge users 10 cents per 1,000 predictions.

The scientists at the New York unit will focus on demand forecasting, predicting how likely it is that a customer will select a product that is shown in a search query, and how likely that customer is to then click on a related link or purchase a product, Herbrich said.

The forecasting is expected to focus at first on fashion—apparel and shoes—a highly seasonal market segment that is hard to predict based on historical data. Styles of clothes may differ widely from season to season and year to year, and fashion shows in one year largely determine what retailers will sell in the next year’s seasons.

#amazon #artificialintelligence

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2015-08-26 14:51:07 (31 comments, 16 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

The Role the Stock Market Plays in Concentrating Wealth in the U.S.

This article took some courage to publish, and some real work to write. It draws on freely available (if you know where and what to look for) data from the Federal Reserve to illustrate how much money is taken out of U.S. corporations from dividends, stock buybacks and mergers and acquisitions. Since 1952, U.S. corporations have distributed $14 trillion in inflation-adjusted dividends to shareholders, with 76% of that total, or $10.650 trillion, occurring in just the last thirty years.

My conclusions about the role of shareholders will rub some the wrong way. What I am trying to do here is paint a more objective picture about the real value that shareholders provide to the economy. They do play an important role, to be sure, but it is not what many of us assume it to be, and it comes at a relatively heavy price... mas »

The Role the Stock Market Plays in Concentrating Wealth in the U.S.

This article took some courage to publish, and some real work to write. It draws on freely available (if you know where and what to look for) data from the Federal Reserve to illustrate how much money is taken out of U.S. corporations from dividends, stock buybacks and mergers and acquisitions. Since 1952, U.S. corporations have distributed $14 trillion in inflation-adjusted dividends to shareholders, with 76% of that total, or $10.650 trillion, occurring in just the last thirty years.

My conclusions about the role of shareholders will rub some the wrong way. What I am trying to do here is paint a more objective picture about the real value that shareholders provide to the economy. They do play an important role, to be sure, but it is not what many of us assume it to be, and it comes at a relatively heavy price (more than 5% of our GDP, every year). 

As I say, questioning the value of shareholders here in the U.S. takes some courage. We've come to assume that the goal of "maximizing returns for shareholders" is inseparably tied to the pursuit of profit and even capitalism itself, but it is not, and I am not questioning those very important economic drivers here.

What I am trying to investigate here is the tenet of "shareholder primacy" and how it contributes to the growing problem that this country has with our concentration of wealth. I also attempt to foreshadow what could happen when more of our publicly traded corporations are increasingly automated with robotics and artificial intelligence. This is the "perfect, profit-making machine" and it could accelerate the process of wealth accumulation already underway. 

The way the timing of this piece worked out probably couldn't be worse, given the emotional turmoil wrought by the stock market in recent days.Things usually happen for a reason though, so perhaps this recent roller coaster will help to unleash a different kind of conversation than we might normally have about this very difficult topic. 

#stockmarket   #wealth   #shareholders   #pikkety  ___

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2015-08-25 15:02:40 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Clearing out what we are not, so that what we are shines even brighter.

Nice catch, +John Hagel​. Nice piece, +Justine Musk​.

A soul isn't a static thing – it grows if you nurture it, and withers if you don’t. You are the power you don’t give away by +Justine Musk ___Clearing out what we are not, so that what we are shines even brighter.

Nice catch, +John Hagel​. Nice piece, +Justine Musk​.

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2015-08-24 18:33:35 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Smoke-tinged Moon

Just got back from the Oregon Coast yesterday and ran into three fires on the way back. We are burning up here folks. This was the moon on Saturday night, after a day full of smoke from a fire on Hug Point. 

Not bad for no tripod and just holding it steady with my hands. 

Smoke-tinged Moon

Just got back from the Oregon Coast yesterday and ran into three fires on the way back. We are burning up here folks. This was the moon on Saturday night, after a day full of smoke from a fire on Hug Point. 

Not bad for no tripod and just holding it steady with my hands. ___

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2015-08-24 15:56:58 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

This is a very good round up piece on the role of neonics in the rapidly declining bee population. It looks at many of the contributing factors and in-depth at the difficult-to-decipher role that neonics, specifically, seem to be playing.

If you care about this issue, and have been trying to form an opinion, this is a good read. It's well-researched, and while not fully conclusive, but strongly indicative. You will come away with a more nuanced understanding of the problem.

#bees 

This is a very good round up piece on the role of neonics in the rapidly declining bee population. It looks at many of the contributing factors and in-depth at the difficult-to-decipher role that neonics, specifically, seem to be playing.

If you care about this issue, and have been trying to form an opinion, this is a good read. It's well-researched, and while not fully conclusive, but strongly indicative. You will come away with a more nuanced understanding of the problem.

#bees ___

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2015-08-24 13:04:05 (7 comments, 9 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Learning is, increasingly, what separates human skills from those of the machine. In a world increasingly shaped by machine learning, we certainly having our work cut out for us.

And still, it is all we have. As, +Esko Kilpi​​ puts it:

"Scientists have discovered that learning is learnable. We can create ways for very large numbers of people to become learners. But learning itself has changed, it is not first acquiring skills and then utilizing those skills at work. Post-industrial work is learning. Work is figuring out how to solve a particular problem and then scaling up in a reflective and iterative way — with technology and with other people."

The more I dig into our shared future with machines, the more convinced I am that the real difference between us, for the foreseeable, understandable, future is volition.

It is we who set the greatwheels of ... mas »

Learning is, increasingly, what separates human skills from those of the machine. In a world increasingly shaped by machine learning, we certainly having our work cut out for us.

And still, it is all we have. As, +Esko Kilpi​​ puts it:

"Scientists have discovered that learning is learnable. We can create ways for very large numbers of people to become learners. But learning itself has changed, it is not first acquiring skills and then utilizing those skills at work. Post-industrial work is learning. Work is figuring out how to solve a particular problem and then scaling up in a reflective and iterative way — with technology and with other people."

The more I dig into our shared future with machines, the more convinced I am that the real difference between us, for the foreseeable, understandable, future is volition.

It is we who set the great wheels of learning in motion, we who teach the machines to learn. This new form of meta-learning is the future of learning, and it's time we learn it.

#machinelearning #organizationalintelligence

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2015-08-22 19:18:55 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

It's good to see Fortune taking this on. Note that the focus here is on companies deliberately using profit-oriented business models to tackle societal and ecological challenges.

