Posts Tagged ‘21lessons’

Big data is reshaping humanity, says Yuval Noah Harari | The Economist

November 10, 2021

21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Kindle edition by Yuval Noah Harari. Politics & Social Sciences Kindle eBooks @

September 5, 2021

Yuval Noah Harari on Why Technology Favors Tyranny – The Atlantic

April 29, 2021


For starters, we need to place a much higher priority on understanding how the human mind works—particularly how our own wisdom and compassion can be cultivated. If we invest too much in AI and too little in developing the human mind, the very sophisticated artificial intelligence of computers might serve only to empower the natural stupidity of humans, and to nurture our worst (but also, perhaps, most powerful) impulses, among them greed and hatred. To avoid such an outcome, for every dollar and every minute we invest in improving AI, we would be wise to invest a dollar and a minute in exploring and developing human consciousness.

More practically, and more immediately, if we want to prevent the concentration of all wealth and power in the hands of a small elite, we must regulate the ownership of data. In ancient times, land was the most important asset, so politics was a struggle to control land. In the modern era, machines and factories became more important than land, so political struggles focused on controlling these vital means of production. In the 21st century, data will eclipse both land and machinery as the most important asset, so politics will be a struggle to control data’s flow.

Unfortunately, we don’t have much experience in regulating the ownership of data, which is inherently a far more difficult task than regulating land or machines. Data are everywhere and nowhere at the same time, they can move at the speed of light, and you can create as many copies of them as you want. Do the data collected about my DNA, my brain, and my life belong to me, or to the government, or to a corporation, or to the human collective?

Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer – The New York Times

November 11, 2018

People Have Limited Knowledge. What’s the Remedy? Nobody Knows

October 12, 2018

Inside Out (2015 film) – Wikipedia

October 12, 2018

Harari’s New Book Review in The Economist

October 11, 2018

In the kingdom of cyborgs
Big data is reshaping humanity, says Yuval Noah Harari
Uneven and easy to mock, his new book contains provocative and profound ideas

Aug 30th 2018

The Lion King & The Tibetan Wheel of Life. ~ Jenna Penielle Lyons | elephant journal

October 6, 2018

Red pill and blue pill – Wikipedia

October 6, 2018

The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill, are a popular cultural meme, a metaphor representing the choice between:

Knowledge, freedom, uncertainty and the brutal truths of reality (red pill) Security, happiness, beauty, and the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue pill)

The terms, popularized in science fiction culture, are derived from the 1999 film The Matrix. In the film, the main character Neo is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill by rebel leader Morpheus.

Hocus pocus (magic) – Wikipedia

October 6, 2018

Hoc est corpus meum