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new Just like the internet has done over the last three decades, the Metaverse presents a myriad of opportunities (and risks) for retailers and consumers alike. So, whether it’s today or a decade from now, the keys to retail success remain the same as they have always been – to listen and communicate clearly and concisely with customers regardless of the channel and continue to innovate. And, just as the key to success remains the same, so do the risks of inaction.IT Brief Australia, 7h ago
new The ‘digital society’ could help to address systemic productivity issues. It could also lead to the provision of more inclusive, fair and robust services. Using our unique position and established expertise, we can tap into the enormous potential for data science and AI to drive a new generation of public services which are efficient, smart and responsive to both complexity and uncertainty. Similarly, advances could improve resilience and economic security through real-time monitoring of the economy, its financial systems, and supply chains.The Alan Turing Institute, 8h ago
new Although I salute the successes of these initiatives, two undeniable truths remain. One, today’s era of precision medicine brings with it as many challenges as it does opportunities and two, there is still much work to be done towards better organising and streamlining our efforts in order to more effectively seize on these chances.esmo.org, 9h ago
new The energy crisis we are living through today is the world’s first truly global one – however I also believe it represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink and indeed reimagine energy security and sustainability in a way that ensures an equitable transition is at its epi-centre. Technology can play a huge role in making energy systems more intelligent, reliable, connected, efficient and sustainable, but innovation such as the accelerating integration of IoT, IT and OT does come with significant risks too, namely the potential for life, property, financial and environment-compromising cyber-attacks against critical infrastructure. The pervasiveness, vulnerability and cloud connectivity of IT, IoT and Operational Technology devices reflects a rapidly expanding but too often unchecked risk surface affecting not just the energy sector, but also a wider array of industries and organisation types.bbntimes.com, 8h ago
new Unfortunately, the health crisis of the past two years had already served as a stark reminder that borders are not guaranteed to remain open, that connections which used to be taken for granted can be severed in an instant. Yet adapting to this reality, which is likely to shape our world for the foreseeable future, has also taught us—as ESMO and as one oncology community—how to overcome physical and geographical constraints to continue our collective action against cancer and keep up the pace of progress in research and practice. Thanks to technological innovation, we have experienced that virtual meetings are not only possible, but also productive. Doctors worldwide can now access learning opportunities to acquire new knowledge and apply it to improve patient care regardless of their ability to travel the global oncology conference circuit. This lesson will not be forgotten and, in that spirit, the...esmo.org, 9h ago
new This long and destabilising year is drawing to a close, and out of the many emotions it has brought up, the one I would like to focus on now is gratefulness.I am grateful that throughout the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, which is affecting people’s lives at home and at work everywhere in the world, our community has managed to stay closely knit despite limited opportunities for in-person contact and collaboration. I am also grateful that ESMO has been there to bridge the physical distance between us and offer guidance in times of extreme uncertainty. Our Society has stood by its members, mobilising all its resources to evolve and respond to new, emerging needs, and adapting every service that could be adapted to continue supporting you during and through the crisis. It may have been a long year, but we have also come a long way since it began.esmo.org, 9h ago

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new The interlinkages of water, energy, and food have been examined and expressed in the concept of the water-energy-food nexus since the 2007-08 global financial crisis propelled them into the spotlight. The nexus concept has allowed academics and other resources practitioners to express the interdependencies and constraints between these three systems, and to offer solutions that bridge across them. We are entering a new era of addressing nexus problems — applying remote monitoring, analytics, AI, and machine learning to water sustainability is unearthing new insights and solutions. The open data revolution has given access to organizations that would not be able to gather and process data themselves.World Resources Institute, 12h ago
new ...“AI has the potential to create many significant economic and social benefits,” said director of the Center for Data Innovation, Daniel Castro. “However, concerns about the technology have prompted policymakers to propose a variety of laws and regulations to create responsible AI. Unfortunately, many proposals would likely harm AI innovation because few have considered what responsible regulation of AI entails.”...RTInsights, 19h ago
new Correcting the perilous regional situation necessitates first a reckoning with the unequal systems that have been built up in the rural hinterlands. This requires finding the political will to establish more transparent and equitable land use and property rights rules. It also entails the participation of all stakeholders, especially pastoral communities that have been politically marginalized, in the decision-making bodies that have authority over the governance of natural resources. Confronting the crisis of misgovernance of rural areas will help rectify the deep social injustices that afflict pastoral communities. This is crucial in mitigating the temptations that have led some young herders to join VEGs. It is also critical in preventing the transformation of community-based social and political grievances into religiously based revolts. For now, many recruits into VEGs are driven by a communal desire to challenge a rural order that is inimical to their livelihoods. If this struggle “mutates into religious radicalization,” then prospects for exiting extremism becomes extremely difficult.PostX News, 21h ago

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Today we face a crisis of knowledge. Our claims to knowledge are being threatened by rapid and spectacular developments in technology, and by attacks on the very ideas of knowledge and truth themselves. The flood of information on the internet challenges our ability to tell truth from falsehood, and there is a widespread rejection of the standards of scientific evidence and expertise. The crisis raises deep philosophical questions about knowledge, truth, science, ethics, and politics, and ultimately about our relationship to reality itself. These questions will be addressed in entirely new ways by this Cluster of Excellence, which will work to understand the crisis of knowledge in all its manifestations, and to find ways to combat it and reshape our relationship to knowledge.Daily Nous, 7d ago
There is no straightforward answer to the question of whether generative AI is ethical as it is still growing and evolving. Conversely, generative AI has the potential to bring significant benefits to society, such as improving medical diagnoses, reducing energy consumption, and creating new forms of art and entertainment. Considering both sides in mind, there are also concerns about the potential for generative AI to cause harm, such as perpetuating harmful biases, violating privacy, or creating new forms of inequality. In general, the ethical implications of generative AI will depend on the specific application and the way the technology is developed and deployed.Analytics India Magazine, 21d ago
Accelerating digital transformation already underway, the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly forced remote learning and remote work worldwide. While the first few months were too rushed to bring known best practices into widespread use, continuing years gave educators, students, employers, and workers an unprecedented opportunity to refine their methods and find value in remote operation. Research shows that carefully designed remote opportunities hold promise for increasing productivity, well-being, social equity, economic mobility, and slowing urbanization. On the other hand, widespread experience has also revealed problems such as inequities in access, learning loss, and reduced mental health due to social isolation. These unfortunate downsides have shaped public opinion in ways that are likely to affect future remote options and choices, as well as investments and innovation for years to come. This Special Issue aims to collect important insights about remote learning and work from recent years to encourage next steps that maximize its value to society.computer.org, 6d ago
As the fourth industrial revolution propels us forward into unprecedented times, we find ourselves in a new reality, marked by more than just technology driven change. It is a reality that compels us to adapt in many new ways. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the way we live and work; this integration raises many questions about the relationship between humans and machines, and how AI will impact our understanding of consciousness, reality, and human identity. How will the integration of AI into the human experience impact our understanding of consciousness and reality? How does AI impact our understanding of the human identity and the knowledge of self? The conversation around AI and human integration is multifaceted and complex, with many experts exploring various areas of debate. One thing that is not debatable is the major upgrade to business and productivity that can be harnessed with the use of AI. New levels of automation have streamlined countless business processes and continues to develop and evolve. Learn how to utilize AI to enhance your own personal growth and development, no matter where you are on your journey; and see how you can profit from AI tools and technology, and use it to reach your business and financial goals.Eventbrite, 3d ago
The world’s attention has been captured by Large Generative AI Models (LGAIMs), the latest iteration of the much-expected and often misunderstood ‘Artificial Intelligence’ technology that is revolutionizing the way we create, visualize, and interpret new content, thus transforming our work and personal lives in unprecedented ways. As this technology matures all sectors of our society will be affected, from business to medicine, to academia, to the art world and the tech industry itself. However, along with the enormous possibilities for good, significant risks are also present. LGAIMS are already deployed by millions of users to create human-like text, images, audio or even video (ChatGPT, Stable Diffusion, DALL·E 2, Synthesia, and others). These tools may soon become part of systems used to interview and evaluate everything, from job candidates to hospital and school admissions. The savings in terms of time and labor could be substantial, allowing professionals to focus on the more pressing matters. These engines may thus contribute to a better and more effective use of resources. Still, errors in this area are costly, and risks cannot be ignored. The potential of these systems to be misused for manipulation (fake news and malicioius information being prime examples) can represent a whole new level of danger involved. This has made the discussion on how to regulate LGAIMs (or the reasons to leave them be) rise as an urgent issue, one which will have wide-ranging and long-lasting consequences.Competition Policy International, 15d ago
new Building on the conversation about story themes and influence, Alshammari drew from her research on narratives of mental illness to explain how serialized dramas used eccentric characters to portray social issues that, for a long time, have been considered taboo to be discussed within conservative settings. “The usage of … [eccentric] characters is always symbolic; it’s always a larger, deeper metaphor for social issues that really need to be addressed,” said Alshammari. “I find using social satire, symbolism, and metaphors as commentary, especially in this part of the world and our region, just like how Egyptian theater will use comedy to talk about politics, allows writers and audiences to begin to accept [social issues] and to begin to ask questions.”Oruc underscored how writers and producers have become more willing to address issues of representation, saying, “we are also looking at different social realities that weren’t seen before.” Similarly, Alshammari highlighted increasing women’s involvement in musalsalat production, the acceptance of hybrid identity, and the willingness to tackle social issues as ongoing trends that will help the industry shift its focus to the global audience amid the rise of streaming platforms.Georgetown University in Qatar, 1d ago

