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What Do We Do When A Machine Breaks the Law?

One of the most interesting essays I came across in John Brockman’s latest anthology (What to Think about Machines that Think) was by a security technologist called Bruce Scheier.

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What is Consciousness?

Opia: The Ambiguous Intensity of Eye Contact

“opia – n. the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable–their pupils glittering, bottomless and opaque–as if you were peering through a hole in the door of a house, able to tell that there’s someone standing there, but unable to tell if you’re looking in or looking out.”

My Graduation Speech

I recently found a copy of my old graduation speech and thought it deserved a bit more light than the cobwebs of an unused desktop folder, filed under the name “Congrads”.. (Humour failure on so many levels). Read more

Closing The Divide

The world is currently in a state of rapid technological change. Even those with just the slightest of interests in the broader scheme of things can accept this reality. The problem is that this change is creating a divide, two diverging perspectives of how we should handle the ever growing power of technology. Read more

Realizing our limits

A big idea, slowly starting to make its way into conventional thinking, is that our brains are actually long past their thrive by dates. We are now living in a time where computation, neuroscience technologies and mass data collection allow for in depth understanding of how the brain functions, as well as how it has  managed to survive with its many flaws in a world so foreign to its conceiving.

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Entering a State of Flow

As a child growing up, I remember being involved in many innocuous activities, where I was incredibly focused and completely in the moment. Time didn’t exist and neither did the world outside of the activity. There was this simplicity, this happiness and this sense of clarity. All the value came from the intrinsic quality of the experience and nothing outside of it mattered. Read more

Slowing down time

Most people have been through a dangerous, life threatening event, where they recall the feeling of time slowing down.This slow-motion effect seems so clear and real but at the same time our understanding of the world tells us that it is not currently possible to adjust the speed of time.

So what is causing these contradicting beliefs?

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Disseminating ideas and the Memetic perspective

I think people heavily underestimate the power of ideas. Their intangible, immeasurable nature forces them to take a back seat to the more physical, material things that attract our attention. We look out at a reality which seems so ordinary, so standard, like everyone should see it this way, when in fact the truth is that our reality is really more of a perspective moulded by a collection and collaboration of interlinking ideas which have infected our minds and spread due to their virality. Read more

The network effect

A subject of great interest to me of late is decision making. From the outside it may seem like a discussion of this subject could possibly be bland and lack anything valuable enough to be used in the fast paced, information abundant world of today. But contrary to this belief, once one delves into the depths of decision making, it becomes clear that  it actually holds some of the most fascinating ideas of our time. Read more