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Towards a Global Brain



The slides from my TEDxSV talk on May 14, 2011

The slides from my TEDxSV talk on May 14, 2011



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  • Towards a Global Brain Tim O’Reilly O’Reilly Media TEDxSV May 14, 2011Saturday, May 14, 2011
  • “The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” -Edwin SchlossbergSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • The extraordinary convergence of computing and human potentialSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • Towards a global brainSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • The advent of global consciousness?Saturday, May 14, 2011
  • A few key assertions  We are building a network-mediated global mind  It is not skynet  It is us, augmentedSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • “global consciousness is that thing responsible for deciding that pots containing decaffeinated coffee should be orange” – Danny Hillis (via Jeff Bezos) –, May 14, 2011
  • Artificial Intelligence “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines” -John McCarthy, 1956Saturday, May 14, 2011
  • Intelligence Augmentation “The human mind ... operates by association. With one item in its grasp, it snaps instantly to the next that is suggested by the association of thoughts, in accordance with some intricate web of trails carried by the cells of the brain. It has other characteristics, of course; trails that are not frequently followed are prone to fade, items are not fully permanent, memory is transitory. Yet the speed of action, the intricacy of trails, the detail of mental pictures, is awe-inspiring beyond all else in nature. Man cannot hope fully to duplicate this mental process artificially, but he certainly ought to be able to learn from it. In minor ways he may even improve, for his records have relative permanency. The first idea, however, to be drawn from the analogy concerns selection. Selection by association, rather than indexing, may yet be mechanized. One cannot hope thus to equal the speed and flexibility with which the mind follows an associative trail, but it should be possible to beat the mind decisively in regard to the permanence and clarity of the items resurrected from storage. Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, "memex" will do.” – Vannevar Bush, As We May Think, 1945Saturday, May 14, 2011
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  • A device that knows where I am better than I do, a knowing assistant telling me where to go and how to get there.Saturday, May 14, 2011
  • Beyond information retrieval: real time connection with other people and what they know.Saturday, May 14, 2011
  • Man-Computer Symbiosis “The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today.” – Licklider, J.C.R., "Man-Computer Symbiosis", IRE Transactions on Human Factors in Electronics, vol. HFE-1, 4-11, Mar 1960. EprintSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • Harnessing Collective IntelligenceSaturday, May 14, 2011
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  • wikipediaSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • A device with eyes and ears, with a sense of place, and motion, and proximity, with memory of what it’s seen and where it’s been, a connection to the people we know and love.Saturday, May 14, 2011
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  • The spread of sensors  sensor platform slideSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • The “intelligent” devices of the future are connected to data “We don’t have better algorithms. We just have more data.” - Peter Norvig, Chief Scientist, GoogleSaturday, May 14, 2011
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  • “Would you be willing to cross the street with information that was five minutes old?” -Jeff JonasSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • ResilienceSaturday, May 14, 2011
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  • The global brain is us, connected and augmentedSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • Vannevar Bush’s Memex - 1945Saturday, May 14, 2011
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  • “Your job as a parent is to prepare your child for the future.”Saturday, May 14, 2011
  • If the global brain is still a child, what should we be teaching it? How should we be rearing it?Saturday, May 14, 2011
  • Predictive analytics in information applications mirrors human learningSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • Our algorithms and the goals we set for them mirror human vices and virtuesSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • We are all Khaled SaidSaturday, May 14, 2011
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  • “Access to all the world’s information” “How can applications be better when they are social?” “Changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators”Saturday, May 14, 2011
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  • How can we make the emerging global consciousness not only more resilient, but more moral?Saturday, May 14, 2011
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  • “Virtue is knowing what you really want” -James O’ReillySaturday, May 14, 2011
  • εὐδαιµονίαSaturday, May 14, 2011
  • eudaimoniaSaturday, May 14, 2011
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  • We’ve got one world. We’d better get it right.Saturday, May 14, 2011