Recorded at Webstock 2009
Tagged with “culture” (6)
China is preparing new measures to attack rising inflation. It has already tried to slow down its galloping economy by cutting back bank lending and bringing in measures to deflate the bubble in property prices. Millions of middle class Chinese have gambled on buying new apartments. It’s even reported that speculators are hoarding a large number of properties to fuel price rises. Fears have been raised that as a result, millions of homes lie empty across China, in what is a parody of healthy economic growth. The BBC’s business editor Robert Peston reports from Inner Mongolia on China’s ghost towns. Plus leading behavioural economist Professor Dan Ariely of MIT in the US, explains the brain science of why humans are willing to lose money to gain revenge. And our technology correspondent Jeremy Wagstaff examines the global habit of ‘miscalls’ - the way people use phone calls which never connect to communicate with their loved ones or business contacts.
Climate Change Update - how screwed are we? and Giving the Enlightenment Another Five Hundred Years - Bill Thompson
Gavin Starks: What’s actually been changing in science, business and politics to create change? What’s the signal in amongst the noise? What do we need to do next? Did you know 3-4,000 companies in the UK are now legally required to calculate their carbon footprint? Information, some answers, more questions and anecdotal stories from the collision between us, the planet and the internet of things… http://www.amee.com
Bill Thompson argues that online access to the cultural record is vital if we’re to build on the past, preserve enlightenment values and build an open society - so the time has come to sort out codecs, metadata and rights.
As people have become more and more dependent on the Internet, some have concerns that all that information (and the devices that help us connect to it) could be doing seriously damage to the way we think, interact and learn. But Nick Bilton, lead writer for the New York Times Bits Blog, explains in his new book that he’s lived his whole life connected and managed to turn out just fine. He says scientific research backs up his experience.
Colin Marshall talks to Jesse Thorn and Adam Lisagor, creators of the new men’s style web series and blog Put This On, which explore all facets of the art of “dressing like a grown-up.” Thorn is also the host of Public Radio International’s The Sound of Young America as well as the comedy podcast Jordan Jesse Go; Lisagor is also a co-host and producer of the comedy podcast You Look Nice Today.
Between The Alexandrian War of 48 BCE and the Muslim conquest of 642 CE, the Library of Alexandria, containing a million scrolls and tens of thousands of individual works was completely destroyed, its contents scattered and lost. An appreciable percentage of all human knowledge to that point in history was erased. Yet in his novella “The Congress”, Jorge Luis Borges wrote that “every few centuries, it’s necessary to burn the Library of Alexandria”.
In his session James will ask if, as we build ourselves new structures of knowledge and certainty, as we design our future, should we be concerned with the value of our ruins?
With a background in both computing and traditional publishing James Bridle attempts to bridge the gaps between technology and literature. He runs Bookkake, a small independent publisher and writes about books and the publishing industry at booktwo.org. In 2009 he helped launch Enhanced Editions, the first e-reading application with integrated audiobooks.