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    BUYERS: How to Download a Closed Bid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 1:11

    1. Log in to the TARTLE Marketplace or create an account     a. Make sure you have selected the Buyer Account when logging in 2. Complete the puzzle to verify your identity 3. Navigate to My Closed Bids 4. Select the bid you want to download 5. Click Download Data     a. This will download the bid as a .csv file on your computer   www.tartle.co   Share Data. Earn Money. Change Your World. A data marketplace built for humans with humanity in mind. Share Data How the world interacts with data is changing. TARTLE is pioneering how we elevate our control, ownership, and understanding of our data. Earn Money Sell your data simply for USD. Buyers need your help to share your data on the marketplace and they want to pay you for it! Change Your World TARTLE Data Champions everywhere contribute to Big 7 causes that protect our planet. Charitable organizations will use your data and support to create real impact. How TARTLE Works 1. Create an account and answer questions 2. Create an account and link your social profiles on the TARTLE mobile web app. 3. Answer data packets to help buyers understand your data journey. Don't worry, all data packets are encrypted and can be sold anonymously. 4. Earn Money or Give to Charitable Organizations 5. Connect your PayPal account to receive fiat or generate a cryptocurrency wallet. You can also choose how much of your earnings to donate to your favorite nonprofits and activism groups. 6. Track your earnings over time in the TDEX and watch your earnings impact over time as you populate more data and donate data earnings to causes you care about. What's your data worth? Find out at https://tartle.co/ Share our Facebook Page | https://go.tartle.co/fb Watch our Instagram | https://go.tartle.co/ig Hear us Tweet | https://go.tartle.co/tweet

    BUYERS: How to Sign Up as a TARTLE Buyer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 1:55

    1. Head over to the TARTLE website 2. Select the Buyer Tab 3. Click Buy Data 4. Fill out the details asked for to create an account     a. Email     b. Password     c. Password Confirmation 5. Confirm your email to activate an account 6. Log in to the TARTLE Marketplace     a. Make sure you have selected the Buyer Account when logging in 7. Complete the puzzle to verify your identity, 8. Set up 2FA for added security 9. Complete your profile     a. Introductions         i. First Name        ii. Last Name       iii. Company Name     b. Company         i. Number of Employees        ii. Company Location     c. Industry     d. Needs and Interest         i. Reason behind need for data 10. Once you are done, you are free to navigate the TARTLE marketplace. Welcome onboard! www.tartle.co   Share Data. Earn Money. Change Your World. A data marketplace built for humans with humanity in mind. Share Data How the world interacts with data is changing. TARTLE is pioneering how we elevate our control, ownership, and understanding of our data. Earn Money Sell your data simply for USD. Buyers need your help to share your data on the marketplace and they want to pay you for it! Change Your World TARTLE Data Champions everywhere contribute to Big 7 causes that protect our planet. Charitable organizations will use your data and support to create real impact. How TARTLE Works 1. Create an account and answer questions 2. Create an account and link your social profiles on the TARTLE mobile web app. 3. Answer data packets to help buyers understand your data journey. Don't worry, all data packets are encrypted and can be sold anonymously. 4. Earn Money or Give to Charitable Organizations 5. Connect your PayPal account to receive fiat or generate a cryptocurrency wallet. You can also choose how much of your earnings to donate to your favorite nonprofits and activism groups. 6. Track your earnings over time in the TDEX and watch your earnings impact over time as you populate more data and donate data earnings to causes you care about. What's your data worth? Find out at https://tartle.co/ Share our Facebook Page | https://go.tartle.co/fb Watch our Instagram | https://go.tartle.co/ig Hear us Tweet | https://go.tartle.co/tweet

    BUYERS: How To Sign Up as a Not-For-Profit Under the Big 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 3:16

    1. Log in to the TARTLE Marketplace or create an account     a. Make sure you have selected the Buyer Account when logging in 2. Complete the puzzle to verify your identity 3. Complete your profile     a. Introductions         i. First Name        ii. Last Name       iii. Company Name     b. Company         i. Number of Employees        ii. Company Location     c. Industry     d. Needs and Interest         i. Reason behind need for data 4. To be listed under the Big 7, log out and head over to the Big 7 tab 5. Click Ask To Be Listed. This will open a separate window for emailing. Please provide the following details:     a. First Name     b. Last Name     c. Company     d. Title     e. Industry     f. Logo     g. 500-character description of nonprofit     h. Which Big 7 you fall into 6. Send email and wait for feedback   www.tartle.co   Share Data. Earn Money. Change Your World. A data marketplace built for humans with humanity in mind. Share Data How the world interacts with data is changing. TARTLE is pioneering how we elevate our control, ownership, and understanding of our data. Earn Money Sell your data simply for USD. Buyers need your help to share your data on the marketplace and they want to pay you for it! Change Your World TARTLE Data Champions everywhere contribute to Big 7 causes that protect our planet. Charitable organizations will use your data and support to create real impact. How TARTLE Works 1. Create an account and answer questions 2. Create an account and link your social profiles on the TARTLE mobile web app. 3. Answer data packets to help buyers understand your data journey. Don't worry, all data packets are encrypted and can be sold anonymously. 4. Earn Money or Give to Charitable Organizations 5. Connect your PayPal account to receive fiat or generate a cryptocurrency wallet. You can also choose how much of your earnings to donate to your favorite nonprofits and activism groups. 6. Track your earnings over time in the TDEX and watch your earnings impact over time as you populate more data and donate data earnings to causes you care about. What's your data worth? Find out at https://tartle.co/ Share our Facebook Page | https://go.tartle.co/fb Watch our Instagram | https://go.tartle.co/ig Hear us Tweet | https://go.tartle.co/tweet

    Is the TARTLE Marketplace a Massive Scam? Find Out Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 10:40

    The bigger your dreams and ambitions, the tougher your setbacks and critics. Those who have followed the podcast or invested in the TARTLE platform since the start know that the marketplace is a product of years of hard work, research, funding, and more.    It's the brainchild of a group of people who want to use modern technologies for a noble goal: the evolution of humanity.   In a world where we are becoming increasingly isolated from each other and individualistic in our movements, TARTLE is an opportunity to reconnect to the common thread that holds us together through the digital medium.    Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby take the opportunity to take the internet trolls head-on and discuss: is the marketplace scamming us?   Is TARTLE A Scam?   Without wasting any time, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby jumped straight into the heart of the issue: some users may not have realized that to earn from the platform, time and effort is involved.   Yes, the TARTLE marketplace aims to make data champions out of today's netizens. But as netizens, you also have a responsibility to put in the work so that you can earn. The minute you register and connect your Paypal to your account, you can start filling out the data packets immediately.    We don't offer a get-rich-quick scheme for people looking to make easy money. Taking back control of our data is difficult. It does not just call for us to put in the physical work, but the mental work of changing our perspective as well.    The power to earn comes with the responsibility to fill out data packets, put them up for sale, research on causes that we identify with, and wait for buyers from these causes to pick up the packets that have been filled out.   It's an opportunity for important causes to retrieve data directly from the source, and compensate you for your hard work as well.   What TARTLE Stands For   TARTLE hopes to become a platform that fosters data champions. The simple act of filling out a data packet is one step forward in empowering yourself to become more accountable and responsible over your data.    At every step, you have full control over the opportunities given to you. Once you sign up, you choose the data packets you want to fill out. Once that's over, you can sell it to companies or causes that are dear to you.   It sounds simple because we've worked on making the platform as intuitive as possible. But being completely responsible for your data is a heady, empowering feeling. Imagine all the time and effort you put in Facebook, Twitter or Instagram is converted into payment and valuable data for the companies, organizations, and causes that you believe in.    That's what TARTLE can do for you.   Closing Thoughts: The World With Big Data   Technology is becoming increasingly complex, efficient, and all-encompassing. It's evolving and we need to evolve alongside it as well. The question is, how involved are we in the progress of modern machinery? If we look at the entire process of logging onto the internet and interacting with our favorite websites and applications, do we still derive some benefit from our work at the end?   Everybody deserves to be compensated for putting plenty of time and effort into a certain endeavor. When it comes to the internet, we deserve to be compensated for crafting a unique user identity. We currently live in a world where big tech corporations take our data and profit on it themselves. Doesn't that sound more like a scam than the work done on the TARTLE platform?   Don't let the comfort of modern living distract you from asking:   What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    How to Sell a Data Packet and Accept a Bid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 1:25

    1. Log in to the TARTLE Marketplace or create an account 2. Complete the puzzle to verify your identity 3. Go to the Bids tab     a. If you haven't finished filling out the data packet, it will         automatically move down to the Incomplete Packets section     b. If you have finished filling out the data packet and published            it, it will automatically move down to the Published Packets              section 4. Check the configuration for each data packet 5. Set packet configuration for the following settings:     a. Autosell       i. Your bid will automatically sell if this is selected.     b. Donation     c. Publishing 6. Navigate back to the Bids tab to check any data packets you want to manually sell 7. Click the green dollar sign next to eligible data packets 8. Click the cart sign to finalize the sale www.tartle.co Share Data. Earn Money. Change Your World. A data marketplace built for humans with humanity in mind. Share Data How the world interacts with data is changing. TARTLE is pioneering how we elevate our control, ownership, and understanding of our data. Earn Money Sell your data simply for USD. Buyers need your help to share your data on the marketplace and they want to pay you for it! Change Your World TARTLE Data Champions everywhere contribute to Big 7 causes that protect our planet. Charitable organizations will use your data and support to create real impact. How TARTLE Works 1. Create an account and answer questions 2. Create an account and link your social profiles on the TARTLE mobile web app. 3. Answer data packets to help buyers understand your data journey. Don't worry, all data packets are encrypted and can be sold anonymously. 4. Earn Money or Give to Charitable Organizations 5. Connect your PayPal account to receive fiat or generate a cryptocurrency wallet. You can also choose how much of your earnings to donate to your favorite nonprofits and activism groups. 6. Track your earnings over time in the TDEX and watch your earnings impact over time as you populate more data and donate data earnings to causes you care about. What's your data worth? Find out at https://tartle.co/ Share our Facebook Page | https://go.tartle.co/fb Watch our Instagram | https://go.tartle.co/ig Hear us Tweet | https://go.tartle.co/tweet

    Seller Terminal Tutorial (TARTLE Landing Page)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 3:47

    1. Log in to the TARTLE Marketplace or create an account 2. Complete the puzzle to verify your identity 3. Go to the Discover tab 4. Choose from an extensive list of Categories 5. Fill out the packets under the Never Opened Packets section 6. Once you are finished with a packet, fill out the packet Configuration subsection 7. Set packet configuration for the following settings:      a. Autosell      b. Donation      c. Publishing 8. Save the data packet      a. If you haven't finished filling out the data packet, it will                       automatically move down to the Incomplete Packets section      b. If you have finished filling out the data packet and published           it, it will automatically move down to the Published Packets               section 9. Once you receive a bid, the packets will be reflected under the Bids tab      a. A brief description of the icons will appear at the top to guide          you on the status of each bid 10. Select the data packet you want to sell and click the Sell icon 11. To get notifications on your data packets, head over to Account Settings under the gear icon at the top right of the site 12. Go to the Notifications tab 13. Select Turn On. You may be asked to provide your mobile number before this is successful   Share Data. Earn Money. Change Your World. A data marketplace built for humans with humanity in mind. Share Data How the world interacts with data is changing. TARTLE is pioneering how we elevate our control, ownership, and understanding of our data. Earn Money Sell your data simply for USD. Buyers need your help to share your data on the marketplace and they want to pay you for it! Change Your World TARTLE Data Champions everywhere contribute to Big 7 causes that protect our planet. Charitable organizations will use your data and support to create real impact. How TARTLE Works 1. Create an account and answer questions 2. Create an account and link your social profiles on the TARTLE mobile web app. 3. Answer data packets to help buyers understand your data journey. Don't worry, all data packets are encrypted and can be sold anonymously. 4. Earn Money or Give to Charitable Organizations 5. Connect your PayPal account to receive fiat or generate a cryptocurrency wallet. You can also choose how much of your earnings to donate to your favorite nonprofits and activism groups. 6. Track your earnings over time in the TDEX and watch your earnings impact over time as you populate more data and donate data earnings to causes you care about. What's your data worth? Find out at https://tartle.co/ Share our Facebook Page | https://go.tartle.co/fb Watch our Instagram | https://go.tartle.co/ig Hear us Tweet | https://go.tartle.co/tweet

    Micro-Benefits With Micropayments: How to Get Your Money's Worth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 12:27

    When we're so used to just following instructions, it can be tough to try and question who truly benefits in the grand scheme of things. We barely give a second thought when it comes to paying off our monthly dues to Netflix, Spotify, and whatever subscription business models we use to entertain ourselves.   However, we need to start digging deeper. If we don't start asking the right questions, we continue to feed a system that will shamelessly continue to take our information so that the nameless entities at the top will benefit.    We also need to start looking into mobilizing on the grassroots level, looking for the right tools and equipment to empower our journey in reclaiming our data.   In this podcast, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby engage in a quick question-and-answer style discussion on micropayments, data rights, and how we can use TARTLE to better humanity.   Making Micropayments Possible   We have plenty of payment platforms that allow us to send money to our loved ones and pay for services, regardless of location. However, they often come with hefty fees. This makes it difficult to send micropayments.   As Alexander McCaig pointed out, micropayments are incredibly important in a world where most people live on less than two dollars and thirty cents a day. The fundamentals of this system do not work; online banking methods, and even bitcoin do not handle the process in a way that is fair for the user. Imagine paying more in fees just to pay for your streaming service, or send money to your family in your home country.    The world needs a platform where people can send both small amounts and large sums as they need to, without any strings attached. No subscriptions or fees needed, nor personal data exchanged.   And speaking of data…   What's With the Data Farming?   Jason Rigby shared how, in the past, glass beads were used as a form of currency in Africa. However, other people saw an opportunity to mass-manufacture these beads in factories across Europe. On the surface, they looked like generous benefactors with plenty of beads to help the local economy— but behind the facade, they were not sourcing it economically nor considering the user at all. They successfully squeezed everything they could out of the locals.   Fast forward to today and we find ourselves trapped in a similar situation. The monthly subscription business models offered by our favorite entertainment apps, like Spotify and Netflix, give us the opportunity to access all the music and shows we want—but at what cost?   In this exchange, these companies get away with farming millions of people around the world for their data. It's not just a hit to our privacy. It's an avenue for them to earn at our expense. The underground data collection and massive aggregation of information.   It's time for us to mobilize and start the clamor for more equal rights. To do that, we need a platform where we are all treated as equals.   That's where TARTLE comes in.   TARTLE: The Great Equalizer   The TARTLE platform gives you the opportunity to earn at your own pace, with complete knowledge of what you're getting into. No smoke and mirrors are attached to our offer; all you need to do is sign up, fill out data packets, and put it up for sale.    In this way, you can make sure that you are earning money for causes that support humanity's next step forward. On TARTLE, we are all sharing in the wealth of information.   What's your data worth?   It's time for you to find out. www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Fac(ad)ebook: How to Have Your Data and Privacy Rights Respected on the Internet

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 10:22

    How much do you know about Facebook?   Throughout the years, we've heard plenty. The platform has inspired, surprised, and betrayed us. A lot of us seem to have a love-hate relationship with Facebook, because while we recognize and resent their control over our personal information, we continue to condone their actions by being present on the site.   In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby analyze the true intentions of Facebook after reading an article on how researchers lost access to their accounts after digging up data against the platform.   A Laundry List of Controversies   Since its creation, the platform has had its fair share of ups and downs. While it remains one of the biggest social media sites in the world and its presence has helped people connect with their loved ones it's also been the subject of controversy.    In 2014, Facebook was criticized for running psychological tests on 70,000 unconsenting participants in 2012. This test involved removing a certain list of words from their news feeds to see how it affected their reactions to posts.    Later, in 2018, the Cambridge Analytica scandal showed everyone just how compromised their Facebook accounts were. The data analytics firm improperly harvested data from millions of users for ad targeting during the 2016 election.   And in 2019, the FTC fined Facebook $5 billion over violations of user privacy.   There are plenty more scandals in the past decade to illustrate how the platform has consistently pushed the boundaries of user privacy and personal rights. And yet, people continue to use the platform—effectively giving Facebook the power to also continue commercializing their personal data.   How Can We Change Facebook?   Alexander McCaig clarifies that he doesn't care about the platform. He explains that this is because Facebook is a commercialization engine, and has been clear about their intentions for their users.   It's difficult to expect change from a super tech company that is set on its ambition to continue profiting from its users. A more realistic goal to work on would be to take away its biggest source of income, which is its massive user base.   Jason pointed out that if a huge momentum against Facebook occurred and a billion users collectively decided to just stop using the platform, it would have a tangible and more concrete impact on their actions. In contrast, writing articles would not be as effective.   Closing Thoughts: Starting the Shift Away from  Facebook   The anger towards big tech corporations like Facebook is misplaced. With all the awareness around what it's capable of doing and what it has already chosen to do before, people don't need more content on how they're being used as cash cows. They need a way to mobilize against the platform;  an incentive to move away from using Facebook as their primary source of connection and entertainment.   The TARTLE platform is capable of giving people this renewed purpose on the internet. The marketplace is designed to fully respect the autonomy and privacy of each individual. Users are free to fill out all the data packets they want and earn from their hard work. Everybody who is on the TARTLE platform has the opportunity to become a data champion.   If you have the strong desire to stop an enormous commercialization system like Facebook from using people as cash cows, the first step towards achieving your goal is to find out what you have control over—yourself, and your participation in that very system.   Cutting off their access to your data may seem insignificant when you are just one person out of a billion users on the platform. However, change is never about one big miraculous step that suddenly and neatly solves all the problems. It's a series of small steps that amount to a big change over time.   You could be the first step of the movement that takes down Facebook's monopoly over other people's data. All you need to do is stop using it—and if you want a renewed perspective on your power as an individual, make the switch to the TARTLE marketplace.   It's time to find out: what's your data worth? www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Power and the Woman's Vote: How Can History Help? With Susan Ware

