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The Big Question

Ever since I could remember, or really maybe ever since I could think somewhat straight, it struck me that technology was getting quickly more powerful. I remember practicing hiding under a desk in grade school from a nuclear bomb from via Cuba (no shit!) and thinking a eight year old version of wtf?

Pardon my crassness and negativity, but something was not right when my response to the most powerful technology ever invented was to hide under a desk. You can’t even get that kind of planning past a little kid, yet hide we did.

It wasn’t until years later when it shifted to a more useful fundamental viewpoint that technology was neutral and whether it destroyed  or made things better depended somewhat on competency, but more so the intent of the user.  As the technology curve grows, so does the potential of both destruction and deliverance.

Humans adapt quickly but evolve slowly. Technology used to do the same, but, as we see throughout GiantLeap.com’s Posts and Pages, technology is evolving so quickly and substantively, we can no longer do what we have done. We may already be at the point where one deranged act could alter every life on the planet.

How are we going to get past that obvious reality at the intersection of personal prowess and human nature’s darker sides. That, is The Big Question that has beckoned me here.

Extreme Eventualities

 

Most of this site is hopefully positive about the increasing speed of Exponential Technologies and the potential outcomes. The big question is, what fate will humanity choose?

It seems we can either transcend the scarcity and limits we have evolved within or craft our own tragic fate. Technology is neither good nor bad. A hammer can be a tool used for building or a weapon of destruction. So it is with all tools and technologies.

I think any reasonable person should be awed by the speed of the advance of many sectors in the news feed of this site. We arguably more significant innovations every year than we had in our history. And, the speed of advance or human prowess through technology just gets faster and faster.

Most things advance through the will, efforts and accomplishments of a select segment of our population. Just as there are world class athletes, business people, and other segments, a few people drive change, evolution and advancement of our species.

So, where are the brilliant few that will help us to change our habits, proclivities and perhaps our very nature? We need them. We need them now.

Children seem to come into the world with awe, openness, and wonder. With needs, but without hate. With opportunity.

Most of us survive the random nature of our birth situation and circumstances. Most of us can show the scars we know and hide from the hidden ones. Many of us thrive and create, survive and love.

Each new generation is an opportunity for us to raise a better generation. But our broken one is the one that must do that.

Our technological power demands that. If we don’t, soon we will crash into ourselves at such a force or with such tyranny that life and beauty will surely take a tragic hit. Perhaps not to complete destruction but surely less than what lies down the other path of advancing our humanity at least a bit as we master the rest of our landscape.

Surely that decision deserves something better than we are giving it. Where are the geniuses of that part of destiny? Anyone?

Thoughts on Truth

We are in well into the fast accelerating curve of Exponential Technologies. Our decision making and humanity need to also improve to help us make a better world.

Part of that quest has to be an ever stronger embrace of the truth as it really is. We came from a simpler time in many respects. Our navigation of the new complexity can take us great places.

We cannot know anything for sure (check the disagreement between Quantum Mechanics and the Theory of Relativity).  That said, there are miles of difference between beliefs, theories, and facts.

Some things cannot be known as they are definitions, not truth. Other things are simply too complex for our understanding or to model.  And there is definitely more to life beyond our senses.

While sometimes believing is all we have. But, through insight and tinkering, we can move to the realm of conjecture, theory and sometimes facts. Our technological rise depended on it and still does.

It turns out the world is not flat, Galileo was right about Earth’s place and knocking on wood does nothing to prevent events from happening. While these may sound silly today, we have similar ridiculous notions.

Bias is a part of our nature as is guessing and pattern recognition. A little mental discipline can go a long way towards us rising above our limits.

Let’s all do our part by realizing that we are only partially rational creatures by nature. Our consciousness sits ethereally on top of  mammalian and lizard brain parts i n a sometimes volatile chemical bath.

Our best hope seems to be a mindfulness of that and developing a compass that values hard truth over all.  People are allowed to believe what they want, as long as everyone does. One is not entitled to their own set of facts, though.

Einstein said facts are what stand up to experience.  Words to live by. Sorting beliefs, theories, and facts from life is likely our best chance of being able to transcend the exponential technology future that is now upon us.

 

What do YOU think?

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I’m Jeff. GaintLeap.com is curated by me. I am very interested in Technology, especially this age of Exponential Technology.

As you are reading this, you must be interested in Exponential Technologies as well. I am very interested in hearing you regarding the topic, this site and/or your thoughts on to how to make GiantLeap.com better. I am always up for engaging with interesting people on interesting things.

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Thanks for stopping by,

Jeff

Contests and Collaboration

A proven way to get results is using a good competition, collaboration or contest. From the first human powered flight to getting someone to space without using being a country, prizes have been key to not only specific innovations, but learning about the process itself.

