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Kaila Colbin

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  • Humanity, Not Technology: The Idea Worth Spreading in Online Spin on 04/28/2017

    Once a year, the good and the great converge on Vancouver, Canada for the TED conference: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Nearly 2,000 people gathered for a week to consider our past, present and future. There was something interesting about the talks this week. While there were a few technological marvels -- swarms of tiny, self-organizing robots, for example, or a personal cargo-carrying robot that follows you around with your shopping -- many of the talks dealt not with technology, but humanity.

  • Can Technology Make The World Great Again? in Online Spin on 04/14/2017

    We've all heard the promises: Technology is going to give us a better world. It will allow us to feed the masses, democratize education, enjoy unfettered free speech. Healthcare, energy and transport will all be revolutionized and demonetized. We're heading for a brave new world. In many ways things are indeed looking up. Some of these changes are due to technological advances, some to increased levels of education, and some to long-term cultural shifts. But every statistic has multiple interpretations, and every simplistic narrative conceals important nuance.

  • The Colonization Of Mars  in Online Spin on 03/31/2017

    Yesterday humanity marked a glorious milestone: SpaceX successfully relaunched and re-landed a Falcon 9 -- the first time in history a rocket has been reused. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk's projection is that reusable rockets could bring the cost of space travel down 100x. But the implications are way bigger than making it cheaper for communications companies to fling satellites into low earth orbit. We've just gotten a step closer to becoming a multiplanetary species.

  • Ethics Are For Everyone in Online Spin on 03/17/2017

    I admit to an overwhelming amount of schadenfreude at the challenges recently faced by Uber. After all, its behavior has been egregious for ages. It's satisfying to point the finger at Uber precisely because its actions are so brazen. But doing so also carries a risk: the risk of distracting us from the more subtle ways technology impacts our lives, and the profound ethical implications thereof.

  • But How Can I Make Money From It? in Online Spin on 03/03/2017

    "It's all very nice, but how can I make money from it?" We've been asking the wrong question for a very long time. We should be asking: "What does the world need from me?"

  • This Article Is NOT About Trump in Online Spin on 02/17/2017

    This article is not about Trump, but we're going to have to go through him to get to the point.

  • Still Wondering How Trump Won? Try Psychographic Targeting  in Online Spin on 02/03/2017

    You wake up, yawn, stretch. Pick up the phone. Check Facebook. "Like." "Like." "Like," again. After 10 "likes," Michal Kosinski knows you better than your work colleagues. After 70, he knows you better than your partner does, including -- whether these things were explicitly referenced in your clicks or not -- your skin color, your sexual orientation, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, whether you smoke or do drugs... The list goes on.

  • Under Science-Unfriendly Administration, Internet And Its Data Are In Your Hands  in Online Spin on 01/20/2017

    In the final days of 2016, the website of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources got a bit of a refresh. Unless you were paying close attention, you might have missed it. After all, most people don't regularly visit the Wisconsin DNR. But the changes were caught by a website-monitoring service and shared on some blogs, starting with a guy named James Rowen. Turns out the changes are kind of important -- IF you think climate change is kind of important.

  • As World Gets More Automated, We Have A Bigger Problem Than Losing Our Jobs in Online Spin on 01/06/2017

    I attended a funeral today. I knew him casually. We frequented many of the same social and business circles, and had had more than one good chat about our social and political environment. But we had never graduated to the category of close friendship. So it was wonderful to hear from his father, from his sister, from his daughter, from his childhood friends. Over an hour and a half, I got to know him better. I got to know how successful he was. How loved and respected he was. How tortured he was. He had taken his own life. He was 44 years old

  • All I Want For Christmas Is A Minimum Basic Income in Online Spin on 12/23/2016

    Merry Christmas. Or Chanukah. Or Kwanzaa. Whatever you celebrate, I hope you got a year-end bonus -- because the robots are coming for your job. They're coming whether you're a taxi driver or a truck driver. They're coming whether you're a doctor or a lawyer. If your job involves repetition, or information processing, or data analysis, you're at risk.

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