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 34:53

    The women's rights movement dates back to as far as 1848. It has made significant strides to ensure women are being treated fairly at home, at work, and in society as a whole. This manifests in equal pay, a union for working women, and the right to vote.   Women's suffrage became the grounds from which women could put in place the various rights and laws that cater to needs specific to their lived experience.   In this episode, we're going to be discussing women's suffrage, the women's rights movement, and the social aspects of patriarchy. Joining us today is Susan Ware, author of various books including Beyond Suffrage: Women in the New Deal, Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote, and many more.   The Basis for Women's Rights   Women's rights have always been human rights. This encompasses all women, not just a certain group or race. The basis for women's rights is to ensure that women are equal and to be given the same amount of rights and responsibilities as men.   It was discussed that one look at the structures and hierarchies that make up the society we live in today shows that there are power struggles, glass ceilings, and unequal handouts for opportunity. In most scenarios, men were found to be in these groups of privilege while women were marginalized and disenfranchised.    How, then, do we empower women so that they can operate on an equal playing field? According to Susan Ware, political power is paramount. If women never secured the right to vote nor hold office, they would have continued to go unrepresented and unheard. As a result, the win for women's suffrage helped secure a variety of other rights for women because it gave them the economic, political, social, and cultural tools they needed to succeed.   Again, women's rights are human rights. Being biologically female does not make you a lesser human being than men, and your rights shouldn't be different. The sexes' differences should only be in biological function, not in rights. Humanity, as a collective, has the responsibility of making sure that men and women are equal—regardless of race or religion.    Changing the Status Quo   The Nineteenth Amendment brought about the right of American women to vote. It drastically changed the Constitution. This drastic change was brought about by equally drastic actions; it called for the struggles and efforts of so many people, with supporters carrying out rallies and marches, before finally achieving women's suffrage.   Another law that greatly affected African Americans is The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed discriminatory voting practices against African Americans. Harassment, intimidation, and physical violence discouraged African Americans from practising their right to vote. As a result, they were unable to fully wield their political power even though they were already allowed to vote.    This also concerned African American women as they faced not only sexism but racism as well. It's an indication that the struggles of marginalized communities do intersect and are doubly felt by certain groups. The fight for women's rights isn't just limited to the right to vote, but concerns a broader movement that also shares its struggles with other social movements.    No one ever achieves total success when it comes to social movements, and the same can be said for women's rights. The struggle will always be an up and down battle of wins and losses. However, our takeaway shouldn't be to just give up, but must instead continue to fight for what's right and just. Additionally, educating and empowering the next generation ensures that the movement will live on.   It is time for us to acknowledge: there are patriarchal aspects that are ingrained into our norms and social structures. These aspects indirectly hold back women, and consequently, society in general. This also reinforces the perspective of a patriarchal view, and convinces individuals into thinking that this is normal.   Women's Solidarity and Its Relevance to Society   The notion that women have only recently been able to participate in the broader world is false. Both women and men have always built history, and will continue to build the path towards our future.    However, it is unfortunate that women have not always been given the credit they deserve. This is evident throughout our history, given the amount of notable male individuals compared to females. Because of this, it's important to educate people about the contributions that women have made throughout history.   Through the women's rights movement, a sense of solidarity and camaraderie was formed for those involved, especially women. This created a feeling of joy of being united towards a common goal. Working together and sharing their struggles has united women in realizing the rights they should have gotten from the beginning.   Empowering Women With TARTLE   With every little success, the human rights that women have been deprived of are lessening, and despite the frustrations that come with any social movement. We are now in an era that the previous generation could only dream of, and that is something to take pride in.    Within the local and even national levels, women are forming collectives and organizations that aim to tackle the problems that plague our society. These include the aforementioned women's rights, but also problems like climate change and pollution.   TARTLE's mission is to become one of the platforms and tools that women can use to champion their cause and make their voices heard. The marketplace provides a level playing field for anybody, regardless of sex, ethnicity, location, or race, to do their part in helping humanity take the next big step forward.   What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    The First Fundamental: How to Bring Humanity Back to the Internet

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 6:43

    Do you control your data, or does your data control you?   The internet has evolved at an unprecedented pace. It's a massive network of individuals, corporations, and other entities that can fit in the back of your pocket. Our most prominent use of the internet is for communication—through social media, we believe we are empowered because of our extensive connections, we think that we have been given a voice because we are only on one end of the screen, sometimes shrouded in the comfort of anonymity.   Jaron Lanier wants to challenge those beliefs.   Jaron Lanier is a pioneer of virtual reality technology and has been in the industry since the 1980s. His involvement in the evolution of modern technology has given him rockstar status in the tech world.   However, he's taken a complete 180 regarding his beliefs on the growth of the internet and the direction that adjacent technologies have taken—and many of his opinions align with what TARTLE stands for.   In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby engage in a light back-and-forth on a quote made by Jaron Lanier in his book entitled, Who Owns The Future?   “The foundational idea of humanistic computing is that provenance is valuable. Information is people in disguise, and people ought to be paid for value they contribute that can be sent or stored on a digital network.” - Jaron Lanier   Are We Losing Our Humanity to the Internet?   Jaron describes how the internet has journeyed down a path where human beings are all treated like machine components in one giant electronic brain. We all take our part in powering this massive brain through our interactions on the internet: we build a unique personal profile as netizens by visiting our favorite websites, shopping for goods and services, and otherwise investing plenty of time and effort navigating the digital landscape.   The internet takes all these interactions and synthesizes it to create an all-knowing electronic brain that is capable of fulfilling all our desires. If you want to buy a certain product and start searching for it, you'll soon get ads showing that specific item across your platforms. If you look at the websites and applications you use, your mind is trained on the function of the product and how amazing it is for technology to have reached this point.    We forget that everything on the internet is hoisted on the shoulders of ordinary people, like us.   Where is the harm in this? The internet dehumanizes people and takes away our capacity to have a meaningful, authentic human experience—especially when you fall victim to the allure of social media.   Getting the Hive Mind Out of the Gutter   One of the most thrilling ideas of being on the internet is that at any time, you can hide behind a veil of anonymity. It's a great development for many people: anonymity helps others speak up about experiences they were too afraid to share. For example, the #MeToo movement helped bring a voice to oppressed women across the world through anonymous posting.   However, anonymity can also have an ugly face. It's also enabled troll farms, fake news mills, and doxxing. In some cases, it's endangered the lives of innocent people.    This is not to say that the progress we've made because of anonymity is invalidated with their presence. It is, however, an indication that we must do more to reign in the evolution of the internet so that it returns to being human-centered.   Supplementing Your Social Media Cleanse With TARTLE   In a world so interconnected with the internet, it can be difficult to change our perspective on social media—but that's not to say that it can't be done.   When you have the right tools and equipment to take control of your data and turn it around, you'll be able to notice how much you're capable of and how much influence was taken away from you by the internet.   That's what TARTLE hopes to do for you.   We offer a collaborative and transparent marketplace where everyone is compensated for the value that they contribute to the platform. You sign up, fill out a data packet, and submit it for sale to companies and causes that are important to you.    Your information and purchases are stored securely on the network. You are in complete control over the information you submit, the amount of work you put out, and the amount of money you receive.   If you're reading this, Jaron, we think TARTLE's the platform you're looking for. We'd love to have you on the podcast so we can discuss further:   What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    The Power of Water: Its Intense Value in Society Across Time with Giulio Boccaletti

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 51:44

    Water is essential for economic activities as well as for the well-being of humans. Considering how critical water is to both agricultural production and domestic consumption, conflict over water and the potential ramifications of decisions made over it may have much further consequences for human well-being. It can even have an impact on economic development and social change.    The problem of getting access to fresh water is a global priority that needs to be addressed, since its scarcity has led to various problems all around the world.    Thirst for Water Security   Access to safe water is vital for the survival of all life on Earth. Civilization began along the banks of rivers and canals, and waterways played a significant role in the development of agriculture, commerce, and advances in industry, science, and technological innovation.    Water scarcity is not just a result of natural resource depletion; it is also the result of power relations and political decisions. Addressing water development as a political problem might provide light on some of the extra areas of concern.   The availability of clean drinking water has long played a role in politics, with decisions about the provision of services having the potential to positively impact or harm citizens depending on their access to safe water in their communities. Because of the scarcity of this essential resource, communities are forced to compete against one another for access to it.   Social conflicts and societal change are created and influenced at the same time by the natural conditions in which water occurs, sometimes in unexpected and unforeseen directions. There are structural obstacles in water development that address infrastructure, financing, and economic sustainability, as well as education and awareness of water issues.   For example, water has an effect on gender and income inequality in plenty of underdeveloped communities. Women are traditionally the family members responsible for retrieving water. When they spend a significant portion of their day procuring this basic resource, they are unable to alleviate their financial situation through work or education.   The Ebb and Flow of Water Scarcity   Being in a situation with no fresh water is indeed a terrifying concept since it poses a major and immediate danger to our own life. Regrettably, this is a concern that millions of individuals currently experience on a daily basis.   It is reasonable to assume that water, which occupies 70% of our planet, would always be abundant. However, fresh water, on the other hand, is rather scarce. More than two-thirds of the freshwater on the planet is frozen in glaciers or otherwise inaccessible to humans.   Despite water being virtually everywhere from seas and rivers to underground reservoirs, why is it still a scarce resource? This might happen if there is a shortage of supply or if the infrastructure for distribution is inadequate.   Water resources are being depleted in some parts of the world on a regular basis, such as in northern Africa, the Middle East, and western Asia. Excessive use of non-renewable resources to meet water needs has led some countries to extract ten times their yearly renewable water supply. If nothing is done, the people of these countries will face an impending humanitarian catastrophe if ever these water reserves become depleted.   Braving the Deluge   Water scarcity and insecurity is a threat to human lives and ecosystems everywhere. This can lead to severe malnutrition among people and gradual economic decline for affected nations.    Whole ecosystems suffer when freshwater is insufficient. Pollution may cause rivers, lakes, and aquifers to dry up. As a consequence of climate change, some places are experiencing water shortages and drought, while others are experiencing floods.   Since it has been established that water scarcity is not just an issue of supply and demand but also an issue of politics, it is critical that we tackle systemic issues associated with water resource management and habitat protection prior to the onset of the worst effects of climate change.   Governments, corporations, and local communities must cooperate to maintain adequate in-stream levels of freshwater for humans and other freshwater species, as well as to encourage ways for sustainable consumption. There is also a need for these institutions to develop and adapt innovative solutions that would aid in the effort of maintaining water supply and prevent future problems with water insecurity.   Closing Thoughts: Water, Water Everywhere   Human lives and entire civilizations depend on water to exist and thrive— and yet, the problems surrounding adequate water supply and distribution remain severely understated.   We need to understand how social pressure influences the way resources are allocated and handled. We would be better equipped in holding governments responsible and exercising our rights to clean water if we are more informed about how politics affects natural resources management.    Inadequate understanding of the relationship between access to sufficient water and national stability poses grave global security implications, particularly if remedial technology and policy measures to strengthen water resilience and assure availability and access are not adopted.   In TARTLE, we believe that proactive collaboration is the key to hurdling various issues, including those that affect humanity in a global scheme. Information and cooperation is a vital part in addressing these systemic problems, and we envision a society strengthened by these values. The power is back in your hands.   What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!  

    Orwellian China and Data Governance: Is Big Brother Always Watching?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 14:32

    We know that our data isn't just a reflection of what we do on the internet; it's a direct result of our thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives as unique individuals. So when we are caught in the power struggle between governments and big tech companies, how can we position ourselves to respond appropriately? Is it possible to take control of our own data?   Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby discuss plenty of heavy-hitting issues in this episode. Aside from the possibility of an Orwellian future, brought about by the Chinese government's efforts to surveil and assign social credits to all their citizens, they also discuss the government's attempt to control big tech companies.   Are We Government Puppets in the Making?   China aims to be a leader in harnessing big data. The Social Credit System, which was first conceptualized in 2014, is definitely a development that we need to keep a wary eye on. However, it's still got a long way to go. While there is a lot of information being collected, the government remains challenged to unify efforts being made across the country and centralize information.   But once the government does get the hang of the credit system, the future looks pretty bleak. What's it like to live in a society where you are so heavily surveilled and regulated, you eventually start to change the way you think and act? It's probably going to be like slowly boiling a frog in a pot filled with water—you won't know you're dead meat until it's too late.   TARTLE campaigns for government and corporate transparency, and human rights. We believe in a world where the individual is empowered to make their own decisions, take their own actions, and hold their own data. This is not possible in a society where the government is making an effort to farm our personal information to control our words, thoughts, and actions.   Caught in the Tug of War Between Government and Big Tech   As individuals, we find ourselves caught in a power struggle between big tech companies and the government. One seeks to commodify us, and the other seeks to control us. It is amidst this struggle that we, more than ever, need to reclaim our data for ourselves.   The controversial Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) discussed by Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby on this episode was just recently passed and enforced last November 1, 2021. While the title makes it sound like a noble act, the duo discussed how this law is the latest attempt in China's efforts to rein in the growth of its tech giants.   Its effect on data in the country is a double-edged sword. It does stop unauthorized data trading and theft— but it also caters to the national government's vested interests. Tech companies from overseas that cannot fulfill the PIPL are in danger of being blacklisted. This bans them from processing Chinese personal data.   In fact, the implications of operating under China's PIPL have already scared away tech companies. Yahoo shut down its last few services in the country after the law was passed, citing in a statement to BBC that their decision was because of the “increasingly challenging business and legal environment” in the country. Linkedin also pulled out of China for similar reasons a month before the PIPL went live.   Closing Thoughts: Are We Really Free?   It's difficult to say for certain if we remain in full control of our thoughts and actions in a world where we are constantly being sent subliminal messages—where we are both pawns and subjects in the power struggles of bigger entities.   The people on the ground need platforms that function as safe spaces for them to practice taking ownership over their own data. We have become so accustomed to having other entities handle our information that the idea of profiting from our personal data seems so foreign. However, it is possible—and it's a future we want to build here at TARTLE.   TARTLE's mission is to make the answer to that issue a bit clearer and in our favor. We deserve to have the tools and skills that will help empower us and our data. It is our vision to have a world where our personal information benefits ourselves, and not big tech nor the government.   What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!  

    Effectively Inspiring Change in Logistics: How to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 65:23

    In recent times, the logistics industry has moved to the forefront of everyone's attention. This can be attributed to events like the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a significant impact on the transportation of goods, services, and people; and the Suez Canal incident, which became a hot topic for jokes and memes amongst younger generations on the internet.    This podcast is a deep dive into the state of the logistics industry, analyzing different perspectives on how professionals and the C-suite can help bring the global supply chain to its full potential with the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.   Capturing the Human Element of Tech Innovation   In the simplest words, logistics has always been described as the act of bringing something from point A to point B. However, there is plenty more to discover beneath the surface.    The increased number of nodes across the supply chain that contribute to the end product, the additional pressure to make transportation more efficient, and a world that continues to demand for more from international suppliers pressure the industry to continuously reinvent. While it is inspirational to see that the pace of technological innovation is accommodating these concerns, our discussion dares to ask: does this pace make room for the human element?   The human element of tech innovation refers to whether we are capable of maximizing the potential of gadgets, processes, and standards. It's a concern that consistently pops up for big data across different industries: the capacity of businesses to make the most out of these silos.   How Can Logistics Professionals Push for Change   Adopting modern technologies can be difficult because of the initial learning curve. It will, inevitably, disrupt the way that certain processes and workflows have been carried out for decades. In some cases, entire occupations may be rendered obsolete. The reality is that there is still some resistance to making this transition because not many people see the importance of bearing this temporary disruption to get the long-term benefits.   “You can create new technologies but unless people choose to adopt it, it's not going to do anything fantastic.” Alex pointed out..   Ruben Huber mused over the possibility of careers in logistics taking on a more consultative aspect. This would be part of their efforts to bridge the gap between the dearth of knowledge offered by big data in the industry, and their clients.   “We need to be more than just transporters of cargo from A to B. I always see this in our industry as an opportunity to do a lot more,' he explained, “It's very true that we still do things like we used to do them instead of questioning it.   Dare to Question Status Quo   Malcolm Mclean was a truck driver who was sitting at the port and started wondering why he had to wait ten hours for cargo to get offloaded from the ship. He eventually worked on developing this line of inquiry into a full-fledged business idea— one that is credited to have revolutionized the shipping industry.   To put this in the perspective of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it's not just about how labor is going to get disrupted by these technologies. It's also a call for people to come together as a global community so that the technologies can be utilized to solve real world problems.   Closing Thoughts   As the pandemic continues, we continue to be bombarded by new and exciting ways to restructure the way we work.   The globalized economy we are privileged to experience today is built on the foundations of a supply chain that stretches across multiple countries. Businesses and corporations source all their raw materials and labor from beyond their geopolitical borders, as part of their efforts to provide the end products and services that we enjoy on a regular basis.   With so much emphasis on delivering these goods to the communities that need them, it is safe to say that logistics and the supply chain are people-oriented industries. It will be important to continue optimizing technologies and making the most out of big data. In addition, everybody must be transparent and made to understand the process so that a mutual understanding is fostered towards that common goal of progress for humanity as a whole.   What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!  