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new Education as empowerment must be able to take on the task of shifting consciousness in order to enable individuals to narrate themselves, prevent their own erasure, address the economic, social, and political conditions that shape their lives, and learn that culture is an instrument of power. For this to happen, people have to recognize something of themselves and their condition in the modes of education in which they are addressed. This is both a matter of awakening a sense of identification and a moment of recognition. Any viable notion of critical pedagogy has to be on the side of understanding, clarity, persuasion, and belief. Education, in this instance, is a defining political fact of life because it is crucial to the struggle over critical agency, informed citizenship, and a collective sense of resistance and struggle. As a political project, it must press the claims for economic and social justice and strengthen the call for civic literacy and positive collective action.LA Progressive, 23h ago
new Technological innovations, such as artificial intelligence and decentralized social technologies, have brought us to a constitutional moment in society. These technologies enable radical innovations in social, economic, and political institutions and practices, with the potential to support transformative approaches to political economy. They also demand governance renovation, both because we must learn to govern emerging technologies for the sake of democracy, and because technologies can deliver governance innovations to better democracy and a political economy supportive of democracy. There is the potential to overcome persistent injustices, power concentrations, and perversions of capitalism and democracy, but there are also risks of catastrophe and exploitation that match or eclipse those seen in the twentieth century.Harvard Gazette, 1d ago
new ...«[…] While the technical ability of GPT models to make human labor more efficient seems self-evident, it is important to recognize that social, economic, regulatory, and other factors can influence actual labor productivity outcomes. As capabilities continue to evolve, the impact of GPTs on the economy is likely to persist and increase, posing challenges for policymakers in predicting and regulating their trajectory. More research is needed to explore the broader implications of GPT advances, including their potential to augment or displace human labor and their impact on job quality, inequality, and skills development, among many other consequences.”...Bullfrag, 1d ago
new A focus on international growth, for example, might see a collection of international offices opening up, each of which has its own finance function with all the associated inefficiencies and duplications. Costs can spiral simply because the leadership team never had the time, ability or inclination to stop to assess the implications of key decision-making. That spiraling might appear to be borne from a lack of control but equally might be a...adweek.com, 23h ago
new Former extremists provide the valuable insight into the inner workings of these groups necessary to an effective disengagement strategy. These insights can be gathered through research on the tangible steps along an extremist’s journey from initial interaction with and support of extremist material to the smaller subset who go on to commit acts of violence, and investments in programming that focuses on the ways in which people leave. This often includes addressing issues of social cohesion, unaddressed political grievances, and misinformation: factors that are very different than deradicalization.Hstoday, 1d ago
new Over the years, social media has evolved beyond basic communication to become an all-encompassing necessity for creativity and progress. With an aim to carve out a differentiated space for themselves and their community of supporters, creators are often born of the very disruption that seasoned industry professionals strive for. This year, we continue to honor the innovative minds that have not only entertained us, but wholly shifted our approach to marketing, media and connection.adweek.com, 23h ago

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Matt> The fundamental challenges that the industry faces are those that wider society faces and they are deep and entrenched. They cover structural racism, institutionalised sexism and homophobia to name just a few examples. None of these have overnight fixes. Though it is not our role as a company to engage on the political side of these issues, it is our responsibility to create more inclusive and equitable conditions for our colleagues through delivering DE&I programmes that will make a real impact, but that impact takes time because of how deeply entrenched the source of these challenges are. It is not impossible though if the focus is right.lbbonline.com, 11d ago
To know what people’s capabilities and limitations are, we need to work on understanding and acknowledging their actual lived experiences. Through continuous education and collaboration, we can all become sensitive to inaccessibility issues and be proactive in reporting, removing digital barriers, and developing accessible products whether we have a disability or not. Considering the growing definition of disability and the fact that most invisible disabilities go unreported, our organizations should be making a conscious effort to improve accessibility and offer accessible accommodations for all, whether or not an accommodation has been specifically requested. This approach will ultimately bring us closer to assuring that every decision that is made will serve users with different needs.The Scholarly Kitchen, 21d ago
There are many reasons for the decline in confidence in science, some valid and others pernicious. But the good news is that confronting this reality affords a generational opportunity to improve science — to make it more equitable and inclusive while strengthening its ability to advance knowledge, inform civic action, and expand its impact and benefits. The first scientific revolution gave us a set of tools that transformed human potential. The next scientific revolution will ensure those tools better realize that potential for all of humanity.The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 5d ago

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new ...about my experience with a group of students in India, today I decided to raise the important question with Chad of the future of education. “Confronted with numerous seemingly insoluble problems in the world, including climate change and wealth inequality that is beginning to destabilize formerly solid democracies, many experts and even politicians say that the key to solving such problems lies in investing in and improving education. There is little evidence, however, that governments, despite their rhetoric, are willing to address seriously the multiple issues that education faces. What explains not only the failure to significantly increase funding for something identified as a priority and an equal indifference to the ways in which education needs to evolve to meet the complex needs of society?”...Fair Observer, 1d ago
new You end the book, by saying, “Technology means change, but societal change takes time. As we’ve seen, sometimes it takes decades for technology to get integrated into society before it comports with our values and norms, if it does at all. Many potential forces, large and small, are available to us, directly and indirectly, to shape the relationships among technology and norms, laws and markets, and data’s role in it all.” I think, if folks read this book, they’ll have a better sense of all of those potential forces and the historical context for them. So I thank you both for writing it.Tech Policy Press, 1d ago
new And beyond the human costs, there are the significant number of animal lives that are impacted and lost as part of this practice. Disappointingly, Striedter falls into predictable patterns when considering the ethics of animal research, reproducing the all-too-familiar caricature of the animal rights position. The view is linked to extremism, with advocates for animal rights apparently unable to distinguish appropriately between a consideration for the interests of human and nonhuman animals; instead, Striedter writes, advocates “tend to believe that animals and humans have roughly the same capacity for suffering and thought.” There is the usual charge of inconsistency, that people who argue for animal rights in research supposedly want it both ways: humans and animals are similar enough to deserve the same rights, but so different that scientists cannot gain any knowledge from undertaking research with them.Issues in Science and Technology, 1d ago
new As our reliance on technology continues to grow, it’s clear that we’ve only scratched the surface. The rise of digital platforms has also brought an increase in potential vulnerabilities to exploit. As a result, implementing application security (AppSec) is no longer a discretionary expense. It’s crucial to build and maintain trust with your customers and promote a better engineering culture within your organization to stay competitive. Even though the benefits may not appear measurable, the return on investment vastly outweighs the initial costs. Conversely, failing to invest in AppSec can be a significant impediment. In the quest for profitability, it’s crucial not to sacrifice long-term benefits by focusing solely on short-term figures.Security Boulevard, 1d ago
new ...aims to spark conversations about the incredible power and the importance of art in saving lives by showcasing remarkable pieces. Artists, who have utilized art to raise awareness about social issues for centuries, are now joining forces with some of the most notable examples of their work to help heal the wounds of this painful earthquake, keep awareness alive, and generate a continuous source of financial aid. The project draws attention not only to the urgent need to unite but also to alternative and effective ways of helping those who are in need.Daily Sabah, 1d ago
new Throughout the history of factory automation, improved technology has led to higher levels of productivity, safety, and worker satisfaction, rather than the oft-predicted wholesale displacement of workers by machines. The electricity and computing power that marked previous transitions also led to skepticism. Much like the revolutions that preceded it, the melding of 5G, hyperscale computing, and factory automation will produce unlimited benefits and opportunities as efficiency soars and computers assume ownership of mundane and dangerous tasks. Although the full impact of Industry 4.0 has yet to be felt, discussions and predictions surrounding the next foundational technology already persist. Breakthrough innovations ranging from augmented reality to cyborg operators could bring us closer to “Industry 5.0”. Despite calls for a return to a more human-centric industrial environment, it is likely that computer technology will remain at the heart of the discussion. Hyperscale data centers will continue to enable this progression as computing power and big data storage foster the next big thing.Bisinfotech, 1d ago

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There is no historical precedent for a technology with as profound ramifications as artificial intelligence being developed with so few checks and balances. In an age typified by information overload and polarized politics, the relative absence of a public discourse around AI is striking. We have a profound democracy deficit in this area, with little progress in developing oversight mechanisms, transparency and regulation. The complexity of the technology and of the issues it raises should not defeat our ability to determine schemas for ensuring it meets our needs, and not the other way around. Equally, the public good needs to be asserted in a realm dominated by private sector actors with little accountability. Nowhere is this more true than in our cities which are about to be inundated with a host of AI-related challenges, from the safety concerns regarding self-driving vehicles to the massive loss of employment likely from AI-enabled automation. As has been true all over the globe on huge challenges like inequality, racism and climate, cities will have to be the problem-solvers and the innovators. We need a democratic methodology for addressing AI and we need it immediately. If we don’t answer the question “Who decides?,” then matters will surely be decided about us, without us.harvard.edu, 4d ago
March 1, 2023 – Beyond the health crisis it created, COVID-19 in many ways changed the world. In business and our work lives, the pandemic sparked and accelerated shifts that had already been stirring, driving them to the forefront, from the rise of technology and remote work to a greater emphasis on work-life balance. Concern about supply chains, meanwhile, is driving a move away from dependence on China for manufacturing and a spreading deglobalization. World events, like the war in Ukraine, have only created more uncertainty, leaving leaders at companies urgently trying to understand the ramifications and how, armed with ever-growing sheaves of data, they can best respond.Hunt Scanlon Media, 20d ago
...– “I have seen a significant amount of positive change as it relates to equality in the workplace over the past 20 years; however, as you grow in an industry that prioritizes competition and gender biases, the reality is we still face workplace challenges. It can be helpful to understand what limitations and stereotypes are placed on women while strongly believing the strive for equality does not belong to one single person or organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about all human rights. Strong women do not need to emulate what are perceived attributes of masculinity. Trust in yourself; do not limit to the expectations of others or question your abilities. Show off your talents! It is our uniqueness is what makes us valuable; having different perspectives, thoughts, ideas generate an incredible amount of creativity and innovation. And finally, use connection to expand your experience both professionally and personally. Understand that many times, male or female, people might be going through the same thing as you are and instead of isolating, use it to connect. I have learned so many valuable lessons by opening myself to possibilities, realizing sometimes the only limitations we have are ones we put on ourselves.”...LeapRate, 13d ago
When you interact with the Equity Resource Hub, the intersections of technology and humanities are everywhere. "Incorporating an equity lens is a tangible way to consider the unique challenges and impacts on different societal groups and incorporate these learnings directly into design and development. The goal of doing this work is to create experiences that elicit a sense of belonging from all current and potential users, reflecting their unique needs, motivations, and past experiences."...Waterloo News, 8d ago
In a global context of higher risks like climate change, accelerated technological change and others, there are many disparities in development and capabilities for facing these risks by many countries and territories. That´s when the professional certificate on “Global Sustainability Governance” appears: a unique course that can close these disparities, bringing an interesting combination of instruments and practical knowledge to analysts and practitioners that work toward building better cooperation among governments, academia, private sector and civil society. I find quite important that the professional certificate addresses sustainability with the view of fairness among all stakeholders, particularly the Global South. As a former minister of my country, I think this course can be very helpful for public servants in charge of public policies in the intersection of trade, development and environmental and social standards; as a Professor, I consider it helping to build a better understanding of the challenges that globalization creates for sustainability and the new paradigms of global governance needed to address these matters.edX, 14d ago
Like most paradigm-shifting technologies, AI is almost certainly going to be a double-edged sword. As futurists like Neal Stephenson have taken pains to point out, what matters is not necessarily the capabilities of technology itself, but rather how we as human beings choose to design and wield them. It’s been heartening to hear a number of panels that have discussed the potential dangers of AI and how they can be mitigated to ensure that this technology is something that benefits humanity.The Drum, 8d ago

