News — At The Edge — 12/16

  • Present Issues Bleeding Into the Future — risk to democracy, algorithm monitoring and time as currency — highlight unexplored territories.
  • Future Issues — machines able to see the future and instant 3D printing — offer a mixed picture of what is ahead.

Present Issues Bleeding Into the Future

Obama: Protect democracy or risk taking path of Nazi Germany

New York City moves to establish algorithm-monitoring task force

  • How can people know whether or not they or their circumstances are being assessed algorithmically, and how should they be informed as to that process?
  • Does a given system disproportionately impact certain groups, such as the elderly, immigrants, the disabled, minorities, etc.?
  • If so, what should be done on behalf of an affected group?
  • How does a given system function, both in terms of its technical details and in how the city applies it?
  • How should these systems and their training data be documented and archived?….

Units of Time are the New Currency —

  1. Reduce friction for your customers and yourself…[and] build your utility.
  2. Compound time by investing in the ecosystem and getting other companies to integrate [and] building on top of your platform….
  3. Buy other people’s time to defend your utility and stay relevant [by]…acquiring new products [that]…maintain your utility….

Future Issues

Researchers train robots to see into the future -

Holography-based 3D printing produces objects in seconds instead of hours -

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Doc Huston

Consultant & Speaker on future nexus of technology-economics-politics, PhD Nested System Evolution, MA Alternative Futures, Patent Holder —