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my wife has spent two decades devoted her time back into the community. i think my family was pleased when i became a congressman. is part of parenting. i want to make sure that their world is not a place where they can't pursue their dreams. down. to keep attempt when i go back home i was make sure that family is a priority. a golf game is not what used to be because i just don't have the time for it. we have many constituent services and events. last night we were at an event where we had 113 world war ii veterans. going out there and thanking those guys in being part of the community. being a pastor and it carries
over to being a congressman. the triad, there are three really popular places in north carolina. triad's high point greensboro and winston-salem. drove my dodge shadow with about $600 in my pocket into the city there and didn't know a single soul. there was a young lady i had dated a bit in college. i heard winston-salem was a great place to move so i went there. wire after congress was that i wanted to be were talking about hope and liberty what to do so
in a way that people were able to identify with. if the first thing that i say to you is to get in on your particular perspective, i haven't built a bridge to be able to talk about the things that are important to me. i feel that we could do that in a way that would resonate. i think is very important sometimes people on the republican side are only preaching to the choir. our ultimate goal is to broaden the base. we have two people that are running against me. i have a job to do. ons job is to stay focused the job here in washington and not get distracted.
we are very a piece of content for the job we have done over the last several months. i spent about 10 months as a car salesman. i spent 15 years as a pastor. we work in several different areas, we had the audi and the bmw and the honda franchises. i don't look down at that time because it really gave me a people from all walks of life. all socioeconomic backgrounds. a great education during that time. i have had three roles, lead pastor and i served as an executive pastor which can involve managing another 10 or 12 pastors. i wrote and directed something
we called the greensboro christmas spectacular. we had about 40 or 50 piece orchestra with the cast him acquire and i just enjoyed having a fresh story each year with the christmas message. now to work on that. i try to get back home every weekend to a church called mercy hill in greensboro. at church ifill in there is a vacancy. i still find that through rewarding and very fulfilling. if i can has one piece of legislation, it would be a balanced budget. they want us to get back to 20 something years ago the last time we had a balanced budget.
they want washington to be fiscally responsible. if we have to do it as individuals and families we should also do it in washington. we have passed such a budget on the house side and we hope we will get some action on it in the senate. what makes me a republican is the belief that the individual suited to make the decisions whether it is for education or fiscal responsibility. it goes back all the way to the debate between hamilton and jefferson. jefferson thought was more states rights driven. i am a great believer in federalism and the more you can localize government more accountable it can be. i would be remiss if i didn't catch myself walking the halls wondering how i got here. it is a great honor to serve in congress.
bebig of a message that can sometimes. i am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve. to serve and to be a voice for the people of the sixth district of north carolina i consider that to be a very high honor. i'm a big believer in term limits. we have captured as far as a 10 or 12 year term. but i would like to serve the people in a different capacity. as a new freshman here in congress the process is you go in and sign up for committees. administration.
i wanted to serve on homeland security. house oversight because you feel like you are intentionally doing something on behalf of the who sent you here. to hold these agencies accountable. i would tell president obama to listen to the american people on this iranian deal. nearly 80% of the people thought it was a bad deal. 63% of the house voted against it. more than 25 democrats. i which he would be more realistic about it. a lot of people in israel think this is a dangerous agreement. i wish he would step back and take another look at this deal.
i stared each day spending some time reading the scriptures. i think it is a good grounding that have each morning. i meet with staff and we get the day started. sometimes his committee hearings. we usually don't finish until around 9:00 in the evening. i am happy to serve in that capacity. the triad is a family. it has got that middletown america feel but it all the wonderful things that you want. minor league baseball games and the art community all of it is provided for the community. you can get a sense of people looking out for each other. a wonderful place for businesses.