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new There is, of course, precedent for TikTok’s current predicament - in particular Facebook which has been subject to regulation pertaining to its misuse of data, misinformation and displaying news content to name a few examples. What we have learned from that experience is that ultimately, while regulation can at least have a limited damaging impact reputationally and financially, in the end, the industry and the platforms adapt and evolve. And so, the industry is now faced with the same dilemma and will need to be resourceful and identify new solutions.The Drum, 1d ago
new Codex, a large language model (LLM) trained on a variety of codebases, exceeds the previous state of the art in its capacity to synthesize and generate code. Although Codex provides a plethora of benefits, models that may generate code on such scale have significant limitations, alignment problems, the potential to be misused, and the possibility to increase the rate of progress in technical fields that may themselves have destabilizing impacts or have misuse potential. Yet such safety impacts are not yet known or remain to be explored. In this paper, we outline a hazard analysis framework constructed at OpenAI to uncover hazards or safety risks that the deployment of models like Codex may impose technically, socially, politically, and economically. The analysis is informed by a novel evaluation framework that determines the capacity of advanced code generation techniques against the complexity and expressivity of specification prompts, and their capability to understand and execute them relative to human ability.web3newshubb.com, 1d ago
new With XR’s increased perceptual and interactional realism, avatars and simulated environments are likely to become indistinguishable from the real world. There is ample scientific evidence to suggest that these experiences are likely to carry over outside the realm of the virtual and into the real world of attitudes, preferences, and behaviors. The stakes are high and the metaverse has the potential to become the ultimate marketing and persuasion machine. IJsselsteijn wants to understand both the psychological and ethical ramifications of the metaverse that will have important design and policy implications. His focus will be on the nature of reality perception, and the persuasive potential of XR. The fellowship will allow him the valuable next step: bringing together and bridging the required interdisciplinary perspectives from the behavioral sciences, ethics of technology, and human-centered AI and XR interaction design.tue.nl, 1d ago

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new In conclusion, the integration of robots and automation in religious contexts raises significant questions about the intersection of technology and spirituality. As society continues to grapple with the impact of artificial intelligence, it is important to consider the ethical and cultural implications of its use in all aspects of our lives, including our spiritual practices. Only by engaging in thoughtful and critical dialogue can we ensure that technology is harnessed in a way that aligns with our values and beliefs.Wonderful Engineering, 2d ago
new I think this post would benefit from being more explicit on its target. This problem concerns AGI labs and their employees on one hand, and anyone trying to build a solution to Alignment/AI Safety on the other. By narrowing the scope to the labs, we can better evaluate the proposed solutions (for example to improve decision making we'll need to influence decision makers therein), make them more focused (to the point of being lab specific, analyzing each's pressures), and think of new solutions (inoculating ourselves/other decision makers on AI about believing stuff that come from those labs by adding a strong dose of healthy skepticism). By narrowing the scope to people working on AI Safety who's status or monetary support relies on giving impressions of progress, we come up with different solutions (try to explicitly reward honesty, truthfulness, clarity over hype and story making). A general recommendation I'd have is to have some kind of reviews that check against "Wizard of Oz'ing" for flagging the behavior and suggesting corrections. Currently I'd say the diversity of LW and norms for truth seeking are doing quite well at this, so posting on here publicly is a great way to control this. It highlights the importance of this place and of upkeeping these norms.lesswrong.com, 1d ago
new ...(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022), I dive deep into my personal experience and share those of other women from across academia with the goal of shedding light and providing language for us to have open conversations about this workplace phenomenon. Burnout can feel like a shameful personal secret, that we suddenly are incapable of doing our jobs with the same passion and motivation we may have in the past. However, burnout, by definition, is a syndrome caused by “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed” and characterized by three elements: exhaustion, cynicism or mental distancing, and real or perceived lack of efficacy (World Health Organization, 2019). Workplace cultures of unrelenting stress cause burnout, not some deficiency in the worker.insidehighered.com, 1d ago
new ...illegal, the “significance” of its harmful effects would have to be measured on the facts of each case. This means that any obligations arising from the Corfu Channel and prevention of harm conceptions would together give rise to a spectrum of stages in which diligent conduct will be expected of States in cyberspace. This renewed clarity in articulating these norms can best equip law enforcement to appreciate the difference between diligent and non-diligent conduct. Seen this way, due diligence norms collectively have great potential in addressing cyber threats. However, our paper elaborates important cautions that will arise in the practical life of these norms.Opinio Juris, 2d ago
new Though its potential to enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and hasten research and development is nothing short of revolutionary, current concerns have arisen that these intricate systems, with their lack of transparency, may end up causing more harm than benefit for society.The European Business Review, 2d ago
new The fungal awakening is also part of a bigger ecological turn, sparked perhaps by concern about climate change, the demise of species and the need to avert our precarious trajectory. From hi-tech labs to kitchen tables, innovations and applications of myco-technology are emerging at a rapid rate. Many hold promise for developing fungal alternatives to current technologies for remediating damaged environments. The great challenge is to scale them up to a useful or meaningful level. But solutions to the environmental issues created by humans are unlikely to be found in a technological fungal fix. That requires a change in thinking. Will fungi save the world? Probably not, but they could offer insights into more sensitive ways of being in the world. Remediating our relationship with the natural world could be a first step toward using fungi to remediate environments.the Guardian, 2d ago

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new The implications of this change of perspective that seeks the integration of AI into our teaching and learning strategies goes beyond the methodology of research and personal expression. It may mark a new turning point in educational history. After centuries of losing its way thanks largely to the industrial revolution and the emergence of the consumer society, educational practice may at last find a way of returning to its most productive historical roots. The true origins of constructive, creative learning take us back in history to practices that have long since been abandoned. These include the dialogue form favored not only famously by Socrates thanks to Plato’s dialogues, but also to Plato’s pupil, Aristotle the peripatetic, who was thus called because he conducted his teaching in active discussion while walking around the grounds of his Lyceum.Fair Observer, 2d ago
new There are also misconceptions about a rosy, romanticised easy source of wealth and prosperity among among those who aspire to go to the region seeking work, disregarding the fact that often the work conditions are pretty harsh, lonely and tough. Here, it is important to give credit to Indian diplomacy and the political leadership for being more aware and trying their best to create awareness. But a lot needs to be done to generate greater understanding among civil society, the media, as well as the broader public.Scroll.in, 2d ago
new This also isn’t confined to dating, it seems. Denby’s research into dating’s “emotional stalemate” draws heavily on the work of sociologist Eva Illouz, who argued that the culture of capitalism has led to close, intimate relationships becoming increasingly defined by economic models of bargaining and exchange – imagined as things to be evaluated, measured, and quantified. In the case of dating and dating apps it seems obvious this is the case, but in the realm of platonic relationships, too, there is a growing trend to consider friendships like transactions. Relationships become like work; every emotional interaction is conceived as labour.The Independent, 2d ago
new Cross-temporal research allows one to go beyond static cultural differences, to model cultural processes and how they change over time. Consequently, it captures the dynamic features of culture that have so far been neglected from some of the academic and international relations discourse. The key challenge for cultural change research concerns availability of reliable data with good temporal resolution over time. Without good data, estimates of cultural change in generosity, traditionalism, violence, or attitudes toward climate change remain speculative. The latter may be convenient for political pundits, as their claims about the direction our societies remain unchecked. To ensure greater accountability, reduce misperceptions, and provide clarity to the public, we need much greater investment into systematic measurement of cross-temporal trends about cardinal aspects of human welfare and societal change at scale.E-International Relations, 2d ago
new The internet has often been hailed as a solution to many of these organizational and political problems, and indeed it does do a great job of reducing information asymmetries and offering transparency. However, as far as the decreasing viability of superrational cooperation goes, it can also sometimes make things even worse. Online, we are much less “leaky” even as individuals, and so once again it is easier to appear virtuous while actually intending to cheat. This is part of the reason why scams online and in the cryptocurrency space are more common than offline, and is perhaps one of the primary arguments against moving all economic interaction to the internet...cryptolindex.com, 2d ago
While the rise of AI may lead to increased efficiency and productivity, it also poses significant challenges, such as the displacement of human workers and potential ethical issues. As AI continues to evolve and expand, it is crucial to find ways to ensure that it benefits humanity and not just the bottom line.Wonderful Engineering, 3d ago