Fortune says this list is not meant to be an ethical compass or a ranking of companies’ social responsibility. It is a ranking of companies that have made significant progress in addressing a major global social or environmental problem as part of their core business strategy. Each demonstrates that “business in pursuit of profit still offers the best hope of addressing many of mankind’s most deeply rooted problems."

Good catch, +Simon Robinson​.

#goodbusiness

For the first time companies are recognized for, and competitively ranked on, innovative strategies that positively impact the world.___It's good to see Fortune taking this on. Note that the focus here is on companies deliberately using profit-oriented business models to tackle societal and ecological challenges.

Fortune says this list is not meant to be an ethical compass or a ranking of companies’ social responsibility. It is a ranking of companies that have made significant progress in addressing a major global social or environmental problem as part of their core business strategy. Each demonstrates that “business in pursuit of profit still offers the best hope of addressing many of mankind’s most deeply rooted problems."

Good catch, +Simon Robinson​.

#goodbusiness

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2015-08-22 06:14:27 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The Future of the Car Business

This is a great look at the future of the car market. Key insight? Software wins.

The best thing on the future of cars I've seen because it imagines the future of the car business, and software wins.  http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2015/7/27/ways-to-think-about-cars …___The Future of the Car Business

This is a great look at the future of the car market. Key insight? Software wins.

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2015-08-21 19:47:54 (17 comments, 8 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

More blurring of real and virtual worlds.

People who are uncomfortable walking home alone at night can use the app to designate friends and family from their phone’s contact list as “companions”. Those companions monitor that user’s progress as they stumble home from a bar, walk through an unfamiliar neighborhood, or set out on any other potentially unsafe journey. When the person makes it home safely, their companion is notified, allowing everyone to sleep easy. The app also allows users to easily contact the police in case of an emergency, as well as checks in on the user if they determine something is amiss.

#security #safety

More blurring of real and virtual worlds.

People who are uncomfortable walking home alone at night can use the app to designate friends and family from their phone’s contact list as “companions”. Those companions monitor that user’s progress as they stumble home from a bar, walk through an unfamiliar neighborhood, or set out on any other potentially unsafe journey. When the person makes it home safely, their companion is notified, allowing everyone to sleep easy. The app also allows users to easily contact the police in case of an emergency, as well as checks in on the user if they determine something is amiss.

#security #safety___

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2015-08-21 17:43:19 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Stimulating Indecision in the Brain

Using transcranial alternating current stimulation, researchers have disrupted values-based decision making. And no, they haven't figured out a way to do the opposite, which is to say, stimulate more certainty in decision making.

The key for stable preference choices is the intensity of the communication between two areas of the brain which represent our preferences or are involved in spatial orientation and action planning.

...our study demonstrates that accurate value-based decisions critically involve coherent rhythmic information transfer between fronto-parietal brain areas and establishes an experimental approach to non-invasively manipulate the precision of value-based choices in humans.

#decisionmaking #choice

Brain Waves Behind Indecisiveness

Some people find it difficult to make decisions. In a new study, neuroeconomists from the University of Zurich now reveal that the intensity of the communication between different regions of the brain dictates whether we are indecisive or not.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

#neuroscience  ___Stimulating Indecision in the Brain

Using transcranial alternating current stimulation, researchers have disrupted values-based decision making. And no, they haven't figured out a way to do the opposite, which is to say, stimulate more certainty in decision making.

The key for stable preference choices is the intensity of the communication between two areas of the brain which represent our preferences or are involved in spatial orientation and action planning.

...our study demonstrates that accurate value-based decisions critically involve coherent rhythmic information transfer between fronto-parietal brain areas and establishes an experimental approach to non-invasively manipulate the precision of value-based choices in humans.

#decisionmaking #choice

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2015-08-20 17:30:34 (11 comments, 13 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Artificial Intelligence Applications Forecasted to Soar


A recent report from Tractica forecasts that, as enterprise AI deployments gather increasing momentum, cumulative revenue for the sector will total $43.5 billion worldwide during the period from 2015 through 2024.

I tend not to pay much attention to the actual dollar figures in these kinds of forecasts. I just don't have faith in any set of assumptions drawn from this very early stage in the development of artificial intelligence. I share it, however, because: a) analysts are now trying to quantify the opportunity, which is interesting in itself, and b) the applications outlined at somewhat interesting.

"In almost every industry, including some very traditional ones, new approaches to age-old problems are being trialed using artificial intelligence,” says principal analyst Bruce Daley. “Thebusin... mas »

Artificial Intelligence Applications Forecasted to Soar


A recent report from Tractica forecasts that, as enterprise AI deployments gather increasing momentum, cumulative revenue for the sector will total $43.5 billion worldwide during the period from 2015 through 2024.

I tend not to pay much attention to the actual dollar figures in these kinds of forecasts. I just don't have faith in any set of assumptions drawn from this very early stage in the development of artificial intelligence. I share it, however, because: a) analysts are now trying to quantify the opportunity, which is interesting in itself, and b) the applications outlined at somewhat interesting.

"In almost every industry, including some very traditional ones, new approaches to age-old problems are being trialed using artificial intelligence,” says principal analyst Bruce Daley. “The business questions being addressed range from where to plant crops to how to detect fraud. The most highly affected industries are likely to be those with large amounts of data, where there are high rewards for making decisions quickly.”

Details:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/artificial-intelligence-technologies-are-quietly-penetrating-a-wide-range-of-enterprise-applications-according-to-tractica-2015-08-19

#artificialintelligence ___

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2015-08-20 14:36:42 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Robo Fish

These robotic fish will allow monitoring of underwater environments and pace the way for future advances in autonomous vehicles.

"We’re looking at how to coordinate the robots using only on-board vision sensing and minimal communication,” Morgansen said. “In the ocean, the ability to transmit signals through the water is extremely limited, and lack of light makes full computer vision difficult. One of the things we’re interested in is what we can do with much more rudimentary sensing such as using low-resolution imagery.”

In addition to being able to improve aquatic monitoring systems, the robotic fish have provided a prototype to study various aspects of autonomous vehicles. Some of these control systems implemented in the fish include collision and obstacle avoidance. Nathan Powel, a research assistant in the Nonlinear Dynamics and ControlLab, desc... mas »

Robo Fish

These robotic fish will allow monitoring of underwater environments and pace the way for future advances in autonomous vehicles.

