Zeynep Tufekci: We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

We're building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren't even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us -- and what we can do in response.

Of 2 Minds: How Fast and Slow Thinking Shape Perception and Choice [Excerpt]

In psychologist Daniel Kahneman's recent book, he reveals the dual systems of your brain, their pitfalls and their power

The Simulation Argument: Why We Might Already Be Living in Virtual Reality

Is reality "real"? Could we be living in a computer simulation? Today, top scientists agree that it IS possible. The Simulation Argument explains why.

Daniel Kahneman: Beware the ‘inside view’

In an excerpt from his new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, the Nobel laureate recalls how an inwardly focused forecasting approach once led him astray, and why an external perspective can help executives do better.

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual...

The Technium: 1,000 True Fans

This is an edited, updated version of an essay I wrote in 2008 when this now popular idea was embryonic and ragged. I recently rewrote it to convey the core ideas, minus out-of-date details. This revisited essay appears in Tim Ferriss' new book, Tools of Titans.

Life is Short

January 2016 Life is short, as everyone knows. When I was a kid I used to wonder about this. Is life actually short, or are we really complaining about its finiteness? Would we be just as likely to feel life was short if we lived 10 times as long?

Success | Julian Talbot's Books on Risk, Success and Leadership

Articles, books, ideas, videos and general musings about risk management, success, life, the future and more by Julian Talbot.

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