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new ...[Here is the] central fiction on which our economic model is based: that nature is limitless, that we will always be able to find more of what we need, and that if something runs out, it can be seamlessly replaced by another resource that we can endlessly extract. And it is not just the atmosphere that we have exploited beyond its capacity to recover—we are doing the same to the oceans, to freshwater, to topsoil, and to biodiversity. The expansionist, extractive mind-set that has so long governed our relationship to nature is what the climate crisis calls into question so fundamentally. The abundance of scientific research showing we have pushed nature beyond its limits demands not just green products and market-based solutions, but a new civilizational paradigm, one grounded not in dominance over nature but in respect for natural cycles of renewal—and acutely sensitive to natural limits, including the limits of human intelligence.LA Progressive, 2d ago
new ...“Soft skills” were one of my biggest hurdles as a new graduate entering the workforce. These skills include interacting with people, socially and professionally, which I, along with many other engineers, do not consider to be a strong suit. Certainly, some educational experiences help shape a person’s ability to interact with others in diverse ways. Group projects, part-time jobs, and social clubs/groups provide the opportunity to interact with people, all of which feels like child’s play compared to working in the real world as part of a team to produce a complex construction project.Occasionally, you will be required to work with clients or co-workers who you do not enjoy or even get along with. Diplomatically and pleasantly maneuvering through the ever-changing scope, schedule, and budgetary requests, concerns, and issues of difficult team members takes finesse and experience. While a portion of that experience comes from workplace mentorship, often much of it is learned through mistakes and personal conflict, which is very difficult to authentically duplicate in the classroom. It is challenging for an analytical, left-brained engineer to comprehend and effectively adjust to not receiving an individual grade at the completion of the assignment in addition to the reality that the team will inevitably succeed or fail as a single unit. Furthermore, finger-pointing, or personal attacks are often seen more as a flaw of the accuser than that of the individual who caused the problem. Many professionals struggle with this concept throughout their entire career, though it is an important skill to understand when aiming to succeed as part of a bigger team. In addition, avoiding negative behaviors and fostering rapport amongst the team both internally and externally produces far better outcomes not only for the project and its stakeholders, but also builds stronger relationships between co-workers, clients, and industry peers.Zweig Group Store, 2d ago
Nothing is more important than the implementation of opportunities. Identified benefits remain a purely academic exercise. Even with the right tools to demonstrate the cost and benefits of any changes in operation, there is often an inertia problem to deal with. People inherently do not like change for a number of reasons; unfamiliar territory, perception of extra work, lack of knowledge, poor communication or lack of management support. Whatever the reason, the obstacles to change must be managed and overcome for an organisation to remain profitable and grow.digitalrefining.com, 3d ago

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The Industrial Revolution brought about great shifts in human existence as cities became centers of industry and modes of work drastically shifted, for better and for worse. Industrial technology and the science behind it were necessary precursors to the societal changes of the nineteenth century, but by themselves, they hardly explain the new economic and social organization that resulted. From looking at the steam engine, one would not immediately make the jump to filthy factories, child labor, and the migration from traditional rural life to the explosive growth of cities. Yet the Industrial Revolution lies in those social changes just as much as it does in the technology that spurred them. Similarly, today’s enormous online networks have produced new forms of social, economic, and political organization, but we have been slow to perceive them because they are so unfamiliar to us. Growth and connectivity have fueled the invisible human-machine behemoths that I call meganets, radically restructuring our lives as drastically as the Industrial Revolution did—a fact that we are just beginning to comprehend. These meganets are fundamentally new combinations of huge numbers of people and enormous amounts of computational processing power. They evolve faster than we can track them. Their workings are opaque even to their administrators. And they irreversibly occupy our lives with an ongoing persistence that makes them inextricable from the fabric of society.Gizmodo, 5d ago
In my recent book on theological anthropology in the Anthropocene, I argue that “Human relations to nature are profoundly interconnected with issues about gender and sexuality. Simultaneously, the tension between domination and control versus love and recognition is not only a question about what is given priority in culture. It is a question about how ideals about gender modulate the inner psychological world of humans in ways that shape relationships with other humans and toward nature. Hence, it is necessary to develop a critical approach to prevailing and still dominant attitudes toward gender and analyze how it may be connected with humans’ relationship with nature” (Henriksen 2023, 129–30). This is not a profoundly new insight but emerges from recognitions made by various scholars over the last 80 years. We can elaborate on it by looking into how thinkers from different angles may contribute to the necessary considerations about how the relationship between genders and the human relationship with nature may be two sides of the same coin. Moreover, it may also shed light on how we deal with and shape the constitutive relationship mentioned above.Resilience, 20d ago
As is common with a physical disability, there is a distinction in the medical and social conversations around neurodivergence. The medical model emphasizes the individual and their challenges, which can often be stigmatizing. However, the social discussion puts the onus for change back onto the systems in society, workplaces, and, ultimately, leaders. The neurodiversity movement acknowledges that there is no ‘normal’ and that we are all different. Leaders must think differently about their perceptions of success and how they can best harness the strengths of their workforce. Everyone’s mental capability is unique, and the current defaults in systems and processes can and must be improved to enhance accessibility for all.Quartz, 19d ago
From the above analysis, it remains clear that discrimination can have a distracting impact on an organization. From that fact, institutions must come up with quick remedies to eliminate all forms of discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination goes against the important values of the modern society, and in fact, it goes to the extent of threatening democracy. Instances of discrimination not only threaten the company’s existence but also affect those employees who are subjected to that adversative handling by being denied some of the rights that other people enjoy. Discrimination is entirely wrong because it is a selfish behavior. No matter how some people try to justify discrimination, it remains to be morally wrong. Instances of discrimination continue to be witnessed in many parts of the world today for several reasons. As members of the society, the best way to tackle this problem from spreading is simply to raise kids by teaching them never to discriminate against others. To sum up, the current laws have proved successful in curbing this vise, the government programs to educate people on different forms of discrimination and how they how they can live in harmony by respecting others.WritingUniverse, 8w ago
Science can be a tremendous force for good, helping us better understand ourselves and the world around us. It has helped drive progress that has created a world that is, in many ways, the healthiest it has ever been, even as much work is still to be done. But science remains inextricably linked to complexity and the fallible humanity of those who practice it. The values, biases, and assumptions of scientists will always be a factor in the work of science, as will our human tendency to occasionally ignore complicating nuance, double down on incorrect ideas, and insist we are right when we are wrong. For science to reach its full potential, it must avoid these blind alleys.Psychology Today, 7d ago
The roles of designers currently focus more on understanding everyday objects and analyzing people’s lives to create designs leading to social changes. With smarter consumers, this has encouraged not only designers but also consumers to think creatively and set standards in regards to functional values, resulting in new life patterns. Moreover, the importance of use experience has boomed through the communication between audience and technology. One of designers who developed the technology function of our daily device and also design, as saying Dyson, who had grown to become one of the most influential brands in the world, would be their philosophy ‘Solve a problem with a better technology than a technology at the moment.’. It is important at Dyson to think ‘What is a better way to design for the further technology?’. There is no boundary between design and engineering at Dyson. The role of a design engineer at this era is not to see technology and design separately, but to understand how the product is seen and interacts with the user when being used, while improving and suggesting a solution to the problem at the end. As a result, design patterns and trends continued to change with higher expectations from people. Therefore, designers continue to make new things and update design technology to meet these needs. Which technology is making people has became more closer and interactive to it? If we has thought people life style pattern, we could consider supporter as producing design for helping their more development life. First of all, as a human, we could think ourselves. Humans have five senses: sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch. These five senses are required in day-to-day human life. However, the current technology had released devices mainly an advancement of system of visual sensors or sound sensors. Skin is the first organ to be created though, which developed first among other four senses. The function of touch is a distinctive human sensory modality in comparison with other senses. Also people perceive touch sense, which gives a feedback twenty times faster then vision, more closer if they experience by hand firstly the design which emphasis touchable sensor. Furthermore, human entire body is possible to use for touching, much wider range of body parts than other four sense. Therefore, people could to build up an intimacy and interact through skin contact more closely. It also has became an importance issue, that how designer communicates well with which tools and methods for people as keeping appeared an interactive design. If we create a new interaction method in digital era, as keeping the toolʼs function extendedly by the past, humans could be apply that methods to their life pattern and make a new trend for the next life. This will be how new concepts will be released in the future. As saying Forbes Global 2000, it had listed up that haptic skill will be the one of the most important tool on ten future technologies. So then how does touchable technology change impact design practice?...WritingUniverse, 18d ago