    How to Fill Out Coding Bootcamp Ethical Leads Packet #8

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 2:50

    1. Log in to your TARTLE account or register a new account 2. Complete the puzzle piece to confirm your identity 3. Start answering Coding Bootcamp Ethical Leads Packet 8: a. Name b. Date of birth c. Postal code d. US citizen e. Email address f. Phone number g. Interest in changing professional career h. Plans of investing in further education i. Describe previous coding experience j. Considered enrolling at a coding BootCamp k. Open to being contacted by Actualize Coding Camp 4. Set packet configuration for the following settings: a. Autosell b. Donation c. Publishing 5. Save the data packet   Share Data. Earn Money. Change Your World. A data marketplace built for humans with humanity in mind. Share Data How the world interacts with data is changing. TARTLE is pioneering how we elevate our control, ownership, and understanding of our data. Earn Money Sell your data simply for USD. Buyers need your help to share your data on the marketplace and they want to pay you for it! Change Your World TARTLE Data Champions everywhere contribute to Big 7 causes that protect our planet. Charitable organizations will use your data and support to create real impact. How TARTLE Works 1. Create an account and answer questions 2. Create an account and link your social profiles on the TARTLE mobile web app. 3. Answer data packets to help buyers understand your data journey. Don't worry, all data packets are encrypted and can be sold anonymously. 4. Earn Money or Give to Charitable Organizations 5. Connect your PayPal account to receive fiat or generate a cryptocurrency wallet. You can also choose how much of your earnings to donate to your favorite nonprofits and activism groups. 6. Track your earnings over time in the TDEX and watch your earnings impact over time as you populate more data and donate data earnings to causes you care about. What's your data worth? Find out at https://tartle.co/ Share our Facebook Page | https://go.tartle.co/fb Watch our Instagram | https://go.tartle.co/ig Hear us Tweet | https://go.tartle.co/tweet

    How Can Buyers Purchase a Data Packet

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 1:39

    1. Go to Search Packets 2. Click Make Bid and fill in the following information:     a. Max number of packets     b. Packet last updated by     c. Amount per packet 3. Click Continue 4. Confirm bid by clicking Place Bid   Share Data. Earn Money. Change Your World. A data marketplace built for humans with humanity in mind. Share Data How the world interacts with data is changing. TARTLE is pioneering how we elevate our control, ownership, and understanding of our data. Earn Money Sell your data simply for USD. Buyers need your help to share your data on the marketplace and they want to pay you for it! Change Your World TARTLE Data Champions everywhere contribute to Big 7 causes that protect our planet. Charitable organizations will use your data and support to create real impact. How TARTLE Works 1. Create an account and answer questions 2. Create an account and link your social profiles on the TARTLE mobile web app. 3. Answer data packets to help buyers understand your data journey. Don't worry, all data packets are encrypted and can be sold anonymously. 4. Earn Money or Give to Charitable Organizations 5. Connect your PayPal account to receive fiat or generate a cryptocurrency wallet. You can also choose how much of your earnings to donate to your favorite nonprofits and activism groups. 6. Track your earnings over time in the TDEX and watch your earnings impact over time as you populate more data and donate data earnings to causes you care about. What's your data worth? Find out at https://tartle.co/ Share our Facebook Page | https://go.tartle.co/fb Watch our Instagram | https://go.tartle.co/ig Hear us Tweet | https://go.tartle.co/tweet

    How to Enable 2FA to Secure Your TARTLE Account

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 1:49

    1. Log in to your TARTLE account. 2. Complete the puzzle to verify you are not a robot 3. TARTLE will prompt you to use Google Authenticator for 2FA. If you accidentally click Skip Now instead of verifying your token, here's what to do. 4. Go to Settings 5. Go to Account Settings 6. 2FA Settings 7. Back at that screen 8. Download Google Authenticator app 9. Add account 10. Scan QR code or enter the six digits provided by the app 11. Wait for confirmation that 2FA was enabled successfully Share Data. Earn Money. Change Your World. A data marketplace built for humans with humanity in mind. Share Data How the world interacts with data is changing. TARTLE is pioneering how we elevate our control, ownership, and understanding of our data. Earn Money Sell your data simply for USD. Buyers need your help to share your data on the marketplace and they want to pay you for it! Change Your World TARTLE Data Champions everywhere contribute to Big 7 causes that protect our planet. Charitable organizations will use your data and support to create real impact. How TARTLE Works 1. Create an account and answer questions 2. Create an account and link your social profiles on the TARTLE mobile web app. 3. Answer data packets to help buyers understand your data journey. Don't worry, all data packets are encrypted and can be sold anonymously. 4. Earn Money or Give to Charitable Organizations 5. Connect your PayPal account to receive fiat or generate a cryptocurrency wallet. You can also choose how much of your earnings to donate to your favorite nonprofits and activism groups. 6. Track your earnings over time in the TDEX and watch your earnings impact over time as you populate more data and donate data earnings to causes you care about. What's your data worth? Find out at https://tartle.co/ Share our Facebook Page | https://go.tartle.co/fb Watch our Instagram | https://go.tartle.co/ig Hear us Tweet | https://go.tartle.co/tweet

    How to Create a Seller Wallet In Your TARTLE Account

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 1:29

    1. On the login page, go to the Seller Account tab and enter your account details 2. Complete the puzzle to verify your identity 3. Complete two-factor authentication 4. Go to your Wallet, found on the top left of your screen 5. Select “Create Wallet to Receive $0.013” 6. Create your PIN 7. Press done 8. Receive the $0.013 9. Connect your PayPal account to withdraw funds in the future   Share Data. Earn Money. Change Your World. A data marketplace built for humans with humanity in mind. Share Data How the world interacts with data is changing. TARTLE is pioneering how we elevate our control, ownership, and understanding of our data. Earn Money Sell your data simply for USD. Buyers need your help to share your data on the marketplace and they want to pay you for it! Change Your World TARTLE Data Champions everywhere contribute to Big 7 causes that protect our planet. Charitable organizations will use your data and support to create real impact. How TARTLE Works 1. Create an account and answer questions 2. Create an account and link your social profiles on the TARTLE mobile web app. 3. Answer data packets to help buyers understand your data journey. Don't worry, all data packets are encrypted and can be sold anonymously. 4. Earn Money or Give to Charitable Organizations 5. Connect your PayPal account to receive fiat or generate a cryptocurrency wallet. You can also choose how much of your earnings to donate to your favorite nonprofits and activism groups. 6. Track your earnings over time in the TDEX and watch your earnings impact over time as you populate more data and donate data earnings to causes you care about. What's your data worth? Find out at https://tartle.co/ Share our Facebook Page | https://go.tartle.co/fb Watch our Instagram | https://go.tartle.co/ig Hear us Tweet | https://go.tartle.co/tweet

    How to Fill Out Automotive Industry Ethical Leads Packet #7

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 2:00

    1. Log in to your TARTLE account 2. Confirm your identity by completing the puzzle 3. Go straight to answering the Automotive Industry Ethical Leads Packet #7:     a. Vehicle you are interested in purchasing     b. Type of vehicle you are interested in     c. Trade-in vehicle     d. Credit score     e. Plans of financing at the dealership     f. Name     g. Email     h. Phone Number 4. Set packet configuration for the following settings:     a. Autosell     b. Donation     c. Publishing 5. Save the data packet   Share Data. Earn Money. Change Your World. A data marketplace built for humans with humanity in mind. Share Data How the world interacts with data is changing. TARTLE is pioneering how we elevate our control, ownership, and understanding of our data. Earn Money Sell your data simply for USD. Buyers need your help to share your data on the marketplace and they want to pay you for it! Change Your World TARTLE Data Champions everywhere contribute to Big 7 causes that protect our planet. Charitable organizations will use your data and support to create real impact. How TARTLE Works 1. Create an account and answer questions 2. Create an account and link your social profiles on the TARTLE mobile web app. 3. Answer data packets to help buyers understand your data journey. Don't worry, all data packets are encrypted and can be sold anonymously. 4. Earn Money or Give to Charitable Organizations 5. Connect your PayPal account to receive fiat or generate a cryptocurrency wallet. You can also choose how much of your earnings to donate to your favorite nonprofits and activism groups. 6. Track your earnings over time in the TDEX and watch your earnings impact over time as you populate more data and donate data earnings to causes you care about. What's your data worth? Find out at https://tartle.co/ Share our Facebook Page | https://go.tartle.co/fb Watch our Instagram | https://go.tartle.co/ig Hear us Tweet | https://go.tartle.co/tweet

    How to Fill Out Higher Education Ethical Leads Packet #1

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 2:11

    1. Log in to the TARTLE Marketplace or create an account 2. Complete the puzzle to verify your identity3. Start filling out the Higher Education Ethical Leads Packet     a. Name    b. Date of birth    c. Postal code    d. Highest level of education    e. College credits    f. Plans to attend college    g. Financial aid    h. Enrollment advisor    i. Field of interest4. Set packet configuration for the following settings:    a. Autosell    b. Donation    c. Publishing5. Save the data packet!   Share Data. Earn Money. Change Your World. A data marketplace built for humans with humanity in mind. Share Data How the world interacts with data is changing. TARTLE is pioneering how we elevate our control, ownership, and understanding of our data. Earn Money Sell your data simply for USD. Buyers need your help to share your data on the marketplace and they want to pay you for it! Change Your World TARTLE Data Champions everywhere contribute to Big 7 causes that protect our planet. Charitable organizations will use your data and support to create real impact. How TARTLE Works 1. Create an account and answer questions 2. Create an account and link your social profiles on the TARTLE mobile web app. 3. Answer data packets to help buyers understand your data journey. Don't worry, all data packets are encrypted and can be sold anonymously. 4. Earn Money or Give to Charitable Organizations 5. Connect your PayPal account to receive fiat or generate a cryptocurrency wallet. You can also choose how much of your earnings to donate to your favorite nonprofits and activism groups. 6. Track your earnings over time in the TDEX and watch your earnings impact over time as you populate more data and donate data earnings to causes you care about. What's your data worth? Find out at https://tartle.co/ Share our Facebook Page | https://go.tartle.co/fb Watch our Instagram | https://go.tartle.co/ig Hear us Tweet | https://go.tartle.co/tweet

    A Safe Space for Personal Data

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 15:33

    As long as you are alive, you are constantly creating data—and in today's digital age, it has become more important than ever before to know how to harness the power of your own data.. The question now is, how is data exchanged? How do companies obtain data?   Through the TARTLE Marketplace, everyone is able to exchange data. Even better, people are financially incentivized to sell their data to sellers. Buyers can also purchase specific data packets, from medical to financial data.   In this episode, join Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby as they discuss the value of data, and what it means to share private information. They will also be listening to David Sinclair and Lex Fridman's opinions on harnessing big data.   Taking Ownership of Your Data   Most people nowadays use the internet in their everyday lives. Since everyone is almost always plugged into the digital world, it's no surprise that everyone's data is up for grabs as well. There are plenty of third-party sites accessing our personal data and this complex web of interactions makes it near impossible to scrub our data off of the internet.   While it is difficult to find solutions to all the data ownership problems that we've run into on the internet, TARTLE does make it possible for individuals to become more informed and responsible about their own data. Through the platform, you have the capacity to share and sell your data. You also have the right to erase any of your unsold data whenever you want.   Assets and Liabilities within The TARTLE Marketplace   When it comes to data exchange, security and privacy are top priorities. Fortunately, TARTLE has a completely self-sovereign architecture for every person. That means that nothing gets leaked, as the passwords and other related information are only known to their respective owners.   This is especially important for companies who want to purchase data from TARTLE. When a privacy issue arises, these companies do not want the liability of a data breach, nor do they want to get sued by their clients and those who sold their data.   Additionally, purchasing data through TARTLE can be seen as a verifier that the data was acquired ethically. TARTLE obtains data with consent from its respective owners while paying them, and gives them the power to choose how their data is used.   Ensuring Data Privacy and Accountability   One of the most common concerns when it comes to sharing any kind of information online, regardless of whether it is related to our personal health or medical records, is whether it will be safe and secure once it is uploaded to another platform. When people feel that their data may end up being permanently stored on the internet, or that they do not have control over their own information, then they will naturally stop feeling the incentive to share.   A part of the hesitation to share personal data stems from the reality that we do not feel like we have control over it in the first place. Another common reason could be attributed to the misperception that if we have any ailments or illnesses, it is because we do not take care of our health.   Sharing valuable and relevant information is key to helping improve the lives of everybody. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. Not your medical records, nor anything else. Every single one of us is a human being, and we are all learning from each other.   How do we encourage people to be more proactive about sharing their information?   Closing Thoughts: A Safe Space for Medical Records   The TARTLE platform gives people an opportunity to experience the benefits of sharing data in multiple ways. First, it encourages individuals to be more empowered about their own information. They no longer have to feel like they are victims of their own data.   Second, TARTLE provides a safe space for people to learn how to control their information. The marketplace does not profit from the data gathering in any way. Its main goal is to be of benefit to humanity by giving people the tools to become more self-aware and responsible.   Finally, the marketplace gives the people on the ground an opportunity to directly connect to causes, organizations, and businesses that they resonate with the most. In the status quo, one may need to go through multiple levels of red tape before they can participate in a certain cause. With TARTLE, they have the opportunity to directly express their support by selling data packets. It is similar to giving these movements a part of themselves.   What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!  

    What's the Price for Good Health?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 29:45

    Research and data are paramount if we want to improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing across the board. These not only concern those who are already struggling with illness; healthcare should also focus on being preventive, rather than waiting for people to get sick. However, the longstanding institutions that we rely on actually create a roadblock for researchers to do their job. Instead of keeping the population healthy, institutions are merely waiting for the people to get sick. In such a set-up, are we truly maximizing the capabilities and technologies that we have developed for the good of humanity? In today's episode, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby talk about exchanging healthcare data and its importance to the world. Join them as they listen to comments made by Lex Fridman and David Sinclair on bioinformatics and more. Challenging the Data Barrier in Bioinformatics   To gain research info regarding healthcare, companies must first collect data. Data collection gives us the opportunity to detect certain diseases, their properties, and how the human body reacts to these. Perhaps the biggest obstruction that bioinformaticians face are the privacy and ethical concerns when collecting data. Because health institutions aren't able to disclose and share data regarding their patients, research slows down. With TARTLE, you have the chance to purchase datasets to help your bioinformatics research or any study for that matter. Data that is being collected by TARTLE is consensually gathered, as users share their information for financial incentives. Data collection through TARTLE is also ethical because companies are buying ownership from consenting owners. Through this, the privacy and ethical barrier brought on by HIPAA is no longer an issue. TARTLE benefits everybody. It gives users the power and knowledge on selling their data while paying them for doing so. It also offers companies massive amounts of datasets that they're able to use, like medical research. Insurance Companies and Their Impact on Data Collection   In the podcast, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby listen to a video of David Sinclair discussing his checkup with a doctor. Through this, we discover that proactively collecting data about one's self gives doctors better insight into your health, more than they ever could with a simple consultation. In addition to this, we find out that doctors may opt to not perform lab tests that are not immediately needed, or if you do not have a family history for a particular disease. They are disallowed by insurance companies who do not want to spend on anything preventive. Insurance companies only shell out money when someone is already sick. Insurance companies are only incentivized to save money. Therefore, preventative healthcare becomes impossible for those of a lower socioeconomic profile, and thus cannot afford private lab results. A Proactive vs. Reactive Approach on Healthcare Development The TARTLE marketplace is one of the means for preventative healthcare to grow and develop. Because insurance companies aren't incentivized from giving away data, nor are hospitals allowed to. Because hospitals are a reactive system, we are not able to act on someone or gather data until someone is already sick. That is why preventative care is so important. Sickness is better understood, and hopefully lessened, in a world where we are encouraged to actively look out and test for our own health.  Hospitals are part of a system that's economically driven, forcing people into two-dimensional systems that prioritize money before the well-being of a person. The system views unique individuals not as people, but as numbers and statistics without uniqueness.  The metric that medical institutions should focus on is the maintenance of a disease-free population. How long someone is being kept healthy or how long someone lives should be the defining statistic that healthcare systems should prioritize. Not only this, but a deeper understanding of preventative measures is a must, that will not only lengthen the life expectancy of every individual, but empower those same individuals with the ability to sell their data. Through a higher volume of data acquisition, researchers and companies can better develop better ways to prevent sickness and disease.   What's your data worth? www.tartle.co     TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!  

    Diving Into the Deep End With Financier and Author, Leo Tilman

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 24:12

    Risk and intelligence are two factors that define the success of any organization. Information is everywhere, and yet companies and organizations are still faced with data-related challenges that hinder their development. Is information-gathering all there is to running an operation?   In this episode, Leo Tilman joins Alexander McCaig to discuss risk and its relevance to finance, strategy, and more. Leo Tilman is a leading authority on strategy and risk, who predicted the financial crisis between 2007-2008. He also authored Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption, which is featured in this podcast.   Definition of Agility Within Risk Intelligence   To adapt to the everchanging uncertainties that organizations, governments, and even individuals face, agility is a must. This seven-letter word is often defined as the ability to assess and respond to changes, while making it distinct from flexibility or adaptability. What sets agility apart is that it calls for an individual to be purposefully decisive, while still grounded in the will to succeed in whatever endeavor an individual or group is facing.    Regardless of an entity's position in the world, they are always within the environment that surrounds them. To understand what defines an individual's or a group's agility, we must first define the environment they are in. This is important because it helps provide insight into how agility can be expressed in those specific circumstances.   An environment consists of two components: first, the dominant trends that shape the world around us. These are the specifics of an environment, and illustrate how the environment is a dynamic entity that is capable of changing over time.   The second component refers to the fundamental nature of environments, described through theories. An example is Clausewitz's theory on war and its accurate description of competitive environments.     The Portfolio of Risks and Risk Assessment   An organization must be proactive in assessing the risks that it will face. Here comes the portfolio of risks, which is a set of risks that an organization must make to meet its objective. This involves multiple facets within the organization, like financial risks, strategic risks, and so on.   However, the executives of an organization need to come together and discuss the risks they face, as well as the environment they are in. By discussing and analyzing their circumstance, they're able to determine what factors they have control over, and what they don't.   Because of the vast amounts of data that companies and organizations have access to, it becomes a challenge to try and filter through all the data. Furthermore, companies soon realize that truly valuable information, like data about their clients or competitors, isn't available all the time.   And so, being proactive about data-gathering is essential. By dedicating time and resources towards gathering valuable data, one can understand not only the situation but also the necessary risks needed to be taken. With that in mind, the portfolio of risks is then created.   The Human Element Within an Organization   Regardless of the amount of information that an organization has, and regardless of the strategies put in place, nothing can succeed without the human element. It is the flexibility of human beings that allows groups to move towards their goals.   It is the ability for human beings to adapt through the uncertainty of an environment, and process information that may change the status quo of their situation. Because of the complexity of the environment that anyone is in, it is up to the agility of human beings to formulate responses towards these changes.   For that reason, cultural assessments within an organization are important to move through the internal fog of data that organizations have access to. Because no matter how well we know our circumstances, our clients, or our competition, none of it matters until we first know ourselves.   How much is your data worth? www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    We're All One Big Pile of Space Junk

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 16:07

    Junk. It's everywhere. From island-sized floating masses of garbage to the thousands of tons of space debris found in low orbit, mankind has left its permanent mark on planet Earth. As junk is generated as a byproduct of consumerism, the debris left behind by satellites, or the inefficient data-grabbing of companies; we are faced with mountains of waste every day.   The question then is, how should we tackle this junk problem? Similarly, how should companies handle the acquisition and exchange of data? In the information age, the ever-increasing volume of data is proving to be a challenge within the data marketplace.    In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby discuss human junk and its effect on our evolution.   The Self-Destructive Situation of Our Space Debris   There are a hundred million pieces of debris found in Earth's low orbit. Each of those are only larger than a millimeter. That may sound harmless, but the environment is different in outer space. Up there, there's barely any friction or gravity, which allows the individual pieces to speed up at around 17,500 miles per hour.   And so, a tiny piece of junk floating around can cause large amounts of damage to any equipment unfortunate enough to get hit. A bigger yet obvious problem is the difficulty with which people can repair damages, as it's hard to even reach the damaged equipment.   As of the year 2020, there are currently 3,372 active satellites in orbit. Now, the US Regulatory has already permitted SpaceX from launching satellites, of which they plan to launch 42,000 of them. This will only increase the risk of important satellites and instruments from being damaged.   The International Space Station has even had near-miss events because of space debris, which cements it as a real problem with real consequences. Obviously, this isn't the problem of the ISS alone.   Humanity's Junk and Its Effects on Our Evolution   Junk has become such a prevalent issue around the world, and yet we don't even consider why it exists in the first place. We create plastic and other pollutants for commercial goods, without taking into account what happens to it after it is thrown away.   Ever since humans have developed technology, we created this mentality of not caring about the aftermath of our actions. Which, in turn, has created all this junk and waste around us, which is hindering our evolution as a society.   This isn't to say that we are unaware of our predicament. However, the way we try and solve this problem is by simply going around the junk. For example, instead of trying to get rid of space debris, they instead designed better spacecraft to withstand the high-speed debris that crashes into our satellites.   In addition to humanity's indirect approach towards junk, our pre-existing systems are open and do not take into account the amount of waste that will inevitably get created. Because of the open systems that society has relied upon, we are continuously burying ourselves beneath our waste.   As an example of society's indirectness towards problems, picture this scenario. A child is left in their car seat as the parents go inside the store. The parents are reliant on the car's system, that it will provide AC and therefore keep the child cool. However, what happens when the AC malfunctions? We could design a camera to observe, but that's simply an indirect fix.   Instead of simply going to the root of the problem and simply bringing the child along, the parents create complicated measures.    TARTLE's Mission to Eradicate Junk Data   Junk is everywhere, and yet it is simply tolerated. Instead of finding roundabout ways to avoid junk, we should instead focus our efforts on it. Focusing on it gives humanity a deep understanding of the cause and effect of junk, and how we can eliminate it.   Within the data marketplace, TARTLE is cleaning up data for buyers and sellers alike, creating order and organization from piles upon piles of junk data. TARTLE is creating a closed system with no waste, making it efficient and precise. www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Connectivity and Productivity: A Discussion With Author and Speaker, Phil Simon

