“Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat. Pinterest. Every day, you hear about another successful startup by kids who are just out of school, or even still in school. Hardware is different. You never hear about a new team successfully making a high-performance microprocessor.”
Dan Luu on why making new microprocessors is hard.
“I suspect we will not understand the rise in neuropsychiatric disorders or obesity, diabetes and metabolic disruptions generally without taking a multigenerational approach.”
Turns out memories may be transmitted through generations via DNA. Via Stewart.
Building a Mesh Network in Rural Somaliland. Mesh FTW!
The annual Chaos Communication Congress has just finished and it was full of good. My highlights:
Joscha Bach – “How to Build a Mind – Artificial Intelligence Reloaded”. He believes that the building of AI’s should be a big cultural project – and that Companies and organisations will be AI’s in the end.
Trevor Paglen – “Seeing The Secret State: Six Landscapes”.
“Both live 20k north of Aberporth, Wales, UK, where Europe’s only test facility for civilian and military drones is situated”.
10 Seconds of Extreme Trading. Via Jody.
Gou Miyagi via Iain Tait.
The world is a much safer place now than in previous years. In the 1980s, the threat was total annihilation of the entire world, and today, it’s some terrorists blowing up a vehicle. Yet, politicians deceptively and dishonestly justify endemic mass surveillance by the world being “more dangerous”.
Microsoft releases a common bridge for Kinect.
However, El Reg suggests the boffins in the military read Arthur C Clarke’s short story Superiority – which is on the reading list for industrial design students at MIT, and describes the dangers of such advanced weapons systems. A highly visible laser truck is going to be the first thing any enemy will want to take out.
The story of “The Fallen Astronaut” - the first (and only) art on the Moon.
I’ve always been fascinated by JFK, Errol Morris and Tink Thompson are too. I remember doing a fifteen minute presentation on the assassination when I was at IBM before Imperial. I even had a pointer.
A stabilised shot.
John Naughton writes in the Guardian on “Aldous Huxley: the prophet of our brave new digital dystopia”. Which reminded me of Stuart McMillen’s comic adaptation of Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death. You can find the original comic here.
This is what immortality looks like. Is that what all actors desire? All of us? As Bill wrote – “All the world’s a stage”. Do we just want to be noticed? VHX distributing again – they keep picking up great films.
Jonathan Franzen wrote an essay on what is wrong with the modern world that stirred up several responses. Ironically, his original piece has been taken down as the Guardian’s copyright has expired.
This is why China is going to the moon.
Gay Talese remembers the late Peter O’Toole. I think the first time I saw him was Supergirl – the next moment I remember was that most famous of all cuts:
2013 in review from Google Ventures. Always interesting when rivals pick up your investments.
“The very laws of physics imply that artificial intelligence must be possible. What’s holding us up?”
David Deutsch talking more interesting on AI.
I honestly hope NESTA can get better. A lost opportunity at best.
Another side of JS, ASM from Mozilla for commercial web gaming.