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How initiatives and duties are accomplished in the way forward for work is among the principal speaking factors related to this idea. Lately, we’ve seen the rise of robotics, AI, automation, and comparable instruments to assist streamline work processes. In the way forward for work, expertise will make enormous alterations to how work is finished. The connection between man and machine will develop as a way to enhance productiveness, creativity, and effectivity.SB Crypto Guru News- latest crypto news, NFTs, DEFI, Web3, Metaverse news and more, 3d ago
The Hometown Diplomat program has evolved as technology has made the world a more interconnected place. Department employees at home and abroad can now easily connect with local communities, increasing opportunities to share foreign policy priorities virtually. This evolution has allowed the program to reach new audiences and to engage a broader range of Americans. These developments have the potential to further Department goals of increased diversity and equity, and expand outreach to underserved communities.United States Department of State, 3d ago
Touchez! But what exactly are the German and European non-strengths or weaknesses? Clinical research and development for cell and gene therapies are now almost exclusively in the USA and Asia. Are other areas now migrating? The lament about more difficult data situations, regulatory freedoms, and risk averse investors in Germany is as understandable as it is well known. Of course, all of this needs to be analysed, addressed, and directed into the proper channels with the necessary pressure.And preferably at Germany’s pace, i.e. subito, as Chancellor Olaf Scholz just demanded during a BioNTech visit. What is possible for LNG terminals must also apply to research, he said. “We must make faster approval procedures possible for factories, new medicines, research projects and the use of research data,” he said. He added that the German government “now wants to help the medical industry and healthcare industry make progress in a very short time with many very concrete legislative projects.” So far, so hopeful. But all this threatens to come to nothing if something fundamental is lacking: The industry’s self-confidence, the broad chest that can only be shown by those who fundamentally believe in themselves and the opportunities for Germany as a business location. Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci have been elevated to exceptional researchers, celebrated, admired and highly respected for their success in the historic situation of the Covid-19 pandemic. Self-starters, so to speak. But are there not many Sahins and Türecis in laboratories in this country? World-class scientists, passionate doers, highly idealistic physicians? We hear too little about them; instead, it seems the industry is labouring under a strange kind of despondency. Pharmaceuticals do not have a good reputation; distrust rustles through every package insert. So it is better to keep a low profile and not appear too wide-eyed? The crux of the matter is that anyone who behaves this way finds it challenging to generate the economic and political support they so urgently need. Politicians, in particular, are prone to opportunistic reflexes. Why go out on a limb for a cause that cannot win a pot of gold in the public eye? The ball is already in the court of the industry itself. It must find itself, become louder, more offensive. It must make clear to the public what an immense contribution it can make to the well-being of people – if only it is allowed to. If the industry doesn’t like political developments that lead to anti-innovative conditions, it must engage in public discussion and amend public perception.european-biotechnology.com, 3d ago
Clearly, any chatbot/intelligent assistant available today is not always relevant, fluent, coherent, and factual. Whether this will become an issue of social concern mostly depends on how we deal with such technology as a society. If we promote human-AI collaborative frameworks to benefit from the best of humans and machines, that will mitigate the societal concerns of glitches in AI systems and, at the same time, increase the efficiency and accuracy of the goal task we want to perform.techxplore.com, 3d ago
It is important to remember that not every field, nor every individual, can bear the same tolerance for uncertainty. In healthcare, seeking out uncertainty with abandon could be seen as not only uncaring but also dangerous … For those marginalised in society, there may be structures that hinder or prevent [key factors such as] psychological safety. For many of us, though, being armed with the awareness that we can influence and change our responses to uncertainty can be both empowering and a relief.Monash Lens, 4d ago
..., Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. He shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligences in Nature as kindred beings, become again wild scientists, nondomesticated explorers of a Gaian world just as Goethe, Barbara McClintock, James Lovelock, and others have done. For as Einstein commented, “We cannot solve the problems facing us by using the same kind of thinking that created them.” Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, that are expressed from each living form that surrounds us, and to directly initiate communication in return. He delves deeply into the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and, most importantly, the human species itself. He shows that human beings are not a plague on the planet, they have a specific ecological function as important to Gaia as that of plants and bacteria. Buhner shows that the capacity for depth connection and meaning-filled communication with the living world is inherent in every human being. It is as natural as breathing, as the beating of our own hearts, as our own desire for intimacy and love. We can change how we think and in so doing begin to address the difficulties of our times.innertraditions.com, 3d ago

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At the center of the above two issues sits the media, who are prone to repeat and reemphasize two conflicting narratives. On the one hand, they report that AI is a marvelous piece of technology with the potential to revolutionize our daily lives in both obvious and unseen ways. On the other, though, they continue to insinuate that AI technology is one step away from taking people’s jobs and declaring itself supreme overlord of Earth. As AI technology becomes more ubiquitous, expect the current media’s approach to remain mostly the same. It’s reasonable to anticipate a slight increase in stories about data breaches, though, as more access to AI will lead to a greater possibility that a consumer could find themselves affected. This trend could exacerbate a bit of a catch-22: AI cannot truly improve without increased adoption, yet adoption numbers are likely to stagnate due to lags in technology improvement.tbtech | The Latest On Tech News & Insights, 15d ago
With people in many fields trying to hop on the AI bandwagon, we are dealing with security and safety issues that have plagued the waves of innovation that have swept through society in the last 50 years. This includes issues such as proper risk identification and quantification, responsible and coordinated vulnerability disclosures, and safe deployment strategies. In the rush to embrace AI, the public is at a loss as to the full scope of its impact, and whether these systems are truly safe. Furthermore, the work seeking to map, measure, and mitigate against newfound risks has fallen short, due to the limitations and nuances that come with applying traditional measures to AI-based systems.Security Boulevard, 7d ago
Many on campus have taken the software for a spin—simply engaging it in enjoyable banter, challenging its prowess, or discovering how to put its abilities to use. Meanwhile, faculty and administrators are also grappling with questions of how the new technology will impact teaching, learning, and assessment of student work.There is optimism and enthusiasm, tinged with caution.“ChatGPT and other generative AI technologies have huge potential for—and will have huge effects on—education,” says...Inferse.com, 6d ago

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Oncology has achieved great success this year and there’s even more to come. While precision technologies are not the sole solution to mitigating the multitude of external challenges clinicians currently face, they are a tool that can be leveraged to accelerate the efficiency and accuracy of trials. Technology removes many of the common challenges and time-consuming tedious tasks facing site workers that can lead to burnout. In helping these teams focus on the more critical, rewarding aspects of working with patients, it benefits all – the sites, sponsors and patients – in achieving even greater outcomes.hitconsultant.net, 4d ago
Although social media platforms have become more proactive in combating and limiting the spread of misinformation since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, their algorithms continue to promote divisive or misinformative content, which tends to generate more interactions. A greater level of transparency by the platforms regarding their operations, as well as a greater level of responsibility regarding their effects on society, is necessary. This accountability could be achieved through the application of a "Duty to Act Responsibly", as proposed by the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression. True transparency and accountability also requires better access to data for researchers to independently assess the inner working of platforms (processes, algorithms, targeting, etc.) and evaluate its societal and political impacts. Greater access to content removed from platforms, whether because it was shared as a story or reported, would also be beneficial to researching misinformation and harm online.Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy, 4d ago
Jasmin Fichte said: “As a leading law firm, we understand the need for a robust and dynamic regulatory framework to create a sustainable and integrated maritime economy. With constant developments and emerging challenges within the sector, it is also integral to ensure that laws and legalities concerning the environment, maritime operations and compliance must be altered in accordance with the directions of the IMO. Currently, the sector is faced with several obstacles some of which are increasing container shipping costs, limited capacities, high demand for data insights, and the need to escalate investments in technology. Then, we also have issues relating to environmental protection such as the debates on the carbon tax on shipping emissions and the creation of green corridors between major port hubs where zero-emission solutions are supported. While all these concerns are pressing, the industry is working tirelessly to devise practical solutions for them, legal and operational. The implementation and legal framework for matters of such consequence, will without doubt be challenging yet worthy, significantly impacting this integral sector and the environment.”...hellenicshippingnews.com, 4d ago
The belief in this kind of AI as actually knowledgeable or meaningful is actively dangerous. It risks poisoning the well of collective thought, and of our ability to think at all. If, as is being proposed by technology companies, the results of ChatGPT queries will be provided as answers to those seeking knowledge online, and if, as has been proposed by some commentators, ChatGPT is used in the classroom as a teaching aide, then its hallucinations will enter the permanent record, effectively coming between us and more legitimate, testable sources of information, until the line between the two is so blurred as to be invisible. Moreover, there has never been a time when our ability as individuals to research and critically evaluate knowledge on our own behalf has been more necessary, not least because of the damage that technology companies have already done to the ways in which information is disseminated. To place all of our trust in the dreams of badly programmed machines would be to abandon such critical thinking altogether.the Guardian, 4d ago
Blockchain-based technologies have a short but complex, and controversy-ridden history. What started out as a relatively straightforward, Computer Science approach to address a narrow, technical challenge, namely, how to maintain a distributed ledger among untrusted peers, has quickly ballooned into a perceived panacea to all the social, economic, cultural and political woes that have riddled humanity since biblical times. Blockchain-based systems have been heralded as a new technological infrastructure which would revolutionize the governance of, among others, data, and with this, power, control, money, identity, property, all kinds of social, and economic interactions, or state powers.IVIR, 4d ago
The social innovation ecosystem has long prized its connection to place, to where people live. We value community-based nonprofits and corner stores and land trusts. We can and should hold on to the emotional grounding we get from physical places. But changes in transportation and communication technology have shifted how people relate to space, and therefore to their places. To understand those changes to space and our relationship to them let’s examine the issues of centralization, geography, and cyberspace.ssir.org, 4d ago