"We’re looking at how to coordinate the robots using only on-board vision sensing and minimal communication,” Morgansen said. “In the ocean, the ability to transmit signals through the water is extremely limited, and lack of light makes full computer vision difficult. One of the things we’re interested in is what we can do with much more rudimentary sensing such as using low-resolution imagery.”

In addition to being able to improve aquatic monitoring systems, the robotic fish have provided a prototype to study various aspects of autonomous vehicles. Some of these control systems implemented in the fish include collision and obstacle avoidance. Nathan Powel, a research assistant in the Nonlinear Dynamics and Control Lab, described the potential to apply such mechanisms to a wide range of vehicles including fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

"We are focusing on developing control algorithms to make autonomous vehicles more capable,” Powel said. “The fish gave us a place to test those systems.” 


#selfdrivingcars #marinebiology

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2015-08-19 05:40:53 (10 comments, 11 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Meet the Echoborg

But what if this operation was inverted so that the interface of artificial intelligence was an actual human whose actions were determined by a machine? Enter social psychologists Kevin Corti and Alex Gillespie, whose recent research published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology reveals findings from a series of experiments involving 'Echoborgs'. An echoborg is composed of a human whose words are partially or entirely determined by a chat bot. By using humans to deliver words determined by a computer programme, the researchers are studying 'how people interact face-to-face with machine intelligence under the assumption that it is human.' 

Meet the Echoborg

But what if this operation was inverted so that the interface of artificial intelligence was an actual human whose actions were determined by a machine? Enter social psychologists Kevin Corti and Alex Gillespie, whose recent research published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology reveals findings from a series of experiments involving 'Echoborgs'. An echoborg is composed of a human whose words are partially or entirely determined by a chat bot. By using humans to deliver words determined by a computer programme, the researchers are studying 'how people interact face-to-face with machine intelligence under the assumption that it is human.' ___

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2015-08-18 19:17:17 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

"With man gone, will there be hope for gorilla?"

This is the question that a gorilla first poses to the protagonist in Daniel Quinn's book, Ishmael. That particular gorilla communicates telepathically in the story, but it's looking like our assumptions about some of the physical limitations once assumed to block gorillas' capacity for speech may be giving way. 

"Decades ago, in the 1930s and '40s, a couple of husband-and-wife teams of psychologists tried to raise chimpanzees as much as possible like human children and teach them to speak. Their efforts were deemed a total failure," Perlman says. "Since then, there is an idea that apes are not able to voluntarily control their vocalizations or even their breathing."

"Koko bridges a gap," Perlman says. "She shows the potential under the right environmental... mas »

"With man gone, will there be hope for gorilla?"

This is the question that a gorilla first poses to the protagonist in Daniel Quinn's book, Ishmael. That particular gorilla communicates telepathically in the story, but it's looking like our assumptions about some of the physical limitations once assumed to block gorillas' capacity for speech may be giving way. 

"Decades ago, in the 1930s and '40s, a couple of husband-and-wife teams of psychologists tried to raise chimpanzees as much as possible like human children and teach them to speak. Their efforts were deemed a total failure," Perlman says. "Since then, there is an idea that apes are not able to voluntarily control their vocalizations or even their breathing."

"Koko bridges a gap," Perlman says. "She shows the potential under the right environmental conditions for apes to develop quite a bit of flexible control over their vocal tract. It's not as fine as human control, but it is certainly control."

HT +Ward Plunet ___

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2015-08-17 03:09:37 (18 comments, 18 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Grove Labs: Radically Distributed Farming - in Your Kitchen

Super interesting startup, Grove Labs is developing some really interesting approaches to radically distributing the way we grow food - in our homes. 

Check out this additional video for an overview of their solution:
https://youtu.be/QkmFHYcvxFc

And here's more about them: 
https://grovelabs.io/our-story

Grove Labs: Radically Distributed Farming - in Your Kitchen

Super interesting startup, Grove Labs is developing some really interesting approaches to radically distributing the way we grow food - in our homes. 

Check out this additional video for an overview of their solution:
https://youtu.be/QkmFHYcvxFc

And here's more about them: 
https://grovelabs.io/our-story___

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2015-08-15 15:04:43 (15 comments, 7 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Writing What We Mean

Every once in a while you run into a Hangout that is packed full of great questions and answers. I just had one and wanted to share it immediately. This is +Teodora Petkova getting +David Amerland to share his thoughts about writing and the semantic web. This is a very practical conversation that writers will find extremely useful, and perhaps even inspiring. 

#writing   #semanticweb   #meaning  

Writing What We Mean

Every once in a while you run into a Hangout that is packed full of great questions and answers. I just had one and wanted to share it immediately. This is +Teodora Petkova getting +David Amerland to share his thoughts about writing and the semantic web. This is a very practical conversation that writers will find extremely useful, and perhaps even inspiring. 

#writing   #semanticweb   #meaning  ___

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2015-08-15 04:56:38 (21 comments, 6 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Death and Doctors

Do doctors understand something the rest of us don't?

A study shows almost 90 percent of doctors would forgo resuscitation if facing a terminal illness. Doctors are more likely to die at home with less aggressive care than most people get at the end of their lives.



Death and Doctors

Do doctors understand something the rest of us don't?

A study shows almost 90 percent of doctors would forgo resuscitation if facing a terminal illness. Doctors are more likely to die at home with less aggressive care than most people get at the end of their lives.

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2015-08-14 18:20:18 (12 comments, 12 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

In case you missed this earlier, this is a great study of engagement on Google+ (and Twitter, to some degree), by the folks at +Stone Temple Consulting​.

Here's the summary, but it's worth reading the whole report:

Now that Google+ must stand on its own, I believe it will be better off. The whole notion of Google+ being Google never made sense to me as a strategy. Now the platform can focus on being good at what it’s good at doing: being a place where people come to engage in long form discussions. (For much more detail on the announced changes at Google+ and their implications, see “The New Google Plus: Will Tighter Focus Lead to Success?” (http://goo.gl/2jc09f) by Stone Temple’s +Mark Traphagen​.

You can see that clearly emerge from the factors that appear to drive the most engagement. Plus mentions are a big deal, whereas @mentions don’t work onTwitter. Hash... mas »

In case you missed this earlier, this is a great study of engagement on Google+ (and Twitter, to some degree), by the folks at +Stone Temple Consulting​.

