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SingularityU Sydney Summit - Exponential Energy

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Speaker - Ramez Namm

The world is bumping up against multiple environmental and natural resource hurdles: climate change, peak oil, fresh water shortages, and rising prices for food, minerals, and commodities of all sorts. At the same time, a growing population and a surge in the wealth of the developing world is increasing consumption. Can innovation keep pace? What are the true limits to growth? How do we overcome the challenges that face us? This session will provide an overview of the key natural resource and environmental challenges that face us, the on-the-horizon innovations that hold the promise to overcome them, and the policies that would best encourage innovation in those critical fields. The true limits to economic and natural resource growth on Planet Earth will be presented and discussed.

Energy is a moral issue.

Last five years are the warmest in modern history.

Coal industry is being disrupted. Many coal companies are going bankrupt. Due to plunging cost of clean energy. …

SingularityU Sydney Summit - Future Crunch: How Did We Get Here?

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Presented by Future Crunch

Kicking off Day 2 with some intelligent optimism, prepare yourself for a musically-inspired story about the human race you don’t hear very often. Diseases are being eradicated, war and famine are decreasing, human rights are improving, and millions of people are creating an economy that doesn’t cost the earth. Our species has made some incredible progress in the year 2019 – we’re just not hearing a lot about it. It’s time to get up to speed. We know the challenges we face. This is how, with boldness, creativity, and revolutionary technologies, we are rising to meet them.

About Future Crunch
We are a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes that science and technology are creating a future that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. We’re determined to share that story. Our expertise ranges from political economy, biotechnology and data science, to music, art and philosophy. We use our diverse skills and knowledge to provide …

SingularityU Sydney Summit - AI or Die? Redefining Humanity in the Software Age

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Speaker - Alix Rübsaam

While some predict that the rise of Artificial Intelligence will mean the “end of humankind”, others see no future without algorithms and data-driven systems. What sense can we make from these predictions and warnings? This talk unpacks the ways in which current computational systems have impacted our culture and sense of self, explore software as a metaphor for our humanity, and challenge existing ideas about what it means to be human in the digital age.

Superintelligence Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies is a 2014 book by the Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom from the University of Oxford. It argues that if machine brains surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could replace humans as the dominant lifeform on Earth.

AI Poses an Existential Threat to Humanity
The intelligence of machines will exceed that of humansComputers will breach the limits of human cognitionThere will…

SingularityU Sydney Summit - Why Decentralized Technology Matters for Freedom

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Speaker - Alex Gladstein
Notes below from the first half. View video above for full talk.

What is the role technology will play in shaping our future society? Some technology steers governments and corporations in a more authoritarian direction, increasing control over individuals and, over time, crushing creativity and innovation. Other technology — decentralized technology — helps protect freedom, privacy, and curiosity. Democracy itself can be thought of as a decentralized technology that helped liberate humans from tyranny. The internet, of course, decentralized knowledge and put it in the hands of nearly everyone on earth. Encrypted messaging is a technology that allows us to communicate without fear. And now, Bitcoin is breaking the monopoly over money that governments and corporations enjoy. This talk will walk through these narratives and focus on why decentralized money, especially, matters for the future of freedom.

The Panopticon

SingularityU Sydney Summit - Democracy for the 21st Century: A work in progress

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Speaker - Pia Mancini

The implications and opportunities of many of the technological breakthroughs happening now and in the near future will be nothing short of disruptive to our lives, our businesses and industries, and society as a whole. We are transitioning to a new model of the State and society, but we are still clueless as to what it is or how it should look like. A new understanding and set of tools are required to figure out how we will solve one of the greatest problems facing humanity today: how will we govern ourselves?

Our democracies are 500 years old.

It made sense back then that the few made decisions for the many because it was impossible for everyone to participate.

If we want to have an impact on policy we have to be experts in specific fields or commit our lives to politics. We have no opportunity to participate in design.

