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Seoul Digital Forum (keynote file)

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Towards a Global Brain: Man-machine symbiosis, cooperation, and the future of society. My talk at the Seoul Digital Forum on May 23, 2012.

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Seoul Digital Forum (keynote file)

  1. Towards a Global Brain:Man-machine symbiosis, cooperation, and the future of society
  2. “The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” -Edwin Schlossberg
  3. The extraordinary convergenceof computing and human potential
  4. Towards a global brain
  5. The Google Autonomous Vehicle
  6. 2005: Seven Miles in Seven Hours
  7. 2011: Hundreds of thousands of miles in ordinary traffic
  8. Artificial Intelligence? “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines” -John McCarthy, 1956
  9. “We don’t have better algorithms. We just have moredata.” - Peter Norvig, Chief Scientist, Google
  10. AI plus the recorded memory of augmented humans
  11. 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. Eprint
  12. Harnessing Collective Intelligence
  13. A few key assertions We are building a network-mediated global mind It is not the “skynet” of the Terminator movies It is us, augmented
  14. “global consciousness isthat thing responsible fordeciding that potscontaining decaffeinatedcoffee should be orange”– Danny Hillis (via Jeff Bezos)– http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/03/16/etech_3.html
  15. We are all Khaled Said
  16. “Wikipedia is not anencyclopedia. It is avirtual city, a city whosemain export to the worldis its encyclopediaarticles, but with aninternal life of its own.”
  17. “Half the money I spendon advertising is wasted;the trouble is I dont knowwhich half.” - John Wanamaker (1838-1922)
  18. “Only 1% of healthcare spend now goes to diagnosis.We need to shift from the idea that you do diagnosisat the start, followed by treatment, to a cycle ofdiagnosis, treatment, diagnosis...as we explore whatworks.” -Pascale Witz, GE Medical Diagnostics
  19. 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. ... 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, 1945
  20. A device that knowswhere I am better than Ido, a knowing assistanttelling me where to goand how to get there.
  21. The global brain is us,connected and augmented
  22.  patientslikeme and collaborative clinical trials
  23.  Jen’s TED talk, possums
  24. Mission 4636
  25. How can we make the emerging globalconsciousness not only smarter and more capable, but more moral?
  26. We’ve got one world. We’d better get it right.

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