Collaborative Gene Project BETA presented at the IDSA Global Conference 2009


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This was the BETA conversation that started this whole Collaborative Human project. This is the rawest form of the idea and still provides most of the inspiration that drives the curricula currently being developed. Enjoy.

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Collaborative Gene Project BETA presented at the IDSA Global Conference 2009

  2. 2. Technology is creating a more complex and co-dependent world than humans can grasp.
  3. 3. Why is it that sometimes it is so hard toshare and yet sonatural to competewith strangers?
  4. 4. We lack anythingresembling a standardwith which to measurethe ability to share.
  5. 5. Our education system grooms us for and ultimately rewards the success of individuals.
  6. 6. Civilization-wide inventions and disruptions remind us that civilizations can and do change
  7. 7. True collaboration requires universal intrinsic selfless behavior
  8. 8. Origins of VirtueEnigma of AltruismShareware
  9. 9. Competing comes naturally. Sharing does not.
  10. 10. Competition has afforded us great freedom. Why would we change that?
  11. 11. “I want an America for all Americans, not just for me.” CHANGE
  12. 12. “I am comfortable with my level of consumption.” Why CHANGE ?
  13. 13. “What has to be judged is [a new mass movement’s] corporate organization for quick and total absorption of the frustrated.” Eric Hoffer “The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements”
  14. 14. "Faith in [their] holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for lost faith in [themselves].” Eric Hoffer “The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements”
  15. 15. Ignorance is freedom.
  16. 16. True collaboration requires universal intrinsic selfless behavior
  17. 17. No living organism has ever built a non-zero sum based civilization
  18. 18. ENVIRONMENT precedent, reputation, political climate MEMBERSHIPrespect & trust, diversity, self-interest, compromise PROCESS & STRUCTURE stake, layers,flexibility, roles, adaptability, pace COMMUNICATION open & frequent, formal & informal PURPOSE goals, vision, unique purpose RESOURCES funding & leadership
  19. 19. Were you born with it oris it that you just don’tknow any different?
  20. 20. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal… …with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
  21. 21. Remove CentralJudgment
  22. 22. “…it is impossible for a person to be cheated by anyone but himself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  23. 23. 1. Sharing is the new currency.
  24. 24. 2. Expose yourself to judgment by the masses.
  25. 25. 3. Re-work grades and incentives systems.
  26. 26. It should not be easier to compete than to share.
  27. 27. No privacyNo central judgmentNo grades
  28. 28. Strong leadersClear judgment systemCommon goalCommon purposeDiverse communityOpen and frequent communicationFormal and informal communityMake you part of the process
  29. 29. ENVIRONMENT precedent, reputation, political climate MEMBERSHIPrespect & trust, diversity, self-interest, compromise PROCESS & STRUCTURE stake, layers,flexibility, roles, adaptability, pace COMMUNICATION open & frequent, formal & informal PURPOSE goals, vision, unique purpose RESOURCES funding & leadership
  30. 30. Technology vs. Community Fellowship between 6 Billion people is an inconceivable and uncharted challenge.
  31. 31. Technology lacks empathyLinuxEsperantoWiki
  32. 32. “Empathy” is embedded in the oldest part of the brain, back where we share traits with some of the most generous primates. Dr. Frans De Waal The Age of Empathy: Natures Lessons for a Kinder Society"
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  34. 34. Competing comes naturally. Sharing does not.
  35. 35. the Phenotypic Effect
  36. 36. Supply & Demand vs. Intrinsic Value
  37. 37. Kant 1785 Morals Darwin 1868 Survival Osborn 1948 Ecology Dawkins 1976 Selfishness Ridley 1997 Virtue Zeman 2004 Consciousness Wright 2001 Nonzero Pinker 2002 Nature Diamond 2005 Nurture Miller 2009 Sex Driven Simon 2008 Reinvention De Waal 2009 Empathetic Alda 2009 AltruismCochran 2009 Ashkenazi Smarts
  38. 38.
  39. 39. Privacy vs. Data Access
  40. 40. Tzu 400 BC War Marx 1848 CommunismFlood / Dresher 1950 Prisoners Dilemma Hoffer 1951 Religion Jacobs 1961 Cities Ehrlich 1968 Population De Bono 1970 Thinking M. Smith 1971 Hawks & Doves Axelrod 1979 Tit-for-tat Durkheim 1982 Sociology Nisbett 2004 Context Zax / Ho 2009 Economics Metzinger 2009 Ego
  41. 41.
  42. 42. Individual success vs. Systems thinking
  43. 43. SW Asia 9500BC Farming Plato 400BC Logic Mary 0 Christianity India 450AD Zero Gutenberg 1440 Printing Press Fleming 1929 Time Zones Cognot 1769 Automobile America 1776 Democracy Diners Club 1950 Credit CardBerners-Lee 1990 WorldWideWebUCSC Lab 2000 Genome Sequence Zuckerberg 2004 Facebook Rheingold 2006 Smart Mobs
