Stanford PDV-91 — How to Think Like a Futurist: Improve Your Powers of Imagination, Invention, and Capacity for Change

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Promotion

Can you picture the three most important technologies in your life twenty years from today? Could you tell a vivid story about the single biggest challenge you’ll personally face five years from now? What about the biggest challenge the world will face in fifty years? Thinking about the far-off future isn’t just an exercise in intellectual curiosity. It’s a practical skill that, new research reveals, has a direct neurological link to greater creativity, empathy, and optimism. In other words, futurist thinking gives you the ability to create change in your own life and the world around you, today.

In this course, you’ll learn essential habits for thinking about the future that will increase the power of your practical imagination. These futurist habits include counterfactual thinking (imagining how the past could have turned out differently); signals hunting (looking for leading-edge examples of the kind of change you want to see in the world); and autobiographical forecasting. We’ll discuss the scientific research that explains how each habit can have a positive impact on your life, from helping you become a more original thinker to making you a more persuasive communicator. By the end of this course, you will have the playful and practical tools you need to imagine how the world (and your life) could be very different—and to use your newfound imagination to create change today.

Jane McGonigal, Director of Games Research and Development, Institute for the Future

Jane McGonigal created forecasting games for partners like the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York Public Library, and the American Heart Association. Well known for her TED talks on creativity and resilience, she is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Reality Is Broken and SuperBetter. She received a PhD in performance studies from UC Berkeley.

References

  • Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, ISBN:978-0143110378,
  • Jane McGonigal, Reality is Broken, ISBN:978-0143120612,
  • Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, ISBN:1608465764
  • Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, ISBN:978-0143110378, paperback: 2017-06-06.
  • Jane McGonigal, Reality is Broken, ISBN:978-0143120612,
  • Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, ISBN 1608465764,

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide | New Yorker

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide; ; In The New Yorker/ 2017-06-03.

Occasion

INFO 198/BIOL 106B (callingbullshit.org) – “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data,” a course, University of Washington (Washington State, that is, located in Seattle WA). Instructors:  Jevin West (iinformation), Carl Bergstrom (biology)

Mentions

Referenced

Previously

In The New  Yorker

Innovation and the Value of Privacy | Columbia University

Innovation and the Value of Privacy; At The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University; 2016-02-05.

tl;dr → (4 hours) a conference, a gathering, a happening, a celebration, a happy hour.

Attractors

Techno-skeptics’ objection growing louder (at The New School’s conference entitled Platform Cooperativism) | The Washington Post

Techno-skeptics’ objection growing louder; Joel Achenbach; In The Washington Post; 2015-12-26.

tl;dr → A conference report.  The dissidents met, ate, drank, talked (in the argot of the times: they shared, networked, bonded). A good time was had by all.

Original Source

Platform Cooperativism: The Internet, Ownership, Democracy; a conference; The New School; 2015-11-13 & 2015-11-14.

Separately noted.

ScreenOS (Juniper) source code base was hacked, backdoors were installed, code was deployed everywhere, for years

Important Announcement about ScreenOS®; Bob Worrall (Juniper); 2015-12-17.
Bob Worrall is Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Juniper.

<quote>During a recent internal code review, Juniper discovered unauthorized code in ScreenOS that could allow a knowledgeable attacker to gain administrative access to NetScreen® devices and to decrypt VPN connections. Once we identified these vulnerabilities, we launched an investigation into the matter, and worked to develop and issue patched releases for the latest versions of ScreenOS.</quote>

Separately noted.

FTC Announces Final Agenda, Panelists for 2015-11-16 Cross-Device Tracking Workshop | Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

FTC Announces Final Agenda, Panelists for 2015-11-16 Cross-Device Tracking Workshop; press release; Federal Trade Commission (FTC); 2015-11-03.

Original Sources

Cross-Device Tracking; a workshop; Federal Trade Commission (FTC); 2015-11-16.

Mentions

Appearing

In order of appearance

  • Megan Cox, attorney,  Edith
  • Megan Cox, Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
  • Edith Ramirez. Chairwoman, FTC
  • Justin Brookman, Policy Director, Office of Technology, Research, and Investigation, FTC
  • Ashkan Soltani, Chief Technologist, FTC
  • Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist and Director of the Internet Architecture Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Jonathan Mayer, PhD Candidate, Computer Science, Stanford University
  • Andrew Sudbury, Co-founder and CTO, Abine, Inc.
  • Jurgen J. Van Staden, Director of Policy, Network Advertising Initiative
  • Genie Barton,  Vice President and Director, Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program, Council of Better Business Bureaus
  • Leigh Freund, President and CEO, Network Advertising Initiative
  • Jason Kint, CEO, Digital Content Next
  • Laura Moy, Senior Policy Counsel, New America’s Open Technology Institute
  • Joseph Turow, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Maneesha Mithal, Associate Director, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC

Software Architecture Conference, O’Reilly Media, 2015-03-16

Software Architecture Conference, O’Reilly Media, 2015-03-16.

Mentions

  • Microservices
  • Cloud Foundry
  • The MEAN Stack
    • MongoDB
    • ExpressJS
    • AngularJS
    • NodeJS
  • Model-View Controller (MVC)
    • Server-side MVC
    • Client-side MVCClient
  • Heroku, a Salesforce.com company
  • Conway’s Law
  • DevOps
  • Semantic Triples
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Continuous Deployment
  • Event Sourcing (vs REST vs CRUD)
  • Reactive Systems
  • Containers
  • Apache Mesos