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If you are interested in what Elon Musk said rather than the fact that he smoked Marijuana and people went crazy and Tesla shares dropped – read on.

  • AI – AI is not necessarily bad, it’s just going to be outside of human control… AI will be used as a weapon so the on ramp to serious AI – the danger is going to be more humans using it against each other. – 13min
  • Cybernetic collective or Cyber physical systems (CPS) – Any group of people – a company – is essentially a cybernetic collective of people and machines. There are different levels of complexity in the way these companies are formed. And then there is sort of a collective AI in the google search where we are all plugged in like nodes on a network. Like leaves on a big tree, where we are all feeding this network with our questions and answers. We are all collectively programming the AI. And Google and plus all the humans that connect to it are one giant cybernetic collective… that are constantly connected – 16min
  • Limbic resonance – The more limbic resonance the more engagement. Things are getting more and more connected. They are at this point constrained by bandwidth, our input output is slow, particularly output. Images are a way of communicating at high bandwidth – 19min
  • Superhuman cognition – The limbic system and the cortex are in a symbiotic relationship. The cortex is mostly in service to the limbic system. That’s what most of that computing power is arched towards. Now if we have a third layer which is the AI extension of yourself that is also symbiotic and there is enough bandwidth between the cortex and the AI extension of yourself such that the AI doesn’t defect or separate. Then that could be a positive outcome for the future. It will enable anyone who wants to have superhuman cognition. 26min
  • Human machine symbiosis – You are already a cyborg because your phone is an extension of yourself. It’s just that the data rate – rate of communication between you and the cybernetic extension of yourself that is your phone and computer is slow. It’s like a tiny straw of information flow between your biological self and your digital self. We need to make that tiny straw like a giant river, a huge, high-bandwidth interface. We need to expand the information flow between your biological self and your digital self. High bandwidth interface. It’s an interface problem. A data rate problem. Solve the data rate problem and I think we can hang onto human machine symbiosis through the long term. – 28min
  • If your biological self dies, you can upload into a new unit – 30min
  • Virtual reality – At some point technology will be indistinguishable from reality…this could be some simulation. If you assume any rate of improvement at all then games will be indistinguishable from reality or civilisation will end. One of those two things will occur. 44min
  • I think most likely, there are many simulations. These simulations, you might as well call them reality or multiverse. They are running on the substrate. That substrate is probably boring… I think if we are a simulation, it’s really boring outside the simulation. You make simulation that is way more interesting than reality. – 50min
  • The Tesla is programmed to ‘dance’ to ‘ballet’ (see for yourself)… I’m going to put video games in it.
  • 3D Traffic – You can have 100 levels of tunnel no problem. The fundamental issue with roads is that you have a 2D transport system and a 3D living and workspace environment so you have concentrated work environments and then you want to go into this 2D transport system which is pretty low density because cars are spaced out pretty far. And you are going to have traffic guaranteed. But if you can have 3D traffic system then you can solve all traffic. You can either go 3D up with a flying car or you can go 3D down with tunnels. You can arbitrarily relieve any traffic. You can go further down with tunnels than you can go up with buildings.
  • Flying cars – Too noisy and there’s too much airflow. The fundamental issues with flying cars is … Think about how loud toy drones are and how much air they blow. Now imagine that a thousand times heavier. Your neighbours are not going to be happy if you land a flying car in your backyard. 1hr 09min
  • Smokes a single puff of a joint at 2hr 10min
  • I like to get things done. I like to be useful. That is one of the hardest things to do – to be useful. 2hr 19min

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There is a documentary on Netflix called ‘The True Cost’ that has left me a little shook.

The documentary is about  the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world.

While I have known this because of coverage of garment factory collapses, protests for fair working conditions and the amount of clothes in landfill – the breadth of the collective damage this is doing to our planet, our fellow humans and our own sense of worth has escaped me till now.

The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. We jump for joy as we run to the sales but forget that the process to make these cheap clothes come at a cost.

Our Earth is a finite resource that we do not respect, take care of and cost accordingly.
Our fellow humans efforts are not ‘cheap labour’ and should be costed accordingly.
Our footprint from buying clothes almost every day or week is collectively leaving tonnes of material in landfill that will be there for 200 years

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, the documentary invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

The documentary makes you think about who really pays the price for our clothing? The workers? the planet? us? or all of the above?

What is the true cost of your chosen skin?

I have decided that I will:

  1. Stop buying anything new – My wardrobe is colossal and I need to acknowledge it.
  2. Evaluate what I have – Go through my clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery to compartmentalise my wardrobe more thoughtfully so that I can be creative with what I have by styling and restyling pieces and thereby avoiding the temptation to buy more.
  3. Use sites like gumtree and places like fashion markets – Find people to give or sell my old or outgrown clothes to – they will actually wear it rather than it end up in landfill.
  4. Buy ethical – If I must buy, I will focus on ethical quality long lasting pieces over price.
  5. Reflect on my style – Focus on what suits me rather than fashion ‘trends’ I will outgrow or won’t suit me.
  6. I promise – to ask myself ‘what is the true cost’ of every item I pick up.

Do you?

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On 29th July, two students were killed and 12 injured when a bus plowed into a bus stand in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. In a country where such deaths were frequent, this could have been just another body on just another day.

But the students of Bangladesh have had enough. Enough of the selfishness, corruption and rampant denial of human rights. They have taken to the streets to demand justice, order and law in a country where all three are rare.

Students of Bangladesh – I salute you and pray for your safety and success.
You make us proud. In the words of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Amra jodi na jaagi ma, kemne shokal hobe?