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 22:25

    Changes in technical breakthroughs and evolving skill needs are shaping the nature of the workplace of the future. While the pandemic did not fundamentally alter the way people cooperated, it did speed up the pace of change. This resulted in a faster adoption of the concept of remote work.   With the world adjusting to a new life after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, how do we best utilize the tools that we have so that we can continue our levels of productivity even in remote working situations?   In this episode, Alexander McCaig discusses this issue with Phil Simon, a keynote speaker, adviser, and Zoom and Slack educator. He is also the author of eleven non-fiction works, the most recent of which is Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-Covid World of Work.   Adjustments in the Workplace   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of Americans working remotely more than doubled from around 30 percent to 60 percent in March 2020, and organizations began embracing new collaboration platforms such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom as part of the adjustment process as a result of this increase.    At the start of 2020, few people would be familiar with the names of even one of these tools, much alone all of them. Several of us are now working remotely as a consequence of COVID-19, and Zoom has been so widely used that it has become a verb: to "Zoom" means to communicate using video conferencing technology.   When businesses were forced to close and employees were required to wear masks, just a few businesses were allowed to continue operations as usual. The vast majority of people were entirely unprepared for the enormous changes that were about to take place in their lives. When it came to internal communication, they continued to rely on email as well as on typical corporate processes and attitudes.   A New Age of Productivity   To cope with COVID-19's repercussions on corporate organizations, employers, human resource managers, and consultants were obliged to think creatively about how they might implement a remote work strategy. Businesses had an urgent need to alter these barriers in dealing with the international economic instability caused by the virus.   If a shift to a new system is the path moving forward, what possible methods can businesses use to better utilize the tools that we currently have in this day and age?   Phil Simon suggests that companies should start embracing the Hub-Spoke model of collaboration. This model is a technique of distribution wherein a centralized "hub" operates. From the hub, products are sent outward to smaller groups known as spokes for further storage and delivery.   With this model, it aims to help firms significantly increase staff productivity, simplify current business procedures, and provide the basis for subsequent machine-learning and artificial intelligence advances.   The hub may be thought of as a meta-organization that functions in parallel to established innovation laboratories. Employees at the innovation-hub can connect informally over the web and work freely on innovation to bolster the firm's performance.   Out with the Old, In the New?   Efficiency should not be dependent on one factor alone. While the hub-spokes model creates a more systematic approach in revamping business models to fit the current situation, it is best to have it hand-in-hand with tried and tested organizational techniques.   By adopting particular initiatives and establishing a culture that supports their virtual workforce, executives may boost their teams' performance output and engagement. They must build and sustain a culture of trust, as well as modernize leadership communication methods and procedures in order to properly educate virtual personnel.    Additionally, team members must be encouraged to share leadership. Finally, executives must establish and conduct frequent alignment checks to ensure that virtual workers adhere to the organization's cultural values, including their commitment to its goals.   All of these procedures begin with the realization that team formation will be significantly different with remote members, demanding the creation of new leadership strategies, communication routines, and tools.   Final Thoughts   In a world where social distancing and remote work has become the new normal, it is now more important than ever to make good use of the current technologies we have to be just as productive as before the pandemic hit the globe.In Simon's concluding statements, he deems it important that for a collaborative system to work, employees must be willing to commit to the shift fully. Problems will surely arise when employees refuse to use certain technologies because they either find it too complicated or too time-consuming to actually learn new things instead of going the more traditional route of working.   The willingness to change is always the first step towards growth. Just as the world has changed, we must also be willing to adapt to this change. Resistance will always be a hindrance to progress, just as the refusal to learn denies a person the chance to be more efficient and productive.   It is part of TARTLE's vision to create a world where knowledge is shared and problems are solved through a collective and collaborative effort. We believe that teamwork is power, and collaboration is the key to progress. The power is back in your hands.   What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Human Gridlocks and Its Impact on Society

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 26:24

    Human nature and prediction models. We base our perspective of human nature on two-dimensional grids, molding our society and its systems towards these grids. Despite this being the norm, people aren't so clear-cut as to simply be placed into broad labels.   So how then, do we categorize human behavior? Is there a better approach to what we have now? Perhaps one that encompasses everyone, while still taking into account the multifaceted nature of a person.   In this episode, join Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby as they tackle human creativity and the variances that make everyone unique.   Three-Dimensional People In Two-Dimensional Systems?   In the 1960s, a two by two grid was employed by Boston Consulting Group as a model they can show to their clients. Because of its simplicity, it can be easily understood by everyone. More importantly, it is a convenient way to present data.   With systems that involve predictable and binary data, using a grid makes sense. However, using a two by two grid is not the best approach when dealing with human behavior. We cannot simply force people into one of the four categories within the grid.   A person, whose thoughts and actions are infinitely complex, cannot be placed into a singular label. Everyone is three-dimensional, such as that emotions can't be numerically described, and therefore cannot be placed into two-dimensional grids with a pen and paper.   With systems that require labels and measurements, using a grid is indeed the most efficient way to do so. For mapmakers, laying out squares to measure land is easy, because of its two-dimensional nature. For geneticists, the Punnett chart is a simple way to predict chromosomal traits and how they blend together. And so, dealing with predictable components using a grid is common sense.   An example of a two by two grid that attempts to categorize human beings is the New York Magazine Approval Matrix. The matrix gets released every week and is a literal grid that places current human events and happenings into one of four categories. They take these incredibly multifaceted aspects of our society and force them to fit within a single two by two grid.   The Infinite Variability of A Human Being Humans come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. No matter how small, the tiniest difference in personality or thought processes can develop into entirely different people. Even a single variation in one's environment can create a completely unique experience for a person.   With things like predictive traffic models, you can somewhat predict a group of people's general behavior. During the pandemic, however, a traffic model cannot explain the sudden reduction in traffic. Moreover, it cannot predict the outcome of a virus and how it affects traffic in the future.   Again, a two-dimensional grid cannot be used to describe a person's thoughts and decisions for their future. For example, a person thinks about a past event. However, this thought relates to how they should act in the future. This causes a shift in ideas and perspective in how they think about themselves. This scenario cannot be described by simply using a two-dimensional system.   TARTLE has figured out the commonality between everyone, and that is their inherent uniqueness and creativity. Every person is an outlier compared to everyone else and should be treated as such.   Using a Unity Model for a Holistic Approach   With that being said, there is a type of system that attempts to approach human uniqueness in an all-encompassing manner. A unity model. An entity should then design systems and models that are for humans, rather than a target demographic. This eliminates the metaphorical walls that divide people into specific groups, without limiting the scope and growth of a given system.   Creativity is an inherent trait that is both unique and ubiquitous to everyone. An expressive painter cannot be labeled as “weird” or “crazy” for being creative in their own way. Rather, it is who they are as an individual.   A person's label should not be confined within the walls of a grid, but rather a gradient of creativity that cannot be simply described with a word or two. Going back to describing painters, no one should compare one artist's expression with another artist, with each artist being unique on their own.   Instead of visualizing a system as a grid, we should instead view it as a spherical model. Imagine plotting a single point on a sphere. If this sphere was rotated, it would still be equal to any other point plotted on the sphere.   Closing Thoughts: The Norm of Two-Dimensional Systems Each person should be treated as an absolute uniqueness; a gradient of colors that cannot be defined by binary systems. Everyone is inherently creative, and everyone has experiences and thoughts unique to themselves.   Despite our society's norm of placing everyone into clear-cut definitions, we should instead strive to expand our perspective towards the infinite creativity of human nature. Just because everyone has adapted to this norm, does not mean that it is the correct way to describe people. www.tartle.co TCAST is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    MAGA Through Research and Development with MIT Economist, Jonathan Gruber

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 32:39

    How do we encourage economic growth and progress across the country? The United States was once revered as one of the most successful economies in the world—but today, it struggles to generate the job opportunities and market stability necessary for its citizens to ensure their quality of life. This is the question that Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson explore in their book, entitled Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream. In this episode, Alexander McCaig sits down with Jonathan Gruber to have a meaningful dialogue on what the government's missing out on by decreasing funding in research and development.    The Effect of RnD on the US Economy According to Jonathan Gruber, public investment in research and development played a pivotal role in the economic progress of the United States. All the technological advancements we have the privilege of experiencing today—such as our smartphones and laptops—were, in part, fueled by the amount of funding that was poured into the pursuit of science. However, the level of public investment decreased drastically, from about two percent of GDP in 1962 to just under half of that today. In his book, Jonathan Gruber explains that the nation's renewed support in science and technology would play a significant part in generating economic growth. This is especially important in an era where plenty of citizens are facing job instability, outright unemployment, and health concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ushering in a new era for research and development would not just benefit certain industries. Jonathan Gruber posits further that aside from overall growth, it would create better jobs across the economy. This would naturally occur as the market adjusts to accommodate an influx of tech professionals across the country, because they would need these goods and services to support their work as well as their quality of life.   Decentralizing Opportunities for Innovation While the US does have certain cities where tech-based growth is made possible, they are not enough to power the economy. In fact, concentrating opportunities in “superstar” cities such as San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and the Silicon Valley can be counterproductive.  This is because the demand for professionals will incentivize people to relocate from one city to another. As a result, these cities experienced increased congestion and housing prices—and those who do not have the experience necessary to become a valuable asset to the area will be forced to leave. At this point, Jonathan Gruber emphasizes the importance of government involvement in encouraging basic research. Setting aside funding for research and development that is carried out in other areas would help incentivize private investors, or venture capitalists, to take that risk as well.    Will Robots Take Over Our Jobs? One salient point of discussion in the episode was when Alexander McCaig asked Jonathan Gruber about the impact of robotics on the future of work. Alexander pointed out that there may be some routine jobs that may phase out completely because they would be delegated to robots, who would be more efficient at performing such activities. Jonathan Gruber believes that the outlook for robotics is optimistic, and that people should focus on the capabilities that can be developed when there is enough funding for the country to get a leg up on the tech race. Being able to scout the future of artificial intelligence and machine learning would give researchers a head start on the careers that it would affect, in both a positive and negative manner. “The bottom line is, you can wring your hands about the fact that some low-level jobs are going to be taken by robots, or you can get to work making the robots,” Jonathan Gruber explained.  To illustrate his perspective, Jonathan Gruber explained how the invention of the wheel raised concerns about the viability of horse-drawn carriages back in the day. Fast forward to modern times, it is clear that refining the wheel has led to a plethora of different jobs across transportation, engineering, and construction as people and cities work to make their locations friendlier to vehicles.  Planning ahead for new job roles could help the labor market adjust and accommodate accordingly.   Closing Thoughts: Taking the First Step Forward When asked about his parting words, Jonathan Gruber encourages people to take an “if you build it, they will come” mentality. People living in communities tend to go for an incredibly narrow or vague focus, but what they need is an actionable plan that can be carried out step by step. When people have a concrete and tangible action to look back on, they have a source of inspiration that pushes them forward—even if they do not secure the funding needed to make it happen just yet. The future is bright and full of possibilities. It's time to take the pivot back towards science, technology, and data.  What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Helping Enterprises Ethically Establish Relationships with End Customers: TARTLE Welcomes New Chief Revenue Officer Martin Herrick to Champion this Process

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 32:50

    TARTLE is adding to its leadership team with Martin Herrick as Chief Revenue Officer.  Martin has a wealth of experience in education and finance, having worked in higher education for seven years before transitioning to the private education lending space.  He has held roles as Chief Revenue Officer in the fintech space, working on a new financial asset class called Income Share Agreements (ISAs). Prior to this, Martin has made an impact in other C-suite and executive positions. He worked as the Vice President for Business Development, and eventually the Senior Vice President, for Education Loan Source in the Greater San Diego Area from 2014 to 2019. Martin's work with TARTLE brings him closer to individuals who are struggling to gain access to higher education. “The users who will be using TARTLE to fill out education packets are probably in the blind spot of most colleges and universities, who don't have a direct line of access to these students,” he explained, “They're not going in to talk to their college counselors, filling out surveys, or completing their FAFSAs. They're searching for platforms like TARTLE to find revenue that they can make for their family, to help with the tough times that they're going through right now.” “I'm looking to prove to the higher education administrators that we go out to, in the colleges that we partner with to buy data off of our platform, that these are students they would have otherwise missed out on had they not taken a look at TARTLE to see who's interacting with our platform.” Martin's unique skill set and experience in education, finance, and technology will be instrumental in the TARTLE platform's evolution into a marketplace that is better equipped to cater to its Big 7, particularly in initiatives related to educational access. This episode also deep-dives into: How the rising cost of education affects our capacity for human understanding The impact of COVID-19 on how people perceive higher education and student loans Discussing how student loans are mostly accessible to those who are already backed with generational wealth TARTLE's capacity to reinvent higher education Illustrating the difficulties people may run into when trying to pay for higher education Finding clear and data-driven solutions to making higher education more accessible Emphasizing the urgency of finding tangible methods to affordable higher education For podcast, radio, TV interviews, media opportunities, and other press-related inquiries, please contact Media Director Shiela Pialago at sp@tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Navigating the Dreamscape with Neuroscientist and Author, Sidarta Ribeiro

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 54:17

    Why is there so much emphasis on the thoughts and actions that govern our day to day lives, but not as much on the ones that happen as we sleep?  It's difficult to understate the influence of modern technology because its effects are so tangible. We see how platforms like TARTLE are geared towards a clear end goal. We're connected to our smartphones and devices around the clock. But we seem to be forgetting about the first device and data set that we were given to work with: the human mind, and our subconscious. At most, dreams are an interesting icebreaker or topic for idle talk—but we think that they can mean something more. It is time to revisit how dreams can have an impact on the course of our lives, as well as that of the people around us.   Dreams: Our Most Ancient, Most Well-Developed Technology   Sidarta Ribeiro shared a personal experience with a fellow PhD candidate. One day, Sidarta Ribeiro needed a ride to the field center of Rockefeller University for an experiment. However, he was unable to push through with his activity because it was used by another candidate. This setback meant that he had to reschedule his experiment, which affected his productivity. Understandably, this affected Sidarta Ribeiro's perception of the person. He went to sleep feeling annoyed and irritated. However, he dreamt of a scenario where he angrily confronted the person and ended up getting physically hurt. When he woke up, he found himself in the right mindset and mood to peacefully discuss what happened with his colleague, and they made amends. This is a personal example of how dreams can be used to simulate instances of the future using references that we have made in the past. It can help guide us and give us insight. Giving the mind some space to process what has happened throughout our day can have some benefits for our wellbeing.   Bringing Back the Focus to the Self   Alex mentioned how, surprisingly, we only spend 55 percent of our lives awake. This means that if we don't pay attention to our dreams, we're missing out on almost half of our entire life experience In the modern world, there is a growing dichotomy between inner work and outer work that we need to bring our attention to— especially when we put so much value on what is external, but choose to forego focused introspection on the self. Sidarta Ribeiro pointed out that today's research into mental health and wellbeing appear to be closely intertwined with drugs that induce a dream-like state. This could be the first step in a collective effort to bring back emphasis on our subconscious. It's time to return to our inner world and start using dreams, one of our most ancient technologies, to our advantage once more.   Dreams as a Gamechanger Throughout History   The dream state has had a massive impact on the course of history. One solid example is the Oracle of Delphi, a widely revered high priestess of the Temple of Apollo who gave predictions and guidance to both individuals and city-states. Her words influenced the decisions of important figureheads such as Aegeus, the king of Athens; Croesus, the king of Lydia; and Alexander the Great, conqueror of the ancient world. Ancient and contemporary Mayan religion also posited that dreams are sacred, because they functioned as portals that helped an individual connect with their ancestors for guidance. The dream state is closely intertwined in the definition of spirituality across several religions and concepts of faith.  Today, the role that our dreams fulfilled in old societies is now being fulfilled by a variety of different mechanisms and technologies. Amidst all this progress, it's time to take a break and ask ourselves: do we like where we're going, now that we're leaving our subconscious in the dust?   Closing Thoughts: Human Progress Through the Dream State   We are consistently pressured to maximize our productivity and levels of efficiency. The technologies we develop are influencing us to think of our value according to the volume of our work. While our reliance on the dream state has, to a large extent, been diminished due to our increased proficiency in technical knowledge, we forget to ask ourselves about the implications of this change. It is undeniable that our subconscious has played a massive role—not just in the individual lives of ordinary people, but in the rise and fall of civilizations. The dream state is a data mine that we, as a collective, are slowly losing out on. It's an opportunity for introspection that can help us make better decisions. Most importantly, it helps us regulate our wellbeing through proper rest and recreation. What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    TARTLE's New Micropayment System - And Its Macro Benefits

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 6:44

    How can you make the most out of your data? In the status quo, we are used to leaving our personal information and digital footprint in the hands of other entities: multinational corporations, political figureheads— those who claim that they have the right to because they have our best interests at heart. The TARTLE platform wants to cut through this fluff and return the power of data to the hands of those who deserve to wield it: the people. With that said, there are plenty of new and exciting updates being implemented on the marketplace. Here's what you need to watch out for.   More Opportunities to Earn: In this episode, Alex introduced a new and more effective micropayment system, which gives users the capacity to earn more at a faster pace. These updates are available on the TARTLE wallet and can be viewed by anybody logging in to the application. Furthermore, users can now see their available balance in US Dollars. This is a step forward to making income generation more relatable and attractive, because funds were previously shown in TARTLEcoin. Once users have hit a certain threshold, they can withdraw their funds into their PayPal account. Netizens that conduct more work on the platform through syncing their accounts, filling their data packets, changing their settings, and otherwise leaving a trail of activity, will be awarded with more cash. As an additional incentive for first-time users on the fence, the platform offers rewards for users filling out their first data packet.   More on the Horizon: Beyond this announcement, Alex and Jason also hinted at the release of high-value data packets in the future. These packets would cover topics that are incredibly sought after, such as healthcare, ancestry, Google profiles, and location history.  TARTLE hopes to usher in a new era of data ownership, encouraging people on the ground to become data champions for their own personal causes. There is so much potential in your life experiences and activities. It's time we reclaim our online persona. What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Flexing TARTLE's Adaptability to Modern Trends and Technology