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The source-to-sea approach is not a new or exotic idea, but it offers an alternative to operational concepts that we have known for a long time and neglected to incorporate into management practices and governance frameworks. Many of us learned the concept of the water cycle when we were schoolchildren, and it is this same cycle that connects ecosystems and human activities from source to sea. Activities affecting the water cycle are likely to have unintended consequences in other parts, for example, building a barrier to interrupt the natural flow of a river will affect the ecosystems dependent on it as well as the ecosystem services it provides to communities. The source-to-sea approach highlights these potential, unintended impacts and can lead better informed policies, plans, and projects.SIWI - Leading expert in water governance, 5d ago
This speaks to precisely what is both incredibly infuriating and baffling about how the industries and people in power responsible for these noxious changes to the environment in and immediately around Africatown are still able to do what they do with relative impunity. The deep devastation they have caused and continue to produce is overwhelmingly evident. One need only look and listen in order to arrive at that awareness. Yet it has taken many years for Africatown residents to begin to see efforts to redress years of accumulated damage—some of which, of course, is irreversible. Among these irreversible effects is the loss of human lives. But it is almost as if some have accepted Africatown’s situation as the inevitable outcome of a commitment to “modernity,” whatever that is. Put differently, Africatown’s plight might be considered a function of operating in accordance with racial capitalism’s natural order.Blog of the APA, 22d ago
So to talk just for a moment about the ICT element of ITSI and the CHIPS Act, I think the overarching vision for us here is that it is incumbent upon the United States and allies to articulate a positive, compelling, attractive vision for the opportunities afforded by our shared technology future, and so secure ICT is obviously critical to that. Secure and trustworthy global telecommunications networks are critical to enabling societies to take advantage of the incredible benefits of meaningful connectivity. Countries and citizens need to be able to trust that ICT equipment and software that underpins so many of our essential services as governments and as individual citizens will not introduce risks that threaten national security, that threaten individual privacy, or that threaten human rights more broadly.United States Department of State, 6d ago
The COVID-19 pandemic, and the attendant lockdown, demonstrated the potential benefits and possibilities of remote work practices, as well as the glaring deficiencies such practices bring. 'Zoom fatigue', resulting from high cognitive loads and intense amounts of eye contact, is just the tip of an uncomfortable iceberg. Remote and hybrid work will certainly be part of most work practices, but what should these future work practices look like? Should we merely attempt to fix what we already have or can we be bolder and speculate a different kind of workplace future? Together with companies, this project seeks a vision of the future that integrates hybrid work experiences with grace and decency. Go to project.DIREC, 11d ago
Economic and strategic rivalry at the cutting edge of technological innovation both broadens the field of hostile international action, and stifles shared global benefits that are created through the integration of international technological cooperation. The perils of the combination of extremely potent new technologies and technopolistic societies unable and unwilling to restrain or regulate their spread in the face of fierce geopolitical rivalry should not be underestimated. The potential harms of the unchecked spread of Artificial Intelligence into human decision-making, particularly in the sphere of international security, are today relatively well-known, there is less recognition of the possibility of catastrophic downsides to other vanguard technologies. The advantages that quantum supremacy, as one example, would confer are so massive that there is a certain strategic logic behind conducting pre-emptive military strikes should it appear that a rival is developing a clear technological lead in the field. Ian Bremmer has argued that the threat of this structural opposition in technological innovation is becoming so great that governments should immediately prioritise sharing information on developments in quantum computing, one of the most critical and increasingly protected new technologies, because “even the threat of such a breakthrough could trigger World War III.”[19]...TECHTELEGRAPH, 15d ago
Economic and strategic rivalry at the cutting edge of technological innovation both broadens the field of hostile international action, and stifles shared global benefits that are created through the integration of international technological cooperation. The perils of the combination of extremely potent new technologies and technopolistic societies unable and unwilling to restrain or regulate their spread in the face of fierce geopolitical rivalry should not be underestimated. The potential harms of the unchecked spread of Artificial Intelligence into human decision-making, particularly in the sphere of international security, are today relatively well-known, there is less recognition of the possibility of catastrophic downsides to other vanguard technologies. The advantages that quantum supremacy, as one example, would confer are so massive that there is a certain strategic logic behind conducting pre-emptive military strikes should it appear that a rival is developing a clear technological lead in the field. Ian Bremmer has argued that the threat of this structural opposition in technological innovation is becoming so great that governments should immediately prioritise sharing information on developments in quantum computing, one of the most critical and increasingly protected new technologies, because “even the threat of such a breakthrough could trigger World War III.”...ORF, 4d ago

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...--Stephen Gaskin Cannabis can be tricky to work with. For many, even most of us, there’s a learning curve in finding out how to most skillfully benefit from the plant as a spiritual ally. A number of factors can influence the short and long-term spiritual benefits--dosage, strain, frequency of use, attitude toward the plant, one’s state of mind and body at the time of the encounter, the specific setting, and maybe most important, the ability to quiet the discursive mind and allow periods of inner stillness. A teaching from wisdom traditions may help establish ground for how to work with cannabis in spiritually beneficial ways. It’s how we work with our thoughts and intentions in formal practices and throughout the daily walk. The simple way of saying it is that we create our own reality. But that principle is slippery. Our operating system configurations were almost fully internalized before we were capable of understanding what was being downloaded. Some of it may even have been carried over from previous incarnations. The result is that we tend to be driven by narratives operating below the horizon of awareness. The great teachings say that bringing those drives--the unconscious material of what Buddhists term...innertraditions.com, 3d ago
Critically, many of us are focused on how we can make the transition to open research in ways that embrace diversity and foster equity from the start. It’s been a fundamental failing of the “old” system and I’m relieved to see that an increasing number of us understand that tweaking that system just won’t do, and that more fundamental change is needed. With this comes the opportunity to rethink what gets shared and when, and how it gets both assessed and credited. It’s an incredible opportunity to build a system that better serves both science and scientists. While there are clearly systemic changes needed in the incentive and reward systems in academia, our work at PLOS demonstrates that meaningful progress can be made by pushing on elements of the current system.The Scholarly Kitchen, 4d ago
Text messaging is another solution proving to be an effective technological tool. It allows for the collecting of information, giving deadline notifications and being extremely proactive with outreach. The ability to “nudge” people and answer questions can have a magical impact on enrollment. In addition, having the low-touch ability to have two-way communication with enrollees wherever they go is powerful. Last year alone, BDT worked with states and others to send people more than 3 million text messages about benefits programs.As we bring pandemic-related emergency measures to an end, there’s no doubt that we face serious challenges. But there’s also no doubt that we have tools that can help, both immediately and in the long term. Governments can embrace modern digital strategies that act as a force multiplier for the resources we have to address our problems. There is much we can do to improve processes and secure dignified assistance for people in need. A practical approach will see us through.Governing, 4d ago

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Ochanomizu University in April 2022 established the Institute for Gendered Innovations(3) to promote research, innovation, and social communication based on gender perspectives, strengthening its track record in research on gender equality issues. Based on its expertise in trustworthy and ethical AI, Fujitsu developed technology to mitigate intersectional bias(4) to prevent AI from discriminating against different groups due to bias in learning data.Within the new joint research program, the two parties will combine Fujitsu's AI ethics technology and Ochanomizu University's knowledge in gendered innovations to conduct pioneering R&D in AI solutions that enable quantitative and objective gender equality measures, and promote the development of talent able to contribute to the solution of societal issues through interdisciplinary expertise.BackgroundGender equality, which also represents one of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains an important issue worldwide. In the Global Gender Gap Report 2022, Japan was ranked 116th out of 146 countries worldwide(5), revealing significant gender inequality persists in the country. To address this issue, the Japanese Cabinet Office implemented measures including "The Fifth Basic Plan for Gender Equality"(6) as a basic act for realizing a gender equal society. However, social implementation of measures to achieve gender equality continues to be an ongoing challenge, as concerns - both in Japan and other countries worldwide - remain, that efforts to empower women might on the other hand create new, unintentional unfairness toward other parties.To address these issues, Fujitsu and Ochanomizu University established the "Fujitsu-Ochanomizu University Social Collaboration Program for AI Ethics" to explore the possibility of utilizing AI solutions to contribute to the solution of gender inequalities. However, as AI itself can cause risks including the discrimination of minority groups due to bias in the AI training data, social trustworthiness represents a central focus in the development of AI systems. To this end, Fujitsu and Ochanomizu University aim to develop practical solutions to gender issues, while addressing the risk of bias in AI by leveraging Fujitsu's strength in R&D in ethical AI technologies and Ochanomizu University's research on gendered innovations. In addition to their R&D activities, the two parties further plan to nurture talent able to take the lead in solving societal issues by combining approaches from information science and social sciences.Outline of the "Fujitsu-Ochanomizu University Social Collaboration Program for AI Ethics"1. Period:March 1, 2023 - March 31, 20262. Location of the collaborative research laboratory:Institute for Gendered Innovations, Ochanomizu University (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan)3. Outline of the joint researchAs a first step of the joint project, Fujitsu and Ochanomizu University aim to develop an AI solution for highly reliable human resource assessment by the end of March 2024 to contribute to the realization of a diverse, equal and inclusive society. To approach ethical risks in AI models, the two parties will apply Fujitsu's technology to mitigate intersectional bias to human resource assessment AI technology and verify the fairness of the assessment results using evaluation methods including interviews and workshops, utilizing Ochanomizu University's expertise in the social sciences. Within the verification tests, the two parties will use AI technology to conduct quantitative analysis of the fairness of the assessments and present the decision-making process and facts behind the analysis results to ensure that the AI eliminates any unequal treatment of women, but at the same time does not create any new unfairness affecting the total majority. Based on the results of the tests, the two parties will further improve this human resource assessment AI to ultimately develop a technology that ensures fair and nondiscriminatory decisions. Utilizing the results of this joint research, Fujitsu and Ochanomizu University will propose concrete solutions that contribute to the solution of gender inequality and societal issues. The two partners further plan to hold seminars and workshops on various themes related to AI technologies and societal issues to nurture future specialists and leaders able to address societal issues through cross-sectional collaborations.4. Roles and responsibilitiesFujitsu:- Research and development of AI ethics technologies, application to gender equality issues- Development of technological solutionsOchanomizu University:- Evaluation of the AI's judgment and assessment with regard to social fairness- Development of practical solutions to solve societal issues, policy proposals5. Organization:- Program Leader: Etsuko Saito (Professor, Institute for Gendered Innovations, Ochanomizu University)- Program Sub-leader: Hiroya Inakoshi (Project Director, Human-AI Collaborative Society Project, Research Center for AI Ethics, Research Unit, Fujitsu)- Izumi Nitta (Research Scientist, Human-AI Collaborative Society Project, Research Center for AI Ethics, Research Unit, Fujitsu)- Mika Omori (Professor, Human Science Division, Faculty of Core Research, Ochanomizu University)- Takayuki Ito (Professor, Natural Science Division, Faculty of Core Research, Ochanomizu University)- 17 additional researchers from both Fujitsu and Ochanomizu University(1) Fujitsu Small Research Lab :Initiative where Fujitsu researchers are embedded at technology incubators at universities in Japan and internationally to conduct joint research with some of the leading minds in their fields, including professors as well as the next generation of researchers.(2) Ochanomizu University's Social Collaboration Program:The Social Collaboration Program accepts funds and researchers from research institutes and private companies to carry out collaborative research and education projects with shared interests.(3) Gendered innovations:Gendered innovations research and technology development considers gender perspectives to find solutions that help create new innovations and ultimately contribute to the realization of gender equality. (For reference: Institute for Gendered Innovation (IGI) )(4) Technology to mitigate intersectional bias:Technology developed by Fujitsu that mitigates intersectional bias that appear when attributes such as age, gender, and nationality are combined under certain conditions.(5) Japan was ranked 116th out of 146 countries worldwide:Source: World Economic Forum "Global Gender Gap Report 2022"(6) The Fifth Basic Plan for Gender Equality:Whitepaper Japanese Cabinet OfficeAbout FujitsuFujitsu's purpose is to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation. As the digital transformation partner of choice for customers in over 100 countries, our 124,000 employees work to resolve some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Our range of services and solutions draw on five key technologies: Computing, Networks, AI, Data & Security, and Converging Technologies, which we bring together to deliver sustainability transformation. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 3.6 trillion yen (US$32 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022 and remains the top digital services company in Japan by market share. Find out more:...acnnewswire.com, 4d ago
Many financial institutions have ingrained ways of working that have developed over decades, and in some cases centuries, of delivering value. This process becomes more complex when considering the global scale of business. In order to turn the eyes, hearts and minds of a customer institution to the future, the DXC team has nurtured an operating model and practice that matches the platform's delivery cadence with requisite value served to disparate owners across the global business. It has assiduously cultivated a product that comes with its own budget, client base and governance.DXC Technology, 4d ago
Matt Heinz speaks to the enduring nature of marketing, a practice that has weathered centuries and continues to be rooted in relationship-building and storytelling. Technology may have enabled marketers with more opportunities than ever before, but what really counts is creating an authentic connection between brand and consumer through meaningful dialogue.martechexec.com, 4d ago
Since the end of last year, two topics have hogged maximum limelight. One is of course ChatGPT and Generative AI technologies in general; the other is disruption these technologies are going to create in jobs, education, fields of creativity etc. With ChatGPT, we’ve already seen significant improvement in efficiencies and capabilities, making the dividends amply clear. But the thing with technology is, it always has a dual impact- there are winners and there are some losers as well. As a society, what we need to make sure is that we should be able to support and enable these people to adjust and adapt to this new world, while benefiting from the overall value created. We’ll have to be careful to balance the common greater good against individual wins and losses. A good way to think about AI, would be to look at it as augmenting human capability. Because no matter how powerful AI gets, humans plus AI will be even more powerful than either humans alone or AI on its own. It’s quite possible that we’ll see the rise of new jobs where people will work with AI as the partner. Think of someone who wants to make an animated movie and has just the perfect idea. But he can’t sketch, animate or programme. Now, with ChatGPT he can prototype quickly, so there’s no question that lots of jobs will become augmented and therefore there exists a lot of potential for new jobs that didn’t exist before. The future of AI is undoubtedly bright, and it will continue to transform various industries and aspects of our lives. We can expect AI to become more sophisticated and able to perform a wider range of tasks, as it becomes more capable of learning and adapting to new environments. However, AI has its natural limits.For example, while AI can be used to diagnose medical conditions, it cannot replace the empathy and judgment of a human doctor. Similarly, while AI can analyze large data sets and make predictions, it may be limited by biases inherent in the data it’s trained on. Ultimately, the future of AI is likely to involve a balance between automation and human work.insideBIGDATA, 5d ago
In conclusion, the latest iteration of language models, GPT-4, has several new features that could have significant implications for language and communication. Its ability to understand images, improved memory, multilingual support, customizable personalities, and resistance to manipulation make it a promising tool for various industries and applications. While there are still some concerns about the ethical implications of these technologies, the potential benefits are undeniable, and it will be exciting to see how they develop and shape our future.interestingengineering.com, 4d ago
But it could be argued that novelists who dare to grapple with the broader themes of scientific progress also perform the vital cultural task of helping us to make sense of our changing world. While many writers dismiss science, McEwan regards its progress as a theatre for age-old human dilemmas. His novel...National Geographic, 4d ago