we have got to some room to improve economically. workforce development. positions00 skilled that we are not able to fill guilford county alone. we have to do better job at a quick thing our young people to get these jobs. the first thing we have to do is bring awareness to the situations. talk about what the problem is. .ot just stop awareness sometimes you have to have a conversation. , health careission poverty and education. we have people from the ministry community and the business community and the psychological community to talk about mental health and all that issues that
affect our community. some very strong actions on these points. that is back in the district back in north carolina. it is coming out from a long-term solution. called issues where is disaster relief word is a one-time fix. i don't other we have done anything specifically long-term that has helped that individual or that victim. a one-time thing can be good but how do we look at this from a long-term perspective so we can really bring a benefit to these communities. the only overseas trip i have taken was a group that went to study some of our strategic missile issues.
we sat down with the prime minister of japan and the leader of south korea. we are giving to china right now has forced some of our allies to wonder where we are on foreign policy. sure that weke send a very clear message to some of these people that are wishing to do us harm. i like the fact that from day to day there is an energy here where you are actively involved in something. if there has been abuse in an agency you can play a vital role in being a voice of the people. to represent that is huge. some of the nastiness i see sometimes in the social media world are you here piece of information on those lines, it is a little frustrating. overall we can communicate our
message. we will go look at organization or company here in town. that is back to the committee hearing rooms. it has been a pleasure. thank you for having me. representatives and the senate return for the second session of the 114th congress. billget reconciliation that would defund planned parenthood and repeal the affordable care act. the senate has ready approved the legislation. president obama has said he would veto it. returns the following week on january 11. they will consider the u.s. circuit court nomination in pennsylvania. a bill from rand paul that would
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ehrenreich author of nickel and dime. story on the her rising death rates for white middle-aged americans. washington journal is light every morning at 7:00. conversation on the future of digital technology. this took place at stanford university. two of the world's most distinguished technologists. [applause]
>> welcome again to our conversation about the digital future. i will introduce our speakers. time we plenty of questions. jaron lanier is a computer scientist and composer and who writes about high-technology business and the social impact of technology. internet politics. and the future of humanism. sharon has been on the cusp of technology for some time he
coined the term virtual reality. creating vrs applications for medicine and design. he works at microsoft research. has written critically acclaimed books. was named to one of the 100 most influential people in the world by time magazine. thrun is ceo of you has published more than .00 scientific papers fast company named him the fifth most creative person in business. touted him as
global thinker number four. [laughter] he works on revolutionizing transportation and education and mobile devices. he was recipient of the first fica about prize named after the great computer science professor. and google he founded google x which is home to the projects like the self driving car. a few you might be wondering what is this demo. the performance work was inspired by douglas engle barts 1968 demonstration at the joint computer conference of a system that his group had developed at stanford.
it describes this event as a presentation on a computer-based interactive multi-console used as antem experimental laboratory for investigating principles i which interactive computer aids can augment intellectual capacity. introduced to us the computer mouse videoconferencing and network collaboration. this was 1968. the demo was spectacular. it was influential. it is often called the mother of all demos. reorients in of how human beings might benefit from computer technology. not just calculating machines to the ways in which we can use computers to improve individual
capabilities and work collaboratively with other human beings. with a quote from an interview with doug. why he had called his laboratory the augmentation research center. i will put this at length. are just, you augmenting basic human capability. there already is a fantastic system. you have to augment the human capability of the computer was just another artifact. i began to realize the unusual characteristics that computers and research technology can
offer. i had done enough work on scaling effects to understand that the whole qualitative nature can change if you start changing the scale of some part of it. i began to realize in how many ways and how directly the computer could interact with the different capabilities we already have. the accumulation of all those changes would make a big impact. a very large thing that came out was the realization that to really go after the value that was there you need to look at all the candidate changes in the existing human system. sebastian, i will start with you. what you think of this idea? sebastian: we have been in the
human augmentation business for hundreds of years if not thousands of years. take the book. it is an augmentation of our memory. .t works incredibly well to carry information from one person to another over generations. take early agricultural machines. now we have machines to make us very strong. the airplane that carries us across the oceans. step inuter is one more that journey. it is a massive step that can have written ramifications in our lives. it is changed to society faster than any other invention ever before. the center is still we the people. i never trying to replace people. i want to empower people. so in the field of artificial
intelligence, sometimes it gets this rap for being about improving machines. sebastian. thrun: i actually like people. we can replicate people all the time. let's leave it at that. it is not the point i want to make. , if you look at successful technology, when we zoom out beyond the iphone's and the self driving cars and the google glasses and we look at the hundreds of years, we can understand everything much better. that the successful
technologies are completely complementary to people. we generally have lousy memories so the book is a good invention. we don't run very fast so a car is a good invention. if we build a machine that looks like us and behaves like us, those character traits of my own that i don't want the machine to have. -- walkst make it will like us and look like us, what is the point? it is entirely about augmenting us. look at the food that you have had the electricity you have. all these wonderful things around you. >> jaron what are your thoughts about this? is important to me in my early career. on many different levels.
