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On Thanksgiving I’m thankful for you! What are you thankful for?

thanksgiving-2016-3It  is Canadian Thanksgiving long-weekend and I thought I’d take a couple of minutes to acknowledge and meditate upon some of the many things I am very thankful for. Check out the video for my short and very incomplete list.

Now, what are you thankful for?

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  • CM Stewart

    You’re welcome, and thank you, Nikola! I’m also thankful I am alive to witness exponentially increasing technology. This is an extraordinary time!

  • Juan Carlos

    Thanks to YOU, Nikola. In a short time, with every new podcast, you have become a sort of close friend, the “next door philosopher” with your humble and down-to-earth style, reminiscence of those nerdy buddies you had in your teenage years which whom you used to discuss all sort of heavy stuff, from religion and spirituality to aliens and sci-fi and more… Thank you for bringing back to us – the average guy with average life – the wonder and excitement of wandering with our intellect in those spaces where the dreams intersect science and technology and the mind is free to imagine a world that we can’t wait to be part of it.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Thank you Juan, though I have to disagree on two points with you:

    1. I have never met the average person yet 😉

    2. You are definitely not average because you took action and do make a difference to my ability to produce new content: So thank you very much for your generous and loyal support my friend!

  • Juan Carlos

    Lol, I meant to say the “regular guy”, those whose jobs have nothing to do with the forefront of R&D or anything in science or the academic world… and yet, as you have said, have a part to play (through voting, political and social activism, etc)

  • MM

    I am thankful for all the websites today that are brave enough to even try and handle the super-duper-exponential technology of.. Web 2.0.

    Even if not quite enough yet to resist excluding some from the conversation, either explicitly or, more insidiously, implicitly.

    Yes. Thank you, Nikola. There may still be hope where you bring light.

  • Gord Deans

    Socrates,

    I am THANKFUL for living in the peaceful country of Canada and for ALL of my fellow Canadians who contribute to our diversity and greatness.

    I am thankful for our prosperity which provides education and healthcare to ALL citizens.

    I am thankful to be living in this time of CyberSpace, internet, and global exchange of IDEAS.

    I am thankful for my good health, clear mind, and comfortable retirement that has allowed me to seek out and follow masters like yourself.

    I am thankful for the support that you have received and the great service that you provide to us all. You have shifted my perspective of Artificial Intelligence from one of technology to one of ethics and enlarged my worldview.

    Up until now, I was a firm believer in Aristotle’s teaching that “happiness is the ultimate purpose of human existence”. After following your example over the past years (and particularly over the past month) of providing quality blogs and videos, you have changed my belief to “USEFULNESS IS THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF HUMAN EXISTENCE”.

    I am thankful for having known you. I hope that I too can find some way to be useful.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    Gord. (A.K.A. CyberPiglet)

  • Renee

    Nikola yes agreed and I’m thankful for my life – I love it! Have a great thanksgiving and keep up those podcasts etc we love them!! Renee

  • You bet my friend, with supporters such as yourself do I really have any other option? 😉

  • Lorenzo O’Fallon

    Socrates I am just a “Service Sector” dude (Security Guard) but my brother (who passed away 5 FEB 2015 from Non Hodgkins Large B Cell Lymphoma Cancer stage 4) was a IT Professional with a Master’s degree from Boston U, and many years in the IT industry (he taught me how to use Linux back in 1995 through 1998 and then I have used linux ever since) anyway … my brother was very Secular, Very “Science-y” and he very much admired Ray Kurzweil’s “The Singularity is Near” and although I am more of a cultural explorer and I am much more into the history of human kind all over the world, I do miss the conversations my brother and I would have about “what if this and what if that” … and “oh my look at all of the advancements” etc etc … well, sigh … YOU Socrates help to fill that void! I feel as though the conversation with my brother continues vicariously through you and your guests and although I am not financially as well off as my brother was … I also do not have much debt and live mostly within my means and so … long story short … Singularity 1 on 1 is enough value to me that I have begun donating on a monthly basis.

    Don’t give up Nikola! Thanks for continuing “the conversation” that is very valuable to me.
    My brother would have wanted me to find a way to support you … that’s for sure.

  • Wow Lorenzo, you almost made me cry from both sadness for your loss and happiness from the warmth of your words. I am so very sorry about your loss. Of course, I can never replace your brother in any meaningful way whatsoever, but if I have provided a tiny spec of something that reminds you about him and fills a small space of the great void after the loss you suffered, then I am happy man indeed. And it is also another reason of many that I must go on 😉

  • Max van den Berk

    Dear Nikola,

    I’m so happy to hear that you will continue to do the podcast. I think it is the highest quality podcast I subscribe to, and I have over 50. I want to say thank you for your kindness and for the work you do. You are one of the few people I know who walk the walk, like the philosophers of old. Perhaps also why you call yourself Socrates instead of saying that you follow his method.

    It saddens me that finances are difficult, so I’ve found some money to give to you. It isn’t much, as a student I almost need all my money. I hope to be able to keep it up, and perhaps give more in the future.

    I hope you will grow in the work you do, and perhaps find someone who is good at fundraising, who can help you in that area. I’m sure that as the community grows a solution will present itself.

    Thank you for bringing warm gentle nuanced conversation to a mispercieved cold subject.

  • Thank you very much my friend 😉

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