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The Next Era: The “Exponential Age”

The Exponential Age is challenging our assumptions about globalization. A car can be designed in Guiyang and assembled in California with remarkable ease. But it also represents an inversion of globalization—a return to the local. Strategy + Business
Tags: Art, California, Ideas, Guiyang

Clearing Up Simplicity: The Fallacies Of Occam’s Razor

Cited widely in science, but often misunderstood, for some it’s invaluable, hinting at profound truths about the nature of knowledge. For others it’s worse than useless. – Prospect
Tags: Art, Ideas, Occam

Thomas Mann And The Case For Keeping Politics Out Of Art

Thomas Mann was not wrong to worry over democracy’s tendency to enlist art for its own ends, and he was not wrong to call for artists themselves to resist it. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, Thomas Mann

Do You Spend A Fair Amount Of Time On Facebook?

Then you’re more likely to fall prey to manipulative tactics. To put it plainly, crowds aren’t always wise. – NiemanLab
Tags: Art, Ideas, Audience, 09.13.21

Is Social Media Like Alcohol Addiction?

To me, it sounds like alcohol—a social lubricant that can be delightful but also depressing, a popular experience that blends short-term euphoria with long-term regret, a product that leads to painful and even addictive behavior among a significant minority. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas

Science Works On Explaining How Much Sleep We Need

Although great progress has been made in developing sophisticated models and explaining phenomena such as circadian rhythms, jetlag and details of EEG recordings of the sleeping brain, these advances are belied by the difficulty of developing a general quantitative theory for why we sleep. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas

Researchers Explore What Juices The Echo Chamber

“You really don’t know whether this person making a good-sounding argument is really smart, is really educated, or whether they’re just reading off something that they read on Twitter.” – NiemanLab
Tags: Art, Ideas

Our Notions Of Privacy Are Ancient. Do They Fit In Our Modern World?

The evolutionary biologist E O Wilson once said of the source of human challenges in the 21st century that ‘we have palaeolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology’. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, Wilson

Reframing Disinformation

“It turns a huge question about the nature of democracy in the digital age – what if the people believe crazy things, and now everyone knows it? – into a technocratic negotiation between tech companies, media companies, think tanks, and universities.” – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Ideas

Are We Looking In The Wrong Places For The Sources Of Disinformation?

The Commission on Information Disorder is the latest (and most creepily named) addition to a new field of knowledge production that emerged during the Trump years at the juncture of media, academia, and policy research: Big Disinfo. – Harper’s
Tags: Art, Ideas, Disinfo Harper

The Developing World Is Collapsing Under COVID And Its A Danger To All

Unless the Western world wakes up, and helps out the developing world with vaccines and treatments, we may be facing a situation in which millions, or even billions, of people will feel compelled either to embrace Chinese authoritarianism or to migrate. – spiked
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An “Epochal” Decline For NYC?

New York City, the financial and business capital of the world, and until very recently a hub for tourists, may well be the canary in the coal mine that predicts a decline in the very idea of the megacity. – The Baffler
Tags: Art, New York City, Ideas

Our Classrooms In Crisis

At this moment of ferocious contestation over the meaning of the classroom, we might a closer look at what actually goes on there. – Boston Review
Tags: Art, Ideas

No, Not All Judgments Or Opinions Are Equal

Popular dogmas such as “judgments of artistic value are subjective” and “all judgments of artistic value are equal”, university literature departments have undercut aesthetic education, and given power to the market to decide what is good art. – PopMatters
Tags: Art, Ideas

Problem: Making AI Addicts

When we look to concrete problems in present-day AI systems, we see other — stranger — ways that things could go wrong with smarter machines. One growing issue with real-world AIs is the problem of wireheading. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Ideas

Blowback On Productivity

If you accept that increased productivity helps the common good, the question becomes how to reliably achieve these increases. Until recently, the answer to this largely involved optimizing systems. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas

The Case For All Art Being Ecological

 Works of art are not merely representations of the way things are but function to reveal and evolve a community’s shared understanding. Each time a new artwork is added to any culture, the meaning of what it is to exist is inherently changed. – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas

How We Learn To Know What We Want

Capitalism promises an endless series of alterations —tiny changes that… don’t amount to change at all. Aesthetic education, where “one suspends one’s current values in the expectation of acquiring better values,” can lead to more authentic transformations. – Commonweal
Tags: Art, Ideas

Dante’s Purgatory In A Time Of Global Uncertainty

The concept of Purgatory was relatively new when Dante was born. Dante’s conception of Purgatory is remarkably like a wilderness boot camp. Its terrain is forbidding—more like an alp than like a Tuscan hillside. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, Dante

The Up- And Down-sides Of Envy

Professional envy can have positive and negative repercussions. Workplaces where managers make a point of comparisons — posting leaderboards or naming employees of the month — provide fertile ground for cultivating envy. – Knowable
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Scientists Unlock Keys To Creative “Hot Streaks”

The team found that for all three career types, work tended to be more diverse just before a true hot streak than expected from the randomly selected points. – The Guardian
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What’s The Next Defining Tech Era?

So what can we see bubbling up in techland at the moment? If you believe the industry, metaverses (plural) – basically conceived as massive virtual-reality environments – might be a big thing. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Ideas

Where The Wisdom Of Crowds Falls Short

Our recent research suggests that while group deliberation can indeed increase the accuracy of forecasts, it can lead you astray when it comes to making a final decision. – Harvard Business Review
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Where We Are Now In Teaching Machines To Learn

High hopes for the imminent arrival of general AI have been there from the very beginning, and the successes of machine learning keep them high. – The New Atlantis
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How Expertise Is Being Redefined

I believe there exists a modicum of groupthink in an established expert community; solidarity in opinions may be seen as desirable among some in the scientific community, sometimes at the expense of intellectual debates and scientific discourse. – Future
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Artificial Intelligence Will Likely Be More Tool Than Human Replacer

Though a wide range of A.I. technologies have improved by leaps and bounds over the past decade, even the most impressive systems have ended up complementing human workers rather than replacing them. – The New York Times
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“Culture Wars” Are The Wrong Frame For Where We Are Now

Conventional wisdom has it that cultural divisions now matter most, and that plenty of people feel they have nothing in common with liberal, supposedly “globalist” elites. Yet that idea is far from the truth. – New Statesman
Tags: Art, Ideas

Our Technology Has Gotten Ahead Of Our Ability To Control It

Emergent technologies have gained far-reaching power over our politics, our economy, and our lives, and no consensus exists on what—if anything—to do about it. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas

The Death Of Funny?

Could you sing this song at your nonprofit, apropos of nothing? Even with all the caveats in the world ahead of actually singing it? Can anyone sing this song outside the confines of an arts presentation? In that presentation, would trigger warnings be required? – Alan Harrison
Tags: Art, Ideas

Has The Creepy Insect Trope Had Its Day?

Climate science shows we desperately need insects to keep the planet in any kind of balance. Horror films have disagreed – but it might be time for a change. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.03.21