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First, we will bring ourselves to computers. The small- and large-scale convenience and efficiency of storing more and more parts of our lives online will increase the hold that formal ontologies have on us. They will be constructed by governments, by corporations, and by us in unequal measure, and there will be both implicit and explicit battles over how these ontologies are managed. The fight over how test scores should be used to measure student and teacher performance is nothing compared to what we will see once every aspect of our lives from health to artistic effort to personal relationships is formalized and quantified.

 

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There is good news and bad news. The good news is that, because computers cannot and will not “understand” us the way we understand each other, they will not be able to take over the world and enslave us (at least not for a while). The bad news is that, because computers cannot come to us and meet us in our world, we must continue to adjust our world and bring ourselves to them. We will define and regiment our lives, including our social lives and our perceptions of our selves, in ways that are conducive to what a computer can “understand.” Their dumbness will become ours.

 

from: David Auerbach, N+1.  read it all.   

 

I love this piece.  Brilliant synthesis.  Hard to prove… just have to watch it all unfold.

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I have just received for the 12th time this week a virus wannabe email that purports to say that the writer has grave concerns for this country….etc.

In response to the person of known evangelical everything [non-religious meaning] to pass on emails, I gave the following challenge: 

Nice to see your name in my inbox.

 

This has an interesting kind of evangelistic sway to it.  Softer than most but a humble chain email… in a way that reeks of “don’t blame me for the last 71/2 years!”

 

So, what do you think ______?  What are your thoughts on these statements?   How do you assess that a person who was a prisoner of war contributes to that person’s international expertise?

 

I think that writing these pieces is the best thing in the world for those that write them.  Very cathartic, don’t you agree?! 

 

They are the ones who make the effort, take a position, and expose themselves to critique.  Ultimately, they are the one’s who know what they believe, what they value and so on.

 

In comparison, what are the people doing that pass these on?  Kind of like in scene in “When Harry Met Sally” where the on-looker in the restaurant says drolly, “I’ll have whatever she’s having…”

 

I’ll make a deal with you…  If you write one, I’ll write one.  I’ll pass on mine no matter what and you can decide if you want to pass on yours.

 

Now THAT is involvement rather than being part of the ‘silent majority’!   Is it a deal?

I’ll make the same deal with anyone who cares to send less than one page on how they feel about this country and this election. 

 

 

Looking for takers, not fakers. 

 

 

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Is this the headline you’ve been waiting for?

Can I predict bloggers/blog readers voting preferences based on which headline they respond to?

NOTE:  This headline and series of upcoming posts is a SOCIAL EXPERIMENT.  I am attempting to do an informal poll on key future headlines.  I will be testing a series of headlines of the coming days to see which ones get the most response in the various blogging inter connections.  Partly I want to know how far out in front of a potential news story you have to be to get the traffic and I want to measure how willing people are to read the news they want to hear versus the news that is…

what’s your take?

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