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 15:21

    Have you ever felt like you were too caught up in the minute details of day-to-day living to realize the amount of change that occurred around you? Often, progress happens in increments and these shifts can be tracked in retrospect. However, being mindful of these new trends and circumstances can take some practice.  When it comes to data, information is evolving at an unprecedented pace; not just in terms of volume but in speed as well. The size, depth, and speed of all the knowledge we have at our hands can become overwhelming, especially when we have never been properly equipped to deal with our own data in the first place.  The TARTLE marketplace is an opportunity for individuals to adapt to this new reality and take control over their data. In a world where historically, corporations have gotten away with profiting off of our personal information, we are committed to helping the people on the ground get their voice back. It's a worldwide initiative that we have decided to undertake to aid in humanity's progress.   Keeping an Ear to the Ground: The Race for Innovation and Relevance - There is a constant pressure for companies to innovate. Plenty of old tech companies that played such an important role in our childhood eventually became obsolete due to their inability to keep up with the times—such as Kodak, Blockbusters, and Toys R Us. It's a tough lesson for any business: if you don't keep up, you will be left behind. One pertinent example is the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the healthcare industry. IoT has immense potential in helping health researchers and doctors keep entire populations healthy. This is because it captures large swathes of information in real time. TARTLE is committed to integrating these APIs into its marketplace, so that users have the opportunity to turn it into a fungible data packet and share it with causes that they support. On an individual level, we are also constantly reinventing ourselves on multiple levels. We try out new looks, styles, relationships, thought patterns, and beliefs. Human nature compels us to always adjust, to always be in the search of something that works. This challenge to be better is what makes life so exciting and meaningful. Regardless of whether we speak of individuals or businesses, resistance to change can be fatal. If the first step forward is hidden under a mountain of bureaucracy and red tape, then communication can become impossible. It is easy to find comfort in a routine, or in a process that's worked for as long as you can remember— but this is not an excuse to shut out the possibility for change.   Lending a Voice to the Oppressed - One big challenge in our progress of understanding countries in conflict is that gathering reliable sources of information on the ground can be incredibly difficult, if not impossible. Organizations have problems establishing the foundation needed to conduct their operations, while the people on the ground may not have the opportunity to think of reaching out when their top priority is survival. In any conflicted situation, connection can play a pivotal role in giving privileged actors the capacity to help the disenfranchised. TARTLE gives the oppressed individuals in these scenarios an opportunity to anonymously share data packets about their experiences.   Closing Thoughts: Learning to Bend, Not Break - TARTLE is on a constant mission to make sure that it is flexible enough to adapt to any trend or circumstance. The platform's first priority is the progress of humanity as a collective. Amidst constant growth and evolution, it is important that the marketplace is matched with the amount of people that interact with the system and the way in which they interact with it.  The marketplace is an avenue to create new tools and features out of a genuine need to solve a problem, instead of creating more bloatware or products for show. It opens conversations and discussions with individuals who are directly affected by all the serious issues we are facing today, compelling those in power to face some harsh truths about the world we live in—and the responsibility we have in changing it for the better. Your data is timeless. Now, it's time to find out what it's worth. www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    A Critique of Capitalism With Author, Professor, and Director, Bernd Stahl

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 43:30

    Technology, philosophy, and society. We have been primed to think that a capitalist system is capable of giving everyone the compensation they deserve—but we also know that this isn't always the case, especially for those who may need it the most. How do we take a closer look at the technologies and the organizations that provide the quality of life we have now? A foundation on the theories that apply to our circumstances is a step in the right direction. In this episode, Alexander McCaig explores these ideas with Bernd Stahl, author of Information Systems: Critical Perspectives. Bernd is also a Professor of Critical Research in Technology and Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. Is Emancipation in Today's Labor System Possible? The process of emancipating someone may seem like a noble goal. However, it can be difficult to gauge whether or not we are actually doing harm by taking this opportunity on their behalf. For example, one common perspective of companies is that they have the social responsibility to make profits because it would be distributed to the shareholders and trickle down to employees. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who do not participate in this success and are not capable of being a part of this economic system. Wealth generation and opportunities to it are vastly different, especially in a capitalist structure. There are plenty of possible approaches to consider for this problem. Those who are pessimists believe that the system inherently ensures that some people will always be “outside.” As a result, the only true solution would be to implement radical change. Others believe that information systems can be used to make the economy more inclusive and spread wealth more evenly. With such polarizing views on how the labor system should be structured, it may seem like an impossible task to bring everyone into a discussion where they can give their own benchmarks for what is best. The Impact of Today's Environment on Our Reflexivity: The magnitude of such a feat is further emphasized when we think of the tech-driven world we live in. Due to our different backgrounds and preferences, Bernd points out that the idea of maximizing individual potential can vary widely from one person to another. The essence of critical theory would be to have a society where people are free to flourish, without other individuals or systems telling them what success is and how it should be achieved. It's an extension of our capacity to practice our individual liberties. Sadly, those in power often influence the system to fulfill their vested interests—and a crucial part in making this possible is taking away our ability to self-reflect, or to practice reflexivity. This is TARTLE's mission: to give people the avenue to practice critical reflection and self-awareness, bringing back that sense of common responsibility to humanity one step at a time. Surveillance Capitalism and Its Effects on Human Behavior: In such a tech-driven landscape, the provision of goods and services does not provide a lot of opportunities to interact with other people. Bernd illustrates this by pointing to electronic marketplaces and discussing how straightforward the transaction is. If this seems like an advantage, we need to dig a little deeper. We are no longer encouraged to think of the human realities behind eBay, Amazon, or other e-commerce platforms. All we need to consider is the availability of the product, estimated shipping time, and the most competitive cost. As a result, these platforms discourage us from taking more discursive action—all a part of surveillance capitalism efforts by big internet service providers to prevent us from thinking deeper about our purchases. The formula across different systems is similar: structure our work, extract our data, and lead us to buy something that we may or may not need. Regardless, the end result is to influence the general population's behavior so that they are at an advantage. “The potential for giving people freedom or reducing their freedom is there in any type of technology, across different types of political systems, even though it may look very different in different systems,” Bernd concluded. Modern technology draws parallels to a panopticon, where prisoners would be watched around the clock. While the original intention of this set-up was to benefit the prisoner through observation and feedback, the term is now being used as a mechanism of control. Indeed, when we are under constant surveillance from devices we've become so reliant on, it can either have a chilling effect or a normalizing effect. The outcomes are undetermined, but it certainly plays a crucial role in altering human behavior. Transparency in information systems will be important in bringing back the power, and the capacity to speak, to the people. Closing Thoughts: Awareness of the Human Ecosystem: When asked about his parting words, Bernd encouraged listeners to think of humanity as an ecosystem: the reality that we live in a society of other individuals and other actors, with unique needs and desires. It's a fragile ecosystem, and one that we should try and balance in our capacity, as stewards of the earth and of each other. Businesses and information systems were previously thought to be all about improving efficiencies and maximizing productivity. However, we've moved far beyond such a profit-driven perspective; now, Bernd hopes we remember that technology is always socio-technical, with human beings working alongside modern devices to improve the living circumstances of their fellow human beings. It is this sense of urgency to uplift the living conditions for humans across the board that encouraged us to develop TARTLE. Data-driven measures are the key to rebuilding the self-awareness we've lost in the great tech race for the boldest, biggest, and flashiest devices. The power is back in your hands.   What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   A Critique of Capitalism With Author, Professor, and Director, Bernd Stahl by TARTLE is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Why NGOs and Not-for-Profits Should Sign Up to Receive Funds from TARTLE

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 12:12

    What Is Status Quo? While significant progress has been made in various private and corporate sectors, the social aspect of innovation has yet to reap the same magnitude of benefits with the help of technology and big data. Understandably, big tech struggles with their capacity to influence the social arena with the data that they have stored. Consider how much information on human trafficking, propaganda, and other crimes are siloed away across social media platforms. It is difficult to understand the depth of the impact that inaction has on these issues, but one thing is clear: inaction means more than just stagnancy. It is a step backward for social progress across several sectors, especially as we continue to grow in population and potential. The State of Social Innovation: In our current situation, charities and nonprofits push themselves forward by approaching potential donors for assistance. Due to a lack of mobility and flexibility, they are unable to access the full potential of their social efforts. The reality is that building a stable network of donors and stakeholders requires plenty of marketing leverage, availability, and resources — and sometimes, the best leads for driving social change are located across the globe. Better access starts with giving these organizations a safe, reliable, and efficient platform to share their work; something or someone that functions as the main focal point for the big problems of the world. Introducing the TARTLE Marketplace: We've enhanced the TARTLE Marketplace, bringing an altruistic arm to the space so that NGOs, nonprofits, and charities now have the place they need to campaign for awareness and funding.  TARTLE is invested in seeing bigger and better results from social efforts. While the pace of innovation we experience today is a phenomenon we should celebrate, we also acknowledge that this comes at a price: our responsibility to fight for a common good has also become more pressing and more evident. This is an emerging opportunity to become a part of something bigger and to be noticed in the way that these initiatives deserve to be noticed. What We Owe Each Other: With this in place, social organizations no longer need to go through tons of bureaucratic red tape or continue to milk the last funds out of the same donors everybody else in the area has approached. They have better access to concerned audiences and potential stakeholders who are interested in what they do and want to work on their mission. Conversely, having a space for these organizations makes change more accessible to the general public. We have the digital infrastructure necessary to support stable, secure connections between social initiatives and the rest of the world. Finally, the Marketplace opens up exciting new sources of income for NGOs and charities. It's not just about accessing donors and funding; it's also about the potential for these organizations to sell data packets on their areas of specialization. This new revenue stream has the dual effect of increasing the earning potential for specialists, as well as connecting these specialists to other professionals who are interested in what they know. Social problems can be difficult to solve because they are incredibly dynamic. These efforts require the involvement of numerous stakeholders and feedback loops, not just between nonprofits, but across government agencies and even private companies. The TARTLE Marketplace is an emerging platform that will solve the red tape caused by limited cooperation, data inequality, and poor IT resources. We do not profit from any information sold nor donations sent. Closing Thoughts: We aren't far from a future where we can predict, with perfect accuracy and precision, the trajectory, strength, and direction of major environmental catastrophes. Imagine the impact this would have on the efforts of non-governmental and governmental agencies alike. This could mean disseminating information and proactively setting up relief efforts, ensuring the safety of potentially displaced communities, and securing infrastructures well ahead of the catastrophe. We also envision a future where illicit activities, such as human trafficking, terrorist radicalization, and widespread discrimination can be actively profiled across the very same social media platforms we use to connect with our friends and family, empowering the organizations in charge to have a more active role in stopping these activities. In the current pandemic situation, we also hope for a world where we can use tech-powered initiatives to efficiently fund and procure vaccines, medical equipment, and healthcare campaigns for developing areas that may be left behind as efforts to curb the coronavirus are outrun by the disease's capacity to mutate and infect. These are the dreams that make the blood, sweat, and tears behind the data-driven TARTLE Marketplace worth fighting for.  What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Talking to Past Loved Ones Through Artificial Intelligence

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 9:58

    For years, “delebrities” — which refer to the continued licensing of the names and images of dead celebrities, helped rake in millions of dollars for advertising and marketing purposes. In showbiz, they've also been utilized from beyond the grave to maintain the integrity of a film in progress.  Back when Furious 7 was still in the works, fans all over the world mourned the untimely passing of Paul Walker. In an effort to remain true to the spirit of the film. Director James Wan decided to hire a digital effects studio to insert Walker's likeness into the last parts of the movie. 350 CGI shots of the late actor, with distant shots of his brother, helped bring his character's arc as well as the movie into completion. This trend isn't limited to deceased celebrities. Recently, the DeepNostalgia app brought tons of netizens to tears as they watched old family photos of loved ones come alive in just a few clicks. It's brought looking to pictures, text chats, and other content of our deceased loved ones for comfort to a different level. If this is a glimpse into what life after death can promise for the ones who've been left behind, how will tech professionalists, programmers, and data scientists navigate the ethics of preserving the name, image, and likeness of the deceased?  In Loving Memory: In this podcast, we mention how important it is to collect information and knowledge gathered in the past, and forward it in the most efficient manner. Ultimately, the purpose of technology has always been to enhance our capabilities by opening doors to new and exciting possibilities. We've been capable of introducing a better quality of life through the introduction of blockchain technology in the global logistics industry, online banking and cryptocurrency for the unbanked in developing countries across the world, and cloud storage for businesses around the world. What's contentious about this is the intent behind our usage of such technologies. These machines have yet to find a way to operate autonomously and on their own goals; it's always an extension of our desires and needs. Grief and loss have always been difficult aspects of our existence. However, with the introduction of these technologies, the permanence of their death is brought into question. What if we could create new memories with the artificial likeness of our deceased loved ones?  Meaningfully Processing Our Grief: The modern understanding of how we process grief, which can be attributed to Swiss-American scientist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, laid out the general roadmap: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance. There is no question about whether we can develop technologies powerful enough to emulate our deceased loved ones. However, there certainly is contention about whether it would help us come to terms with their passing. A common concern, should these technologies proliferate, is whether it would hinder the grieving from making it past the first stage of denial — where they choose instead to cling to a false, preferable reality.  To add to the confusion, progress does not always take a linear path. It is possible for some people to cope well with the loss of a loved one for extended periods of time, only to relapse aggressively into nostalgic and even self-destructive behaviors when they are exposed to a trigger that brings them back to such a painful point in their life.  Closing Thoughts - Human Psychology and Experience: When such a visceral reminder of people who have had a strong impact on our lives can become a lingering possibility, the temptation to relapse becomes more tangible. How can these technologies be used to improve the way we process our grief? As is with any other man-made creation, understanding and regulating the impact of our work is just as important as turning the potential of what we make into reality. We live in exciting times and we are, doubtlessly, privileged to have our lives improved by the presence of the latest scientific innovations. Whether we can continue to remain at the helm of our own progress remains to be seen. Our response to these possibilities may define what it means to live out one of the most pivotal parts of the authentic human experience: the aspect of our lives that is associated with human psychology and moving on, and the painful learning process that everybody inevitably has to deal with. How far would you go to bring back someone you love? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    The Secret to Success With Jeff Gothelf, Agility Expert and Author of Forever Employable

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 35:21

    In today's fast-paced world, it is easy to pin our personal worth to the amount of work that we do. It almost seems like our pursuit for happiness no longer resides in finding what we are passionate about, but in the amount of productivity and hustle we can generate on a regular basis.  In this episode, author and agility expert Jeff Gothelf is here to remind everybody that this is not the case. We inherently have value by virtue of being human beings, and we are capable of finding new ways to share our own narratives. Each one of us has a tremendous story to tell. These are ideas that resonate consistently throughout his new book, entitled Forever Employable. It's time to break away from the mold and see how we, as individuals, can enrich the path for future entry-level professionals within our industries—through the pandemic and beyond.   Experimenting With Different Channels - Traditionally, a successful person was always thought of as an extrovert. They would be known for their charisma and communication skills, and those who were introverted were at a disadvantage.  But in this day and age, there are a thousand ways for people to express themselves without necessarily meeting an audience face to face. Giving yourself the freedom to experiment with a variety of different channels and content will help you figure out two important aspects of being forever employable. First, it will help you figure out the content you are comfortable sharing with your audience on a consistent basis. Second, it will help you find out where your audience is and how they want to hear from you. When you combine these two, you discover your unique way of generating opportunities. Building a platform and a network does not require a specific skill set or personality trait; it only calls for experimentation, ingenuity, and an open mind. Finding An Evergreen Problem - Jeff shared his experience with his first book, entitled Lean UX. At this point, he has been talking about Lean UX to a variety of audiences and conferences around the country for over thirteen years. He believes that it's the most successful book he has written. He shared that while the first few years were exhilarating, he eventually had doubts on whether he could continue sharing his insights and his book. However, he said that the people he opened up to about his concerns reassured him that his ideas remained relevant. According to those who advised him, the content in Lean UX is crucial to solving an “evergreen problem” or core problem. These are components of work that remain relevant to a job role despite the changing demands of the business landscape. One example Jeff gave was a project manager's responsibility to unite a diverse group of people under one vision. This meant that Jeff found the content that he was most comfortable sharing with other people—he just needed to find new and creative ways to present it to different audiences. The constant reinvention is both internally and externally driven: it's internal because he needed to be able to sustain the passion that he had for his content by propagating it in different ways, but it's also external because he was pushed to keep it relevant for the demands of the market.  Closing Remarks: Forge Your Own Path - After Jeff's discussion on creating one's own narrative, Alex related his advice to Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces, where Campbell explores how most mythological narratives or “hero's adventure' share a similar fundamental structure. “I feel as we're building that brand, setting that steak, we're going through all those different stages of the architect of the development of what we are, our brand or our business to actually become that great hero at the end...we deal with different rivals, right, different challenges, personal, interpersonal, whatever it might be, but the way myth carries, it's potent regardless of the length of time,” he explained. Jeff's parting words encourage us to take our future into our own hands. Loyalty to a single corporation or business entity may have worked for the past generations, but the variety in work set-ups and business models that we have the opportunity to experience today allow for more flexibility in our career path.  According to Jeff, the most important part of our career journey is making sure that we take control of our professional lives. Create a presence that is uniquely our own. Having others write our narratives for us is a waste of our true potential. When TARTLE was first conceived, it took four more years of testing and experimentation before the platform stabilized. Whatever it is you are passionate about, it's worth sharing and you are worthy of pursuing it. Your data is priceless. www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Why Data Is Absolutely Necessary for the Evolution of Humans Part 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 21:18