Here's the summary, but it's worth reading the whole report:

Now that Google+ must stand on its own, I believe it will be better off. The whole notion of Google+ being Google never made sense to me as a strategy. Now the platform can focus on being good at what it’s good at doing: being a place where people come to engage in long form discussions. (For much more detail on the announced changes at Google+ and their implications, see “The New Google Plus: Will Tighter Focus Lead to Success?” (http://goo.gl/2jc09f) by Stone Temple’s +Mark Traphagen​.

You can see that clearly emerge from the factors that appear to drive the most engagement. Plus mentions are a big deal, whereas @mentions don’t work on Twitter. Hashtags matter more on G+. Replies to a Google+ post are 22.7 times more likely than they are to a tweet. And, evidently, the best length for a G+ post is between 500 and 1000 characters.

Nice work, +Eric Enge​. And thanks +John Kellden​ for flagging this one for me.


#googleplus #engagement___

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2015-08-13 21:46:09 (16 comments, 16 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Read the article. It's great, and provides a rare, in-depth look into an 'alien' creature from this planet.

They have big, complex nervous systems with a donut-shaped brain that runs around their esophagus. Also they have three hearts.

It's the nervous system that I find particularly interesting. It's a fundamentally different architecture (lacking myelin and the ability to scale long distances) than our own and yet still results in an amazingly intelligent creature.

The most notable expansion was in the protocadherins, a family of genes that regulate neuronal development and short-range interactions between neurons. The octopus genome contains 168 protocadherin genes – 10 times more than other invertebrates and more than twice as many as mammals. It was previously thought that only vertebrates possessed numerous and diverse protocadherin genes. Ther... mas »

Octopus genome sequenced
The first full genome sequence shows of that octopuses are totally different from all other animals – and their genome shows a striking level of complexity with 33,000 protein -coding genes identified, more than in a human.

Paper:
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v524/n7564/full/nature14668.html

Article:
http://sciencelife.uchospitals.edu/2015/08/12/octopus-genome-sequenced/

#biodiversity   #research   #genome  ___Read the article. It's great, and provides a rare, in-depth look into an 'alien' creature from this planet.

They have big, complex nervous systems with a donut-shaped brain that runs around their esophagus. Also they have three hearts.

It's the nervous system that I find particularly interesting. It's a fundamentally different architecture (lacking myelin and the ability to scale long distances) than our own and yet still results in an amazingly intelligent creature.

The most notable expansion was in the protocadherins, a family of genes that regulate neuronal development and short-range interactions between neurons. The octopus genome contains 168 protocadherin genes – 10 times more than other invertebrates and more than twice as many as mammals. It was previously thought that only vertebrates possessed numerous and diverse protocadherin genes. The research team hypothesized that because cephalopod neurons lack myelin and function poorly over long distances, protocadherins were central to the evolution of a nervous system whose complexity depends on short-range interactions.

#octopus #intelligence

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2015-08-11 20:44:22 (61 comments, 10 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

To Be or Not to Be?: The Fate of a Community

In December 2012, the very day that Google rolled out the new Communities feature for Google+, I started a community called "Good Business" - aimed at building connections between people interested in business as a force for good in the world.

The community's first several months were a kind of 'golden age' with lots of interesting conversation and sharing of relevant articles.

Then, one day, the community was listed as a featured community by Google. It, and other featured communities, became one of the first things that new Google+ users saw when they signed up. Suddenly, we were inundated with new members - and spam began to flow like the mighty Amazon river. +Adam Johnson (who was by then moderating the community with me) tried numerous things to stem the flood, but the community rapidly became... mas »

To Be or Not to Be?: The Fate of a Community

In December 2012, the very day that Google rolled out the new Communities feature for Google+, I started a community called "Good Business" - aimed at building connections between people interested in business as a force for good in the world.

The community's first several months were a kind of 'golden age' with lots of interesting conversation and sharing of relevant articles.

Then, one day, the community was listed as a featured community by Google. It, and other featured communities, became one of the first things that new Google+ users saw when they signed up. Suddenly, we were inundated with new members - and spam began to flow like the mighty Amazon river. +Adam Johnson (who was by then moderating the community with me) tried numerous things to stem the flood, but the community rapidly became less and less of a community.  

After several months, Google rolled out some more powerful moderating tools for fighting the overwhelming spam, but by then, most of the people who had been active early on had tuned out and were no longer receiving its notifications. As a result, Good Business became one of those many communities with the little red notifications box pegged at "99+" - ignored by the people it could have most benefited. 

In the meantime, Adam moved on to other priorities in his life and I was lucky enough to have +Jodi Kaplan join me in meeting the moderation challenges of managing this community. With a herculean effort, we might possibly have been able to turn things around and resuscitate the community, but it would have taken a lot of time, and quite frankly the moderation tools needed to do something like that just weren't there. 

Much time has gone by and the community is now some 65,000 people. Everyday, Jodi and I cull some 20-30 spammy posts. There's not a lot of real conversation. Some eighty percent of the legitimate posts are by the same half dozen or so people, and many of those aren't even completely on target with the focus of the community. 

And so, Jodi and I are now looking at our options. If we had some assurances that, with Google's increased focus on connecting people around share interests, the community feature might get some more functionality, it would be worth hanging on and seeing whether we could make it work. But frankly, with the new Collections feature (which I really like, by the way), it's unclear whether and how these two ways of connecting similar interests will coexist. 

If anyone has any clarity to share on this front, it would be greatly appreciated - and probably not just by me. I'm guessing that there are many community owners facing these same questions. Are we likely to see new moderation tools for communities? Will there be continued investment in communities? If so, what is the relationship to Collections? 

#communities   #collections   #owner   #moderator  ___

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2015-08-11 03:10:53 (8 comments, 17 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Emotions as Orchestrators of the Brain

“It seems that when the emotion is social and positive, the brain tells the different areas to work according to one communication protocol. When a different emotion is involved, such a negative emotion of fear as in our experiment, the brain tells the same areas to use a different communication protocol..."

Nice catch, +John Newman. 

A groundbreaking new study at the University of Haifa has found for the first time that emotions are not only the product of the processing of information by the brain, but that they also directly influence processes of learning and memory in the brain. Dr. Shlomo Wagner of the Sagol Department of Neurobiology at the University of Haifa, who undertook the study, explains: “It turns out that different emotions cause the brain to work differently and on distinct frequencies.”

#salience___Emotions as Orchestrators of the Brain

“It seems that when the emotion is social and positive, the brain tells the different areas to work according to one communication protocol. When a different emotion is involved, such a negative emotion of fear as in our experiment, the brain tells the same areas to use a different communication protocol..."

