How will robotics change us and our lives? Will AI driven robots put us on an accelerated evolutionary path? Why would we want a more heavily robotized society? Do we have a choice in the matter?
Three of the grumpiest techies in the land take to the electronic airwaves to grumble, moan and bitch about all things technological and awful.
Everyone is getting it double-barrelled in this seemingly unending rant-a-thon. Apple’s precious iOS devices and the peoplesoulless hipsters who queued all morning to buy one, Adobe, cloud computing, marketing silliness and even nerd sitcom favourite The IT Crowd (gasp!). It’s a bit long, and we do swear quite a bit. Not suitable for children, Steve Jobs fanboys and those of a nervous temperament.
I recently had a conversation with John about the work he’s doing in the mobile space. Here’s that conversation for your listening pleasure:
When writing the Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton declared his hand on most of the big questions in physics. He outlined the nature of space, explained the motions of the planets and conceived the operation of gravity. He also laid down the law on time declaring:
“Absolute, true, and mathematical time, of itself and from its own nature, flows equably without relation to anything external.”
For Newton time was absolute and set apart from the universe, but with the theories of Albert Einstein time became more complicated; it could be squeezed and distorted and was different in different places.
Time is integral to our experience of things but we find it very difficult to think about. It may not even exist and yet seems written into the existence of absolutely everything.
Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey
Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University
Ian Stewart, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick
(sometimes, they pull these shows after a week…but there’s a real audio stream available on their site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/inourtime/rams/inourtime_20081218.ram)
From IA Summit 2010:
In the next few years, the most successful social media experiences will be the ones that understand how our offline and online worlds connect and interact. But our tools are still crude. The good news is that despite the complexity involved in understanding human relationships, we can study offline and online communication and create design principles to support what we find. In his presentation, Paul Adams speaks about what he has learned from over two years of research into people’s online and offline relationships.