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    The Brainsfeed Call

    Posted by Aurelien Vasinis on Sep 5, 2018 8:56:00 AM

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    Ever wondered why artificial intelligence is potentially limitless?

    Why is artificial intelligence so strong? Why do we fear it?

     

    AI is powerful because billions of computers are connected together.

     

    What about us, we, the humans, what about our biological brains?

    The Internet?

     

    Yes, we’re connected as well. More than ever before. For the first time in human history, a near-majority of the world’s adults are now connected with each other digitally and with a large chunk of the world’s accumulated knowledge.

     

    Despite this access to knowledge, we choose to share pictures of cats at light speed, gossip 24/7, and 90% of the content is crap. Yes, the internet is a noisy place where it is challenging to concentrate and focus- we all know that this decreases our productivity. Every day, we eat kilometers of newsfeeds, check our phones 80 times a day on average. Our brains are fed up and can’t digest any longer. We take part in infinite projects, forums, social networks, constantly consuming and producing content. Meanwhile, we get nothing tangible in return. Facebook is the most valuable content maker without creating any content, is that fair?

     

    We live in an ocean of data (16 ZB). Not a single brain alone, even the smartest people on earth could understand the full complexity of our world. Scientific research and technological developments are moving at a far faster rate than most of us can grasp. The new supercomputer, Summit, is capable, at peak performance, of 200 petaflops — 200 million billion calculations a second. To put that in context, everyone on earth would have to do a calculation every second of every day for 305 days to crunch what the new machine can do in the blink of an eye. While reading this email, 38 million messages are being sent on Whatsapp; more books are being written, and the world is producing more content to eat, digest, and understand.

     

    Nowadays, information is a commodity. A kid in Africa with a smartphone has access to more information than the president of the United States did 15 years ago. But sorting out this information is not easy. What is fake? What is valuable? Diving in the ocean of information is a pain point.

     

    How to navigate the 21st century? When AI will make us even slower compared to its own performance, how are we going to stay relevant and up to date as human beings?

     

    What made us superior to other species is our capacity to collaborate. We told stories, create virtual institutions that exist only in our heads. We built empires, fought wars and invented great technologies. Yes, humans know how to cooperate far more effectively than chimpanzees, which is why humans launch spaceships to the moon whereas chimpanzees throw stones at zoo visitors.

     

    Inventing a new tool for true collaboration, high efficiency, and cognitive diversity leverage would be the perfect solution. History books provide ample evidence for the crucial importance of large-scale cooperation. The victory almost invariably went to those who cooperated better.

     

    History also teaches us that capitalism did not defeat communism because capitalism was more ethical, because individual liberties are sacred or because God was angry with the evil communists. Instead, capitalism won the Cold War because distributed data processing works better than centralized data processing. Period.

     

    My team and I are building a brainsfeed, a tool that connects all brains together. Because as individuals we can accomplish only so much. We’re limited in our abilities. Our heads contain only so many neurons and axons. While, collectively, we face no such constraint. Unlike a newsfeed, a brainsfeed is designed to nurture innovation by gathering the most diverse bunch of people. The brainsfeed leverages the cognitive diversity of our entire species. Our brains are shaped differently by our environments. The experience that comes with being different genders, backgrounds, cultures, religions, skills, and mindsets causes us to think differently. We possess an incredible capacity to think differently. These differences can provide the seeds of innovation, progress, and understanding. Cognitive diversity is the secret sauce to success when it comes to problem-solving.

     

    Undeniably, differences are precious resources that Facebook is killing little by little by feeding you the content that you like and share with similar people. We tend to veer toward homogeneity despite the fact that diversity produces mutual benefits. This simple idea is not new. Plato said it a couple of thousand years ago…

     

    Brainsfeed is a crowd-consulting platform designed to take the best of every brain of our species, the homo sapiens, to solve all problems. There are talented people all over the place. You don’t have to hire them in Mountain View or from prestigious schools. They can actually provide just as meaningful feedback, if not better. This is a fact; talent is everywhere.

     

    In our model, there is no one left behind. Anyone from anywhere can contribute. Brainsfeeders can send missions to people. They can ask them to spend some of their brain time on tasks. They can launch challenges, conduct a focus group, complete surveys, conduct some due diligence. On the other side, anyone can complete some tasks: answer questions, design something, give some feedback, report bugs, find a solution to earn some financial rewards. The wallet enables brainsfeeder to receive and pay people for their brain power. Everybody can organize the group of people they know (friends, investors, Alumni, users, clients, family, teammates, colleagues, freelancers ) as brains pools. You can select the right group for the right needs. Alternatively, you can send a mission to the entire community where the cognitive diversity required is high and you need to leverage the wisdom of the crowd.

     

    Ultimately, brainsfeed is a marketplace for brains enabling all the imagination and human spirit to spark at different magnitudes. More than a platform, this is the launchpad for more significant achievements, a worldwide collaboration to build up collective dreams, and a way to stay relevant in the age of artificial intelligence.

     

    Humans always die due to some technical glitch. The heart stops pumping blood. Undeniably, with the rise of technology, your brain is the only organ that you can’t replace. Therefore, your brain is your most valuable asset. You should protect it, give it enough sleep, give it healthy food and last but not least, you should stimulate it with new, refreshing ideas from people who think differently, to remove your cognitive blindspots and grow better as a person.

     

    To the best of our scientific understanding, the universe is a blind and purposeless process, full of sound and fury but signifying nothing. This being said, the future success of distributed cognition depends partly on the spread of positive-sum thinking. We, humans, have to think of sharing ideas not as giving away the shop, but as collectively building the lever to lift the world.

     

    Today, we’re inviting you to be part of this collective brain — brainsfeed — a virtual, decentralized place where all brains play a significant role, bringing a unique perspective and contributing to solving the world problems as diverse as they might be.

     

    This very place already exists. We built it over the past 12 months… Today, it’s up to you to join or not.

     

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    Topics: philosophy, brainsfeed news, collective intelligence, crowdsourcing