• Hacking Humans

    Labou @ Corner Folsom Blvd & Blue Ravine

    Persuasion have been used throughout history to exploit vulnerabilities of the human mind. Persuasive Technology is accelerating the rate and sophistication of these exploits; employing neuroscience, psychology, and the tech industry. This technology doesn't need to be perfect to be successful. For example a one percent shift in an election vote could change the election outcome. Did you know.... 70% of the content people watch on YouTube is driven by algorithms ( "auto play" and “top recommendations”). The algorithms are designed to keep your attention for as long a possible. YouTubes then sells your attention and personal information to anybody willing to pay for it. Perhaps even to a company like Cambridge Analytica who can create custom messages to influence your voe. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Ted Talk | Tristan Harris | 17 min | How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: your attention. Harris shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and calls for a design renaissance in which our tech instead encourages us to live out the timeline we want. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C74amJRp730&t=9s -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- The Guardian | Christopher Wylie | 13 min | Interview with Christopher Wylie tells the story behind Cambridge Analytica. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXdYSQ6nu-M&list=PL4E5N0EddkSH8InHbx0bf4DGjmbdS3niU&index=44&t=0s

  • Walk & Talk - Lake Natoma Trail

    La Bou

    Let's get some exercise and fresh air while we talk! The trail runs just behind La'Bou's parking lot. What to bring.. - Water, - Comfortable shoes, - Dress for seasonal weather conditions, - Dogs are welcome! We assemble on the patio outside of La'Bou at 8:55am. We'll leave at 9:05am and return by 10am. You have the option to join us inside La'Bou for our regular discussion group that starts at 10am. Hope to see you!

  • Divided Democrats: Nancy Pelosi & Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    Pete's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Folsom

    Right from the headlines... What to make of all this squabble. How does it affect your voting in 2020? Let's discuss. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-nancy-pelosi-alexandria-ocasio-cortez_n_5d2b2b33e4b0060b11ee0199 https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/07/nancy-pelosi-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-divided-democratic-party/

  • Mueller Report- Read 1st Three Sections, Come Discuss

    Labou @ Corner Folsom Blvd & Blue Ravine

    The only way to find out what the report really says, with no political ‘spin’ from Others, is to read it ourselves, right? To lighten it up, we’re breaking it in sections to read and discuss. Read section I The Special Counsel’s Investigation, section II Russian Active Measures Social Media Campaign and section III Russian Hacking and Dumping Operations and come discuss your thoughts with us. A free pdf version is available online at justice.gov.

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  • Walk & Talk - Lake Natoma Trail

    La Bou

    Let's get some exercise and fresh air while we talk! The trail runs just behind La'Bou's parking lot. What to bring.. - Water, - Comfortable shoes, - Dress for seasonal weather conditions, - Dogs are welcome! We assemble on the patio outside of La'Bou at 8:55am. We'll leave at 9:05am and return by 10am. You have the option to join us inside La'Bou for our regular discussion group that starts at 10am. Hope to see you!

  • Social event: B Street Theater Show: Seekers of the Strange

    Do you enjoy live theater like I do? Let's support local theater at B Street Theater at The Sophia in downtown Sacramento. Tickets are only $12 for this show. Get tickets here: https://bstreettheatre.org/buy-tickets/?show_id=19272 A fun way to end the holiday weekend! Show description here: Seekers of the Strange is a fictional, paranormal investigation team that embarks on a perilous and sanity-sapping foray into the unknown each month. Based on the model of tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, company member John Lamb and other familiar faces bring live role playing to the stage. Part game, part improvisational storytelling, and all strange, the Seekers invite the audience to help them navigate a supernatural mystery. Whether you want to be an observer or create a character and become an active participant, Seekers of the Strange offers a truly unique theatre experience every month. Perfect for those who enjoy HarmonQuest or classic RPGs.

  • Gun Rights – Necessity or Insanity?

    La Bou

    Gun Rights – Necessity or Insanity? For over 600 years, humanity has had firearms. Since their discovery, they have been the main weapons of war, and been used by governments, industries and individuals, to protect or to oppress. While many people decry the deaths from gun violence, the number of firearms just keeps increasing – it is estimated that we now have 875 million of them. So far, there are only four countries that have made possession of a firearm a constitutional right: Mexico, Guatemala, Haiti and the United States. So, let’s discuss guns. Some of the questions we will look at will be: Should guns be a right or a privilege? Should this privilege be extended to everyone? If not, who should be allowed to have a gun, and why? If they are to be regulated, how do we implement these regulations and what benefits do we hope to get out of them? And most importantly, what competing interests do we, as a society, have to weigh when we liberalize, restrict or ban guns for citizens -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-===-=- Mapping the Las Vegas Massacre | NYT | 11 min | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krr4u6uGdzc -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-===-=- The Future of Firearms | VICE | 14 min | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPx4nTUfmW4 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- M249 SAW Rampage | Ivan | 2 min | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCoFvH8zQYI -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Why are Americans so obsessed with guns? | BBC | Article | http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3t2hv4 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- TOP 3 WEAPONS TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE| | 6 min | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj3tYO9co44 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

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  • Walk & Talk - Lake Natoma Trail

    La Bou

    Let's get some exercise and fresh air while we talk! The trail runs just behind La'Bou's parking lot. What to bring.. - Water, - Comfortable shoes, - Dress for seasonal weather conditions, - Dogs are welcome! We assemble on the patio outside of La'Bou at 8:55am. We'll leave at 9:05am and return by 10am. You have the option to join us inside La'Bou for our regular discussion group that starts at 10am. Hope to see you!

  • Let’s discuss the Democrat Debates

    Round Table Pizza

    What did you think of the Democratic debates? Let’s discuss with the pizza buffet at Round Table. https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/democratic-debates-2019-06-27-watch-dnc-debate-coverage-live-updates-today/ https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/06/27/reality-check-democratic-debate-by-the-numbers-john-avlon-newday-vpx.cnn

  • Breakthrough Technologies

    La Bou

    Our topic is "Breakthrough Technologies" that can improve the lives of people around world. We will start our discussion with three tech picks from Bill Gates. Some of Bill's picks will totally surprise you! Then we will share our own tech predictions. Our background video is a Q&A between Bill Gates and MIT Technology Review. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raAkFKm9afg https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612924/bill-gates-explains-why-we-should-all-be-optimists/ Can these mock meat entrepreneurs fool you with a plant-based burger? PBS Newshour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeNiqKNtpAA

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