‘The meaning of life in a world without work’

Yuval Noah Harari, auteur van het veelgeprezen boek ‘Sapiens’, in The Guardian met een gigantische doordenker van een opiniestuk:

By 2050 a new class of people might emerge – the useless class. People who are not just unemployed, but unemployable.

The same technology that renders humans useless might also make it feasible to feed and support the unemployable masses through some scheme of universal basic income. The real problem will then be to keep the masses occupied and content. People must engage in purposeful activities, or they go crazy. So what will the useless class do all day?

One answer might be computer games. Economically redundant people might spend increasing amounts of time within 3D virtual reality worlds, which would provide them with far more excitement and emotional engagement than the “real world” outside. This, in fact, is a very old solution. For thousands of years, billions of people have found meaning in playing virtual reality games. In the past, we have called these virtual reality games “religions”.

 

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‘Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now’

Fast Company:

We are experiencing a fundamental paradigm shift in our relationship to knowledge. From the “information age,” we are moving towards the “reputation age,” in which information will have value only if it is already filtered, evaluated, and commented upon by others. Seen in this light, reputation has become a central pillar of collective intelligence today. It is the gatekeeper to knowledge, and the keys to the gate are held by others. The way in which the authority of knowledge is now constructed makes us reliant on what are the inevitably biased judgments of other people, most of whom we do not know.

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‘Fortnite is the biggest game on the planet right now because it’s a living, breathing world’

Fortnite is echt zwaar de max. De manier waarop ze de opbouw en lancering van seizoen 4 hebben aangepakt vond ik echt magistraal. Zo getuige ook dit artikel bij The Verge:

Epic crafted a narrative for an online multiplayer game exclusively out of contextual clues, in-game hints, and other forms of environmental storytelling. The end result is a game that feels richer, deeper, and more purposeful than its battle royale trappings would have you believe.

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‘Time Well $pent’

Geniaal concept, deze Chrome extension:

Inspired by the Time Well Spent movement, Greg Greiner and I built a Chrome extension that helps you save your money (and your time). Enter your pay frequency and salary and it will automatically convert prices on all websites to time. You’ll see how many days, minutes, hours it takes you to earn the listed dollar amount.

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Nieuwsbrief ‘The Discourse’

Weer een heel goeie editie van de nieuwsbrief ‘The Discourse’, waarin ene Sean telkens een deel van het nieuws fileert. De titel van deze achtste versie is ‘The News is Boring’ en hij poneert een heel interessante these:

It’s about values. You have the value of X. You think it would better if X was reflected more in the way the world works. So you remain hyper aware of examples where X isn’t reflected, and you attack them.

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‘The Man Who Brought Down Lance Armstrong’

Bij The Atlantic gingen ze op bezoek bij Floyd Landis, de notoire dopingzondaar die onlangs ruim een miljoen euro ontving in een rechtzaak tegen Lance Armstrong. Zijn blik op hun beider zaken:

“Taking me down and taking Armstrong down did nothing,” he said. “It was an utter failure because the UCI and wada [the World Anti-Doping Agency] are still lying to kids and making them think that they can become top athletes clean. And they know that you can’t.”

Best wel ironisch hoe hij nu een cannabiszaak runt.

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‘Scientists accidentally produce an enzyme that devours plastic’

The Guardian:

Professor John McGeehan, who led the research from the University of Portsmouth, said the discovery was “a bit of a shock,” but that it could have a significant impact on the mounting global plastics problem. PET bottles that are currently recycled can only be turned into fibers for clothing and carpets. The mutant enzyme could be used to turn plastic back into its original components. “It means we won’t need to dig up any more oil and, fundamentally, it should reduce the amount of plastic in the environment,” said McGeehan.

Da’s toch zot, dat ze zoiets per ongeluk vinden?

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