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I feel like the only person who we will truly ever know is ourselves. The images we project towards people aren't ones who truly reflect who we are, and in a way, creates a double persona.
We all present modified outward images, sometimes because people haven't earned the right to look closely at us, sometimes because we don't want to worry them, sometimes because we want people to associate us with fun times and not problems...
I like what dsjoerg said on Hacker News
I like the general idea — gamblers can do useful work for society — but one area that needs improvement is the kind of things that the participants will be betting on.
"IBM wants to offer the minimum amount that the candidate will accept," however the gamblers are not asked to figure that out, instead the "entire wager pool is awarded to the Turks who had the closest answers [to what IBM actually offered]".
Thus the smart gambler tries to figure out not what the candidate would accept, but what IBM is likely to offer. At this point the prediction market does not predict what the candidate will accept, but what IBM will offer.
One might be able to construct a prediction market where the gamblers incentive is to identify the lowest number the candidate would accept, but this is not it.
Thanks! This is exactly what I'm looking for, films that require time and effort to completely understand. It's also in the same vein as the films I mentioned above.
If we want to escape this current rut and truly join the future society that we are starting to see sparks of on the internet, and that this author wishes to be a reality, we must enact social policies that enable lower class individuals to seek higher education without the risk of crushing debt and without having to sacrifice feeding themselves or keeping themselves healthy.
Great point. The privatization of higher education and profit incentives create a toxic environment where people feel like they have to do something which will get them a job, putting the economic incentives ahead of the educational ones. And who can blame them? 100k of debt is a huge mountain to overcome and severely limits the abilities of a young generation. A good first step would be providing a cheap (or free) education/healthcare system which would incentivize education and economic advancement (with no debt). Only then would we see more people pursuing careers and educations that interested them.
As for the anti-intellectualism perpetuating youth culture, I feel that it is a problem that cannot be overcome quickly. It is a longterm game where change is slow and meticulous. This does not mean that there cannot be change in the broad social spectrum. We don't need everyone to be an engineer, or mathematician to move forward as a society. The issues just have to be brought to the forefront so people can become aware of change and the future. If more people become aware and conscious of the world around them, change is bound to happen, it is just a matter of getting the ideas out there and acting upon them.
I find this idea of post-capitalism fascinating. We can already see early stages of this taking place, especially with the explosion of the Internet. Automation is practically inevitable, we just have to overcome the social/political obstacles that will result from not having to work for a living.
Postcapitalism is possible because of three major changes information technology has brought about in the past 25 years. First, it has reduced the need for work, blurred the edges between work and free time and loosened the relationship between work and wages. The coming wave of automation, currently stalled because our social infrastructure cannot bear the consequences, will hugely diminish the amount of work needed – not just to subsist but to provide a decent life for all.
Anyone else eager to see such change happening? It's small steps, but at least its there.
I find it interesting how American politicians are hesitant with diplomacy with Iran, yet make no remark to our relations to Saudi Arabia.
How popular are DVDs now a days? I haven't used a DVD in years due to the Internet.