The Amateur Society: What Is Artificial Intelligence?

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 02/05, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

Tonight we turn to another buzzword from technology, artificial intelligence. What do we mean what we use the term artificial intelligence? What is an algorithm? What is the current state of affairs in the AI landscape? Where will future developments take us? What role do humans play in the process? Let’s break down this extremely complicated topic into terms that everyone can understand so that we can be more prepared to deal with the hyperbolic claims we come across on a regular basis.

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: How To Win Any Debate

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 01/22, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

How do you prove that your rational faculties are reliable? What standards of evidence and proof are sufficient to establish a claim? What about the requirement that a claim must be falsifiable in order to be valid? Believe it or not these abstract, philosophical questions actually play an important – albeit usually silent – role in the dynamic and often combative conversations that take place between individuals and groups in our society. Let’s investigate how we can unpack several of these core questions of ideas in order to understand how to ask precise questions that almost all people are completely unprepared to address.

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: Uncertain Uncertainties

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Tuesday 7/25, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

After spending a month looking into blockchain technology, tonight we will turn back to the dynamics of the current events landscape. In many ways it seems like we are stuck in the same place with respect to the dominant narratives, trends, and themes. In other ways we’re seeing some material developments on key issues. How do we know which version of current events is accurate? Is President Trump on a fast track to impeachment or an overhaul that leads to prosperity? Stepping back, how should we structure our analysis through the lens of uncertainty. This poorly understood area of decision making and critical thinking rarely gets attention because of its seemingly arcane underpinnings in probabilistic mathematics. However, it is both useful and necessary to understand core principles about uncertainty so that we can proceed through the morass of information in a more informed manner.

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: Technocracy, Freedom, And The Global Brain

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 4/10, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

Many problems arise when we attempt to understand the exponential in linear terms. The pace of change across many fronts has clearly accelerated, and once that escape velocity is reached there is typically no going back. Today, in the face of an altogether uncertain future, we must investigate the potential ramifications of exponential growth in debt, technology, and information itself.

Join us as we investigate the new world that is knocking on our doorstep. What are the tangible plans that are currently underway? Who is designing and influencing this proposed future? What ideologies are powering these changes? What does this mean for everyday people? Where will we be in a decade if current trends continue?

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: Forecasts, Predictions, And All Things 2017

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Greetings fellow amateurs!

Our regular open calls will resume tonight, Monday 01/09, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com.

This call begins a new phase of The Amateur Society and will be recorded for posterity and broadcast to Spreaker. There are many exciting things in store for us this year and we hope you will join with us and participate on all of our various distribution channels.

Spreaker
YouTube
Gab
Steemit
Facebook

Tonight we will be providing a forum for predictions and forecasts for the year ahead. If you’d like to contribute and be heard about where we are headed in economic, geopolitical, or cultural terms we’d love to hear from you. Bring your questions to our open forum and join us for another lively meeting of The Amateur Society. We look forward to having you with us. Stay safe and God bless!

-Steven

The Amateur Society: Looking Ahead To 2017 – What’s Next?

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 12/12, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com.

This will be the final meeting of The Amateur Society for 2016. It’s been a wonderful year of conversations, questions, and remarkable events. With the addition of the WordPress blog, the Steemit account, the Spreaker podcasts, and the new content partnerships with great friends, it’s been a productive and ceaselessly interesting time. Thanks for all the help everyone! Please help out by sharing our content and by joining in on our weekly discussions.

Tonight we will be taking a look at 2016 and looking ahead to 2017. What trends are the most important to pay attention to? What kinds of major events are in the works? Who will be able to steer the directions of global institutions? How should we respond and position ourselves to avoid being taken by surprise? What are the important worldview implications we have seen and will see?

Bring your questions to our open forum and join us for another lively meeting of The Amateur Society. We look forward to having you with us. Stay safe and God bless!

-Steven

The Amateur Society: The Eve Of The Unknown

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 11/07, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com.

We are on the eve of a moment of such significance that we can’t even begin to fathom its importance. This is history in the making. This is our future. This is our children’s future. Let’s join in fellowship tonight and discuss what is and what could be coming.

Bring your questions to our open forum and join us for another lively meeting of The Amateur Society. We look forward to having you with us. Stay safe and God bless!

-Steven