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The Challenges of Abundance

Many of us barely realize, but the abundance that our society is able to provide is creating problems that we have to address, similarly to how we have addressed problems of scarcity in the past. The most fundamental scarcity or abundance that we know and recognize readily is that of food. Humanity’s history has been …

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Intelligence Augmentation

Intelligence augmentation is the ability to complement our biological natural faculties of reasoning with new ones based on cultural and technological advances. Even something as fundamental as speaking, and understanding speech is not entirely just biological. From speech, to writing, the printing press, and electronic communications, the process has been long and important. It vastly …

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Fragmenting Reality

What are the consequences of the paradigm of jolting technologies, the increasing rate of acceleration of technological change? For an increasing percentage of people it is represented by the fragmentation of their reality. In order to understand the world, we not only have to collect and analyze data, but act on the changes that are …

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Universal Basic Income

Has the time come for universal basic income from being a niche initiative that only a few people have understood and embraced, to be deployed everywhere? Basic income initiatives have enjoyed experimentation all over the world over the course of the past 10 years. And with the pandemic, they have seen a decisive acceleration and …

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Upgrading The World Via Software Defined Objects

The latest generation of objects in our world acquire new capabilities without having to be redesigned and manufactured from scratch. Instead, the features we didn’t know they could have are brought alive by improving the software layer that they all possess. This can be a way that our smartphone’s camera can shoot a 3D photo, …

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Dangerous Demagoguery

Our decreasing ability to interpret the world makes us insecure, anguished, and vulnerable. If we meet somebody who says “Don’t worry. Yes, there are a lot of things that you don’t know. The world is dangerous, but I have the answers. It doesn’t matter how complex the world appears. I have simple answers to the problems that you …

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