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On Freedom
Halcyon In Kal… 10 August 2017

The Wikileaks saga presented a dilemma around freedom and transparency vs. security. I was initially rather gung ho in supporting the march towards transparency, even signing an Avaaz online petition in defending Wikileaks, which I promptly withdrew from my Facebook profile after being flamed by someone whom I had no wish to upset, nor to engage with in a debate about the the finer points of freedom as they might look to people outside e.g. the U.S. In any case, as time has gone on I've become increasingly convinced that this is a very nuanced debate. For example, the "Open Source revolution" is led by an ex-CIA agent who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods and who calls for re-invention of intelligence.


What Might Happen? - Artificial Intelligence

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This evolving report looks at emerging trends in artificial intelligence (AI).

See also:

How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution


How will AI impact society in the future?

The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a long-term investigation of the field of AI and its influences on people, their communities, and society. It considers the science, engineering, and deployment of AI-enabled computing systems. 

What's Happening? - AI: at WEF 2017 Halcyon In Business 18 January 2017

As business opportunities for artificial intelligence multiply, how can industry leaders design the principles and technical standards into their products that benefit society as a whole? Dimensions addressed by the panel included: data ecosystems for privacy and security, algorithms for greater social inclusion and institutions to build trust among stakeholders.

What's Happening? - Intelligence

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Please see below selected recent insights about intelligence. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at competitors, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers.


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On Phronesis
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Halcyon In Kal… 20 April 2016

Aristotle coined the term "phronesis", meaning practical intelligence. It's the kind of wisdom that emerges from the long training of mind, body, character and engagement with a tradition.

This chimes perhaps with Malcolm Gladwell's assertion that acquiring true expertise in a discipline requires an average of 10,000 hours of practice.

On Biomimicry
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Halcyon In Kal… 18 April 2016

Visiting Luc Schuiten's Vegetal City exhibition in Brussels back in 2009 served as an eye-opening introduction to the potential that biomimicry might play in helping us design a sustainable future.

Many projects are already underway; some young architects are designing structures made completely out of living trees, while others are imagining how our great cities might return to their more natural state.

A related website tried to organise all biological information by function and asked the question - what we can we learn from this organism (e.g. any inventor, anywhere, at the moment of creation, could ask "how does nature remove salt from water?")

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Read not to contradict and confute- nor to believe and take for granted- nor to find talk and discourse- but to weigh and consider - Francis Bacon

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Creativity is intelligence having fun - Albert Einstein

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Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before - Kurt Vonnegut

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