We are 21st Century citizens living with 19th Century institutions that were conceived with 15th Century information technologies.

Apathy is a fea…

SingularityU Sydney Summit - Political Science: Exponential Interactions between Technology and Social Justice

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Speaker - Niraj Lal

“The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed” wrote William Gibson in 1993.

The intersections between science and politics are fraught: there are dissonances between how technology advances and how social policy can distribute it equitably.

With an exploration of the four limited resources of the universe: energy, time, space and matter, this talk explores the human interaction with each, highlighting what technology can do for social justice in three examples:
The democratisation of energySharing distilled knowledge and persistent wisdom in an age of the constantly NewDragnet surveillance and methods to resist it Supporting our #futurebydesign to be just, unrestricted, and evenly distributed.

Solar panels will soon be cheaper than plywood

Global distribution of wealth

World’s wealthiest 10% own 85% of global wealth

Top 10% own $100,000 worth of assets. May of us are in the top 10%!

Our limited resources include:
EnergyTime Matter (resources)Space Top 1…

SingularityU Sydney Summit - Future Proofing Business

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Amin Toufani from T Labs



Talk above from earlier this year.

Exponential technologies lead to exponential winners and losers - theme seems to be the exponential divide!

Self-driving cars led to three things:
Unemployed drivers Reduced accidents Reduced car ownerships Every development brings about losses AND gains.

We are heading for "The Great Bifurcation". We are heading for the great divide. Those who benefit and those who are left behind.

The Intractable trinity
Sovereign risk
Commodity Oversupply GDP Compression Technological Deflation 52% unhappy at work
69% Consider meetings not productive
39% Report sleeping at meetings

Happiness at work is proven to be achieved when you have thre things - mastery, autonomy, purpose.

Businesses are starting to realise the importance if hiring trilinguals. These are people with three strengths.
Decision Science - they understand the science of decion making. Coding and AI - they don't need to be able to do it, but they must unders…

SingularityU Sydney Summit - Exponential Leadership for a Positive Future

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YouTube ignored warning they were letting toxic videos run rampant. Where are the ethics?
Kaila talked about the Brene Brown approach.

Brown talks about lack of courage
Tough conversations – we opt out of the hard conversations because we deem it ‘not in our nature to be mean to people’. But by opting out of the hard conversations we encourage ‘side conversations’, or gossiping that breeds politics and game-playing.

Fears and feelings – as leaders we have convinced ourselves that dealing with fears and feelings is ‘not’ the role of leaders. But Brown says we are kidding ourselves because ‘human beings have fears that need to be addressed’ and if we don’t address fears and feelings we will never get to the root of bad behaviour in individuals.

Stuck in setbacks – people can’t reset after failure or setback. Rather than address the issue at the heart of the setback we spend more time dealing with the setback but Brown says we need to address the issue to help the person affected reset. B…

SingularityU Sydney Summit - Introduction to Exponentials

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Lisa Andrews Co-CEO SingularityU Australia


UN Sustainable Development Goals were talked about. Could help but think how could we use these to connect up and power up PBL across New Zealand?



Global Grand Challenges are the 12 Global Challenges as defined by SinularityU.

Human Development has been local and linear. Human Development is now global and exponential.

You can't past the Intro to Exponentials that Kaila Colbin delivered at SingularityU Christchurch.

The earths population is now 7.7 billion people due to second Agricultural Revolution. Where will this end?

Moore’s Law and idea of exponential technology. There’s nothing to suggest the exponential rate of development in technology will stop. The iPhone 120 million times more powerful than the computer NASA used to land us on the moon.

We need to think about impact.

Impact - if you want to be a billionaire, solve a problem for a billion people.

The internet of things will become the internet of everything. In 2020 we will have 5…

NCEA Change Package - it's not just the primary principals who should be concerned!

