Tag: Sapiens

A “global useless class”: the future as seen by Yuval Noah Harari

VIDEO: Just as the Industrial Revolution created the working class, automation could create a “global useless class,” and the political and social history of the coming decades will revolve around the hopes and fears of this new class. The combination of biotech and I.T. might reach a point where it creates systems and algorithms that understand us better than we understand ourselves. The problem is understanding the “extremely complicated chains of cause and effect” in the world. “Time is accelerating,”. The long term may no longer be defined in centuries or millenniums — but in terms of 20 years. “My fear is that homo sapiens are not just up to it. We have created such a complicated world that we’re no longer able to make sense of what is happening.”

SOURCE: The New York Times

Machine learning’s ‘amazing’ ability to predict chaos

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: The pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the “butterfly effect” makes long-term prediction impossible. Even the smallest perturbation to a complex system (like the weather, the economy or just about anything else) can touch off a chain of events that leads to a dramatically divergent future. In a series of results, scientists have used machine learning to predict the future evolution of chaotic systems out to stunningly distant horizons. The approach is being lauded by outside experts as groundbreaking and likely to find wide application. (Read this article against the backdrop of the video with Yuval Noah Harari)

SOURCE: Quanta

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