    Have you ever been so caught up in the process of creating something, you wind up losing sight of what you wanted as an end product? Hard work and ambition are admirable, especially when invested in the creation of new and exciting technologies. However, it is easy to get lost in the mechanics of work and to forget about the vision that inspired you to take up the mantle in the first place. In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby discuss the negative impact of the ongoing tech race on humanity—and how we can fix it. Are We Real-Life Inspector Gadgets?: Jason pointed out a discussion made by Aubrey Marcus that was pertinent to humanity's current situation. It was about how Inspector Gadget was dependent on his niece, Penny, to solve crimes and figure out cases. However, he always thought that he was the one responsible for saving the world when he created all sorts of new and complex technologies. Several parallels can be seen between humanity and Inspector Gadget. One is that despite our desire to foster peace and understanding, we do not approach such lofty goals with a concrete plan nor with small actions, we can commit to on a daily basis.  Another is in our obsession to constantly develop new and exciting technologies without a clear end goal in mind. Since the 1800s, when humans started experimenting with the implications of automating routine activities and making work more efficient, there has been a tendency to look at technology as a way to bring about heaven on earth.  However, utopia cannot be achieved just by perfecting the physical aspect of our world. It's also about the parts of our human experience that are not tangible, such as our understanding of one another. The work we put in research and development can easily become divorced from our understanding of each other, and of nature when we forget about using technology to co-create with nature and not around it. Technology Is Not the Key to Happiness: Why do we keep losing our way? According to Jason, it is because we believe that more tech automatically makes us more happy—even though there was never an assurance that increasingly sophisticated technologies would bring us more fulfillment.  If modern technology is being used to process and analyze data at the speed of light, why don't we turn to nature for inspiration more? Nature is constantly generating and giving data. The problem now is we are stuck churning out technology just for the sake of having it. When it comes to smartphones, it seems like we have plenty of new models to choose from every year. Plenty of people plan their finances around the next flagship device to be released, immediately letting go of the ones they just bought as they chase the next best thing. However, there was never a need to let go of so much tech. Their main function was to serve as tools for us to make better decisions, but not to hold our hand and teach us how to make these better decisions ourselves.  What's this extravagant tech race all about? What are we trying to reach for? Constructing the Tech Tower of Babel: Perhaps we invest in the latest technologies in the hopes that it can give us a deeper understanding of ourselves.  “We've had great advances in technology, but why has there not been a correlation of war and death going down? Why has human happiness not gone up? Right? Why have all these prevalent diseases increased?” Alex asked, “It's because we still lack understanding. The technology hasn't been designed to understand one another.” We could start using technology to start asking and answering difficult questions. Maybe we can finally compel ourselves to reflect on how there are aspects of our personality that are mirror images of what is happening around us; or how our thoughts are similar to the state of nature. We can look into the log of thoughts, behaviors, and actions that are produced by our devices to finally face the parts of ourselves that we've been trying to ignore. The TARTLE marketplace envisions a world where everybody has access to that deeper understanding. Anybody, regardless of their social status or location, can take responsibility for their part in changing the world.  Closing Thoughts: Standing in Solidarity: Amidst the pandemic, the call for isolation has had a massive effect on the human experience. We are similar to trees in that when we stand alone, the likelihoods of withering away are high. However, when we live in communes the way forests are made out of a society of trees, our individual identities and personalities help ensure our continued survival as a collective.  TARTLE is analogous to what is going on in the forest. It is composed of many people, with a wide variety of characteristics, personalities, and thoughts. We have the opportunity to unite and data that is right, truthful, and meaningful with others around the clock. What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Why Data Is Absolutely Necessary for the Evolution of Humans Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 16:44

    How many times have we been placed in uncomfortable situations, and in which ones can we confidently say that we had the knowledge we needed to exit the circumstance with grace? Sometimes, our minds take shortcuts when we need to work through complex problems so that we do not overburden ourselves— but when we start relying on ducking into the side alleys to get to the destination, we do not get a full perspective of what we are truly dealing with. In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby discuss the harmful tendency to live lives within our little bubbles, comfort zones, and echo chambers. They point to how data can show us the ultimate truth and the objective reality—and why we need to start paying attention. Zero and the Inter-Dimension: Right off the bat, Alexander and Jason kickstarted the discussion by comparing the function of our choices to the number line, with zero as the space where there is no value. The positives lie to the right dimension of zero, while the negatives make up the left dimension. This makes zero, as the middle point, an inter-dimension of sorts. We choose to pivot one way or another when faced with difficult events and circumstances in life. However, we may not always have the full capacity to make the best-informed choice. It is human nature to sit within our own comfort zones and echo chambers, because we like information that validates us and exchanges where we know what to do. Our best solution lies in harnessing the power of data. Regardless of religion, political affiliation, or social class, data is capable of making us question the distorted lens we view reality with. We have the opportunity to hold ourselves responsible for our thought processes and interactions with the help of data, instead of continuing to live our lives in a passive manner.  It is difficult to face the reality that we may not be making the most out of our lives now. After all, procrastination is a natural human instinct.  “When you stagnate and you don't afford yourself new catalysts. It's like you're working with the same old data set every single day. What's there to be learned? The data sets [have] stopped.” Alexander explained.  Data as the Ultimate Truth: We underestimate the power of an objective and apolitical observer in our lives, which is what data represents. It captures our thoughts, actions, and perceptions— even the ugly parts of us that are distorted. This could be caused by a subconscious adherence to tradition, lifestyle, beliefs, values, ignorance, and others.  These misconceptions affect our openness to other people. We may become upset because they do not follow the same thought processes or behavioral patterns we do. In the long term, it could isolate us from other people or communities because it feeds into an us versus them mentality.  A lack of self-awareness does not just have an impact on our quality of life, or the lives of those around us. We slowly become vulnerable to the whims of more influential figures, who do not have any qualms with exploiting the minorities and pandering to the needs of the masses for personal gain.  Since data represents the ultimate truth, we need to harness its power for ourselves. It can empower us to make better decisions on so many levels. We deserve the truth and the ability to make better choices. Closing Thoughts: Overcoming Cognitive and Personal Bias: While the capacity to make better choices is a reward in and of itself, it can now be an opportunity to be financially compensated as well. The TARTLE marketplace is a way for us to earn from contributing to the ultimate truth. It is a platform that encourages us to be more collaborative over authentic information.  We are in need of tools and platforms that give us the opportunity to see beyond ourselves. It is time for us to take a step forward. Understanding the truth behind our circumstances gives us a glimpse of what is timeless, of the objective reality around all of us. We no longer need to think in abstractions or to bend over backwards to justify our emotions when we can be energized by what is present in the here and now. What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Why Data Is Absolutely Necessary for the Evolution of Humans Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 16:35

    One common misconception of data is that it is out of reach for many of us: a confusing mixture of encrypted numbers, letters, and other symbols that do not really hold any significance for the general populace. However, recent developments have translated these massive repositories of data and made it possible for us to access that only media conglomerates have had before. As a result, we also have access to parts of ourselves that we used to take for granted or outgrow, in the past. We have a renewed perspective on individual thoughts and behaviors. The data we have on why individuals think or behave a certain way can help us unravel these complex issues at a fundamental level, and we can work on improving ourselves from the grassroots. The TARTLE marketplace is an avenue for people to give voice to these thoughts by turning it into data. Beyond the opportunity to earn from your personal experiences, you can also use the platform to work for a bigger cause that is important to you. Furthermore, it is not just you helping others but also about the potential for others to help you as well. The beauty of data is that it can be used for analysis in several different ways. If you do not have the tools or capacity to extract these insights for yourself just yet, then you can work with data professionals on the platform who can do it for you. How Data Encourages Us to Look Inward: The tech revolution has changed the way we interact with the physical world. We use artificial intelligence and machine learning to reprogram our transportation systems, financial services, social media, and more. However, these are developments that build on the external features of our existence. We have yet to look at how we can capture data at a primary level: our thoughts.   Collective intelligence has empowered people to speak up for themselves regardless of who they are and where they are located, and communities can band together to start creating tribes of thought. These groups can be measured and analyzed, with data scientists using their findings to adjust the direction at which the tech revolution progresses. Beyond that, it also allows the people within those tribes to become more self-aware about their individual wellbeing. These data deposits have insights on what they are locally challenged with, which means that people can look into how or why they are affected: what triggers the event, what exacerbates it, and what they can do to manage these thought processes in a healthy manner. As a community, data is the key to showing different communities how their perceptions or preconceived biases lead to trouble within their locality. It serves as the bridge to solving these problems and finding understanding amongst different groups.  Clearly, data is more than just a catalyst for the hard sciences. It is our way of advancing in the social sciences as well. We can take that power for ourselves and analyze the data to improve our quality of living as individuals, communities, and as humanity. Life After Death With Data Sets: At the rate we are going, most of our life experiences are captured and stored in the digital space. In terms of speed, consistency, and accuracy, it's clearly the superior way of retaining human knowledge in comparison to word of mouth and paper. There is no need to worry about human error or the cost of maintaining a printing press.  It is interesting to think that data, which is intangible and stored in a virtual space, is derived from physical events and goes on to influence physical events as well. Data is a medium capable of capturing experience, thought and life—even long after the data source passes away.  What are the implications of this on the human experience? Having most of our lives recorded in data packets means that we can continue to have an impact on future generations in more tangible ways. Our lives on earth have more potential to have a bigger impact even after our passing, because our data perseveres beyond the memories of our family, friends, and written documents.  Closing Thoughts: Data and Its Effect on Human Consciousness: Alex mulled over his belief of a future where everything is captured by technology. All our actions and decisions are subject to analysis, down to the smallest details—and the people on the ground are directly sharing in the experience of this analysis. With so much information in humanity's hands, our future selves may feel pressured to take on the responsibility of using this data for the better.  Do we have it in us to actively work on the pursuit of decisions, activities, and experiences that increase our lifespan— and by consequence, increase the probability of us evolving at a more accelerated rate? Only time will tell. Without us knowing, the technologies we use collect crucial information about our life experiences on a day-to-day basis. The TARTLE marketplace is an opportunity for you to reclaim that data and to work for a bigger cause. What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!        

    Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We're Thriving in a New World of Possibility with Long-Time Affiliate of Harvard's Berkman Klein Center and Best Selling Author David Weinberger, Ph.D

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 68:31

    Technology is quickly becoming the backbone of modern infrastructure. At the pace that it is progressing, it may someday become as ubiquitous and as vital to our economy as cement and concrete. However, AI is agnostic. Despite its immense computing capabilities, it will never be capable of human understanding and discernment. One example of this is the results derived from A/B Testing, where researchers compare two versions of a marketing asset to see which one performs better. While it can show which campaign would run better, it cannot provide any new learning.  With this limitation in mind, is it still beneficial for us to know what the most probable outcome for a certain event would be—even if we don't understand the why or how for its occurrence? Can Machine Learning Go Wrong?: At this point, David discussed an imaginary scenario where even something as non-controversial as spam mail could become a problem if it was found that legitimate emails from businesses owned by people of color were found to be falsely marked as spam at an unequal rate, in comparison to people who are not of color. Aside from the inefficiency, the AI would become an unfair metric for emails and may even be damaging businesses on the basis of race. The decision-making process behind sorting emails into the spam folder is compromised because the technology is using so many signals in “deep, complicated, and multi-independent patterns of probability” that will be near-impossible to comprehend without a lot of time, money, and effort. At this point, this massive system is hurting communities that are already disenfranchised in the first place. This brings to mind Microsoft's Tay.ai, a chatbot on Twitter created by the tech giant in 2016 that was designed to mimic the conversational patterns of a 19-year-old girl. It would learn from continuous interaction with other users on the social media platform. Immediately after its release, Tay became controversial after it started tweeting inflammatory and offensive comments. As a result, Microsoft was pushed to shut down the service only sixteen hours after it was launched.  Social Justice And Technology: It's a clear indication that the people responsible for programming AI have a corresponding social burden to fulfill, particularly in ensuring that their technology does not harm anyone. This burden can become even bigger when machine learning and AI is applied to other fields, such as medicine and smart transportation. Beyond Tay.ai, computer scientists and engineers around the world find themselves at the helm of constructing technologies with so much potential. How do we address inherent human bias in these individuals? David reveals that most people who have the knowledge to work with these complex technologies do not necessarily have the same depth of understanding for social justice as well. This led to a call for participatory machine learning, otherwise known as the design justice movement. Giving Minorities A Seat At The Table: Participatory machine learning involves people who are familiar with related issues on social justice, as well as communities who would be most affected by the presence of new technologies. They are given a position in planning and management.  Their input is important from the get-go because it does have an impact on how these systems work. To further explain, David painted the picture of an imaginary emerging smart city that decided to use AI to reinvent its bus system.  Ultimately, all the new bus stops, routes, and schedules are successful in moving people faster to their destinations, and the numbers echo its success. However, a caveat: these statistics have been decided on average, and only show that it is successful based on how well it moves affluent communities more efficiently than those located on the outskirts of the city. Those living on the outskirts, who need efficient transportation more than others for work and productivity, become isolated from the system. At this point, it would be difficult to unravel all the work put into making the new transportation system a success. It's important for the marginalized to be consistently consulted on the impacts of new infrastructures and technologies, even after construction and installation are finished. Those responsible for creating these systems have a special responsibility to ensure that those who do not have the same footing will finally get a seat at the table.  David agrees that it may be a lengthier, more expensive process. After all, it will take more time, money, and effort to locate these people, recruit them, and ensure that everyone is on the same page. However, it is the cost that we need to pay if we want a shot at eliminating inequality.  The Limits of Machine Learning: Beyond the cost of bringing people to the table, David acknowledges that technological progress is already expensive in and of itself. Machine learning systems require individuals who are highly educated in computer science and computer engineering; they will also need other systems that require massive technologies to run.  Finally, lingering questions on data sharing and ownership prevent communities from fully utilizing what they have. To what extent do you own your data and what should your relationship with it be? What does it mean to own something? We do not live in individual data cocoons that we own. We live in a community. This public community cannot be run without public data, and public sharing of information about one another.  The thoughts that define my actions within this system of public information and data, however, are missed by algorithms, analysis, and machine learning. This is because people do not want or have the ability to share why they are driven to take certain actions.  Ultimately, it appears that one of our most profound discoveries from machine learning is that the world is much more complex than we ever wanted to believe. Despite these sophisticated machines processing massive amounts of information, we do not have the capability to provide a completely accurate and precise prediction of what will happen. This does not mean that the approximate knowledge we have now is worthless. It helps us appreciate our universe in a new way by teaching us to be comfortable with complexity.  Are We Entitled to Understanding Anything?: In line with TARTLE's mission to promote stewardship and collective responsibility, Alexander asked the implications of machine learning in helping humans create better decisions and more informed choices based on the observable universe. To this, David asked a thought-provoking question: why do you think humans are entitled to understanding? Machine learning and artificial intelligence are capable of taking us to greater heights without the interference of human cognitive biases. With its objective oversight, it has the potential to bring out the best in us as human beings that live in a complex system. As technology continues to innovate at an unprecedented pace, David leaves us with a parting message: machine learning will drive us to examine all the values that we hold, and sometimes to consider painful trade-offs between two or more equally important values. “So don't hold on too tightly to any one value; think about how you may have to give up on some of it in order to support other very important targets.” David concluded. www.tartle.co   Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We're Thriving in a New World of Possibility Harvard Senior Researcher and Best Selling Author David Weinberger, Ph.D. by TARTLE is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!    

    The Social Aspects of Long-Term Health: TARTLE and SDOH Packets

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 11:31

    Social determinants of health (SDOH) refer to a wide variety of nonmedical factors that can influence an individual's health. It looks at environments where people are born, live, work, play, and age.  This has a bigger impact on our wellbeing than we think: according to a study, ninety percent of the determinants of our health are derived from our lifetime social and physical environment, not from the provision of healthcare. With so much on the line, TARTLE is working with the world's foremost researchers and doctors on SDOH to design data packets as a part of its advocacy for public health under the Big 7 initiative. Encouraging Proactivity Using SDOH Data Packets: In the podcast, Alex and Jason discuss how medical research is mostly reactive. It deals with the disease only after it has affected a person. This backtracking, or the habit of “putting out fires,” has a negative effect on our development and gives diseases a head start on their capacity to disrupt lives.  So, how can we start building a disease-free society? While it may not be a possibility in our lifetime, the potential to develop the foundations for it is already present. With SDOH data packets, we can build our knowledge of how people are infected by the disease from the ground up. This means that within a country, we can take a closer look at how the disease affects rural versus urban communities in different ways. Local policymakers can start formulating stronger health legislation based on more solid data. On a global scale, we can start answering pressing questions we have had on how different cultures and locations impact the general health of entire communities.  For example, the country of Bhutan is one of the poorest countries in the world—but why are they one of the happiest as well, with higher rates of longevity? What more can we uncover about how social determinants influence the quality of life from one continent to another? With SDOH data packets, the possibilities are endless. How SDOH Could Have Helped the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: It is difficult to estimate how one's body would react to the COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, misinformation and fake news have made it doubly challenging for health authorities to convince everyone to take the shot. However, SDOH packets may have the answer to making these injections easier to understand and access. For example, the relevant health authorities could issue surveys for individuals who have taken the vaccine to find out who they were feeling after their first and second shot. They can then cross-reference these answers to the SDOH packets of each person, looking for potential triggers or commonalities that lead to an increased risk of complications. Without a doubt, getting vaccinated is our best shot at beating the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been plenty of efforts to incentivize vaccinations around the world: some governments offer cash payouts, discounts, and other perks. However, the biggest incentive that people will want to follow—particularly the misinformed, who are major victims of this pandemic—is a certainty that the vaccine can do good. This can be achieved through SDOH data packets, which can be used to understand how the vaccine would affect different body types and health profiles.  It is important for authorities to be proactive about information dissemination in a world where black propaganda spreads just as fast. When people are empowered with the knowledge they need to make an informed medical decision, we have a better opportunity at decreasing the loss of human life and improving the quality of life overall. The Importance of Sharing SDOH Data Packets: Some people are quick to shoot down the idea of SDOH data packets and the Marketplace. In the podcast, Alex briefly discusses TARTLE's experience with trolls on social media platforms.  Most of the time, poor communication and prejudice are caused by a lack of understanding. In this scenario, netizens hiding behind the veil of anonymity to badmouth the Marketplace without even giving it a chance to develop the framework and reach more people do not realize the negative impact that they have on the community—not just on themselves. “What you're saying is actually complete nonsense. If you are bad-mouthing something that is an opportunity to truly heal others, to give them the aid, to understand other people, you're limiting your own evolution,” Alex explained. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we come together as a community and lift others up. Creating data packets that contain an individual's social determinants of health could make an impact on the way entire communities are being treated. When we can formulate better health policies as a result of more informed choices, our actions have a spillover effect on future generations, quality of life, and economic stability.  Closing Thoughts: Our Responsibility to Others: The TARTLE marketplace is the only platform in the world that gives people the opportunity to connect with organizations in a safe and secure manner, regardless of where they are located or who they are aligned to. It's a place that empowers people on the ground to take control and be responsible for their own data in a world where we are so used to just giving it away to other companies.  One byproduct of wielding more power over our data is an increased knowledge of the communities that we affect, the values that we hold dear, and the causes we want to support. Regardless of whether you are an individual or an entity, TARTLE aims to foster an increased sense of awareness for the plight of others by creating connections where possible. What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    I Think, Therefore I Earn: Selling Your Data on the TARTLE Marketplace

