Plugging Out

90 percent of the data that now exists in the world has been created in just the last two years. From now until 2020, the digital universe is expected to double every two years. (link)

We’re getting close to knowing everything, being one touch away from Google and Wolfram Alpha.  The future portends mass knowledge but learning ignorance.

Computers are also data mining everything about us based on our online behavior, creating a tool that accurately predicts what things we should do and eat next.  

Serendipity, wonder, uncertainty:  these are the things that make life exciting.  I don’t want to know 100% what I’m doing next.  Automation is anti-human.  

The next significant human movement should fight predictive technology, especially as the government follows our every move

Man, always an animal with brains, never a machine.    

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.