 

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Tell me do I look opressed, unhygenic or like a terrorist in these pictures to you? If you said yes to any of them above then please click here and check yourself!

Kudos to the creator of the Burkini – Ahiida designs.

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The US presidential election has given not just Americans, but citizens of the world much cause for concern. As the candidates have whittled down from a flurry of Republicans each as stupid and dangerous as the other, we’ve been left with the most dangerous one of them all – A man who doesn’t value his word.

Each time Donald Trump opens his mouth, it’s to say something rude, offensive, racist and/or sexist. His comments are mostly outright lies if not grossly misleading and he has been successfully misleading the American public for the last several months. Trump may or may not be broke and this may or may not all be a big publicity stunt but what worries me is the vitriolic hate speech and actions that he seems to have legitimised in the minds of his followers and supporters…

Read the full article HERE.

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For a while now, I’ve wanted to start up a virtual centre for rape victims and victims of abuse. The site will act like an online white pages which lists contacts and organisations (who have agreed to volunteer and be contacted by rape victims) in their state or city.

The plan is to:

  • Plan a project
  • Design a site
  • Garner contacts who will volunteer various services like legal, medical and media aid, locally at first and then nationally and internationally
  •  Promote the site in a way that it becomes available to victims and their families when they are to scared to seek help in person.

There are things to consider:

  • Legal implications and the necessary disclaimers
  • Design of the site to prevent it causing more harm (ie. if the abuser catches the victim on the site. Some way of deleting cookies or history)
  • Funding, sponsorship or partnerships from and/or with government agencies, NGOs or organisations
  • Promoting the project and concept to a broader audience.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how/where I can start this initiative?

 

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Recently, I was at the checkout in Aldi when, the (for lack of a better way to describe her) white, ‘Aussie’ woman behind the counter asked the two Asian girls in line behind me to ‘pass over the incense stick lying over there’. The girls gave her blank looks and she repeated her request three more times, each louder than the last until she said, ‘Oh, don’t worry!’. I turned around, noticed the offending incense stick poking out of a counter top, and handed it to her and she said, ‘Oh, you would know! Thank you!’ and I left on my merry way.

This small exchange got me thinking about cross cultural communication and the dialogue we utilise to express ourselves with others. In hindsight, I found it interesting that the cashier chose to repeat the same words louder instead of trying different words or even sign language. This exchange is a microcosm for wider society in which all of us are getting louder and louder in an effort to make ourselves heard, resulting in a cacophony of noise in which no one is actually understood.

The other. Our inherit need to apply structure and control to our surroundings have always implemented a classification system for everything – including ourselves. Throughout our history, social; economic; geographic and natural concerns have impacted the way we see things as well as the way we rank our disparate selves. Now so accustomed to this classification, we fail to recognise in each other our similarities. Instead we assume our difference are what defines us. We assume that an Asian woman should understand English (accent and all) by virtue of being in an English speaking country and that if we just repeat the words louder she must understand. We assume that a veiled woman must be Muslim and therefore oppressed. We assume that covered women must be Muslim and are ranked below Muslim men and have no mind of their own. The same classification system teaches us that it is ok to demand a Sikh man remove his turban, or a Muslim woman remove her veil. That it is ok to subject people of non-white skin colour to more rigorous security protocol at airports or other public places for no other reason than prejudice.

Nowhere is this more palpable than in the country that proclaims itself as the ‘greatest country on earth’. Every day there are reports in mainstream media which portray the Black, the Muslim, the Sikh and the Asian as the Other. The coverage from the media is loud and stubborn as journalists and broadcasters alike spew the same vehement hate speech over and over, louder and louder and wonder why others do not understand or listen to their repeated requests to submit to their way of life. This dangerous pattern has gained traction due to the distinctly unique campaigning style of the Republican nominees who have based their campaigns on one key thing: Fear-mongering. And it’s not just America that’s listening. Hate fuelled acts of violence are being committed every day in almost every part of the world, as people become increasingly scared of the other.  From the Islamophobic graffiti attack on a car in Sydney to racist attacks against British Muslims. It seems that no matter where you are in the world, there is someone who feels threatened by another and reacts in a violent and hateful manner,  thus perpetuating the feeling of being threatened. The net of hurt anger is cast wider and wider.

As I read my newsfeed despondently, two babies sitting on the laps of their respective mothers caught my eye. Both mothers sat on the train facing away from each other but the babies didn’t let that dissuade them. They reached out, and as brown skin made contact with white, both babies faces lit up with undeterred delight. There was no fear and no hatred. Only smiles. Those babies made me realise that love is something we are born with and fear is something we learn. We learn it through a media that sensationalises every attack and every action, we learn it through politicians, and other leaders in the community who misuse their positions to incite fear and hatred in order to further their own agendas. And we perpetuate what we learn through ignorance and refusal to unlearn our hatred by educating ourselves about others who share this world with us.

It is incumbent on every man, woman, and child to learn. As it says in the Holy Quran, “Read! In the Name of your Lord who created” (95:1) Find out about what is happening around you and look beyond your own situation so you can understand what is happening in, and to, the big wide world we all live in. So you can empathise with those less fortunate, so you can use your knowledge and good fortune, your health and your wealth or even just your voice – to fight for what is right. Not louder and louder – but in different ways to reach different audiences. The greatest gift we have is our ability to give and while everyone feels threatened, there are a few who are not afraid to be warm in their welcome. Let’s learn from them, emulate them and communicate with each other not just loudly but more meaningfully so we can forge connections that help us coexist on this shared possession we call Earth.

 

 

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