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 19:32

    With all the technology that we have today, imagine how all the most important and meaningful parts of your life have been condensed into a bunch of data packets. Now that people are becoming more aware of how all-encompassing our online presence has become, we are on the cusp of changing the way we deal with our information. This won't be an easy task and even the most advanced countries are still taking their first steps in redistributing the power of data sharing to the people. However, we are confident about our capacity to push this forward and help in the work of spreading awareness. In this episode, we discuss how the TARTLE marketplace is designed to help restore equilibrium to data management and sharing. Reclaiming Your Data: These days, data is more than just the information needed to access certain websites and applications. It's what companies, and even some governments, use to provide a tailored experience. This covers our ad preferences, history, and the connections that we make.  When you think of how much data you create, you're bound to wonder: do I create data, or does data create me? In the status quo, people do not have a lot of control over their own information. Our lack of awareness when it comes to what we can do with the data we create has given social media platforms a prime advantage: they can profit off of our interests, social circles, and movements.  While the European Union's GDPR and an overall trend towards increased data awareness around the world is helping alleviate the situation, it's not enough to help people take the next step forward. We all deserve a platform where we can practice taking initiative and having active ownership over our own data to help expedite the process. TARTLE is a marketplace that operates around the clock and is available around the world. We are offering a nonprofit platform that empowers individuals on the ground to practice autonomy and self-sovereignty. On the TARTLE marketplace, you are fully responsible for your information. It's our way of helping bring back power to the people. Turning Your Thoughts Into Passive Income: What if you could earn passive income for your thoughts? Technology is capable of shaping the way we think and act in the same way that we are capable of using technology for our own gain. With this in mind, TARTLE created a way for you to place all your data on a secure platform— with the added benefit of having it siloed in there as well. There is plenty of potential in how we express ourselves. Data is always in your possession and as long as you're online, it's growing. It does not discriminate as well because regardless of your location, ethnicity, or personal beliefs, technology will still maintain a profile of who you are and what you like doing as a digital citizen.  But if so much potential exists, why don't we feel like we're doing anything groundbreaking with our smartphones? This is because the power we have over our information has been seized by other actors: corporations and even governments. It's high time we took it upon ourselves to restore a balance within that system. To parallel it in other scenarios, there is a need for equilibrium in plenty of natural systems. We need balance in our climate, our physical and mental wellbeing, thermodynamics, energy, and more because too much of anything can become dangerous. This is what inspired us to create TARTLE: the need to provide a supportive structure that people and communities on the ground could grow off of. “If there's no balance, then there's no real learning that can happen here,” Alexander argued, “There's no real fair exchange occurring.” The TARTLE platform recognizes that everyone is equal in the creation of information and that everyone has the equal opportunity to earn off of it. Closing Thoughts: How Data Can Make Us Better People: Data is capable of making us better people because it breaks down preconceived notions and barriers to communication that we may have had of others. Often, opportunities to connect are limited to certain geographical areas or social classes.  Here is a way we can all participate in a flexible, antifragile free market that will bend and grow seamlessly with continued human interaction. The TARTLE platform will learn from how we compile our data and who we choose to sell it to. The more we use TARTLE to facilitate data sharing, the higher our chances of communing with other people from vastly different backgrounds and fostering understanding as a natural byproduct of our own efforts.  This is how we evolve. What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    2.5 Billion Tyrannosaurus Rexes and Data Approximations

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 11:55

    Studying the history of life is an important venture. It's how we understand why certain characteristics exist in living organisms, and it can also be used to explain the importance of biological events that are happening today.  A study on the population density of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of the world's most famous predators, was first published on Science and reported on the National Geographic. It's a huge claim, with researchers estimating that a total of 2.5 billion T.rex have lived in North America, the native region of the species, going out as far north as Alaska and as far south as Mexico across a time span of two to three million years.  This estimation is a huge claim and has certainly caught the eye of paleontology enthusiasts, However, there are a wide variety of variables that can compromise the validity of the information being tested: the location where the bones are found; shifts caused by glacial patterns and tracks throughout the years; inconsistencies with carbon-14 dating, which provides an approximate age; and even human intervention, which may not be enough to fill in the gaps in information that we do not know nor have the tools to understand just yet.  If data-driven ventures cannot be used to sample what we know to be true, then is it still worth it? Are approximations a step in the right direction or is it too rooted in theory to be useful? How Much Hindsight Is Too Much?: The pursuit of estimates often discounts the importance of absolutes. In paleontology, there are plenty of assumptions made that may affect the results of their research. As Alexander mused, much remains unsaid about the foundations of the study—and it may have an impact on whether or not scientists are taking the right perspective on the matter. Analyzing data from the source and having a clear log of how the researchers conducted their tests is standard procedure. However, what is the impact of creating logs for circumstances that can no longer be observed by anyone living? “Who decided that the dinosaur is a dinosaur or not a dinosaur? Who decides that it sits in this area of time as opposed to another? What if my carbon dating is wrong, and maybe this aquatic animal that we didn't think existed prehistorically actually did exist?” Alexander asked, expressing doubts. Transparent and Tangible Research: This is the second time that scientists have made an attempt to estimate the population density of T-rexes in the past, and results closely resemble an earlier estimate that was published in 1993. The difference between these two papers is that this most recent study utilizes the latest in T-rex biology research to set upper and lower limits on the total population—one approximation after another.  Since there is so much inexactness and uncertainty in what we do, it is important to focus on the fundamentals: ideas, principles, and beliefs that we know to be observable, objective, and tangible. When we go overboard on theory, we may find ourselves defining a biased picture of what the data represents. This concern is not just limited to research and development in paleontology. With the vast variety of tools, knowledge, and technology that we have at our disposal today, it can become all too easy to take the wrong direction. When we take the next step forward, we need to make sure that our feet are planted firmly on the ground. Dealing With the Metaphorical T-rex of Today: At the pace that science and technology is developing today, it's safe to assume that more discoveries will be made—not just in paleontology, but in other sciences and across other industries as well. It is vital that scientists continue working towards making these discoveries more accessible to the public while staying true to the path of innovation.  There is a different impact in analyzing tangible beings, objects, and events. TARTLE is an opportunity to look at the T-rexes of the modern world: clear and imminent threats that are capable of harming us and the people we care about. The TARTLE platform is an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and organizations so that we can work as a collective to preserve our earth and our economy for future organizations. www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Is Wealth Inequality Entrenched in Our Legal Code? With Scholar and Author Katharina Pistor

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 47:12

    Money doesn't grow on trees, but we know some people have vast reservoirs of wealth at their disposal. In certain cases, their tools for wealth creation are passed down from generation to generation. Why do these bottlenecks happen and why does wealth inequality exist? How can we work towards a more equitable society, where those in poverty have a better change at upward mobility? The answers to these questions aren't easy, especially when the law itself appears to be a hindrance to the masses. In this episode, Katharina shares her valuable insights on how the law works—and why it is not working in favor of the most vulnerable. The Legal Code's Role in Inequality: Policymaking around assets is concerned with creating conditions where everyone can prosper. As a result, the legal code is constantly designed and redesigned in an attempt to evolve alongside society. However, Katharina discussed how the people behind the code have consistently chosen to angle the content towards their benefit as the resource holders. This means that when wealth is created, it is typically bottlenecked within families or corporations that have the resources and power needed to influence state decisions. These exclusive groups can generate value from that asset for a longer period of time. This is where power asymmetry happens. The state is responsible for turning land into physical property, ideas into intellectual property, and assets into financial property. Legal backing is a social resource that is used to cordon wealth from the masses. It's time we think of ways we can level out the playing field and stop this one-sided reinforcement of wealth accumulation. The state endeavors to produce a legal environment where everyone is equally protected by the law. However, this lofty goal often discounts the reality that not everybody has equal access to the law. The privileged would have the resources to hire lawyers who can bend the law to their will across not just one, but multiple legal systems. The mantra “it's legal” now carries a darker undertone. Fitting in the Gaps Between the “Scaffolding”: Katharina described gaming the law as “exploiting every little gap in the scaffolding of existing regulations that we can find.” Lawyers are taught to look at the existing rules and regulations and find a gap where the client can slip through. The really sophisticated ones know how to bend some of it. It would be impossible to aim for the pillars because these are parts of the case where their actions are clearly seen as illegal. Their goal is to fit new things in the gaps between the scaffolding. It's taking the phrase “know the rules so you can break them” to a whole new level. One poignant revelation in their discussion was Katharina's explanation that the law can never really be complete. This leaves our legal system vulnerable to malicious actors in positions of power who are capable of exploiting the gap for private gain—reducing the law to a mere barrier in their climb to the top. It is truly a threat to both the rule of law and to democratic governments.  Turning the Immaterial Into Assets: Where do we draw the line and who gets to do it? Having access to legal coding is the key to wealth. This isn't just about physical or material assets; it's also applicable to ideas as well. One key turning point in the discussion is their perspective on whether such a trend would carry over to digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies as well. Katharina pointed out the irony in how Bitcoin only became valuable once it was centralized, and urged people to think of alternatives where real people can participate in the arrangement without having to delegate all their power to figureheads that may not align with the interests of the masses.  The legal code is a collective commitment to stand behind a particular use of the collective means of coercion. The community designs who have access to that centralized needs of coercion and under what conditions. Under this definition, it would certainly carry over to digital assets too. Now, it's up to us to push for an environment where social mobility and wealth creation is available for all. Closing Thoughts: There is clearly an impetus for a platform where everybody has an equal playing field; a safe space for ordinary people to build a portfolio in transacting with today's hottest asset, which is data.  The TARTLE marketplace is a platform with the vision of bringing back power to the people. Users are fully equipped to profile and market their data to causes around the world that matter to them the most. Here, people have the opportunity to fight for something bigger than themselves while earning at the same time. Everybody has an opportunity to create wealth. What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Data-Driven Government Surveillance Can Be a Nightmare

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 10:00

    Can data be used to harm other people? The reality is that in some parts of the world, it is already being used to trial increased surveillance and fuel oppressive social systems. This is a clear indication that technology will only ever be a reflection of the human hands responsible for its creation and maintenance.  In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby discuss the social implications of China's authoritarian hold on its citizens—particularly its military-industrial complex's creation of a three-billion US dollar supercomputer satellite center in the country's Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site.  Despite the official statement claiming that this enormous tech site will be used as part of a “massive constellation of commercial satellites” that can “offer services from high-speed internet for aircraft to tracking coal shipments,” we think it pays to be a little critical of the difference between what's being reported—and what's being done.   Big Brother Is Watching: China has been the subject of widespread criticism after it announced the development of a social credit system in 2011. This system builds on a mass surveillance structure of more than 770 million cameras installed across the country as of 2019, with expectations that it will eventually hit the one billion mark by the end of 2021. The social credit system is used to score individuals and companies based on a collection of data from different sources. Individuals are rewarded for appropriate social behavior, such as proper conduct on mass transportation systems and adherence to waste sorting rules in their city.  Conversely, they will be punished for “negative behavior” which can include elderly residents suing family members for not visiting regularly (Shanghai); cheating in online video games (Suzhou), failing to show for reservations at hotels or restaurants (Suzhou); and failing to pick up any take-out food that was ordered (Suzhou). Individuals with poor credit scores will face restrictions on loans, transportation, and even education. As part of the system's effort to encourage good behavior, some local governments offer incentives to those with a higher credit score. These people will be prioritized in health care provision, and can even waive deposits to rent public housing.  Businesses are required to submit data on their operations and on their partners and suppliers. Their credit score can be influenced by their behavior and ratings from their suppliers.  Finally, individuals and businesses that are deemed “untrustworthy” will be publicly named and shamed.   The Social Credit System: Thought Police?: A society where human behavior is closely controlled and dictated by the state, through the latest technological capabilities, sounds like the plot of a dystopian sci-fi novel like George Orwell's 1984—but this is already the reality for more than a billion individuals and 28 million companies in China. What are the implications of the social credit system? Critics are quick to point out that the government is using incomplete or inaccurate data to determine the provision of social privileges, and sometimes rights, for their own citizens. The implementation of a stable credit system is also dependent on the strength of basic services, such as regulation in the credit industry and data protection. Those with lose credit scores may find it difficult to continue to progress in society, particularly if there is no concrete policy that can support their rehabilitation or reintegration. Lastly, in a world where we have yet to fully account for all the factors that contribute to how and why we make decisions, this could easily turn into a system that disproportionately punishes people and businesses who are already struggling.    A Glimpse Into 1984: Beyond 1984, the hit television series Black Mirror also showed a glimpse into a society where people are controlled by their data. One of their episodes, entitled Nosedive, draws viewers into a world where everyone's social status is controlled by the quality of their ratings on social media. A series of unfortunate events that are outside of the protagonist's control have a massive impact on her credit score, which in turn cripples her socioeconomic status. These important pieces of media and literature highlight how the agnosticism of data, alongside the impact of human intervention, can drastically change the impact of technology. It is our responsibility to ensure that AI is developed with a conscientious hand, and that it is capable of empowering minorities instead of widening the inequality gap.   Closing Thoughts: Humanity's thirst for innovating new and exciting ways of harnessing technology compels us to participate in a shared initiative: one that will help preserve our free will, personal autonomy, and human rights.  The TARTLE platform is our life's work toward ensuring that your personal data remains personal. Everything you share is given with your full consent, and we help you connect to other like-minded individuals and organizations who can represent your interests. www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Can We Trust Insurance Companies With Big Data?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 13:04

    Insurance. No one likes it. No one really wants it. We definitely hate paying for it. And why wouldn't we? Insurance companies are notorious for not wanting to pay out any money on a claim and sometimes dropping people if they do successfully collect on one. After all, insurance companies aren't really about protecting you, they're about making money. As the sniveling weasel in The Incredibles put it, “What about our shareholders? Who's looking out for them, huh?”  As one would expect, insurance companies are always looking to cut their costs. For that, they have turned to data collection and analysis. TARTLE is of course big on data and what we can learn from it. However, we are not fans of the way insurance companies and pretty much everyone else tends to make use of third party data for their purposes. Not only is the sourcing of the data unethical in itself, it can also wind up being discriminatory. Not intentionally, sometimes assumptions are made that are written into the algorithms that analyze the data. Those assumptions may seem like no big deal at first, but they can be processed in such a way that they exclude far more people than intended, people that seem to fit a given profile but in the end differ in certain important ways the algorithm isn't meant to look for. That's one of the dangers of completely automating everything. When an AI is running the show, it doesn't care about any programmed biases, it just does what it is told and does it completely ruthlessly. That is why Connecticut recently reminded insurers in the tiny state that they need to be careful to avoid any sort of discrimination in their use of data. Easier said than done. To illustrate that, let's say the insurance company offered a discount to anyone who linked a Whoop or a Fitbit to their insurance account. That might seem innocuous. Certainly, they are sourcing data in a better than normal way since people have to opt in to share it. However, those things on your wrist cost money. Money that not everyone might be able to afford. Just a Whoop subscription runs around $30 a month. How many people are going to be paying that so they can opt into a discount program? Not many, especially since that discount will probably not defray the costs of the subscription.  On one hand, it seems perfectly reasonable to grant a discount to people who are willing to share more of their health data. Why wouldn't an insurance company want to incentivize that behavior? Of course, they would. On the other hand, not everyone can afford it, as stated above. Which makes this a case of exclusion based on economics. Intentional? Probably not. Not too many people actually wake up in the morning and ask themselves how they can screw over poor people today. Not even people working for an insurance company.  So, what is the solution? How can an insurance company reward customers for sharing their health data without excluding those who can't afford the necessary devices? TARTLE has exactly the right solution. We offer these companies the chance to reach out directly to their customers. The company can ask its customers on TARTLE to share whatever data they would like and when someone chooses to do so, the company simply pays the person for the data. That is something that virtually anyone can take advantage of. Yes, there are people who can't afford any sort of device to work with TARTLE on, but if we are being honest, they don't have insurance anyway. The solutions to that problem are on a whole other level (though there are other ways other organizations can use us to tackle that one). What we offer is the chance for insurance and other companies to interact directly with their customers to get the information they need and for those people to be incentivized. It's a win/win scenario for everyone willing to take advantage of it. What's your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Becoming Antifragile in the Pursuit of Knowledge

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 18:38

    Despite significant technological and scientific progress in the study of physics, time, and space, it looks like we still have a long way to go before we ever truly understand the impact of what we are looking for.  When exploring the origins of the universe and the nature of everything we see and know, in what ways have we exhausted our pursuit for scientific inquiry? How can we improve the way we study such an important part of our existence? Is it possible to become too data-driven in our search for meaning? Jason suggests that we continue to fall short of understanding the universe because we've never pursued a proper relationship with the subject matter. This could be the case; plenty of social studies call for the researchers to immerse themselves in the communities they study. Since we acknowledge the universe as a dynamic, living, and breathing entity, this could be a new take to an ages-old problem. Exploring The Green Lumber Fallacy: According to a book entitled Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the Green Lumber Fallacy points to one's incapacity to truly understand the implications of what they know and how to use it. It is rooted in the idea that while we may be focused on the right issues, we may not yet be capable enough to fully comprehend its complexity. Indeed, our desire for knowledge is going in the right direction. But are we looking at it in the right perspective? Alexander points out that while 99 percent of our universe is composed of material we can't see, “we're looking at one percent, maybe less—and think we're bad-ass, and we have the answer for all of it.” “That's like, I have the ocean on earth. I've taken out one droplet of water. One. I'm going to study it and say all of the fundamental rules of the universe and everything sits right here in this one drop, because I can see it.” he continued. Must We Bend Before We Break?: The author of Antifragile, further, explores the concept of antifragility: things that are not just resilient to disorder, but are dependent on it for growth and development. Parallels can be drawn between antifragility and the scientific method. This is because the constant search for knowledge requires that researchers are always open to the possibility of having their hypotheses disproven. With such a massive universe left to comprehend and explore, it would be a step backward for humanity to assume that we already have all the tools, equipment, and mindset required to uncover the truth.  It's on us to continuously question the methodologies we've set for ourselves. Are we maximizing our progress when we take the conservative approach? Do we still give ourselves room for creativity?  Beyond exploring the big cosmic question, modern advancement has taken an aggressive view and approach to nature. Our thirst for development has led us to create sprawling urban jungles that have taken over large swathes of lush greenery. We've replaced rivers, forests, and habitats with rock-hard concrete and gas-belching machinery.  It's time to be more discerning of what we leave behind when we reach for the stars. How We Can Refocus Becoming Antifragile: TARTLE goes beyond the surface to bring two human parties together. It's a platform that gives people the opportunity to support experiences they may have never been exposed to otherwise. The benefit is twofold: the first is in the transfer of skills and knowledge between communities who become invested in a common cause. The second is the capacity for these causes to look for alternative sources for funding, from people and entities that they would never have been able to reach without the platform. Antifragility is a constant test of our character, especially when we're exposed to lived realities that are so different from ours. However, it's also an important part of the authentic human experience. Underneath the chaos of sharing this world with 7.6 billion other people are simple hopes, dreams, and aspirations—a chance to find common ground and empowerment in our common humanity. www.tartle.co     Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Our Concrete Jungles Are Slowly Killing Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 16:54

