Companies take a deep dive into the stacks of a sci-fi library to find out how we might react to new tech.
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Jeffrey Zeldman’s Big Web Show guest is front-end designer Maya Benari (@mayabenari), a leading contributor to the U.S. Web Design Standards.
Do we actually believe in the future? How can think about 100, 1000 or 10,000 years in the future? How can plan for it? Writer and teachers, Rowan Dent introduces means of thinking beyond the end of our lives, or those of our children, or our children’s children. Plus David M tries to plan for the future, Lance brings in some booze and warned to keep away from nuclear waste.
Mentioned in this episode:
Future Library Project, Norway
The Long Now Foundation
10,000 Year Clock
How to Permit Your Mammoth
Beetroot and Horseradish Vodka
How to send a message 1,000 years in the future
Alla Kholmatova speaking at the third Responsive Day Out in Brighton on June 19th.
The Responsive Day Out is an affordable, enjoyable gathering of UK designers and developers sharing their workflow strategies, techniques, and experiences with responsive web design.
Walter Isaacson | The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Bestselling biographer Walter Isaacson’s portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, released just weeks after the tech guru’s death, became an international bestseller and broke all records for sales of a biography. Isaacson has also penned “energetic, entertaining, and worldly” (The New Yorker) bios of Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger, and Albert Einstein. The president and CEO of the Aspen Institute for educational and policy studies, he has also served as the chairman of CNN, managing editor of Time magazine, and chairman emeritus of Teach for America. The Innovators is the revealing, century-spanning saga of the people who created the computer and the Internet.
Mark Bittman is one of America’s most critically praised and popular food writers. He penned the “Minimalist” column for The New York Times for 13 years and is the author of the ubiquitous How to Cook Everything series, called “the new, hip Joy of Cooking” (Washington Post). Some of his other work includes Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef, Vegan before 6 P.M., and the Public Television series Bittman Takes on America’s Chefs. He has won two James Beard Awards and the Julia Child general cookbook award. Bittman’s newest book features more than 2,000 from-scratch recipes that can be prepared quickly and easily.
In conversation with Maureen Fitzgerald, Food Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read” (Time), cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker has charted the way humans form thoughts and engage the world through a wide array of scientific research, scholarly writing, popular books, and magazine articles. These bestsellers include The Better Angels of our Nature, The Language Instinct, and Pulitzer Prize finalists The Blank Slate and How the Mind Works. In 2010 and 2011 he was named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of top global thinkers. Pinker’s new book explores the ways in which the English language is being corrupted by texting and social media in order to propose practical guidelines for crafting useful, elegant prose.
Managing partner of Philadelphia’s celebrated Marc Vetri family of restaurants, for over 15 years Jeff Benjamin has helped make the Vetri brand synonymous with quality fine-dining with his impeccable standards, attention to detail, wide range of taste, and strong work ethic. He also supports many philanthropic causes and nonprofit organizations, including Little Smiles and The Great Chef’s Event, which benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand. In 2008, Benjamin and Vetri created the Vetri Foundation for Children, a charity that focuses on promoting healthy eating and the childhood obesity crisis. Including observations about reserving tables, what your server truly thinks about you, and what it takes to get kicked out, Front of the House is a behind-the-scenes look at the art of exceptional restaurant service.
In conversation with Danya Henninger, local editor for Zagat.com/Philadelphia, restaurant critic for the Courier-Post and a regular contributor to Philly.com/food.
The launch of The Original Frankenstein, a Bodleian Library publication, took place in the Divinity School on 7 October 2008. Brian Aldiss, the well-known author of science-fiction, was the guest of honour.
Universal access to all knowledge, Kahle declared, will be one of humanity’s greatest achievements. We are already well on the way. "We’re building the Library of Alexandria, version 2. We can one-up the Greeks!"
Start with what the ancient library had—-books. The Internet Library already has 3 million books digitized. With its Scribe Book Scanner robots—-29 of them around the world—-they’re churning out a thousand books a day digitized into every handy ebook format, including robot-audio for the blind and dyslexic. Even modern heavily copyrighted books are being made available for free as lending-library ebooks you can borrow from physical libraries—-100,000 such books so far. (Kahle announced that every citizen of California is now eligible to borrow online from the Oakland Library’s "ePort.")
As for music, Kahle noted that the 2-3 million records ever made are intensely litigated, so the Internet Archive offered music makers free unlimited storage of their works forever, and the music poured in. The Archive audio collection has 100,000 concerts so far (including all the Grateful Dead) and a million recordings, with three new bands every day uploading.
Moving images. The 150,000 commercial movies ever made are tightly controlled, but 2 million other films are readily available and fascinating—-600,000 of them are accessible in the Archive already. In the year 2000, without asking anyone’s permission, the Internet Archive started recording 20 channels of TV all day, every day. When 9/11 happened, they were able to assemble an online archive of TV news coverage all that week from around the world ("TV comes with a point of view!") and make it available just a month after the event on Oct. 11, 2001.
The Web itself. When the Internet Archive began in 1996, there were just 30 million web pages. Now the Wayback Machine copies every page of every website every two months and makes them time-searchable from its 6-petabyte database of 150 billion pages. It has 500,000 users a day making 6,000 queries a second.
"What is the Library of Alexandria most famous for?" Kahle asked. "For burning! It’s all gone!" To maintain digital archives, they have to be used and loved, with every byte migrated forward into new media evey five years. For backup, the whole Internet Archive is mirrored at the new Bibliotheca Alexadrina in Egypt and in Amsterdam. ("So our earthquake zone archive is backed up in the turbulent Mideast and a flood zone. I won’t sleep well until there are five or six backup sites.")
Speaking of institutional longevity, Kahle noted during the Q & A that nonprofits demonstrably live much longer than businesses. It might be it’s because they have softer edges, he surmised, or that they’re free of the grow-or-die demands of commercial competition. Whatever the cause, they are proliferating.
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