Nice catch, +John Newman. 

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2015-08-11 02:46:40 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Good insights on shifting the role of local journalism: 

In his book, Jarvis gives his own example of how news media failed their communities. When Hurricane Sandy hit metropolitan New York City and New Jersey in 2012, Jarvis, as a resident, wanted to know where to buy ice and gasoline and groceries, which roads were impassable, where utility crews were working, and which places to avoid.

What he got instead from the big media were narratives designed to fill a certain space on a website or fill a certain time block. What the public needed, Jarvis wrote, were constantly updated lists that responded to the needs of the community at that time.

The mainstream media could have used tools such as Ushahidi's shared mapping service to allow residents to text information and photos about what they could see and hear and create a shared database of information, Jarvis said.... mas »

Journalists can be better at knowing a lot about the users in their communities. ___Good insights on shifting the role of local journalism: 

In his book, Jarvis gives his own example of how news media failed their communities. When Hurricane Sandy hit metropolitan New York City and New Jersey in 2012, Jarvis, as a resident, wanted to know where to buy ice and gasoline and groceries, which roads were impassable, where utility crews were working, and which places to avoid.

What he got instead from the big media were narratives designed to fill a certain space on a website or fill a certain time block. What the public needed, Jarvis wrote, were constantly updated lists that responded to the needs of the community at that time.

The mainstream media could have used tools such as Ushahidi's shared mapping service to allow residents to text information and photos about what they could see and hear and create a shared database of information, Jarvis said. Journalists with their professional skills could have added context by digging deeper, verifying or debunking rumors, and adding information from their expert sources.



HT +Jeff Jarvis 

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2015-08-10 23:41:45 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Great analysis by +John Blossom on today's Alphabet news. The only thing I would add is that if there is one thing that will tie all of these various and sundry Alphabet holdings together, it will be machine learning. Google truly is an artificial intelligence company. 

#ai   #alphabet   #google  

Passing of the Torch: Sundar Pichai to be CEO of Google, Under "Alpahbet" Holding Company

It's been a busy day, so pardon me for having to wait for +Robert Scoble to nudge us into noticing that Google just changed a whole lot in fundamental ways. Kind of.

The big thing that was announced in +Larry Page's post at "abc.xyz" was that Google as we've known it is no longer the umbrella company for everything from self-driving cars, balloon-based networks, and health technologies. Instead, Alphabet is the entity that will oversee stuff that's not particularly in line with Google's core business functions, and Larry Page and Sergey Brin will be minding the letters, so to speak. Under the letter "G", +Sundar Pichai will now head the Google that we have come to know and use every day.

In some ways, this is just reflecting a status quo that has evolved over the past few years. Sergey has been hunkered down in Google [x] advanced projects full time, while Larry has been focused more on how to turn Sergey's bets into real businesses. That left Sundar minding the store for the main revenue-producing elements. So, it only makes sense that now, after he has proven himself to be a master of balancing product vision and execution, that the founders of Google focus on propagating Google's core culture into new industries. 

It also means that Larry and Sergey understand clearly that while these new market sectors may benefit from key aspects of Google culture and infrastructure, they are different enough that products and brands developed in these new sectors need to have the freedom to follow new lessons in ultimately tougher markets. Let's face it - Google's search and data prowess is nothing to sneeze at, but, ultimately, it's not much compared to figuring out what an autonomous vehicle should so when a kid darts out to chase a ball - much less how to sell the vehicles that will hopefully avoid hitting the child.

What the Alphabet bet seems to be is that Google has cracked a general formula for entering any market at will with cloud-based technologies and either expanding its market pie significantly or completely redrawing how it's sliced up in a relatively short time. For example, I don't think that it's completely coincidental that this announcement comes just as +Google Fiber is starting to deploy its ultra-fast, affordable Internet services in San Antonio, Texas, its largest deployment to date. Between this and Project Fi, it seems to be a signal that Alphabet feels confident that given the right Googlish approaches, any market can be stood on end to the benefit of consumers.

It also means that the Google brand itself doesn't have to become confused and muddled along the way. For example, the founders of Maytag, famous for its home appliances, struck out and invented a new kind of cheese - actually quite tasty in its own unique way, but it certainly wasn't leveraging the brand identity of the founders' company very well. Google can be Google, and Alphabet cars can be, well, whatever they need to be to succeed in the marketplace. It seems that the "what the heck is Google doing in our market" buzz that circulates around many of their R&D efforts winds up confusing both Google investors and the companies that they're trying to work with. So, apply Google lessons to Alphabet companies, but let them develop their own brands.

It's hard to say whether this means that Alphabet's bets will play out any better overall, but it might give both Google as we know it today and the new companies under Alphabet clear accountability to management and investors that will allow everyone to make sense of what they're doing more clearly. I guess what Sergey was cooking up in those skunk works labs was as simple as A-B-C.___Great analysis by +John Blossom on today's Alphabet news. The only thing I would add is that if there is one thing that will tie all of these various and sundry Alphabet holdings together, it will be machine learning. Google truly is an artificial intelligence company. 

#ai   #alphabet   #google  

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2015-08-10 14:27:29 (17 comments, 25 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

On Algorithmic Transparency

You don't have to be a social media or search guru to wonder about how algorithms affect you and others. Algorithms are everywhere. They determine how long you wait at a red light, what interest rates you get and whether you're likely to receive special attention with airport security. 

Trying to understand all this code ourselves is a fool's errand - especially with the emerging world of machine learning. Instead, there's a better approach and it starts with understanding the objectives of the code and which of our own goals it's designed to meet.

I'm talking about mission-driven software, and there are some reasons why it will be good for us and the companies that build it. 

#mission   #software  

On Algorithmic Transparency

You don't have to be a social media or search guru to wonder about how algorithms affect you and others. Algorithms are everywhere. They determine how long you wait at a red light, what interest rates you get and whether you're likely to receive special attention with airport security. 

Trying to understand all this code ourselves is a fool's errand - especially with the emerging world of machine learning. Instead, there's a better approach and it starts with understanding the objectives of the code and which of our own goals it's designed to meet.

I'm talking about mission-driven software, and there are some reasons why it will be good for us and the companies that build it. 