Here are some very interesting ones:

Prizes | XPRIZE XPRIZE is an innovation engine and a facilitator of exponential change. We transform how people think about the world’s biggest problems and incentivize their solutions.
Accelerating the Future: Dubai Announces Plan to Solve Modern Society’s Biggest Issues The government of Dubai just unveiled plans for the Dubai Future Accelerators program, which seeks to bring together innovative individuals and governing officials to develop solutions to real world problems. And you can be a part of it.
Carbon XPrize aims to reimagine CO2Forty-seven entries from seven countries are set to take part in a competition aimed at finding new ways to convert carbon dioxide into valuable products. The NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize will award US$20 million to the teams that develop the best breakthrough technologies for “reimagining CO2.”
DARPA is Giving $2 Million To The Person Who Creates An AI HackerDARPA just issued a challenge for hackers: Make an AI that can hack other computers.
Home | Google Lunar XPRIZE#GLXPMoonShot is epic. See how far these teams will go to get back to the moon
Making an Artificial Intelligence: X Prize And IBM Team Up For $5 Million CompetitionIBM, maker of the AI Watson, and the X Prize Foundation have launched a $5 million competition to seek the possibilities of how AI could make an impact in real world problems.
Robotics: Science and Systems
Future Festival – Trend Hunter’s Insight & Innovation ConferenceTrend Hunter’s FUTURE FESTIVAL. This is an experience for our private clients and top-tier innovators, specifically designed to accelerate careers and immerse you in the future.
Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking Announce $100 Million Breakthrough Initiative to Dramatically Accelerate Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe – Astrobiology Magazine10-year, Multi-disciplinary Search Effort Will Harness World’s Largest Telescopes to Mine Data from Nearest Million Stars, Milky Way and 100 Galaxies
Prizes | XPRIZEXPRIZE is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity
Behind the Scenes at the Breakthrough Prizes, the Glitzy Oscars for Science | WIRED Where scientists on the red carpet can talk about peeing in space. Where scientists on the red carpet can talk about peeing in space.
Attention! Apply To The Startup Battlefield At Disrupt London NOW | TechCrunch Attention Europe! Applications are now open for the Startup Battlefield competition at Disrupt London. The Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premiere startup..
Global Grand Challenges | Singularity University Startup Lab
We Want You To Exhibit In Startup Alley At Disrupt SF | TechCrunch Disrupt SF is right around the corner, and spots in the Startup Alley are filling up fast. If you want to get in on the action, now is the time to get your..
Robotics: Science and Systems
Future Festival – Trend Hunter’s Insight & Innovation ConferenceTrend Hunter’s FUTURE FESTIVAL. This is an experience for our private clients and top-tier innovators, specifically designed to accelerate careers and immerse you in the future.
Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking Announce $100 Million Breakthrough Initiative to Dramatically Accelerate Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe – Astrobiology Magazine10-year, Multi-disciplinary Search Effort Will Harness World’s Largest Telescopes to Mine Data from Nearest Million Stars, Milky Way and 100 Galaxies
Prizes | XPRIZE
XPRIZE Home Page XPRIZE is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity
UAE’s $1m Robotics Award open for entries – Emirates 24|7 Award a first-of-its-kind global platform: Hamdan
Virgin Earth Challenge : The Prize Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge is an innovation incentive designed to award scalable and sustainable ways of taking carbon out of the air. Often referred to as Greenhouse Gas Removal, Carbon Dioxide Removal, Carbon Drawdown, Carbon Fixation, or Negative Emissions Technologies, these proposed approaches look to work in conjunction with reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the first place – removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to help meet emissions reductions targets for a more stable climate and healthier oceans.
The MIT DARPA Robotics Challenge Team

 

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

There are a lot of opinions about becoming an Entrepreneur.  Getting the lay of the land, as it were, can be tough.

Here are some resources that might help:

