The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

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Many of today’s social behaviors that led to many billion dollar companies are inspired by blogs and blogging of the yore. My article is here. 

Favorite excerpt: 
"If you look around the media landscape, the media darlings of the moment — BuzzFeed and Upworthy — are doing essentially that, curating a world overrun with information and content and packaging it up for fast-food like consumption. Using the social web to share these content equivalent of McNuggets at massive scale is sheer genius and that is why they are worthy of all the adulation they are getting.
That doesn’t mean you and I can’t do the same. We’ll just do it at a different scale, at a different tempo and with a different lens — our own.” 

I wish more people understood the early days of blogging and how much excitement there was when this functionality first started evolving. 

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Many of today’s social behaviors that led to many billion dollar companies are inspired by blogs and blogging of the yore. My article is here

Favorite excerpt: 

"If you look around the media landscape, the media darlings of the moment — BuzzFeed and Upworthy — are doing essentially that, curating a world overrun with information and content and packaging it up for fast-food like consumption. Using the social web to share these content equivalent of McNuggets at massive scale is sheer genius and that is why they are worthy of all the adulation they are getting.

That doesn’t mean you and I can’t do the same. We’ll just do it at a different scale, at a different tempo and with a different lens — our own.” 

I wish more people understood the early days of blogging and how much excitement there was when this functionality first started evolving. 

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Today’s newspapers:
Blah blah NSA scandal GCHQ blah blah Merkel MSF UNICEF theatreland blah blah Apollo blah blah blah blah Mandela Mossad blah blah Nigella blah blah Bubonic Plague (wtf?) blah blah blah POTENTIALLY PARADIGM-SHIFTING MICE ON PAGE 812 BELOW THE FOLD blah blah blah blah immigration blah Louise Mensch porridge blah.
Because hey: science that has the potential to reshape our understanding of ourselves and our relationship with time and our environment? Meh.

£50,000 a day? a) there are people who would pay that and b) it’s AMAZING how far that will come down if this turns out to be a thing.

Bio-engineering and bio-hacking are going to really put stress on the tension between the haves and the have nots. 
Link to article is here.

harkaway:

theblindgiant:

Today’s newspapers:

Blah blah NSA scandal GCHQ blah blah Merkel MSF UNICEF theatreland blah blah Apollo blah blah blah blah Mandela Mossad blah blah Nigella blah blah Bubonic Plague (wtf?) blah blah blah POTENTIALLY PARADIGM-SHIFTING MICE ON PAGE 812 BELOW THE FOLD blah blah blah blah immigration blah Louise Mensch porridge blah.

Because hey: science that has the potential to reshape our understanding of ourselves and our relationship with time and our environment? Meh.

£50,000 a day? a) there are people who would pay that and b) it’s AMAZING how far that will come down if this turns out to be a thing.

Bio-engineering and bio-hacking are going to really put stress on the tension between the haves and the have nots. 

Link to article is here.

People In China Are Getting Photobombed By Smog
Mark my words, gas masks will become fashion accessories because of China smog and anti-surveillance. 

People In China Are Getting Photobombed By Smog

Mark my words, gas masks will become fashion accessories because of China smog and anti-surveillance. 

(via fastcompany)

Dear Amazon Instant Video or Netflix, whichever one of you picks up the rights to House first will win my undying love and eternal devotion. Thank you. 

Dear Amazon Instant Video or Netflix, whichever one of you picks up the rights to House first will win my undying love and eternal devotion. Thank you. 

"Look at them. They all care so much. Do you ever wonder if there’s something wrong with us?"

"Look at them. They all care so much. Do you ever wonder if there’s something wrong with us?"

(via My Sherlockian Holiday Reading List - I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere)
Here’s a look at some of the books I’ll be reading this holiday and reviewing next year. 

(via My Sherlockian Holiday Reading List - I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere)

Here’s a look at some of the books I’ll be reading this holiday and reviewing next year. 

I love these posts by William Hertling as he charts a path towards AI development. If you haven’t read Will’s novels on a future AI, you really should. 
Recent Rate of Computer Processing Growth

If computer processing speeds fail to increase exponentially, as they have for the last forty years, this will throw off many different predictions for the future, and dramatically decreases the likelihood of human-grade AI arising.
According to that, the decline in processing rate increases is isolated to the last fiveyears.Five years isn’t much of a long term trend, and there are some processors missing from the end of the matrix. The Intel Xeon X5675, a 12 core processor isn’t shown, and it’s twice as powerful as the Intel Core i7 4770k that’s the bottom row on the MIPS table. If we substitute the Xeon processor, we find the growth rate from 2008 to 2012 was 31% annually, a more respectable improvement.However, I’ve been tracking technology trends for a while (see my post on How to Predict the Future), and I try to use only those computers and devices I’ve personally owned. There’s always something faster out there, but it’s not what people have in their home, which is what I’m interested in.

I love these posts by William Hertling as he charts a path towards AI development. If you haven’t read Will’s novels on a future AI, you really should. 

Recent Rate of Computer Processing Growth

If computer processing speeds fail to increase exponentially, as they have for the last forty years, this will throw off many different predictions for the future, and dramatically decreases the likelihood of human-grade AI arising.

According to that, the decline in processing rate increases is isolated to the last fiveyears.

Five years isn’t much of a long term trend, and there are some processors missing from the end of the matrix. The Intel Xeon X5675, a 12 core processor isn’t shown, and it’s twice as powerful as the Intel Core i7 4770k that’s the bottom row on the MIPS table. If we substitute the Xeon processor, we find the growth rate from 2008 to 2012 was 31% annually, a more respectable improvement.

However, I’ve been tracking technology trends for a while (see my post on How to Predict the Future), and I try to use only those computers and devices I’ve personally owned. There’s always something faster out there, but it’s not what people have in their home, which is what I’m interested in.

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Twitter is a video game. I’ve been doing it wrong. 

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New year, new Arc

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It’s been a long wait but we’re very pleased to tell you that next year Arc is back and will be published every two months. The first issue of the year, Exit Strategies, will be out on 22 January and includes new writing from Jeff Noon, Kathleen Ann Goonan, M John Harrison and many more. We’ll announce the full Exit Strategies line-up along with what to expect in early January.

This just made my day. 

WHOLOCK - Sherlock meets The Doctor! (by John Smith)

It’s fan generated and far from perfect, but it starts to make you wonder how long before the futuristic vision Lawrence Lessig described in Remix, where everyone watches movies that are mashed up on demand from existing media is a reality? 

I’m taking the brute force approach to writing and editing tonight since logic, finesse, and trickery have failed me the last 35 tries.

Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots
Google has been buying massive amounts of robotic companies lately. And it make you wonder why a company who’s mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful" needs all these robots. 

Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots

Google has been buying massive amounts of robotic companies lately. And it make you wonder why a company who’s mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful" needs all these robots. 

The New Armor That Lets You Sense Surveillance Cameras

We pass under surveillance cameras every day, appearing on perhaps hundreds of minutes of film. We rarely notice them. London-based artist James Bridle would like to remind us.

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Anti-surveillance will become a major fashion trend. 

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brucesterling:

*Ha ha ha, so long 2013

The future is now!

brucesterling:

*Ha ha ha, so long 2013

The future is now!