#mission   #software  ___

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2015-08-09 14:12:46 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Results showed that people who listened to the 10-minute mindfulness recording demonstrated less implicit bias against blacks and old people on the race and age IATs (Implicit Assumptions Test) than individuals who listened to the other 10-minute recording. In other words, the mindfulness intervention decreased students’ automatic biases against blacks and older adults.

Why might that be? Mindfulness has been shown before to interrupt the link between past experience and impulsive responding. For example, mindfulness training has been shown to help overeaters decrease the automatic attractiveness of fatty foods, allowing them to resist eating those foods when the foods are presented to them. Mindfulness also encourages a kind of open awareness that can make one more attuned to what’s actually occurring in the present moment—hypothetically allowing one to filter out preconceptions fromactual ... mas »

Results showed that people who listened to the 10-minute mindfulness recording demonstrated less implicit bias against blacks and old people on the race and age IATs (Implicit Assumptions Test) than individuals who listened to the other 10-minute recording. In other words, the mindfulness intervention decreased students’ automatic biases against blacks and older adults.

Why might that be? Mindfulness has been shown before to interrupt the link between past experience and impulsive responding. For example, mindfulness training has been shown to help overeaters decrease the automatic attractiveness of fatty foods, allowing them to resist eating those foods when the foods are presented to them. Mindfulness also encourages a kind of open awareness that can make one more attuned to what’s actually occurring in the present moment—hypothetically allowing one to filter out preconceptions from actual experience, and thereby decrease bias.

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2015-08-09 05:36:39 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Go Slow for the Human

Really interesting piece on machine-human collaboration. 

Mutlu installed the robot as giver and, using the Kinect again, monitored its human partners’ performance. The algorithm managed to predict when a user was ready for the next dish with an accuracy of over 90 percent. The researchers then programmed the robot to respond with three different strategies.

Sometimes it would work as fast it could, proactively holding out a dish regardless of whether the person was ready. Sometimes it would wait until the receiver had completely finished with the previous dish before delivering the next. At other times, the robot would mimic human behavior, adaptively tracking its human coworker by slowing or pausing.

Nice catch, +Raja Mitra. 

Robot learns how to do dishes by observing humans.

h/t: +Andrew McAfee ___Go Slow for the Human

Really interesting piece on machine-human collaboration. 

Mutlu installed the robot as giver and, using the Kinect again, monitored its human partners’ performance. The algorithm managed to predict when a user was ready for the next dish with an accuracy of over 90 percent. The researchers then programmed the robot to respond with three different strategies.

Sometimes it would work as fast it could, proactively holding out a dish regardless of whether the person was ready. Sometimes it would wait until the receiver had completely finished with the previous dish before delivering the next. At other times, the robot would mimic human behavior, adaptively tracking its human coworker by slowing or pausing.

Nice catch, +Raja Mitra. 

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2015-08-08 15:33:54 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

IBM: Artificial Intelligence Needs Data to Learn

One thing is becoming increasingly clear about the world's leading machine learning companies: no data, no learning. Google and Facebook are sitting on goldmines of user-contributed data, ripe for machine learning, and already doing things like giving us image search capabilities. Twitter is getting into the act too. 

This latest news from IBM is just one more example of just how important access to data is for machine learning, in this case, IBM Watson, to actually learn. 

Merge will provide imaging data that IBM's Watson engine will use to analyze CAT scans, X-rays, and mammograms.

Merge's technology platforms are used at more than 7,500 US healthcare sites, as well clinical research institutes and pharmaceutical firms, to manage medical images.

Expect to see many, many more oft... mas »

IBM: Artificial Intelligence Needs Data to Learn

One thing is becoming increasingly clear about the world's leading machine learning companies: no data, no learning. Google and Facebook are sitting on goldmines of user-contributed data, ripe for machine learning, and already doing things like giving us image search capabilities. Twitter is getting into the act too. 

This latest news from IBM is just one more example of just how important access to data is for machine learning, in this case, IBM Watson, to actually learn. 

Merge will provide imaging data that IBM's Watson engine will use to analyze CAT scans, X-rays, and mammograms.

Merge's technology platforms are used at more than 7,500 US healthcare sites, as well clinical research institutes and pharmaceutical firms, to manage medical images.

Expect to see many, many more of these kinds of data acquisition-based mergers. If "acqui-hire" is the term to describe acquisitions aimed at hiring key individuals, what do we call acquisitions aimed at getting access to treasure troves of data like this? 

#watson   #IBM   #machinelearning   #healthcare  ___

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2015-08-07 22:47:46 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Lean Startup Notes

I shared these notes on The Lean Startup here on Google+ a little over three years ago (wow). I was just going over them again as part of something I'm writing right now, and thought it would be worth sharing them again. It's a great book that's well-worth the read, but if you don't have time, hopefully these notes will help you get the gist of the book. 

What I Learned by Reading "The Lean Startup"

I just finished reading +Eric Ries's book, The Lean Startup and I want to recommend it heartily to anyone who's involved in a startup right now or seriously considering it.

Here's a link to his site:
➽ theleanstartup.com

When I run across books that leave this kind of an impression on me, I've taken to writing up notes to help me remember some of the key takeaways. I'm going to share those notes here. Just know that what I'm capturing here is just a fraction of what's in this very useful book. 

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For every startup, there are two essential challenges: 1) building the right product; and 2) building an engine of growth. The Lean Startup is a book about taking the principles of the "lean manufacturing" revolution started by Toyota and others in Japan, applying those principles to quickly and efficiently move the startup onto the best path for answering these two challenges. In essence, the Lean Startup framework is about applying lean principles to learning.

This is an immensely practical book. I kept finding myself thinking "right, of course" over and over as I read it. It's one of those books that provides a framework for thinking about things in a new, but in a way that doesn't feel too theoretical. 

Here's one of my favorite quotes: 

"A startup is a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty."

It's that uncertainty that underlies Ries' approach. Established company, in theory at least, know what to build because they're working in established markets where there's data to back assertions about product and distribution. Startups don't have that luxury; they're working in conditions of "extreme uncertainty" and so their main tasks are about learning - learning what to build and how to grow. Learning is the essential unit of progress for startups, and this book outlines a special type of learning, called "validated learning" to bring the equivalent of the scientific method to rapidly testing assumptions of value and growth with a series of structured experiments. It's a kind of feedback loop, and the goal is to move through them as quickly as possible. This is a very different way of thinking about startups, actually, and I think it is a very valuable contribution to the field of startup management. 