    Concrete has become synonymous with urban development and progress. It's responsible for creating shelters, protecting manmade infrastructures from natural disasters, making transportation easy, and more. However, the environmental cost of creating concrete is often understated. It's a convoluted process with plenty of extraction involved. As a finished product, concrete also makes cities hotter because it absorbs the heat of the sun, and traps gases from car exhausts and air conditioning units. In addition, it separates us from our natural environment without providing an alternative for so many important ecological functions. The cost of creating concrete jungles is the loss of fertile soil, animal habitats, river systems, and lush greenery.   Is it time to reinvent the concrete wheel?   What We Can Do With Concrete: One solution that is currently in the works is using concrete to store greenhouse gases back in the bedrock. “If it's getting released from the ice, earth naturally in its own chemistry and set up, has these pockets. So if we put it back in the porous nature of the bedrock, we can store that and prevent it from being up in the atmosphere; so send it back down where it needs to go,” Alex explained. Historical records indicate that the Romans were the first to deal with concrete. Despite the test of time, plenty of infrastructures remain standing today. One notable achievement was the creation of concrete that could withstand the test of coastal regions, where saltwater speeds up the process of degradation. This wasn't the case for Roman concrete, which even benefited from the microorganisms carried by the seawater. Alex described it as “a symbiotic relationship between the saltwater, the organisms, and the concrete itself.”   Process of Making Concrete: Is concrete worth the environmental trade-off? The process of manufacturing and maintaining it makes up around eight percent of the world's annual carbon emissions. Components that go into the creation of concrete include silica, alumina, iron, limestone, and gypsum —- materials that are extracted from the Earth's crust by diesel-powered machines and then processed in kilns that generate heat by burning coal or fossil fuels.  The current strategy for producing concrete is incredibly complex and involves plenty of anaerobic processes. Convincing corporations to make changes to the way they create concrete will be a challenge because these entities are already accustomed to this traditional method. This means that they have invested time, money, labor, and effort into maintaining all the machinery and manpower needed to keep these environmentally degrading practices alive.  It's commodifying inefficiency, normalized and understated to avoid public clamor. Some companies are already looking into making concrete a more environmentally friendly substance. A company based in Halifax, Canada named CarbonCure discovered a process that takes liquified CO2 from ammonia and ethanol plants, and injects it into wet concrete while it is being mixed. This increases the concrete's compressive strength and replaces some of the cement used in the process. It's an opportunity to repurpose the waste product of other industrial plants while minimizing the amount of time used to form concrete in a kiln, which requires high amounts of heat and pressure — around 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the system is simple and easy to deploy, CarbonCure has a strong selling point. Concrete manufacturers do not need to implement massive shifts in their processes just to become more eco-friendly; this strategy only requires a little extra hardware.   It's All Dirty Work — In More Ways Than One: Convincing the concrete industry to clean itself up won't be easy work. Alexander and Jason brush on how concrete plays a pivotal role in funding and facilitating criminal activity, pointing out the challenges in convincing malicious actors to invest in ecologically friendly alternatives; but the problem runs deeper than that as well. Prominent websites such as Taylor & Francis Online, The Guardian, the World Economic Forum have released stories on the seedy underbelly of concrete and construction, labeling the material as “the most destructive material on earth” and “the dirtiest business.”  It's disheartening to think that even after this podcast, concrete isn't a standalone villain we can all gang up against. We've got an entire industry to hold accountable and demand transparency from.   How TARTLE Can Help: Climate stability is one of TARTLE's Big 7. While calling for action won't be an easy feat, every small act we can generate towards this cause is a small step forward in the right direction. With the TARTLE platform, you have the opportunity to support groups, not-for-profits, or charitable organizations that work towards scientific research and development in this niche. How much is your data worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Taking Dogecoin to the Data Dojo

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 12:42

    Let's talk about Dogecoin. We've had a lot of requests to discuss it since it has been in the news a lot, stirring up the online world with a sudden spike in price and a subsequent roller coaster of ups and downs. It's known as the plucky little crypto that could, the gateway for the regular person to get into cryptocurrency without having to mortgage the house to get one or two Bitcoins. Or is it? Let's dive into the doge pound.  Started back in 2013, the meme currency chiefly differentiated itself from Bitcoin right off the bat by using a different, less resource intensive encryption method, which meant that it became much faster and cheaper to mine it as well as transfer it. That also resulted in a lot more of them becoming available in a short period of time. Which in turn made it easier to manipulate. Elon Musk provided the perfect example when he tweeted out his support of Dogecoin, causing that massive spike in its perceived value we mentioned earlier. It went from a fraction of a cent to $0.46 practically overnight. If someone had put down a mere hundred dollars a month before, they suddenly found themselves with a lot of money available to them.  Yet, is it a currency? If you recall from our discussion on Bitcoin and whether it is a currency, one of the things that makes it so is whether or not it has fees associated with transferring it. Bitcoin has massive fees to do anything with it and while Doge has few fees, they still exist. It also is a centralized coin that has no real cap. It started with one but it was reached so quickly that they just pumped out five times that cap without thinking twice.  It also has had its trade restricted by well-known trading apps like Robinhood. The story is that Doge was trading at such a high volume, it caused a system failure. Taking that explanation at face value it still sucks. It means that Robinhood's code can't handle a popularly traded stock or coin. It's an indictment of the way they run their business. It's as though they never thought to stress test their system. Normally that wouldn't be such a big deal but it's one of the most popular ways to buy and sell crypto of all kinds, including Dogecoin.  How do you navigate all of this? All too often, people are constantly reacting. Whether it's a tweet from Musk or Tom Brady adding laser eyes to his profile pic (this happened and the price of Bitcoin spiked. No joke). This reactive behavior is what is causing the price of Doge, Bitcoin, and others to fluctuate so much. No one is really looking for and getting solid data about what is happening right now. Actually happening, not what a random tweet asserts is happening. It isn't hard to imagine how regular people are getting hurt here as they sell when they should hold and buy when they should wait. Not just regular people either, but funds and even professional investors can get sucked in when they are too greedy.  That's why TARTLE is such an advocate for getting hard, first person data to make decisions with. Instead of reacting, it's possible to get a read on what is going on by actually talking directly to people. When a fund does that, they are making decisions not based on the latest tweet but on what real people are planning and perceiving. That is a much better approach than just following whatever pied piper comes along. If enough people can grasp this concept, perhaps the general behavior will change and people will look to fundamentals again instead of just memes and bring some stability back to the market. What's your crypto worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Looking Past the Big Bucks and Misconceptions in Economic Theory

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 13:49

    The social function of economic science consists precisely in developing sound economic theories and in exploding the fallacies of vicious reasoning. In the pursuit of this task the economist incurs the deadly enmity of all mountebanks and charlatans whose shortcuts to an early paradise he debunks. - Ludwig von Mises That's a pretty lofty view of economics and economists. As such it is far, far away from any view that most people have, especially of economists. Anyone who is even the slightest bit informed as to the track record of economists and their pronouncements will at best see them as something like a weatherman. In this view, the economist tries to make honest predictions based on the available data but gets it wrong more often than not. At worst, people see the economist as exactly the kind of charlatan Mises decries in the above quote. Economics as a discipline has lost a lot of respect. In short, economics is in trouble.  A big part of the problem is that too many economists don't actually start with data. Not that they don't use data. What they do is start with a theory that they prefer and then find the data to support their theory, ignoring or explaining away everything else. And that is on a good day. On a bad day (which seems to happen more and more) the economist is just providing quasi-intellectual cover to justify the policies of whichever government or corporation that they are working for. You can definitely see this if you pay attention to politics. Each party has its favorite economists to trot out to justify what they are doing, or to attack what the other team is doing, regardless of what the policy is. I first noticed this when way back in the Clinton administration, there was a Democrat move to do away with the “marriage tax” and the Republicans opposed it. Once Bush was in office, the positions flipped. Not that I believe either party really cared about the tax. It was simply another political football.  This is also apparent in the varying attitudes towards deficit spending. Both parties love it when they are in charge. They just spend it on slightly different things. If you pay too much attention to it, you just might drive yourself bonkers.  Another issue is that modern economists are too focused on tinkering around with policy, hoping to manipulate the market to get the outcome they want. This leads to extremely shallow thinking as all they wind up doing is at best looking at surface data and then trying to manipulate that so it fits better with their vision. What they neglect is everything below the surface, everything that is actually driving the data they are responding to.  Let's get back to economists and their theories for a minute. Economists are often professors, teaching others about economics and how they work. One might be inclined to ask if they really know so much about economics, why aren't they rich? Don't they know how the systems work and how to make use of their knowledge to their own benefit? Perhaps it's because there is more going on than their equations can account for. That is one of the central aspects of Mises and his Austrian School of Economics, there is just too much data to actually absorb it all. With any economy, there are any number of variables that simply cannot be accounted for. That's why Mises considered the idea of central planning and that one can control the market to be absurd. It is simply impossible to plan without knowing all the variables. Things will just happen whether you know the cause or not. Not only that, Mises understood that many if not most of the variables are not directly related to money, which is why he advocated for economists studying the social sciences. Instead, perhaps we should be more humble and realize we can't know everything and instead, observe the data as it is without imposing theories on it. Then perhaps we can move towards Mises' goal of understanding the world a little better.  What's your economy worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Ring Ring, Get Your Vaccine: Personal Data, Free Will, and Governance

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 10:41

    One of our big seven things we really care about at TARTLE is government and corporate transparency. Normally, when this topic comes up, we are calling one or the other out for their lack of transparency. Today, we actually get to go the other way for once.  That is thanks to the governor of Alaska who recently ordered the justice department to investigate the state's health department. If that sounds unusual, it is. Governments typically don't publically announce that they are investigating themselves. What could have prompted the unusual action? It turns out Alaska's Health Department has been using data in ways that not the governor disapprove of, they may also have violated federal HIPAA laws. As with so many other things in the last year and a half, the situation was prompted by COVID. What they did was set a program to call senior citizens in Anchorage and enquire as to their vaccination status. The health department also outsourced that particular activity to third-party contractors. The program was begun to help people understand and take advantage of the availability of the COVID 19 vaccines. However, there are several questions to be asked. Did the seniors of Anchorage actually need any help with this? Did they ask for it? Did the health department actually ask them? What about the data? Whether or not a person has a particular vaccine is sensitive medical data, data that should not be getting shared with a third party, the ones doing the actual work. Finally, one has to wonder just what the state was doing with that data in the first place. Public emergency or not, the government should not have that kind of information about individuals. How did they acquire it and for what reason did they do so?  Once data starts to get shared like that, from one group to the next, it becomes harder and harder to track exactly what is being done with it. The sovereignty over the data has been lost and anonymity, in this case, is obviously also compromised. From those third parties, a patient's data could be sold virtually anywhere, including their identity.  Fortunately, once news of the program got out (thanks to one of Anchorage citizens blowing the whistle), the governor stopped it and ordered the investigation. In at least this instance, Governor Mike Dunleavy showed real leadership. Not only did he shut down the program, he ordered the investigation, and even more importantly, did so publically. And it gets better. Dunleavy ordered a full review of all the data sharing agreements for the state, promising to put policies in place that would prevent such a thing from ever happening again. It isn't often you see this kind of transparency coming from the government. For that, he should be commended. www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Operations of Organizations and Our Communities With Special Guest and Systems Thinker, Christian Lemp Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 29:16

    If the first part of their discussion explored the parallels between social systems and AI technology, this second half provides insight on how Christian's work draws inspiration from an unlikely source: the natural world and the animal kingdom.  From there, he touches briefly upon the responsibility of modern tech professionals to be aware of the social implications of their work, providing words of encouragement to listeners of the podcast within the industry.   Drawing Inspiration From the Natural World: Ants leave trail pheromones to food that they find and then return to the colony. This leaves a road for other ants to find, which leads to the collective outcome of being able to feed everyone in the community. Similarly, honey bees coordinate with other bees to maintain their hive and protect the queen. These are examples of biological systems that are naturally capable of self-regulating— so where's our capacity to solve that on a larger scale, in business and societies? Here, Christian discussed the possibility of our efforts being limited because we approach problem solving with a two-dimensional mindset—when in reality, we should be looking at the scenario in three dimensions. For example, one may be able to see, hear, and touch a forest, but they won't be able to see what happens underneath the soil. There is a call for us to “move away from the two dimensional, polarizing world that sticks us in buckets and says, this thing is this or that, but there can't be a flexibility or the nuances of an entity in between that can actually move throughout dimensions.” But is it possible to run multinational corporations and governments as efficiently as beehives without taking away an individual's creative capacity, while ensuring that the system remains flexible enough to meet challenges brought about by outside forces?   Former Approaches to Systems of Organizations: Modern organizations find themselves adapting to a strange new status quo: one where management must deal with remote employees and asynchronous work. It's a symptom of decentralization in a structure, where control and command has become less concentrated on hierarchy.  Therefore, the ability to make collective decisions while operating asynchronously is an indication that the business has a strong internal culture that naturally reinforces good decision-making despite the time differences and differences in flows of information. Prior to this, most organizations preferred to take an authoritarian approach to systems management. This is where the leader is responsible for planning out the entire route from start to finish and people are expected to follow. It works in instances where the leader has a clear vision and knows what needs to be done to achieve it across multiple levels. However, not a lot of people enjoy working in an environment where they are only ever expected to be followers of someone else's vision. There is little to no room to foster genuine creativity on a micro level/on the ground. Organizations also try to implement the consensus approach, where everyone communes to find a solution that pleases everyone. While it's a more democratic method, the process is slow and the end goal remains restrictive for the people on the ground.    Is it Time to Relax Our Approach?: Could a more relaxed approach to implementing a system be in order? Christian muses over a world where companies focused on establishing a strong organizational culture. This would encourage everyone who was hired, who understood and was aligned with the company's vision and mission, to naturally work towards a solution in both a collective and individual sense.  This alternative gives more flexibility to individuals and small teams when a new challenge arises. While people still need to attend meetings and management will continue to make room for mistakes, this approach gives people the opportunity to proactively think of how they can use their talents towards their goals instead of wedging them into a box—or turning them into drones.  Diffusing a small element of the decision-making process could help your organization by injecting a diverse array of perspectives and skillsets. Upper management shouldn't take the entire burden of thinking outside the box.   Remaining Ethical in Positions of Leadership and in Tech: Christian briefly discussed the responsibility of leaders to build diverse teams, especially when they are in the tech industry or developing artificial intelligence. He drew from his personal experience working with an insurance domain to prove his point. In this case, the domain was working on using AI to scan aerial images and assess the value of a home, seeing if it would fit within their risk profile. However, they found out that the AI system automatically excluded homes with a chain link fence. If this algorithm made it to the market, it would not have underwritten any homes with a chain link fence—which is a common fixture in poor neighborhoods. This would have created a bias against people who needed insurance the most, and it would have been an unintended outcome of trying to solve a simple problem using AI without the added layer of human intervention. As much as possible, the teams behind AI development need to come from a wide array of backgrounds so that the creation of new technologies incorporate as many perspectives as possible.   Closing Remarks: to the Tech Professionals of the Future: Christian encourages professionals employed in data science, analytics, and technology to internalize the weight of their responsibility: their capacity to change the market and directly affect people through products and services.  “People in positions of decision power, who are practitioners and implementing, have a responsibility to optimize for the right thing, and really be humble and understanding. And that's just something that leaders have to do,” he explained. He also revealed that what stood out for him the most from TARTLE was the ability to “have a bottomless approach to data collection and ownership.” TARTLE is our step forward towards a reality where people have better control over their own data. Currently, our personal information is working for the benefit of the wealthiest people and the most powerful organizations in the world. The concept of getting paid for your Facebook account, Instagram posts, and Twitter feed may be a little far-fetched—but this is exactly what makes money for these platforms. The TARTLE marketplace is our work towards inverting this model and bringing back the power to where it truly belongs: the people. www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

    Bitcoin Is Not a Currency

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 22:06

    Is the granddaddy of crypto actually a currency? That's one heck of a question, especially since many have touted it as exactly that. Bitcoin was supposed to be this decentralized thing that would allow regular people to buy and sell independently of any government system and its fiat currency. However, the way things have developed have prompted many to ask what Bitcoin actually is. Is it a currency, a commodity, or an asset?  Well, it definitely is not a commodity. A commodity is a tangible good that can be used to actually make things. Its value comes from its usefulness and how much value society places on that use. Bitcoin by its nature is not tangible and can't actually be used to make anything.  What about currency? It is called a cryptocurrency after all. Yet, what makes something a currency? It has to be easily transported and transferred to another party at little or no cost. In a sense, Bitcoin is easy to transport because it is strictly digital. You can carry the code or the password to your Bitcoin account around with you in your pocket. However, transferring it is difficult. It actually costs far too much money in electricity and fees to move it from your account to another to justify using it to make purchases. Imagine buying a $1.50 cup of coffee for two hundred dollars just because of all the transfer costs. Not that buying such a small item with it is even possible. Bitcoin can only be divided so much, and given the value of a single Bitcoin, even a Satoshi (the smallest Bitcoin unit) is worth over three dollars as of this writing. That leaves its value as an asset. Anyone who bought Bitcoin ten years ago, or even two, and seen the value of their investment skyrocket in the time since will definitely attest to the currency's value as an asset. If you dropped two hundred on it ten years ago and cashed out today, you would definitely be a millionaire several times over. In a way, it is even better than gold. This is because while that shiny rock does a great job storing value, it doesn't really increase in value. What does that mean? Basically, you can use the same amount of gold to buy a suit today as you would have used fifty years ago. While it is worth more dollars than it was then, that's only because the dollar is worth less. Yet, the value of gold remains the same, with minor fluctuations.  Bitcoin however is currently increasing in dollar value at a pace that far exceeds inflation, making it a better investment for growth. At least for now. It has proven exceptionally volatile, increasing or decreasing in value by tens of thousands based on tweets from certain high profile people, or a government policy change.  How did we get to that point? Why did Bitcoin reach a point where it isn't a currency, and probably never will be? How did it become a valuable but volatile digital asset? Because it wound up being tied to the U.S. dollar. It didn't necessarily need to be tied to the dollar but the investment behavior of many drove the public perception in that direction. As soon as people started talking about it in terms of dollars, the die was cast and now the coin that started it all is inextricably linked to a centralized fiat currency. Which in turn means that Bitcoin is now a centralized asset, though it is supported by a decentralized network.  Perhaps the people behind Bitcoin dreamed too big. Maybe they didn't understand the dangers of putting it out for everyone right away. It might have been different if that had begun smaller, in a specific ecosystem.  TARTLEcoin for example is meant for use within the TARTLE ecosystem. It is something that anyone can earn through simple actions and can be easily transported and transferred in a matter of seconds at extremely low cost. It even has a specific value in that each one grants you priority when buyers are looking for data too. Everyone can access and use it and everyone knows exactly what it is for. Perhaps this will be a better way, one that avoids the dollar trap. What's your crypto worth? www.tartle.co   Tcast is brought to you by TARTLE. A global personal data marketplace that allows users to sell their personal information anonymously when they want to, while allowing buyers to access clean ready to analyze data sets on digital identities from all across the globe.   The show is hosted by Co-Founder and Source Data Pioneer Alexander McCaig and Head of Conscious Marketing Jason Rigby.   What's your data worth?   Find out at: https://tartle.co/   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TARTLE   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TARTLEofficial/   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tartle_official/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TARTLEofficial   Spread the word!

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