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Meliorism involves the belief that good situations can be enjoyed and made better, while bad situations can be made less bad if we have an energetic openness to positive possibilities. This doesn't guarantee success, but it gives you much more to work with in trying to create and sustain inviting schools. As a working philosophy for improving school climate, this linguistic adjustment can get things going and provide preparation about how to work through the implementation dip and other strategic challenges. This melioristic optimism can also be used to examine the deeper possibilities for key words in “that wonderful, non-threatening, feel-good approach to education.”...educationtoday.com.au, 4d ago
The ubiquitous wireless network can convey continuous data to these devices thanks to the Internet, which is a system of sensors connected to wireless radios and CPUs. It can also be described as a formidable amalgamation of inexpensive sensors and strong apparatuses that blast high-speed networks and data to electronic devices with internet connectivity (Yang, 2011). This essay focuses on how to use the internet lawfully and what precautions to take to protect one’s intellectual property and avoid getting into trouble with the law. It is still challenging to formulate precise, unambiguous rules that regulate legal violations or conduct in many areas of internet law. Among them include fair use, intellectual property use, disclosure to the public about a private matter and legal issues that surround the online contributions. The majority who manage programs understand best the principles of libel laws, intellectual property and monitoring of online activities. Various characters challenge the lawmakers and courts to apply internet matters on trademark & copyright, free speech, privacy and online criminal activities. For instance, speed, lack of physical or geopolitical boundaries, and the ability of the users to remain anonymous have given the internet so much power as a medium of innovation and communication. The use of the web by organizations or individuals has also raised some issues (Rice 2012). The majority who raise the ethical challenges create websites with the wrong information thus misleading others who think it’s legal. Some of them even use the internet to bully, incorporate illegal material, the spread of rumors and some also use the online media to share bad news. Also, people waste time deleting spam messages because someone else is busy sending unreliable information. The wrong use of wireless information has also made companies monitor their staff on how much they use the internet. Despite the company having the data on their employees, they also infringe information from their customers. The problem of having this information is that even if you delete something, it will always exist. A good example is when a company decides to use Google. According to the law, confidentiality is not sharing information with other parties. Therefore when this information is at hand, the possibility of the firm increasing their revenue is so high but they are still likely to infringe their rights regarding privacy. The internet is, therefore, a very good memory keeper because it tracks our dislike and likes by identifying the sites we visit. The website that allows advertising to take place also permit the exposure of confidential matter to the public (Tsou, 2013). Therefore, many ethical problems arise from the use of online activities. Although the use of internet tends to close the gap between the poor and the rich, it is also seen that it has a reverse effect. Regardless of religion, race, gender, age disability or origin, everyone has a right to privacy. Conclusion The ethical implications of the use of the internet are connected directly to my course because they are all governed by the law of using the online services. In chapter nine, we are reading about internet law, social media and privacy and so when we look at this article, we have talked about how people waste time deleting spam emails, how companies collect information from both the staff and customer and where companies use the websites to do marketing. The few examples are still part of my course readings which go into details to educate us on the right and wrong use of internet services.WritingUniverse, 4d ago
In our experience, it took us some time to understand the real drivers of underperformance in the sector. Even with the understanding, finding the right lever to increase performance hasn’t been smooth. First, they are often small and dispersed. For example, RRA works across four states, five locations, and multiple sectors. This makes coordination and delivering systemic interventions difficult. Often, we have found ourselves opting for training as the core task. We also profoundly understood that altering the underlying factors that drive performance would not happen with training and ad hoc linkages. Microenterprises are complex and dynamic, with many different actors and interactions, many starting in a short timescale and others collapsing overnight. The urban and rural divide comes with challenges when targeting which ones to work with. Like several other projects, we also jumped into surface problems, such as access to finance, addressing the informal nature, etc. Looking back, our approach was rarely systemic.marketlinks.org, 4d ago
...life, before we’re six feet underground? The field of positive psychology is uniquely poised to explore—with the heft of all its theory and practice—this traditionally taboo topic. It appears that the well-lived life is reached in part because of the poignant contrast that exists between the highs and the lows—the troubles, setbacks, and even traumas that life presents. We don’t need to experience the depths of despair to gain access to well-being, but adopting the perspective that adversity is required for a full, rich life of meaning, can motivate us to reflect on death in a way that lets us tune into the upside of the dark side. The practice of...Psychology Today, 4d ago
...[T]he Templeton Foundation on its website in January 2022 described the ‘Joy of being wrong’ and said that Saint Augustine called humility the foundation of all other virtues. “Psychologists and philosophers are working to tease apart the ways we respond to new ideas and information — and the possible benefits of intellectual humility … a mindset that guides our intellectual conduct … it involves recognizing and owning our intellectual limitations in the service of pursuing deeper knowledge, truth, and understanding.”...Evolution News, 5d ago
In an effort to find a way forward, I spoke with five people who have unique insights into how smartphones and other technology interact with American childhood—particularly in Catholic families and institutions—today. Each of these individuals helped me to consider questions about my kids’—and my own—present and future relationships to technology in deeper and more productive ways: How to pursue the good, the true and the beautiful amid the constant din of a world suffused in smartphone-induced distraction? How to minimize exposure to harmful content, cyberbullying and online social drama? How to inoculate the brain against the craving for online attention and validation? They offered a few guiding principles to consider.America Magazine, 5d ago

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...that aims to use blockchain technology for its exciting research. The company aims to increase human health and lifespan substantially. Such works aren’t new for the health industry. In fact, many other companies strive to achieve the same goal. After all, life is precious, and we all want to enjoy as much of it as possible. However, traditional companies often fall short of this mission. While the human lifespan has actually lengthened considerably over the last decades, that has more to do with good medicines and healthcare systems, as well as organic food and improved living conditions. Still, there are places around the world that still suffer due to economic crisis or are ravaged by wars. In such countries, people’s lifespan is dramatically short.FinanceBrokerage, 5d ago
...“Artificial intelligence is a powerful, still-emerging technology that presents unique challenges as it matures in the creative arts space. We embrace the responsible use of AI, but recent advancements in AI have underscored the need to develop consensus on responsible use and to address important intellectual property concerns. Our culture and our technology must respect the foundational role that all creators play in AI’s ultimate output,”stated SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe...CelebrityAccess, 4d ago
In such matters, no less than in all our other mundane affairs, mysticism is only an evil. Our powers of comprehension are very limited. We cannot hope ever to discover the ultimate and most profound secrets of the universe. But the fact that we can never fathom the meaning and purpose of our existence does not hinder us from taking precautions to avoid contagious diseases or from making use of the appropriate means to feed and clothe ourselves, nor should it deter us from organizing society in such a way that the earthly goals for which we strive can be most effectually attained. Even the state and the legal system, the government and its administration are not too lofty, too good, too grand, for us to bring them within the range of rational deliberation. Problems of social policy are problems of social technology, and their solution must be sought in the same ways and by the same means that are at our disposal in the solution of other technical problems: by rational reflection and by examination of the given conditions.Mises Institute, 5d ago

