tag:androrithms.com,2013:/posts All about Androrithms, a key meme from Futurist Gerd Leonhard's new book 'Technology vs Humanity' 2017-12-02T10:03:19Z tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1210224 2017-12-02T10:03:19Z 2017-12-02T10:03:19Z Some details on 'androrithms' From my book www.techvshuman.com 

Algorithms vs. Androrithms

I think that being human is largely about those things that we cannot—for the foreseeable future—compute, measure, algorithmically define, simulate, or completely understand. What makes us human, in my view, is not mathematical or even just chemical or biological. It involves those things that are largely unnoticed, unsaid, subconscious, ephemeral, and unobjectifiable. These are the human essences that I like to call androrithms that we absolutely must keep even if they appear to be clumsy, complicated, slow, risky, or inefficient compared to nonbiological systems, computers, and robots.

We should not attempt to mend or upgrade, or otherwise eradicate what makes us human; rather, we should design technology to know and respect these differences—and protect them. Unfortunately, the slow but systematic reduction or even discarding of androrithms has already started all around us. For example, social networks allow us to create our own profiles as we see fit, and revel in our fabricated identities, rather than wrestle with the one we actually have in real life, aka in our meatspace.

The brilliant—if somewhat politically derailed —German philosopher Martin Heidegger stated in his book Sein und Zeit (Being and Time) that “a human being is the only entity which in its existence has this very Being as an issue.” The German word dasein (being there) really describes it best.

Dasein speaks to the core of the difference between (wo)man and machine and is an important theme throughout this book: It is the sentient being that is at the core of our human desires—the mind, the spirit, or the soul, that elusive part of us that we cannot seem to define or even locate, but that nevertheless runs our lives. 

 



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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1186458 2017-08-25T13:50:18Z 2017-08-25T13:51:16Z Automation, AI and the Future of Human-Only Work (animated gif)

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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1172676 2017-07-12T05:49:23Z 2017-07-12T09:20:06Z Here are some of the most important androrithms

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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1160503 2017-06-04T13:15:36Z 2017-06-04T13:23:34Z My Flickr images on Androrithms and Google Images

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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1160499 2017-06-04T13:10:06Z 2017-06-05T05:36:59Z My definition of Androrithms

This is a key neologism in my Technology vs Humanity  book (i.e. it's a word I made up). I like to use the term in order describe what really matters for most of us: human ‘rhythms’ not machine rhythms i.e. algorithms. A super-computer can win in chess or GO but can't talk to a 2-year old. A person that I meet somewhere needs an average of 0.4 seconds to gain some kind of basic understanding about me, even without speaking – yet a computer still does not really understand my values and feelings after it has ingested my entire browsing and social network history of the past 7 years (an estimated 200 Million data points).  Just try this IBM personality insight test:)

Androrithms include human-only traits such as empathy, compassion, creativity, story-telling and soon to be relicts (?) such as mystery, serendipity, mistakes and secrets.  “Computers are stupid – they only provide answers” (Picasso)  Computers are for answers, humans are for questions (Kevin Kelly). As I like to say: for every amazing algorithm we need to strengthen our already existing androrithm.  Every technological advancement impacts on how we interact as humans, and in many future cases we will need to safeguard, hedge or kind of ‘national-parkize’ those human idiosyncrasies so that they are not diminished or even eradicated by the tendency of technology to present itself as a solution to everything. (A great example would be how people are increasingly looking towards technology to solve social challenges: political activism on Facebook (press Like rather than making sure the right people get voted), or on increasing security and digital surveillance to ‘solve’ terrorism)

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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1160495 2017-06-04T13:03:38Z 2017-06-04T13:03:38Z A comment from David Brin

on my book Technology vs Humanity... read more here

"Among the most-worried is Swiss author Gerd Leonhard, whose new book Technology Vs. Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man and Machine, coins an interesting term, "androrithm," to contrast with the algorithms that are implemented in every digital calculating engine or computer. Some foresee algorithms ruling the world with the inexorable automaticity of reflex, and Leonhard asks: "Will we live in a world where data and algorithms triumph over androrithms… i.e., all that stuff that makes us human?"


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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1160492 2017-06-04T12:49:15Z 2017-06-04T12:49:15Z New film: technology vs humanity - the future is already here!

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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1160491 2017-06-04T12:46:04Z 2017-06-05T22:28:36Z Androrithms are those unique abilities that make us human, that are not binary, not code....

... i.e. around 95% of our lives.

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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1128822 2017-02-05T17:21:58Z 2017-02-05T17:21:58Z Man or machine ?

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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1115363 2016-12-14T11:35:27Z 2016-12-14T11:35:27Z Androrithms??

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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1115361 2016-12-14T11:31:39Z 2016-12-14T11:31:39Z Anything that cannot be automated will become extremely valuable: androrithms! (short video)

   more at www.techvshuman.com

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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1091912 2016-09-20T16:14:17Z 2016-09-20T16:14:18Z When your boss is an algorithm - great read via the FT
“There are no good estimates on the global scale of the gig economy but in the US there are about 800,000 people earning money this way — via online intermediaries such as TaskRabbit, Lyft, Uber and Deliveroo — without being anyone’s employee. The term “algorithmic management” was coined last year by academics at the Carnegie Mellon University Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and it is this innovation, they argue, that makes the gig economy possible. For companies like Uber, which aspires to “make transportation as reliable as running water”, algorithmic management solves a problem: how to instruct, track and evaluate a crowd of casual workers you do not employ, so they deliver a responsive, seamless, standardised service.”

When your boss is an algorithm
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/88fdc58e-754f-11e6-b60a-de4532d5ea35.html
via Instapaper

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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1083096 2016-08-22T11:31:50Z 2016-08-22T11:31:50Z Of prediction and policy: robot judges ?
“Bail decisions, in which judges estimate the risk of a prisoner fleeing or offending before trial, seem particularly ripe for help. Jens Ludwig of the University of Chicago and his colleagues claim that their algorithm, tested on a sample of past cases, would have yielded around 20% less crime (see chart), while leaving the number of releases unchanged. A similar reduction nationwide, they suggest, would require an extra 20,000 police officers at a cost of $2.6 billion. The White House is taking notice. Better bail decisions are a big priority of its Data-Driven Justice Initiative, which 67 states, cities and counties signed in June.


Still, people want to know how decisions that affect them are made. The European Union is considering giving citizens affected by algorithmic decisions the right to an explanation. “Transparency, transparency, transparency” is needed, says Jay Stanley of the American Civil Liberties Union”

Of prediction and policy
http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21705329-governments-have-much-gain-applying-algorithms-public-policy
via Instapaper



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tag:androrithms.com,2013:Post/1081884 2016-08-17T11:55:41Z 2016-08-17T11:55:42Z Welcome!

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