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Man and Superman: Impact of the Science Revolutions

Posted on Thursday, Jul 20th 2017

By Guest Author Frank H. Levinson

In the previous two segments, we looked at what a Singularity was and as part of evidence for the possibility of a technology singularity, we studied the frequency of five scientific revolutions. Let us now analyze the impact of these revolutions.

It is perhaps hard for us to realize that the impact of each of these last five revolutions, measured by their pervasive effects which underpin modern life, is as important as the domestication of agriculture or creation of geometry millennia ago. But the modern ones have a much greater social impact because they arise, become widely available and approach near ubiquitous use in vastly shorter adoption times. >>>

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Man and Superman: Modern Science Revolutions

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 12th 2017

By Guest Author Frank H. Levinson

In the first segment of this series, we saw what a singularity was and were looking at the evidence for the possibility of a technology singularity. So, let’s now fill in the revolutionary landscape (remember that the agricultural revolution which started about 10,000 BCE was the first one!).

The next major scientific revolution was led by Greek science and Roman engineering when systematic structure (e.g., modern mathematics was born) and methodology in terms of engineering occurred.  We see this reflected in such diverse fields as geometry, >>>

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Man and Superman: Life Near An Approaching Technology Singularity

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 5th 2017

By Guest Author Frank H. Levinson

Ray Kurzweil began writing more than 25 years ago about the possibility of a technology singularity occurring sometime in the late 20th century. He defines “Singularity” as “a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed.”    >>>

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Thought Leaders in Artificial Intelligence: Mike Flannagan, SVP of Analytics, SAP (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jun 26th 2017

This is a superb conversation about the trends and directions in which AI is evolving, especially in business applications.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to SAP’s artificial intelligence activities. What trends are you seeing? What trends are you leading?

Mike Flannagan: The most significant thing that we’re seeing is that people don’t expect to interact with artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced analytics as a side card to their core business processes. When we think about how to apply machine learning, we’re thinking about how to apply it in the context of existing workflows and how to enrich business processes >>>

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Thought Leaders in Artificial Intelligence: Diaz Nesamoney, Founder and CEO of Jivox (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jun 12th 2017

Diaz is a 3x serial entrepreneur. He was a co-founder of Informatica with Gaurav Dhillon. In Jivox, Diaz is working personalization into digital advertising using AI techniques including Machine Learning. A great discussion about the future of digital advertising.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well as to the company.

Diaz Nesamoney: I’m the Founder and CEO of Jivox. I’m a serial entrepreneur. This is my third company. I tell >>>

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Man and Superman: A Case for Human Happiness

Posted on Thursday, May 18th 2017

By Guest Author Ajit Narayanan

This Man-Superman terminology smells like some adolescent Ayn Rand-ian fantasy, but I agree that humanity will bifurcate into two types of people: the Happy and the Not-Happy. And entrepreneurship or capital (or even skill) will not be the dividing line here.
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Man and Superman: Is There an Action Item?

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th 2017

In order to give focus to some major changes she sees on the horizon, Sramana Mitra has written several pieces that grew out of her original article, Man and Superman: Human History Bifurcates. The previous articles in this series: Two Distinct SpeciesWhat CAN Be Controlled?Rationalizing PopulationsHow Long Does Democracy Survive?The Environmental Time BombRole of Religion, and Will There Be Revolution? Please share your thoughts and help get the conversation going.

As this series has developed, I’ve had the privilege of listening to various perspectives about the possibilities. I’ve also had very interesting exchanges about questions, alternatives, and ramifications.

One particular point of view, over a beautiful luncheon at my friend Enrica’s, concerned online learning.

Clearly, the distinction between Man and Superman is largely in intellectual capacity.
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Man and Superman: Will There Be Revolution?

Posted on Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

In order to give focus to some major changes she sees on the horizon, Sramana Mitra has written several pieces that grew out of her original article, Man and Superman: Human History Bifurcates. The previous articles in this series: Two Distinct SpeciesWhat CAN Be Controlled?Rationalizing PopulationsHow Long Does Democracy Survive?; The Environmental Time Bomb; Role of Religion. Please share your thoughts and help get the conversation going.

I’ve had several conversations about this series at various dinner parties, and a few points that have come up are worth further discussion.

One of them is the rebuttal that if Superman stops supporting Man through extensive welfare, there will be revolution.

I agree. This is a very logical possibility.

So let’s do a thought experiment on what leads up to revolution and what happens in the event of revolution.
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