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Many features of society have been profoundly altered by latest developments in communications, information processing, storage, and encryption. Moreover, contemplating that cash and funds are all about information administration and communication, it’s unsurprising that such advances are placing a strain on the banking system. Whereas our present system and the protocols it makes use of have advanced over time, its basic construction dates again to the web. Therefore, although digital forex shouldn’t be new, it’s essential to re-evaluate our institutional framework to find out whether or not and the way it ought to adapt in response to the altering surroundings and, in fact, societal wants.Bitcoin Press UK, 21d ago
Rochel points out that the ethical issues surrounding ChatGPT are the same as those with any kind of AI program. It’s only that the issues have become more salient due to the large number of people using ChatGPT. Anyone who’s tried it out has gotten a first-hand taste of just how powerful AI is. But what does that mean for society? The technology behind ChatGPT, which generates textual content (with sound and video to come), has ramifications for just about all our day-to-day tasks. It could help almost anyone write up a quick report, letter or email – and the applications could extend into the workplace. “Until recently, people believed that an interesting job was one that involved creating content,” says Rochel. “But now the distinction between the impact on intellectual jobs and manual ones has blurred. That stands to fundamentally alter the workplace. And who’s going to prepare workers for the shift? Will it be employers’ duty to train employees? Or will that responsibility fall to the government?”...epfl.ch, 14d ago
In addition to technical and regulatory failures in the building industry that the earthquakes have made viscerally evident, a broad range of political and business practices are implicated. As an architect and scholar whose work focuses on earthquakes and the broader design problem of risk, resilience, and reconstruction, I can attest that amid such mass tragedies, it is difficult but essential to find a balance between the overwhelming empathy that the individual circumstances of each disaster evoke and a rational outlook on the broader cadence and patterns of crisis and rebuilding. Borrowing a Tolstoyan sentiment, earthquakes are much the same everywhere, but each disaster is tragic in its own way.Harvard Gazette, 15d ago
..., an upcoming education summit, is bringing together leading researchers and policymakers to explore the impact of education scams on learners worldwide.As recent scandals continue to hit the headlines, the consequences of these kinds of educational frauds have become all the more visible. Now, more than ever, it's essential to act against fraudulent providers causing lifelong financial, educational, and psychological damage. Education scams come in all shapes and sizes, with individuals and institutions seeking to profit quickly from unsuspecting students. Such schemes promise world-class learning experiences yet rarely provide what they advertise, leaving learners in debt and struggling to finish their courses.The conference aims to inform policy changes that protect students, faculty, and the general public from predatory educational organizations. Additionally, representatives from educational technology companies, such as degree verification software developers, will present new tools and methods to detect scams.The Education 2.0 Conference will be a chance to work together to tackle the increasingly urgent issue of educational fraud. With this important dialogue, those who work in and around the field of education can create more effective policy changes and safeguard learners from such deceit.The gathering will offer attendees valuable insights into the practices of scammers, their various tactics, and the scale of the threat they pose. Through practical discussions and keynotes, Education 2.0 Conference will bring much-needed attention to an important topic and take an active role in countering the nefarious actions of fraudulent providers.At the end of the conference, delegates will come armed with knowledge on how to defend learners and reform the educational system. They'll also have the chance to share best practices, raise awareness and ensure the promise of education is one that is actually fulfilled.As the education industry shifts towards new standards and norms,...PRLog, 19d ago
But today, I want to focus on two significant threats to national security deserving greater focus and attention: advances in synthetic biology, or synbio, and artificial intelligence, or AI. These two technologies stand out for both their rates of progress and the scope of their applications. Both hold the potential to broadly transform entire industries, including ones critical to the United States' future economic competitiveness, such as medicine, manufacturing, and energy. Synbio and AI also pose grave security challenges for which we are currently unprepared. In the case of synbio, new tools could enable a state, group, or individual to construct novel viruses capable of killing many millions of people, whether intentionally or unintentionally. In the case of AI, new tools could be used to create novel cyber weapons and disinformation attacks at an unprecedented scale.rand.org, 21d ago
However, there are also huge challenges, both on the research end and on the societal end, which are intertwined. I believe that achieving an understanding of training dynamics will allow us to address many problems at least partially, including the lack of robustness, efficiency and fairness.Simons Foundation, 14d ago

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The traditional raison d’être of an academic (in terms of self-presentation, at least) has been that of producing ‘knowledge for knowledge’s sake.’ In other words, in this classic conception, an academic simply strives to add another layer, however modest, to the collective repository of universal human knowledge. (Indeed, this is pretty much what the whole notion of a ‘university’ suggests.) Critical scholars, by contrast, tend to be sceptical about notions of universality, seeing knowledge production as conditioned by historical and cultural circumstances. Moreover, whereas a traditionally-minded scholar may be content to simply put their research out there, on the assumption that a rising tide of truth will necessarily lead to more rational and informed ways of running the world, critical scholars place no trust in this relationship. Indeed, such a scholar may even point to how rational and true knowledge can, within an irrational and oppressive society, lead to worse outcomes rather than better. Thus, a critical scholar sees their work as being intrinsically political, addressing the harmful contradictions of the world in which we live in a way that challenges those contradictions, demonstrating the possibility of change.E-International Relations, 5d ago
While blockchain projects eagerly spill ink over being ‘a single source of truth’, the absence of key elements to achieve that, namely scalability and usability, means that this vision has remained out of reach for most. This has led to thousands of seperate networks that all want to be that ‘single source’, leading to interoperability challenges that result in many exploits, hacks, illegal security offerings and other cybercrime. And even for those who have found their applicability, i.e. Ethereum, the scale and affordability demonstrated by mintBlue simply isn't possible through its inherently limited account-based system.Tech.eu, 5d ago
Disagreements about word meanings aren’t new. From interpretations of the Constitution to definitions about what a fact is, semantic disputes have long been at the center of legal, philosophical and linguistic thinking. Cognitive psychologists have likewise studied these differences in how people perceive and describe the world. The accumulation of our lived experiences affects how we conceptualize the world and helps explain why two people approach problems in different ways — or even agree if something is a problem in the first place.Berkeley News, 5d ago
She continued: “It is really encouraging to see tech companies take a much more holistic view to inclusion with so many now focussed on neurodiversity, mental health and reproductive issues. Many Signatories recognise that to attract and retain an in-demand and diverse tech workforce, they need to work on multiple lenses of inclusion at the same time, and at all levels of their business, to build their understanding of how these lenses interact throughout a career journey for the ultimate benefit of both employees and the company itself.”...electronicspecifier.com, 5d ago
A broader problem is that the debate, such as it is, is polarised along epistemological lines: mainstream thinkers, scientists and policy actors tend to accept the concept at face value and view its pursuit and achievement as intrinsically desirable; critics, by contrast, emphasise its contingent nature and its potential to both elide and reproduce painful legacies of injustice inherited from colonialism. So, what might be done? This paper attempts to synthesise the debate and tread a path between these two positions, recasting the ‘Just Transitions’ debate in ways that might point towards substantive policy shifts that also take seriously the deep-seated injustices that will inevitably mediate its application in spaces like the Caribbean.School of Advanced Study, 5d ago
...has chronicled how, despite the personal computer revolution’s promises of efficiency and productivity, people have become chained to their computers to the detriment of the human body. Similar claims were made around how laptops and smartphones would untether us—they haven’t. Indeed, these devices have made it possible to work from anywhere, anytime. Rather than this having a liberating effect, we experience “work metastasizing throughout the rest of life,” as Jenny Odell, author of...The Walrus, 5d ago

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AI’s powers are unique, but the struggle to contain a powerful technology is a familiar story. With every new advance, companies (and governments) have a choice of how to use it. It’s good business to disseminate innovations to the public, whose lives will be improved and even become more fun. But when the technologies are released with zero concern for their negative impact, those products are going to create misery. Holding researchers and companies accountable for such harms is a challenge that society has failed to meet. There are endless cases where human beings in charge of things...WIRED, 11d ago
Stanford is clearly one of the top universities globally, but like all the other great universities, it has a discipline, subject, and department structure based on the antique ideas of Aristotle. In 2016, Finland mandated the use of Phenomenon-Based Learning in middle schools, which teaches students about phenomena as multifaceted entities. In such an approach, students would learn to understand an issue like sustainability through the lenses of overpopulation and resource use, overconsumption, patterns of governance, inequity, the importance of narrative and messaging in communication, art, value and how it is quantified, the ethics of national boundaries, history, and technologies and their environmental costs (to name a few of the most important) without worrying about “subject” boundaries. If departments disappeared and a new problem-oriented structure similar to the Finnish middle school approach were adopted, it would break down the siloed nature of education and help students learn to solve big problems. This shift would allow universities to become a beneficial influence on the trajectory of civilization during the “...stanford.edu, 20d ago
Reconceptualizing the format of publications brings up intriguing questions about their purpose and meaning. What counts as part of the “scholarly record” and why? Who have we historically allowed to create, read, and reuse scholarship, and whom have we excluded? Where have publishers been complicit in designing structures that exclude important voices (for example, in archaeology, those of Indigenous communities)? How can we rebuild processes and systems to be more inclusive? Applying a new lens to an everyday activity always creates insights. The current focus on bringing previously marginalized identities to the fore is inspiring, if often uncomfortable, for many people in...The Scholarly Kitchen, 19d ago