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Technological Revolution 1800-2100

Humans Are Doomed to Go Extinct (Scientific American)

Introduction LO: I agree with Henry Gee's opinion below and recommend reading his arguments. The impact of a graying population (a.k.a. demographics) is already noticeable in the labour market. There's a shortage of workers in several sectors in many countries. There's some discussion about whether China's population is already in decline (eg, Financial Times-April...

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Go with the flow

A salmon lives in oceans or seas but returns to the place it was born in order to lay its eggs (ie, to spawn). That upstream river swim towards the spot where the salmon was born is so exhaustive that salmon "usually die after spawning" (source). I suppose this explains the human adage: go with the flow. Most of us adhere to that adage. At times, we don't like that...

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Mechanization, Automation, AI & Robotics

Last Friday, I had an epiphany following my Dutch language blog of that day. I suddenly felt that there is a hidden trend in the development from tools to mechanization to automation to AI & robotics. It took me a while to digest that thought. Please find the resulting diagram below. The meta dimensions of How-What-When-Where-Who-Why are used to verify if my...

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Tweedeling in de samenleving

Enkele dagen geleden schreef een NRC nieuwsbrief over de ontstane tweedeling in de Nederlandse samenleving. Na enig nadenken geloof ik dat die opmerking inderdaad (nog) een voorbeeld is van een fundamentele verandering in de maatschappij van trialisme (de "all-inclusive" samenleving) naar dualisme (de "haves" versus de "have nots" c.q. winners vs losers). De...

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Is a technological singularity realistic?

In 1993, Vernor Vinge, an American professor in mathematics and computer science, published his essay The Coming Technological Singularity, "in which he wrote that it would signal the end of the human era, as the new superintelligence would continue to upgrade itself and would advance technologically at an incomprehensible rate. He wrote that he would be surprised...

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More information = more focus = less knowledge = less common sense

Each day, I receive some 150 newsletters from various backgrounds. I scan all topics and read several articles. There’s a considerable overlap in their topics, which allows me to create some efficiencies. Some articles look promising initially, but are not. The opposite also happens. I’ve plenty of time, being without a paid job. I use that time to read, think and...

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