Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Unzoo theme: 'Control creep' - the crawling hand of surveillance

The tension between technology as a tool for humanity versus being a weapon continues:

'Control creep' - the crawling hand of surveillance

Kathleen M. Kuehn looks at the role of data in the increasing control we're afforded in our lives, and explores how that data may be used to control us.

Key outtakes:

It is no longer all that controversial for Westerners to say that we live in a surveillance society. Once characterised by authoritarian, non-democratic regimes, most of the “free world” now readily submits to the routine collection, storage and analysis of personal data, whether it’s for the purposes of governing a population, or influencing people’s behaviours (such as where we go or what we buy).

But what about celebratory innovations like smart cities, smart homes, that seek to improve our lives in immeasurable ways? The “internet of things”, virtual reality and programmes driven by “big data” also depend on the tracking, collection, storage and aggregation of formerly discrete datasets. These often include an individual’s personal information, habits, routine communications and location. The sensor networks only become “smart” as they get to “know” you better (perhaps better than you know yourself).

So far, more data has not unilaterally meant better information and knowledge. And before we celebrate the way digital connectivity offers us more control over our everyday lives, we might instead question the ways that all this data might be controlling us: what does it now mean to be “free” or secure in the face of ever-expanding surveillance?

The Unzoo Perspective;
Unzoo is primarily about making sure we use our tools (technology) work for us within an evolutionary framework - both considering where we have come from and where we are going.

Even though we continue to evolve in current times, the impact or artificial selection is probably a stronger influence now, and therefore the need to balance our human/technology development is more imperative than ever before.

There are no answers in the Kathleen M. Kuehn article, it is a cautionary tale that asks the questions. So what might the answers be in this case? Unzoo would offer two possible approaches;

  1. get off the grid and go closer to past evolutionary status - lower tech, closer to the environment. 
  2. stay on the grid and work to find the balance. Much harder! But long term payback might be worth it. Hippies from the 60's would favour the off grid approach, but then the process of our evolution would falter. Not a bad thing perhaps, but I favour the true Unzoo approach, this one, where we work to make the technology work for us and not against us. Usually that refers to our true nature as formed by evolution, but our evolution is now merged with technology and there are great developments possible if we can avoid the corruption of the process. History does not favor us in this, but the goal is there anyway.  How can we benefit from the internet of things without becoming caged by it? Any ideas? 
  • A parallel internet that blocks (somehow) surveillance use? May be an "off the grid" internet?
  • Identity cloaking or cloning.
  • Dark web "lite" use

Friday, August 12, 2016

Unzoo Flipboard September Scrapboard

Unzoo on

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Technology will not save the world — we will

Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark review – we are ignoring the AI apocalypse


Nobel laureates cite top dangers to human survival -- overlook gravest one

A key government report on climate change is out. Here's what you need to know

We have unrealistic expectations of a tech-driven future utopia

It’s time to talk about the potential value of limits on technology.

Aliens from another dimension might have created our universe, according to a speculative new study

An Architect’s Masterplan: Liuzhou Will Become A Unique Smog-Eating Forest City

How do you train for obstacle course racing? Each month we ask a different runner, coach, or race organiser from across New Zealand or beyond for their workout suggestion.

Elon Musk: The World’s Population is Accelerating Towards Collapse

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Unzoo returns...

Whoops...sorry, slight sabatical. Wow, actually a year! Time does slide by.

Okay - last post was about trying to integrate both structured and unstructured movement sessions into my movement practice each week. My approach was flawed in that it involved trying to schedule the unschedulable. A year later I am pretty happy with where I have landed in terms of my movement sessions.

Here's the basic gist;

On a weekly basis:
  • Engage the full primal fitness spectrum - sprint, lift heavy things, move frequently at a slow pace. (credit to Marks Daily Apple)

  • Unzoo your movement - move like a human bro! Breathing, walking, running, balancing, crawling, climbing, swimming, (and related aquatic skills), lifting, carrying, throwing, and self-defense skills such as striking and grappling. (credit to MovNat)
  •  Zoo your movement - yes it has a place. When it's dark, cold and wet during winter it is more "efficient" to embrace a little human zoo-ness in the form of  skills & drills, modern calisthenics and a CrossFit-like General Preparedness Program. (credit to CrossFit and others)
  • Summer training, for me, is when fun really surfaces. The goal of my Winter training is to develop to be strong, fast, skilled and robust. When Summer comes play gets the priority. Just chose a location or activity to engage and let it be. It's also when I add in a restorative session to balance the higher activity levels of the season.

  • Move in nature. Sorry but I just can't compromise on this key aspect!

 So what else is happening in the Unzoo scene?  
Well, the Paleo Diet is now fully mainstream,commercialised, and still going. Being corrupted, some would say; indeed at the Ancestral Health Symposium last year there was plenty of concern about the direction of the ancestral health movement and a wonderful suggestion that it should perhaps "stay radical to stay pure" much like the concept of feminism has managed to do (argueably).  I am happy to stick to the basics of avoiding the 3 neolithic agents of modern disease - sugar, gluten, and industrialised oils. Plus not being rigid with it, so I can relax, experience and evolve!

In my Flipboard Unzoo magazine recent headines cover:

Some of it inspiring, some of it not so much...

That will do for now.
Unzoo you.