Looking at the past looking at the future

FFFUTURES #13, Nov 30, 2020

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THINKING SPACES

Minds that are used to mindfully process information have a significant advantage over those that do not.

Our personal devices put all of humanity's entertainment just one tap away from us. It is incredibly engaging. And when we let our guard down, we can spend not just hours but months and years in a cycle of mindless consumption. Consumption becomes the routine that ends up consuming our free time. It's a symbiotic relationship.

Although meditation is the best answer to our mind's affinity for distraction, I've been pondering other options that can also be useful solutions.

The one I want to share here is Thinking Spaces.

I call Thinking Spaces to the moments you make to dedicate your full attention to letting your mind process information. You pick a topic you need to pay special attention to, and you commit a Thinking Space to it. For example, I gathered a collection of Machine Learning articles and videos that I needed to watch, so I blocked the time and I dedicated a thinking space to ML.

Processing information in a mindful manner leads to better planning and better decision making.

Being able to make Thinking Spaces is a blessing, and a significant advantage over those who can't. So, identify those gaps in your routine in which you can create Thinking Spaces. If you don’t find one, then all the more reason to make the time for it. Create Thinking Spaces, maintain them, and make a habit out of this practice.


👁️ Omnirealities

Accessibility & Inclusive Design in Immersive Experiences

On the 75th anniversary of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the XR Association updated its guidelines to include the often overlooked aspect of accessibility for users with disabilities.

This PDF is the official chapter dedicated to Accessibility and Inclusive Design from the XR Association.

An essential component of ensuring safe and comfortable navigation of virtual or augmented spaces is the inclusion of accessibility features for people with disabilities. If a device or an experience is not accessible, having a disability can significantly impact not just how someone uses XR technology, but if they can use it at all.


🔮 Future Scenarios

Space Ghost Coast To Coast - Behind The Scenes, Feb 1996

Watching Space Ghost Coast to Coast was always a unique mix of feelings: it was fun, it was odd, and it was painfully-awkward.

I remember that as a child I didn’t get this show, but I liked watching it. In 2020, I still feel the same way about it. It was ahead of its time, and in a way, it continues to be. The show could easily fit today in any micro-video social media.

This video from 1996 is a look behind the scenes that has an eerie vibe to it, looking at 1996 from a 2020 perspective. Looking at the past looking at the future.


💀 Not a Cylon

Seb McKinnon, @sebmckinnon

Seb McKinnon, @sebmckinnon

Seb McKinnon, @sebmckinnon


🧠 Common Enemy

The state of AI Ethics – Report

This is a massive quaterly report by the Montreal AI Ethics Institute that gathers the top research and reports surrounding various domains related to AI Ethics.

The report covers core research done regarding the following areas:

  • AI & Society

  • Bias & Algorithmic Injustice

  • Disinformation

  • Humans & AI

  • Labor Impacts

  • Privacy

  • Risk

  • Future of AI Ethics

Even if you’re not working in any of these areas, I consider having a high-level awareness of AI Ethics not only fascinating, but even mandatory for many of us to familiarize with the industry, learn about it, and keep up with it.


IN OTHER SPACES

Lobe.ai

I’ve been playing with this no-code tool to train machine learning models. It is incredibly intuitive, and I strongly recommend you try it out even if you (like me) don’t have any type of background that is related to ML or AI. It is a great way to understand, or at least grasp, the concept of what the models are doing with the data you give it as an input.


Are you hacking with futures and other realities? Do you have comments, stories, or suggestions? I’d like to hear from you. Reach out: heyfffutures@gmail.com

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