Stress

Når man kan læse at flere danskere er stressede er der grund til at være bekymret:

Stress er en farlig sygdom og ovenstående er uacceptabelt. Men frem for blindt at skyde skylden på arbejde, uddannelse og samfund, så er der måske bedre forklaringer:

Blandt stressforskere opererer man ofte med tre hovedårsager til stress:

  1. Arbejdsforhold.
  2. Forhold i privatlivet – inklusiv helbred og levekår.
  3. Personlighed – herunder evnen til at tackle livets udfordringer.

Personligt tror jeg, at årsagen til stress-epidemien blandt unge kvinder skal findes i kombinationen af punkt 2 og 3. Specielt de stadige krav, der udspringer af kombinationen af moderne it og de (a)sociale medier udgør en giftig cocktail, der fra et stress-synspunkt ser ud til at udgøre den værst tænkelige blanding: Altid at være ”på” og aldrig at være god nok. Dertil kommer så, at mange curlingforældre har givet deres børn en rigtig dårlig bagage i netop det samfund, de unge skal ud i, nemlig en meget lille selvtillid og robusthed.

— Tage Søndergård Kristensen, “Det er ikke arbejdets skyld, at danskernes stress stiger

Hvis man er uenig med Kristensen og mener at der findes én overskyggende årsag til stigningen, så skal den årsag kunne forklare stigningen.

Jeg synes at Simon Sinek’s vinkel handler om det samme:

(Youtube)

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A plan

A plan is just an excuse to do something stupid

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Konspirationer

A conspiracy theory is where you believe in a theory where no matter how much disconfirming evidence comes in, you somehow convert that disconfirming evidence into part of the conspiracy. So with Barack Obama’s birth certificate, for example, the moment the birth certificate came out from Hawaii, the people who believe that Barack Obama was not born in the United States would say the Hawaiian hospital now is in on the conspiracy as well.
(via)

Denne undersøgelse af hvem der tror på konspirationsteorier inkluderer ikke engang anti-vaccinationsfolkene, men derimod klassikere som Chemtrails (som 9% troede på i 2011):

Anti-vaccinationsfolkene er også på denne side af Atlanten, ligesom mange andre konspirationsteorier.

Forklaringen er måske “Illusory Pattern Perception“, at fejlagtigt se et mønster hvor der ikke er noget. Jeg ved ikke om det er rigtigt, men personligt ser jeg en sammenhæng mellem konspirationsteorier og en tro på at andre mennesker vil en det ondt, også selvom der er mange andre mulige forklaringer.

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Heritage

(twitter)

I actually saw this reply as part of a meme, but for some reason the poster had replaced Siler with a more famous person.

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Walk into Mordor – the heist movie

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Fresh Prince

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Successful spoofing of any kind destroys trust

Four points and a note following the demonstration of Google Duplex:

(soundcloud 1 & 2, or twistedsifter)

1. Is it OK to deceive people?

As Jason Kottke writes in “Should our machines sound human?” this powerful demonstration is unnerving and he quotes Travis Korte for:

We should make AI sound different from humans for the same reason we put a smelly additive in normally odorless natural gas.

The title for this post is part of a quote from Stewart Brand:

2. Is this the best way for a computer to communicate?

I realize that Google Duplex is a lot like Isaac Asimov’s reasoning in his essay “Should Home Robot Be Like a Person?“, where he argued that for a robot to step into the role of, and effectively replace, a human, its shape and articulation would have to be that of a human.

But I think there is a much better solution to booking a table or scheduling an appointment than having a computer call a human, communicating like a human. Wouldn’t it be better, safer and essentially more trustworthy, for the computer to communicate directly with another computer?

I mean, I recently booked a table at a restaurant (Le Baligan in Cabourg, France – highly recommended) using their website. Wouldn’t my virtual assistant be put to better use analysing the webpage to find the booking interface?

3. Who knows what is at the other end of the line?

Now for the fun part. Google Duplex will obviously also be put in place at the receiving end, so we will end up with two computers talking to each-other, each pretending to be human, talking and listening like humans. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

4. Are quick replies any more genuine?

This sometimes appear in my Gmail app when I write with my friends:

These quick replies are supposed to make my communication easier and faster, but if I choose one of them, I am sending a message I didn’t write.

There is a reason I don’t call it AI. It’s not, it’s Machine Learning.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith er en fantastisk fortæller:

(Youtube)

Og Colbert ved hvornår han skal holde sin mund.

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Idealist

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.
H.L. Mencken

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Sorting Hat på kinesisk

Dette citat fra resumeet bør læses:

Whether or not a Chinese government-sponsored effort has perfected the mind-reading helmet, the fact that they think they have, and that employers believe that they can and should read their employees’ minds is still some dystopian shit.
[min fremhævelse]

‘Forget the Facebook leak’: China is mining data directly from workers’ brains on an industrial scale“, resume via BoingBoing.

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