Ries also believes that startups have a true north or vision for how they are going to change the world. They can't get that vision by simply asking customers. Why? Because in the extreme uncertainty of the markets that startups play in, customers don't necessarily know what they want. To Ries, new businesses that merely copy existing business models are not true startups; they're more about executing efficiently than about learning how to do things differently. For true startups, who the customer is and what the customer finds valuable are unknown, and the faster the firm gets to those answers, the less likely it is to build a product nobody wants - and building a product that nobody wants is the original sin of most unsuccessful startups. 

To understand what the customer values as rapidly as possible, Ries recommends using what he calls a "minimum viable product" (MVP). This is the simplest possible version of your product that can get you solid feedback on whether it is valuable to customers. It's not a prototype; it's an actual product, stripped down, but still with enough appeal to attract a base of early adopters. Yes, there is a risk that these initial customers might be disappointed with a lack of features or quality problems, but getting that feedback on a real product is far more valuable and concrete customer intelligence that more traditional forms of market research might provide. 

Once the firm is getting real feedback from the market, it then begins some of the hardest work - the true art within entrepreneurship: knowing whether to "pivot or persevere." These are the ongoing decisions along the way to knowing whether one is actually getting closer to finding real customer value and a real engine of growth. Ries outlines an approach called "innovation accounting" to help startups build some discipline into manage the ongoing questions associated with pivoting or persevering. It eschews traditional "vanity metrics such as aggregate customer growth in favor of truly actionable metrics that answer very specific questions about each experiment in learning that the company runs. Ries includes a handful of different types of pivots that companies may make: 
Zoom-in Pivot
Zoom-out Pivot
Customer Segment Pivot
Customer Need Pivot
Platform Pivot
Business Architecture Pivot
Value Capture Pivot
Engine of Growth Pivot
Channel Pivot
Technology Pivot

On the question of growth, Ries notes that sustainable growth always comes from the actions of past customers. There are three engines of sustainable growth: paid, viral, or sticky. 

A sticky engine of growth growth comes from satisfied customers continuing to use the product. Customer churn rate is a critical metric with this engine and retention is absolutely key. When the rate of new customer acquisition exceeds the churn rate, the product will grow. 

With a viral engine of growth, customers bring in new customer merely by using the product. In most cases, customers are not explicitly going out of their way to promote the product; it just happens as result of their using it in ways that are visible and attractive to others. The key metric here is viral coefficient, which measures how many new customers each customer brings in as a result of their using the product. 

A paid engine of growth acquires new customers through advertising or sales. Each customer represents a certain amount of revenue for the firm over his or her “lifetime” as a customer - this is their "lifetime value" (LTV) and a key metric for this growth engine. When the LTV is greater than the cost per acquisition (CPA), the product will grow. 

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OK - that's it for the summary. As I note above, there is much, much more to this book. I'm just scratching the surface in these notes, but hopefully it's enough to spark your interest if you're on, or considering getting on, the startup path. 


  ___Lean Startup Notes

I shared these notes on The Lean Startup here on Google+ a little over three years ago (wow). I was just going over them again as part of something I'm writing right now, and thought it would be worth sharing them again. It's a great book that's well-worth the read, but if you don't have time, hopefully these notes will help you get the gist of the book. 

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2015-08-07 15:32:41 (7 comments, 10 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

This piece brings up lots of worthwhile considerations about the quality of our information ecosystems online. 

“You can imagine how much I like truth as a philosopher,” said Floridi, “but Google’s a business and we have to be careful about who is managing truths. If you put too much power in the hands of a private company, that’s very dangerous. Google should not be in charge of what is true today or what is true tomorrow.”

The other topic this piece brings up is the question of algorithmic transparency, which is something I'm thinking about a lot this week, in preparation for a new article. 

Thanks +David Amerland, for bringing this one to my attention and thank you, +Leland LeCuyer for originally finding it. 

More from me on related topics: 

Knowledge-Based Trust and the Future of Search and Artificial Intelligencehttp://www.the... mas »

Seek and You Shall Find
Let the searcher beware: you may not find what you were looking for. Or worse, you may find exactly what you were looking for, confirming your bias.

Luciano Floridi, Google's token ethicist, correctly noted "we have to be careful about who is managing truths." But how many of us actually pause to consider that "Google’s search algorithm is designed for efficiency." Where efficiency has been narrowly defined as providing results users are most likely looking for as quickly as possible — in nanoseconds.

Truth is elusive. Nietzsche infamously compared truth to a woman. Whatever. But what is true about truth is that it hides somewhere deep in the darkness behind the shimmering surface of things, too small to observe without disruption, too vast to encompass much less comprehend. Is it wise to entrust anything so mysterious to a profit seeking enterprise bent on efficiency?

#search   #truth   #bias  ___This piece brings up lots of worthwhile considerations about the quality of our information ecosystems online. 

“You can imagine how much I like truth as a philosopher,” said Floridi, “but Google’s a business and we have to be careful about who is managing truths. If you put too much power in the hands of a private company, that’s very dangerous. Google should not be in charge of what is true today or what is true tomorrow.”

The other topic this piece brings up is the question of algorithmic transparency, which is something I'm thinking about a lot this week, in preparation for a new article. 

Thanks +David Amerland, for bringing this one to my attention and thank you, +Leland LeCuyer for originally finding it. 

More from me on related topics: 

Knowledge-Based Trust and the Future of Search and Artificial Intelligence
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/knowledge-based-trust/

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2015-08-07 01:44:35 (15 comments, 11 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Technological Unemployment and Basic Income

An overview of the various places where automation is displacing human work. There are some interesting clips in here of Amazon's various efforts to automate its storage and delivery processes. The article also helps create the connection back to wealth and the growing awareness of the case for a basic income. 

Good catch, +Ward Plunet. 

More from me on wealth and technology:

Technology and the Distribution of Wealth
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/technology_and_the_distribution_of_wealth/

After Robots Take Our Jobs, This Is What the Economy Will Look Like

The future of labor: No matter what kind of work you're in, from accounting to bartending, there's some technology, data or machine learning company trying to figure out how to automate or simplify the process. By some estimates, we've lost millions of jobs already, but didn't notice because it happened during the recent recession.___Technological Unemployment and Basic Income

An overview of the various places where automation is displacing human work. There are some interesting clips in here of Amazon's various efforts to automate its storage and delivery processes. The article also helps create the connection back to wealth and the growing awareness of the case for a basic income. 

Good catch, +Ward Plunet. 