the first virtual reality startup actually started in some colleges appear on the campus. now they're just condos and god knows he used to wander by and pick flowers in the fields by the cottages. he was such a lovely guy. i have to say that. when i was a teenager, probably my most important mentor was one of the founders in the field of artificial intelligence named marvin minsky. they used to have arguments. marvin would say we are going to do this, this and this for machines, and then doug would say but what are you going to do for the people. what i really think it boils down to was that for doug, the idea of progress meant expecting more and more from people, not creating conveniences for people, not creating superpowers for people or science fiction scenarios.
he expected people to be able to take more responsibility, to be more ethical, to be more considered in their actions. he expected them to gain virtuoso capabilities with technology. but what i think went wrong -- i am not sure. it is hard to get a real over view of this. but since we have been living with this regime of moore's law, where everything is getting more plentiful, we never get the chance to become a virtuoso with technology. it changes so fast. that speed of change has caused us to become a little lazy in a way because there is always this new thing. now there is a button to replace your toilet paper apparently. i think doug would have hated that kind of thing. doug would have wanted to know more math and more engineering. he wanted people to expect more and more of ourselves ohio state each passing -- with each passing year. people are very good at things
at trying to manipulate their reputation on line or trying to detect catfishing, to avoid being manipulated by algorithms. there is a strange new skill that maybe we are becoming virtuosos of. but in terms of a direct lit skill, i think we are maybe not doing that as much as doug would have wanted. >> i am sure all of you who are seeing the performance tonight, there is a moment in the demo itself when dog wants to talk about the responsiveness of the machine to the human. he has a little bit of a glitch while talking. instead of saying responsiveness, he said responsibility in that moment. that has struck mow about doug, the responsibility of the machine to the machine, but conversely, the human being back to the system. could you talk more about these
ideas of responsibility? either one of you, whoever feels compelled to go? >> well, at the time -- if we go back to the late 70 and the 80's, a lot of the concept of responsibility for people who had technical skills related to the nuclear arms race, and there was a strong feeling that people who were technical had to be able to step up and act as ethical and moral agents in the world to prevent our inventions from destroying everything. that was a very present idea. we have backed away from that a little bit because a lot of things have actually turned out pretty well. i try to imagine if doug was with us today. it is very hard to try to imagine what he would make of some things. i will give you an example of the sort of thing i think he would be skeptical. there was this tremendous outworking of pride in silicon
valley. they were in the square and arab spring, and they were using mobile devices. but then when it starts to go wrong, we don't take responsibility for that. there is a way in which we are being selective in tallying our victories. i think he would be pretty upset by that. no, if you are going to be an engineer, you have to really measure what effect you are having on the world. if you are creating a freer society, measure it, if you are creating a society with more opportunities, measure it. if you are saying at the same time the middle classy is declining and more people are living on the edge, then you are failing. but i think he would demand much more to close the empirical loop. i think he would tend to resist the way of talking we tend to
have. at the same time we have had some tremendous successes. i think he would demand hero realism, more balance and self-assessment. >> maybe a related question to you. this idea of collaboration and using computer systems to help human beings work with other human beings. is that an inspiration for you, or something you would like to talk with google on? >> absolutely. doug is credited with the idea of computer supported collaborative work. as a student, i thought it would never work. today we do e-mail, google docs, and shared separate sheets. some of my employees are in singapore or in lebanon, to work together beyond belief. i wa