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  45. 45. Competing vs. Sharing
  46. 46. Zamenhof 1887 Esperanto Torvalds 1991 LinuxUK 1995 21st Century Learning Quinn 1999 Tribal Instinct Gladwell 2003 Subconscious Ogle 2007 Creativity Pink 2006 Play Friedman 2008 Crowded Vanderbilt 2009 Traffic Thaler/Sunstein 2009 NudgeEhrlich 2009 Dominant Animal
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  48. 48. We have been wired andrewarded for hoardingMake sharing a measure of success
  49. 49. We were educated in asystem of central judgmentSeek judgment from the masses
  50. 50. We are rewarded forindividual achievementsDevelop metrics based on systems well beyond scope
  51. 51. Peaceful times are working on us right now.
  52. 52. Sleeping soundly and not worrying about invasion or your next camp or your next meal is relatively new to humans.
  53. 53. You are evolving. Do your part.
  54. 54.
  55. 55. Kurzweil Predictions2018 10 Terabits (1013 bits) of computer memory roughly the equivalent of the memory space ina single human brain--will cost $1000. 2020 Personal computers will have the same processingpower as human brains. 2020 By the later part of this decade, virtual reality will be so high-qualitythat it will be indistinguishable from reality. 2030 Mind uploading becomes possible.Nanomachines could be directly inserted into the brain and could interact with brain cells tototally control incoming and outgoing signals. As a result, truly full-immersion virtual reality couldbe generated without the need for any external equipment. Afferent nerve pathways could beblocked, totally canceling out the "real" world and leaving the user with only the desired virtualexperience.Using brain nanobots, recorded or real-time brain transmissions of a persons daily lifeknown as "experience beamers" will be available for other people to remotely experience. This isvery similar to how the characters in Being John Malkovich were able to enter the mind ofMalkovich and see the world through his eyes.Recreational uses aside, nanomachines in peoplesbrains will allow them to greatly expand their cognitive, memory and sensory capabilities, todirectly interface with computers, and to "telepathically" communicate with other, similarlyaugmented humans via wireless networks. 2040 There will be social splitting into different levelsof use of reality argumentation, from those who want to live in a life of imagined harems, or thosewho dedicate their thoughts to philosophical extension. Human society will drift apart in its focus,but with ever increasing capabilities to make imagined things occur.
  56. 56. Kurzweil Predictions2045: The Singularity $1000 buys a computer a billion times more powerful than the human brain.This means that average and even low-end computers are hugely smarter than even highlyintelligent, un-enhanced humans.The Singularity occurs as artificial intelligences surpass humanbeings as the smartest and most capable life forms on the Earth. Technological development istaken over by the machines, who can think, act and communicate so quickly that normal humanscannot even comprehend what is going on; thus the machines, acting in concert with those humanswho have evolved into post-biological cyborgs, achieve effective world domination. The machinesenter into a "runaway reaction" of self-improvement cycles, with each new generation of A.I.sappearing faster and faster. From this point onwards, technological advancement is explosive,under the control of the machines, and thus cannot be accurately predicted.The Singularity is anextremely disruptive, world-altering event that forever changes the course of human history. Theextermination of humanity by violent machines is unlikely (though not impossible) because sharpdistinctions between man and machine will no longer exist thanks to the existence of cyberneticallyenhanced humans and uploaded humans.Post-2045: "Waking up" From this moment onwards, computers can only be made more powerful ifthey are made larger in size.Because of this, A.I.s convert more and more of the Earths matter intoengineered, computational substrate capable of supporting more A.I.s. until the whole Earth is one,gigantic computer (but some areas will remain set aside as nature preserves).At this point, the onlypossible way to increase the intelligence of the machines any farther is to begin converting all of thematter in the universe into similar massive computers. A.I.s radiate out into space in all directionsfrom the Earth, breaking down whole planets, moons and meteoroids and reassembling them intogiant computers. This, in effect, "wakes up" the universe as all the inanimate "dumb" matter (rocks,dust, gases, etc.) is converted into structured matter capable of supporting life (albeit syntheticlife).Kurzweil predicts that machines will have the ability to make planet-sized computers by 2099,which underscores how enormously technology will advance after the Singularity.The process of"waking up" the universe will be complete as early as 2199.