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  1. The Big Ideas podcast: The medium is the message

    In the first of a series of philosophy podcasts, Benjamen Walker and guests discuss the communication theorist Marshall McLuhan and his most famous line.

    The writing of the Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this Thursday, has entered popular jargon like that of few other modern intellectuals. Is there another line that has been quoted – and misquoted – as enthusiastically as ‘the medium is the message’? McLuhan, of course, was perfectly aware of his status as the thinker du jour of the media age, the man everyone liked to quote over dinner but hadn’t bothered to read – for proof, just watch Annie Hall.

    But what does "the medium is the message" really mean? In the first episode of our new The Big Ideas series, Benjamen Walker gets to the bottom of the slogan with the help of Canadian novelist and McLuhan-biographer Douglas Coupland, academic Lance Strate, Marshal’s son Eric McLuhan, record producer John Simon, and the Guardian’s media correspondent Jemima Kiss.

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  2. The Digital Life: Luke Wroblewski

    Luke Wroblewski recently sat down with Jim Leftwich and Dirk Knemeyer on The Digital Life to talk about mobile and future trends in computing.

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  3. Craig Mod — How digital affects books and publishing

    We need to decouple the idea of ‘book’ from the mental image we carry around of ‘book.’ The innovation and benefit that digital brings to books and publishing lies less in how digital affects final artifacts, and more in how digital affects the systems leading up to and extending beyond those artifacts.

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  4. Kevin Kelly on technology evolving beyond us

    Kevin Kelly, a founding editor of Wired magazine, a former editor and publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog, and one of the most compelling thinkers about technology today, talks about his new book, What Technology Wants. Make no mistake: the singularity is near. Kelly discusses the technium–a broad term that encompasses all of technology and culture–and its characteristics, including its autonomy and sense of bias, its interdependency, and how it evolves and self-replicates. He also talks about humans as the first domesticated animals; extropy and rising order; the inevitability of humans and complex technologies; the Amish as technology testers, selecters, and slow-adopters; the sentient technium; and technology as wilderness.

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  5. DIY ‘Hackers’ Tinker Everyday Things Into Treasure : NPR

    Most people think of a hacker as someone who breaks into computer networks, but many in the do-it-yourself movement have adopted the term for themselves. DIY hackers take everyday items and hack, or modify, them to serve new purposes. In the last few years, work spaces dedicated to their craft have been sprouting up all over North America.

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  6. Kevin Kelly interview

    This week, Rick Kleffel, one of my favorite book interviewers, talks to Kevin Kelly about his book What Technology Wants, one of the best books I’ve ever read about technology. The conversation is fascinating.

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  7. Movin’ on up - Space Elevators

    Dr. Brendan Quine discusses his design for a novel kind of space elevator.

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  8. Tank Riot: Episode 46 Nikola Tesla

    Nikola Tesla! The tank team discusses the brilliant scientist’s complex life and inventions (AC power, radio, induction motors, rotary transformers and more!) Learn about his famous rivalry with Thomas Edison and other moments in his world changing career!

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  9. Buzz Out Loud 921: Buzz Out Loud at SXSW - Day One

    Somehow we packed a conference room with more people than we had chairs for here at South by Southwest. Special guests Caroline McCarthy, Wine Library TV’s Gary Vaynerchuk, and The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston join us for today’s show.

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  10. In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace

    In 1787, Thomas Jefferson put a stuffed American moose in the lobby of his Paris residence. As the U.S. minister to France, Jefferson displayed the moose to powerfully symbolize the enormous possibilities of America. The new world of the Internet has equally vast possibilities and, like North America in Jefferson’s day, its landscape remains largely unexplored.

    In his new book, In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace, David Post draws remarkable and entertaining parallels between the Internet and the natural and intellectual landscape that Thomas Jefferson explored, documented, and shaped. Creatively drawing on Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, Post describes how the Internet functions technically and applies Jefferson’s views on natural history, law, and governance to the unfolding complexities of cyberspace.

    Jefferson’s Moose is a book for both fans of Thomas Jefferson and for fans of the Internet, each of whom should know more about the other topic. Come hear Professor Post present the ideas from In Search of Jefferson’s Moose, with commentary from two equally insightful writers.

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