More from me on wealth and technology:

Technology and the Distribution of Wealth
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/technology_and_the_distribution_of_wealth/

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2015-08-07 00:11:00 (13 comments, 11 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

If you care about Google+, do yourself a favor and make some time to read this article from +Mark Traphagen. 

I doubt that we're ever going to know irrefutably what exactly has transpired inside the Google+ team over the last several years, but the picture that Mark paints here seems the most viable that I've heard. It maps quite closely to my own interpretation of events. 

What's more, I share Mark's excitement about where things are now headed. I feel like the strategy is turning around and finally catching up to what many of us have felt for quite some time. Or as Mark puts it: 

"Basically, I’m saying that it took Google+ four years to wake up to what many of us knew from the earliest months — that Google+’s chief strength was as a discovery engine for connecting across a shared interest graph. The problem was, for most of that time we had tomake tho... mas »

If you care about Google+, do yourself a favor and make some time to read this article from +Mark Traphagen. 

I doubt that we're ever going to know irrefutably what exactly has transpired inside the Google+ team over the last several years, but the picture that Mark paints here seems the most viable that I've heard. It maps quite closely to my own interpretation of events. 

What's more, I share Mark's excitement about where things are now headed. I feel like the strategy is turning around and finally catching up to what many of us have felt for quite some time. Or as Mark puts it: 

"Basically, I’m saying that it took Google+ four years to wake up to what many of us knew from the earliest months — that Google+’s chief strength was as a discovery engine for connecting across a shared interest graph. The problem was, for most of that time we had to make those connections through our own efforts and by sheer chance. We didn’t even have Communities until a year and a half after the start of Google+."

Mark focuses in on the interest graph and I think that is bang on. I also think that he's right that we very well could see some interesting applications of artificial intelligence start to show up in Google+ and that the intersection of topics and people would be a killer place to apply that. 

#googleplus   #sharedintrestgraph   #interestgraph   #AI  ___

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2015-08-06 22:31:19 (13 comments, 12 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Transparent solar is based on a fact about light that is taught in elementary school: The sun transmits energy in the form of invisible ultraviolet and infrared light, as well as visible light. A solar cell that is engineered only to capture light from the invisible ends of the spectrum will allow all other light to pass through; in other words, it will appear transparent.

___Transparent solar is based on a fact about light that is taught in elementary school: The sun transmits energy in the form of invisible ultraviolet and infrared light, as well as visible light. A solar cell that is engineered only to capture light from the invisible ends of the spectrum will allow all other light to pass through; in other words, it will appear transparent.

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2015-08-06 19:11:45 (32 comments, 133 reshares, 156 +1s)Open 

Tesla's robotic snake automatically moves out from the wall and plugs itself in to charge your car. Musk told us this was coming late last year. Here it is. 

#tesla   #robotics  

Tesla's robotic snake automatically moves out from the wall and plugs itself in to charge your car. Musk told us this was coming late last year. Here it is. 

#tesla   #robotics  ___

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2015-08-06 16:42:49 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Mood-Aware Applications and Appliances

Blog post from Affectiva, a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in technology for reading emotions. This article is a little bit more sales-oriented than the kinds things I normally share, but it's still interesting. 

Technically, we have all the pieces to make this reality. Just imagine that devices have an “emotion chip”, very much like a GPS location chip that is now part of many consumer devices. An emotion chip would have an optical sensor and perhaps other sensors as well that can read your emotions – your facial expressions, your tone of voice, your physiology. These small chips would passively collect data about your emotional state (with your consent of course!) It would leverage machine learning on device or in the cloud to make real time inferences about your emotions – for example, when a device knows thatyou’re s... mas »

Mood-Aware Applications and Appliances

Blog post from Affectiva, a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in technology for reading emotions. This article is a little bit more sales-oriented than the kinds things I normally share, but it's still interesting. 

Technically, we have all the pieces to make this reality. Just imagine that devices have an “emotion chip”, very much like a GPS location chip that is now part of many consumer devices. An emotion chip would have an optical sensor and perhaps other sensors as well that can read your emotions – your facial expressions, your tone of voice, your physiology. These small chips would passively collect data about your emotional state (with your consent of course!) It would leverage machine learning on device or in the cloud to make real time inferences about your emotions – for example, when a device knows that you’re stressed it can modify its behavior to handle that. Connected devices can also use the cloud to make sense of all that data so they can understand your baseline, and when you deviate from it.

Basically, this technology will initially be used for: a) collecting information about our emotional states; and b) to augment the user interface, helping applications and appliances better respond to users. 

Lots of room for really helpful applications here, as well as serious abuse. 

More on 'artificial emotional intelligence' from me: 
Why Artificial Emotional Intelligence Really Matters
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/artificial-emotional-intelligence/

#iot   #emotionalintelligence  ___

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2015-08-05 22:46:43 (7 comments, 19 reshares, 213 +1s)Open 

I guess J.J. Abrams really is planning on less computer-generated graphics and more puppetry for special effects in Star Wars: Episode VII. 

#starwarstheforceawakens   #starwars  

I guess J.J. Abrams really is planning on less computer-generated graphics and more puppetry for special effects in Star Wars: Episode VII. 

#starwarstheforceawakens   #starwars  ___

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2015-08-05 19:24:38 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Yes, It's Called "iSperm"

"Here's how the iSperm (yup!) works: Attach the optical lens in front of the iPad's camera, prep a semen sample, affix to the lens, and use the app to take a video of the sperm and measure the concentration and motility. The greater the concentration and motility, the stronger the sperm and the more likely it will inseminate an egg. Aidmics is targeting the iSperm to animal husbandry. Agriculture is an industry that's technical innovation has largely ignored, and Silicon Valley is taking note. In May 2015, Google Ventures invested $15 million into finding ways data analysis can improve crop yields and resource efficiency."

'Nuf said. 

Yes, It's Called "iSperm"

"Here's how the iSperm (yup!) works: Attach the optical lens in front of the iPad's camera, prep a semen sample, affix to the lens, and use the app to take a video of the sperm and measure the concentration and motility. The greater the concentration and motility, the stronger the sperm and the more likely it will inseminate an egg. Aidmics is targeting the iSperm to animal husbandry. Agriculture is an industry that's technical innovation has largely ignored, and Silicon Valley is taking note. In May 2015, Google Ventures invested $15 million into finding ways data analysis can improve crop yields and resource efficiency."

'Nuf said. ___

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