What it means to be human

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What it means to be human

  1. 1. Five minutes on being human Brian Calhoun
  2. 2. “I learned just enough philosophy in college to fuck me up for the rest of my life.”
  3. 3. “I learned just enough philosophy in college to fuck me up for the rest of my life.” – Steve Martin
  4. 4. Four things to talk about Why think about this stuff? Evolution Dystopia Day-to-day humanity
  5. 5. Why think about this stuff? Crazy rate of change.
  6. 6. Why think about this stuff? Crazy rate of change. We as humans need to evolve faster.
  7. 7. Why think about this stuff? Crazy rate of change. We as humans need to evolve faster. Questioning your humanity will become more prevalent.
  8. 8. Why think about this stuff? Crazy rate of change. We as humans need to evolve faster. Questioning your humanity will become more prevalent. Attention economy is kicking in.
  9. 9. Evolution Privacy’s not dead. It’s evolving.
  10. 10. Evolution Privacy’s not dead. It’s evolving. Eyesight, language, biology, web.
  11. 11. Evolution Privacy’s not dead. It’s evolving. Eyesight, language, biology, web. We are conscious actors in this role!
  12. 12. Evolution Privacy’s not dead. It’s evolving. Eyesight, language, biology, web. We are conscious actors in this role! Can model nature (fractals, physics, golden ratio)
  13. 13. Evolution Privacy’s not dead. It’s evolving. Eyesight, language, biology, web. We are conscious actors in this role! Can model nature (fractals, physics, golden ratio) Make tech more human. Do higher-order stuff.
  14. 14. Evolution Privacy’s not dead. It’s evolving. Eyesight, language, biology, web. We are conscious actors in this role! Can model nature (fractals, physics, golden ratio) Make tech more human. Do higher-order stuff. Raise the bar for yourself & those around you.
  15. 15. Dystopia How are we doing against machines? Re-captcha, Amazon Mechanical Turk
  16. 16. Dystopia How are we doing against machines? Re-captcha, Amazon Mechanical Turk The web: TV 2.0? Radio 3.0? Phonograph 4.0?
  17. 17. Dystopia How are we doing against machines? Re-captcha, Amazon Mechanical Turk The web: TV 2.0? Radio 3.0? Phonograph 4.0? Do we give people bread-and-circuses?
  18. 18. Dystopia How are we doing against machines? Re-captcha, Amazon Mechanical Turk The web: TV 2.0? Radio 3.0? Phonograph 4.0? Do we give people bread-and-circuses? And about the Distraction Economy...
  19. 19. ...a quote...
  20. 20. “The early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the information might be true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies -- the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”
  21. 21. “The early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the information might be true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies -- the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” – Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, in 1958
  22. 22. Small day-to-day humanity
  23. 23. Small day-to-day humanity Be daring and honest. Allow people to fail.
  24. 24. Small day-to-day humanity Be daring and honest. Allow people to fail. Question authority. Then create your own.
  25. 25. Small day-to-day humanity Be daring and honest. Allow people to fail. Question authority. Then create your own. Watch your brain diet. What are you taking in?
  26. 26. Small day-to-day humanity Be daring and honest. Allow people to fail. Question authority. Then create your own. Watch your brain diet. What are you taking in? “What am I creating?” Keep track in a diary.
  27. 27. Small day-to-day humanity Be daring and honest. Allow people to fail. Question authority. Then create your own. Watch your brain diet. What are you taking in? “What am I creating?” Keep track in a diary. “People like to hear their names. I’m no exception. Please call my name!”
  28. 28. Small day-to-day humanity Be daring and honest. Allow people to fail. Question authority. Then create your own. Watch your brain diet. What are you taking in? “What am I creating?” Keep track in a diary. “People like to hear their names. I’m no exception. Please call my name!” Be gracious. Say thank you. A lot.
  29. 29. Thank you! This’ll be up on SlideShare.net I’m Brian Calhoun and I work for SilverStripe brian@silverstripe.com

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