How to Run Wild Experiments Just Like (Google) X
Silicon Valley Lies And Those Who Tell Them | TechCrunch We are now in a new year. Like most people, you’ll likely start 2016 setting a bunch of resolutions. If you are an entrepreneur, or want to become one, do..
If At First Your Acqui-Hire Sucks, Try Again | TechCrunch It took back-to-back acqui-hires for me to learn there’s a right way and a wrong way to do them. We had made it. Despite running low on money and having..
How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software | TechCrunch I’ve always wanted to make a lot of money, have people pay a lot of attention to me and do a lot of exciting things. I just never knew how. Many of my..
Why entrepreneurs should focus on personal branding Whether it’s your customers or other stakeholders, the way they perceive your company or product depends on how they perceive you.
The CrunchBase Unicorn Leaderboard A curated leaderboard of private companies with post-money valuations of $1 billion or more.
Jeff Bezos interview: Jeremy Clarkson, Amazon Prime and a new golden age of television – Telegraph Amazon founder and chief executive talks exclusively to The Telegraph on the Top Gear trio and the future of television
You’re Still Modeling Growth Incorrectly | TechCrunch When I first got the job running marketing at Mint, founder and CEO Aaron Patzer told me that we had to get Mint to 100,000 users within six months of..
The Billion-Dollar Trait Behind Airbnb, Instagram, and Pinterest – Singularity HUB People often forget how difficult it is to start a company. This post is about “grit”—one of the most critical attributes of successful entrepreneurs.
A Brief History Of Airbnb | TechCrunch TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.

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Elon Musk’s 15 Lessons for Your Startup Business

Raising an Innovator: 10 Tips From Our Nation’s Greatest Inventors | Jayme Cellitioci Last week, I was explaining to my 4-year-old that mom had to miss two “sleeps” at home in order to help make a celebration for our country’s greatest inventors and innovators. As I had the unique opportunity to sit and chat with these creative problem solving geniuses of our time, I excavated 10 tips on preparing your child and mine to innovate in the 21st century.

Bringing Back Brick and Mortar?

Shopping online is great for some things, but shopping has been an experience that drove civilization of humanity. Amazon and others have been driving shopping online and it is convenient, but is it fun and where are the jobs in that?

A lot of new ideas will be coming down the pike in the realm of commerce. Places like this with stores like this likely will provide something that pure virtual cannot deliver.

 

Futuristic retail-tech hub at Westfield San Francisco ready to open – SFGate On May 28, the first group of companies is scheduled to set up shop in Bespoke’s demonstration spaces near the mall’s storied Level 4 dome. Bespoke is a tech-focused trifecta of co-working space, event venue and demonstration space, which will allow companies and consumers to test new products among the mall’s 200 traditional retailers..

 

Hope We Are Up To It

Technology is wonderful and we have a great big backyard in the Solar System and beyond that looks like it could sure use some life added to it. Humans can finally go beyond our own earth into space and we should.

We could also simply recognize the abundance technology allows us now and change our mindset before something truly ugly happens. Or, perhaps, just find some leadership to get us both places.

Our decision making in technology, the market mostly takes care of. Taking care of ourselves and our planet, that is a different story. While things look up in the air, our future is not bleak unless we don’t make changes that align with our new technological prowess and somehow start making wise decisions while somewhat under new kind of pressures that are coming at us faster.

Here is a different take on the same matter at hand.

Astronomer Royal Martin Rees: How soon will robots take over the world? – Telegraph An explosion in artificial intelligence has sent us hurtling towards a post-human future, warns Martin Rees

 

Improved Web Article Reading with Google Chrome

The Beta Distill Page Mode is ready in Beta. Here’s a simple explanation for how to set it up.  Two thumbs up:

 

How to enable Reader Mode in Chrome for Windows – CNET Want to remove distractions from the websites you’re just trying to read? Reader Mode is finally here for desktop versions of Chrome.

 

Reading on the web is an example of Exponential Technology gone wild. There are a lot of great Articles and Posts that are linked to on the web but with so many visual and sound ad distractions pulling at your mind it is hard to concentrate on the information sometime.

Great news for Chrome Users. Here is an easy method to get to Google Chrome’s Beta Distill Page Mode by simply changing the shortcut and selecting the setting Distill Page when you want to read without all the clutter.

Tech Movies

A lot of Technology has been driven, at least in part, by science fiction movies. It can be insightful as well as entertainment to watch these films, sometimes more than once.

Since Futuristic Movies  fiction and  a matter of taste by nature,  some will appeal and be on point, others not. Since there are so many good lists out there that covered all that came to mind, here are some lists, in no particular order, but perhaps you might find fun anyway.

15 of the best movies about AI, ranked | ZDNet Avengers: Age of Ultron recently rocked its evil robot ways through theaters, but here are 15 other great artificial intelligence films that totally compute.
13 Movies That Explore The Future Of Technology | The Creators Project We explore the real-world technologies that mirror their imaginary counterparts in 13 legendary sci-fi films.

 

52 Movies Every Tech Geek Must See – Becoming a Computer Technician

 

The Top 10 Tech Movies of the Millennium – TIME It’s time. Fourteen years into the millennium, the top 10 tech films need to be crowned.

 

 

40+ Movies Based On Hacking & Computer Technology These movies contain scenes that could help you to understand new technologies or terms. Here is the list of movies based on hacking and computer technology.