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  • (Day 710) Singularity

    I have been intrigued by the work of Dr. Ray Kurzweil for several years. He is the well-known inventor of the first reading machine for the blind and many other things. He is also a fellow documentarian and recently released the groundbreaking film Singularity. If you are not familiar with it, watch the video above or check out the Singularity Institute.

    Dr Kurzweil believes the moment when artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence will happen in the coming decades, very possibly during your lifetime. Why am I so interested in Singularity?  I see it as the key to the continued success of the human race.  If we are going to share the planet with other “beings” that we are creating, we better build trust into the design. If we don’t, we may not have a future. Think about famous movies like the “Terminator ” or  ”2011″.  If we are not careful we may be enabling our own extinction by creating more intelligent robots and organisms than ourselves.  Call it integrity, morality, or values; what we will need is mutual trust and respect between them and us.  How will this be done? Who is working on it?  How can we expect these new beings to get it right when we are not very good at it ourselves?

    I recently asked Dr Kurzweil to participate in the Trust Tour documentary. I  hope to be discussing these issues with him in person. I trust it will work out… Stay tuned!

  • (Day 705) Why The Future Doesn’t Need Us!

    Why the future doesn’t need us – By Bill Joy - WIRED

    Our most powerful 21st-century technologies – robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech – are threatening to make humans an endangered species.

    From the moment I became involved in the creation of new technologies, their ethical dimensions have concerned me, but it was only in the autumn of 1998 that I became anxiously aware of how great are the dangers facing us in the 21st century. I can date the onset of my unease to the day I met Ray Kurzweil, the deservedly famous inventor of the first reading machine for the blind and many other amazing things.

    Ray and I were both speakers at George Gilder’s Telecosm conference, and I encountered him by chance in the bar of the hotel after both our sessions were over. I was sitting with John Searle, a Berkeley philosopher who studies consciousness. While we were talking, Ray approached and a conversation began, the subject of which haunts me to this day.


  • (Day 696) Real Reason Europe Is On The Ropes

    Over these last 696 days I have been looking at everything through the glasses of integrity and trust. I see Europe as no exception. As they head deeper into their financial crisis, they can put the blame squarely on the culture of corruption. Surely, this must be the real problem. It is true in any human related catastrophe. When we break trust and integrity, we all lose, and lose big.

    It all starts with the actions of an individual, as they get away with a low level of corruption, others jump in and it grows in size and deed.  Like a cancer in the body, a whole country gets sick. How many acts of denial, nepotism, tax evasion, handouts, bribes and budget manipulation do you think it took to create this crisis situation.

    The United States is not far behind, we are headed down the same road. We have to face the truth, we are also in a crisis of trust.  Let’s stop pointing fingers and realize we all have responsibility and we all need to sacrifice before it is too late.  We may still have time to stop the development of the riots in own our streets. Our leaders need to stand up and share this message, as we look for their leadership we can start  by individually working on our integrity. This is the one and only thing we have control over.

    The time is now, we need your help and you need ours. We have to get it right! If we don’t keep building trust in our beloved America, it will surely be doomed for the ropes.

  • (Day 692) Yemen Youth Ask You to Break The Silence

    When I watch a video like this, I am reminded the people in Yemen are a whole lot more like me than different. The world is changing more rapidly then at any other time in history. The sooner we realize we need to stick together and fight the real enemies of man – the emotions of greed, fear, jealousy, hate and  prejudice, we sooner will reach our  real potential.

  • (Day 691) Gorbachev On Trust

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, was at Lafayette College on Wednesday. He rebuked the United States for its arrogance in claiming victory in the Cold War and for trying to push an American empire like “instant coffee.” He went on, saying that the U.S. continues to fall short of a pledge not to seek military superiority.

    “What happens if all the nuclear weapons are destroyed?” he said through a translator. “Mostly what will remain is the military power of the United States. It seems that perhaps things are beginning to change in this regard in this country, but nevertheless we see that our American friends are excessively concerned about their security and trust no one. And this is not a good thing.”

  • (Day 689) Don’t Waste It Living Someone Else’s Life

    My iPhone lit up with a message , “OMG – Steve Jobs just died.” It was from my son. I felt this “ugh” feeling in my stomach. I was in a business meeting and decided to hold my thoughts and emotions for later, everyone would know the news soon enough.  Why was I feeling these emotions… after all, I did not really know him. He was not family, nor a friend and never even met him. I did not matter, there was no denying the feeling. It turns out millions of people had a similar experience. There was a great out pouring of emotion worldwide, even John Scully (the guy who fired Steve from Apple) was singing the praises of a great man lost on television.

    As I thought about it more, I knew why I felt this way. Steve has been my hero, a kind of “virtual mentor”.  He was going the through his cycles of success and failure the same time I was going through mine, albeit on a much grander scale. I learned a lot from watching him but it was having a friend who had worked directly with Steve that made me feel connected early on.  We would often compare Steve to Walt Disney.  The characteristics of the two men where very similar ,  their genius was embedded in their values of courage, creativity, passion and most of all… being oneself.  They both lived these values more boldly  seemly unafraid.

    A few moments after receiving the first text , my other son sent me a message saying,  “Don’t be sad about Steve.  He lived many lives in one lifetime – his energy is back in the universe and he will inspire others.”  I like to think he is right. I will end my thoughts with my favorite Steve Jobs quote , “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life – be yourself.”

  • (Day 688) Entrepreneurship And Trust

    I had a chance to sit down with Michael Simmons, the author of the bestselling book, The Student Success Manifesto. The book has received testimonials from Mark Victor Hansen, Stephen Covey, Russell Simmons and Paul Orfalea (founder of Kinko’s).  Michael is a co-founder of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, a collegiate tour bringing America’s top young enterpreneurs to college campuses for a half-day conference to spread the entrepreneurial mindset.  Started in fall 2006, the tour has visited over 60 schools nation-wide and has received the Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations and the Program of the Year award from Northern Michigan University. Michael has won three entrepreneur of the year awards and is a former columnist with and a speaker on the topic of student success and youth entrepreneurship. Similar authors include Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki as well as other self-help authors.

    I was particularly interested in what role trust played, not only in his development but in the entrepreneurial process as a whole.

    The interview was co-produced by Lehigh student David Gritz and we met Mike at his home in NJ.

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