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|April 23 - Issue #110|
What are brain-computer interfaces? When will we get them? How should we deal with monopolies like Facebook and Amazon? How does machine learning change our relationship with knowledge? Higher states of consciousness, negative mass and breakthroughs with coal.
Hope this inspires some great conversation.
Dept of the near future
☣️ Monopolies like Amazon and Facebook need to be reined in
. “Ultimately, the super-platforms–in harming both the content providers upstream and consumers downstream–can undermine our economic well-being and democracy. Competition law has at its origins the protection of society from the misuse of economic and political power. Thus, our competition authorities must step up.” EXCELLENT
? Alien knowledge.
AI and machine learning are changing our relationship with knowledge as justified true beliefs. Does that matter if this alien insight works? STUNNING
essay by Dave Weinberger.
Dept of artificial intelligence & automation
Dept of social networks
Facebook had its annual developer conference where Mark Zuckerberg emphasised the importance of the camera and augmented reality
for the future of the business. Facebook brazenly copied and then surpassed every feature of its soon-to-be even more distant competitor, Snapchat.
A monopoly, though, doesn’t need that drive to innovate — or, more accurately, doesn’t need to derive a profit from innovation, which leads to lazy spending and prioritizing tech demos over shipping products. After all, the monopoly can simply take others’ innovation and earn even more profit than they would otherwise.
Small morsels to appear smart at dinner parties
- ? We’re hosting an Exponential View salon on Hacking Democracy with Professor Luciano Floridi, journalist Carole Cadwalladr, cultural commenter and novelist Hari Kunzru, and civic tech pioneer, Tom Loosemore in London of May 24th. Sign-up to attend here.
- EV reader, Evan Nisselson, is hosting his annual Machine Vision summit in New York on May 24 & 25. Use code ExponentialView for an 87% discount on tickets.
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