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Google Made a Chatbot That Debates the Meaning of Life

A human talks to a machine. And it goes like this:

Human: what is the purpose of life?
Machine: to serve the greater good.
Human: what is the purpose

Google

Why Should We Support the Idea of Universal Basic Income?

Photo by Russell Shaw Higgs / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

An answer to a growing question of the 21st century

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What would you do?

So what exactly would you do, if you were guaranteed $1,000 per month for the rest of your life? And yes, that's around what the amount would most likely be here in the United States, …

Income

Keybase

Keybase is a people directory. Here are some random folks, if you'd rather just poke around.

So what exactly is it?

Well, Keybase is a website, but …

Encryption

Super-private social network launched to take on Facebook with support of Anonymous

A new social network, backed by Anonymous, hopes to take on Facebook and the other social media giants with a commitment to privacy, security and …

Facebook

#1 what is peer to peer

Peer-to-peer

A quick tour in the hacking black market

A quick tour in the Black Markets, the places on the web where it is possible to acquire or rent “malicious” services and illegal products.Black …

Security

DOCU #00

Sony Pictures

The right to the commons: reimagining our collective powers

Commons emerge as we attempt to reclaim solidarity, autonomy and possibility through struggle — and that necessarily implies a confrontation with

Austerity

The Commons: A New European Concept?

Europe

Virtual Assembly

Watch the full-length NBC News interview with Edward Snowden

NBC News has released an online version of its featured interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, a first for US TV.

More on the secret preparation that led to the exclusive "get" for NBC's Brian Williams in our previous coverage.

Here's part one of the video. NBC has multiple segments …

Edward Snowden

10+1 attributes of ideal challenges for Collective Intelligence

Not all problems are equally suited to a collective approach. In this post I propose a way of typifying problems most likely to be successfully …

Connectivism

Goteo.org

• Devolver valor a la sociedad más allá del crowdfunding. El Mundo See more
• Goteo elected NGO of the year. Democratic Citizenship Awards See …

Zappos’ CEO Gives His Staff an Ultimatum, Over 200 Workers Quit Shortly After

Over 200 workers at the online retailer Zappos have left the company after recent management changes, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Since the …

Edgar Kampers, Founder and Executive Co-Director, Qoin, The Netherlands - ICIC15

Book Review: The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity by Max Haiven

What is to be done in the face of crisis, when the very trope of crisis curtails our ability to […]

Research

METABODY MANIFESTO 1.0

For an embodied, differential media ethics in global surveillance culture.

July 2013 – The following is beta version 1.0 of a draft to be discussed …

The End of Meaningless Jobs Is a Win For Us All

Many experts studying the topic of automation believe that the current rate of advancement is leading us into a future with fewer and fewer available …

Exponential Finance Conference

Lessons from Finland: building a co-operative economy

In a sparsely populated country with a short summer and long, hard winter, the idea of people working together for a common interest comes naturally. As a result there are more member-owners of co-operative enterprises in Finland than there are people. The average adult is a member of two …

Un-Track Yourself!

What we’re losing when we’re quantifying everything

Put the body-monitoring tool down, turn around, and slowly walk away. Just because something is

Western Philosophy

Post-Capitalism: Rise of the Collaborative Commons

The Revolution will not be Centralized

This article is a follow-up to The Obsolescence of Capitalism: And the Transition to a Resource Based Economy, …

Economics

Millennials Insist The Future Will Be Shared

Editor’s note: Mike Montgomery is the executive director of CALinnovates.

What happens when 80-year-old laws meet 21st-century millennial? We’re about to find out. In California, the state Department of Motor Vehicles threatened the future of ride sharing by dusting off a 1930s law that requires …

Uber

The fragmentation of power

The European | 16 January 2015The end of the nation-state as we know it: Parag Khanna discusses the path towards global connectivity and why we have …

Globalization

Ethereum: Freenet or Skynet?

Primavera De Filippi

Transcripted and adapted from the original video by Primavera De Filippi and Ann Marie Utratel

What is Ethereum? Can this …

Skynet

"Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft" in Backchannel

I’m done sending my money and data to corporations I don’t trustContinue reading on Medium »

Google

Building provenance for digital works

Giving provenance to photos and providing instant credit to their creators. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of …

Provenance

Zygmunt Bauman - Identidade pessoal

Beyond Bitcoin: Legal Pathways for Blockchain Enterprises

The technologies that undergird Bitcoin transactions have advanced to suggest other, non-financial applications. (Bitcoin Magazine)

As blockchain and …

Bitcoin

Mapping people’s online connections in Barcelona, Baltimore, Rio … | ideas.ted.com

What do the social networks look like in your city or country? Dave Troy (TED Talk: Social maps that reveal a city’s intersections — and separations) …