It's the Age Avalanche! (apologies to Ken Dychtwald).
Big changes are thundering down the time track. We will be the political gorilla. How do we use our muscle to the best effect? We have to be very careful and very smart.
We are the readers of Science Fiction, and now our world is sci-fi realized.
Folks PREFER Lies!
“How can we create a news ecosystem ... that values and promotes truth?”
Huge Study Says
"Tell Me What I Want to Hear"
... is where a lot of us are right now. Huge Study, reported inFlipboard
Though the study is written in the clinical language of statistics, it offers a methodical indictment of the accuracy of information that spreads on these platforms. A false story is much more likely to go viral than a real story, the authors find. A false story reaches 1,500 people six times quicker, on average, than a true story does. And while false stories outperform the truth on every subject—including business, terrorism and war, science and technology, and entertainment—fake news about politics regularly does best.
And politics becomes lies.
There's a lot of good reporting on our new(est) culture of lying. In VOX, there is a great line:
How do politicians get so comfortable with lying? One theory: practice.
The unscrupulous politician will keep lying when he learns it WORKS.
It gets re-tweeted, re-posted and sprayed around all the world seven times as fast as truth!
In short, social media seems to systematically amplify falsehood at the expense of the truth, and no one—neither experts nor politicians nor tech companies—knows how to reverse that trend. It is a dangerous moment for any system of government premised on a common public reality.
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Science Fiction has no fear. It treads on subjects you might think odd to be trod. But I am just super impressed with the tidal wave of discoveries about MICROBIOMES. Everybody and pretty much every living thing has a microbiome. They are vital to healthy life... heck, to life itself!
A lot of people I talk to completely underestimate the human microbiome. There's a chance I overestimate it, but I think not. In and on your body there i…
Way to Go, California At last, a governing person who hates bots as much as I do! California state Senator Robert M. Hertzberg Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves!A bill in the California legislature would regulate bots by making them disclose their automated nature. But how? Bots are the body lice of the Internet. Bots are stealth brain boring parasites. Bots are the pliers and screwdrivers in the Devil's workshop. Other than those, my opinions about bots are neutral.
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"Biotech*," the Growth Wing of Pharma Didn't know that? The Chinese certainly do Some headlines and paragraphs spelling it out
Money is rushing into biotech at breakneck speed this year, and one part of the globe is accounting for much of the uptick: China. VC deals were teeming with Chinese investors in the first half of the year, with China-based firms participating in US biotech investment rounds worth $5.1 billion, according to data from PitchBook. For some perspective, that beats 2017's total figure of $4 billion — and we're only six months into the year. ENDPOINTS NEWS**
Chinese funds participated in investment rounds in US biotech companies worth $5.1bn in the first half of this year, beating the $4bn in 2017, the first year of large Chinese inflows into the sector, according to PitchBook.→ Financial Times🔐
Shanghai Pharmaceuticals on the prowl for acquisitions in US and Europe The Chinese pharmaceutical firm plans to open a research centre in San Diego and acq…