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Today we have seen a number of news outlets reporting about Primary Principal's concern about NCEA literacy and numeracy potentially being assessed as early as Year Seven. I heartily agree that this is a very real concern. One of many. Earlier this year I pulled together what I see as a range of serious issues with the NCEA Change Package as it stands at the moment.

I feel confident that the review of achievement standards taking place at the moment should and will address many, if not all, of these concerns. I do however think we all need to look closely at the recommended changes as there is a very real risk that not doing so might mean we don't respond to potential issues until it is too late.

Ultimately, I am worried that our collective silence about these issues may in fact be mistaken for acceptance or even endorsement.

If you haven't already, please do take the time to read up on the NCEA Change Package here:
https://conversation.education.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/…

NCEA Change Package 2.0 - dreaming of a different outcome

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Since the announcement of the NCEA Change Package I have vacillated between angry, sad, angry, sad, frustrated and mystified. I constantly seem to be asking myself - how did we land here? How did we end up with a package which feels so very much like, at best, a step backwards and worst a damaging double down on industrial definitions of knowledge as defined by subjects. And even worse, how did we end up with a package which totally failed to address  issues around well being and workload for our young people?

My primary concerns are outlined here: In 2018 we were presented with innovative, future focused opportunities that we were given the opportunity to feedback on. In 2019 we have been presented with a very very different NCEA Change Package that we do not have the opportunity to provide feedback on. It is clear that the latter document was the direct result of the intervention of the coalition of Principals who were upset by the innovations presented in the “big opportunities”. Th…

The Principal Diaries - reflecting on the journey three terms in!

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These school holidays marked the end of my third term at Albany Senior High School. I am absolutely loving my role as Principal at ASHS and I am still pinching myself when I think about how good of a fit it feels for me (and hopefully vice versa as well). It is incredible to think about how much has happened in such a short time. At this point I really do want to give my senior leadership team and all the staff at ASHS a massive warm and fuzzy shout out for the way they have jumped in boots and all!

Below is a bit of an overview and update of the exciting things going on at ASHS. Much of which links directly back to the our trusty annual plan.


Specialist Subjects working on providing visible, deep and inclusive learning. Part of this year’s annual plan is focusing squarely on how we can ensure we are working towards all learning being visible, deep and inclusive. Under the fabulous leadership of Associate Principal Miranda Makin and DP Cristina Casey our specialist subject leaders are …

Opinion Piece: Tomorrow's School Review - little to lose and much to gain

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As the sun set on the school year in 2018, the Tomorrow’s School Independent Taskforce published their report and recommendations. The taskforce looked to review the education system at large, with a particular focus on the ways in which are schools are governed, led and resourced. The report is a weighty tome, coming in at 144 pages and presenting “a package” that identified eight key issues and 32 recommendations with a focus on “developing a system that promotes equity and excellence and ensures that every learner achieves educational success”.

The report is as courageous as it is polarizing and whilst the report and recommendations are detailed, they can, in their relative brevity, leave enough space to enable some to presume the worst. The recent months have seen many responses which represent a diverse range of voices and views - the loudest of which seem to be those driven by ideological positions and a desire to continue to reap the benefits of one’s “luck” and protecting the…

The Principal Diaries - The Annual Plan and putting the plan into action!

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It was an interesting process pulling together my first annual plan as Principal at Albany Senior High School. School Charters and Annual Plans are interesting beasts. To be honest, they appear to be box ticking waffle and weasel words which gather cyber dust in some virtual filing system.

My belief was that a plan can be bloody useful, but only if it was actually designed to be useful. For that reason, I set about researching and reading as many as I could lay my hands on. What I found, for the most part, was (I thought) unnecessarily long winded and either attempted to capture so much in so much detail that they seemed insurmountable or so vague they read like paraphrased business as usual. In the end, the easiest approach was to go to The University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership to look at their resources and templates and have a crack of building something from scratch. The following is my attempt to craft an Annual Plan (this obviously doesn't include the broa…