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Humanity Futures and Practical Wisdom, discovered and curated by Futurist Gerd Leonhard

April 30 · Issue #31 · View online
Curated news by Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & Humanist, Keynote Speaker, Author of 'Technology vs Humanity', Film-Maker, CEO of The Futures Agency in Zürich / Switzerland. This newsletter zeroes in on Humanity Futures, Technology & Humanity, and Digital Ethics. The future better than we think - we just need to govern it wisely!

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Introduction
Welcome to the 31st issue of our Humanity Futures newsletter, part of our continuing #TechVsHuman conversation. This newsletter is co-created by Futures Agency Curator Peter Van.
Happy reading!
Gerd Leonhard.
Futurist & Humanist, Keynote Speaker, CEO The Futures Agency
📌 Need more context to understand our weekly futurist updates? Try Gerd’s best-selling book ‘Technology vs Humanity’, now available in 11 languages. 👈
Here is a fancy new slideshow-page with my top 50 key statements & memes, illustrated with short videos
Check out this podcast on Digital Ethics and Chapter 10 of my book ‘Technology vs Humanity’. Technology does not have ethics – but we a society without ethics is doomed
Highlights
Tristan Harris: Tech Is ‘Downgrading Humans.’ It’s Time to Fight Back
Being Human vs. Being a Machine
From studying human behavior to studying machine behavior
The broader picture
The new digital divide is between people who opt out of algorithms and people who don’t
Human Contact is now a Luxury Good - Offline is the new Luxury
Human Contact is now a Luxury Good - Offline is the new Luxury
Societal Impact
Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom predicts the rise of supervillains
The risks of insurance companies embracing artificial intelligence
Future of work
Finland investing 100 MEUR in Digital Trust
Challenges
The End of Privacy as a Human Right
Convergence of technology and biology
CRISPR is now being used on humans in the U.S.
CRISPR Gene Editing Is Coming for the Womb
Law/Jurisdiction/Legal
Canada Sued Over Sidewalk Labs’ ‘Smart City’ In Toronto
Congress Wants to Protect You From Biased Algorithms, Deepfakes, and Other Bad AI
Governance
Who Should Decide How Algorithms Decide?
Gerd calls for a Global Digital Ethics Council
Gerd calls for a Global Digital Ethics Council
Digital Ethics
Ethics Boards Won’t Save Big Tech
AI Ethics: Seven Traps
New economic systems for a world of abundance.
Robots are making jobs better for workers
Uber is giving up on self-driving cars 
The Facebook 'Digital Ethics' case study
15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook
Disturbing things
Amazon Workers Are Listening In on Amazon Echo Users
Are We Sleepwalking Into A Control Society?
Books
When Tim Cook says no to the FBI
"No sugarcoating," says Tim Cook, "This is surveillance"
Meme of the week
Ethics alone won’t fix Big Tech’s problems.
Snippet of the week
We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine
More from Gerd
New podcast: Chapter 9 of Gerd Leonhard’s book Technology vs Humanity: on happiness
3 new videos: some short excerpts from my keynote at Springsplash Helsinki: Technology and Humanity – the next 10 years
My German website has finally been updated as well!
Smiley
Automated Voice Recognition Typewriter
Automated Voice Recognition Typewriter
Comedian Chuck Nice explores the unintended consequences of technological advancement
A funny look at the unintended consequences of technology | Chuck Nice
End Note
That’s it for this week’s edition. We are always interested in your opinion, so please feel free to ping us anytime with comments or feedback.
Live long and prosper!
Gerd and Peter Van
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