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  1. The potential of quantum computing – Science Weekly podcast | Science | The Guardian

    Ian Sample explores the journey from logic to modern computers.

    The annual Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition shows off the best of British science, highlighting the place of scientific innovation at the heart of our culture, and of our economic wellbeing.

    The exhibition dates back to the early 19th century, when the Royal Society’s president invited guests to his home to inspect collections of scientific instruments and other objects illustrating the newest scientific research.

    These days it’s an exhibition with a huge range of events, and on this and next week’s podcast we’ll be looking at four of them.

    This week we’re going to explore the impact maths and logic has had on modern computing, and whether quantum computing is a realistic prospect.

    Ian Sample is joined down the line by Vlatko Vedral, professor of physics at Oxford University. In the studio is Patrick Fitzpatrick, emeritus professor of mathematics at University College Cork, the Guardian’s science correspondent Hannah Devlin, and Phil Oldfield, our British Science Association media fellow.

    Patrick Fitzpatrick was speaking at the Royal Society alongside Emanuele Pelucchi, Head of the Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator Grant Group at Tyndall National Institute-University College Cork.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2015/jul/03/quantum-computing-science-podcast

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  2. Andy Baio, Technologist and Blogger | Cool Tools

    Cool Tools Show 48: Andy Baio

    Andy Baio loves making things online. He’s written waxy.org for the last 13 years, helped build Kick Starter, and organizes XOXO — an independent art tech festival in Portland. His upcoming projects include the XOXO Outpost, which is an experimental workspace opening this January, and the reboot of the collaborative event calendar, upcoming.org.

    http://kk.org/cooltools/andy-baio-technologist-and-blogger/

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  3. Cory Doctorow on losing the open Web

    The O’Reilly Hardware Podcast: Digital rights management goes deeper into the Web.In this episode of the Hardware podcast, we talk with writer and digital rights activist Cory Doctorow. He’s recently rejoined the Electronic Frontier Foundation to fight a World Wide Web Consortium proposal that would add DRM to the core specification for HTML. When we recorded this episode with Cory, the W3C had just overruled the EFF’s objection. The result, he says, is that “we are locking innovation out of the Web.”“It is illegal to report security vulnerabilities in a DRM,” Doctorow says. “[DRM] is making it illegal to tell people when the devices they depend upon for their very lives are unsuited for that purpose.”

    In our “Tools” segment, Doctorow tells us about tools that can be used for privacy and encryption, including the EFF surveillance self-defense kit, and Wickr, an encrypted messaging service that allows for an expiration date on shared messages and photos. “We need a tool that’s so easy your boss can use it,” he says.

    Other links:

    In 2014, Nest bought Revolv, maker of a smart home hub. Now Nest is shutting down Revolv’s cloud service, and in the process it’s bricking every Revolv hub that’s already been sold. Consumers may own their hardware, but if it depends on cloud software to run, it operates at someone else’s whim.

    Mark Klein, an AT&T technician who filed a whistleblower suit against AT&T for allowing the National Security Administration to tap into its lines.

    EFF’s Apollo 1201 project, aimed at eradicating DRM

    Simply Secure, a non-profit privacy and security organization of which Doctorow has recently joined the board

    DanKam, an augmented-reality application written by security researcher Dan Kaminsky that helps people who experience colorblindness. It’s an example of a legitimate project that requires the ability to break DRM.

    This week’s click spirals:

    David Cranor: The war among players in the online game Eve Online, including a recent economic insurrection by some players against the game runners.

    Jon Bruner: A game design competition based on Robert Caro’s classic biography The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, about the legendary urban planner.

    https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/cory-doctorow-on-losing-the-open-web

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  4. Someone Else’s Acid Trip

    As Kevin Kelly tells it, the hippie revolution and the computer revolution are nearly one and the same.

    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/freakonomicsradio/~3/uVOduDBYyI8/

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  5. ‘A bit of Capability Brown’ with Sean Johnson and Drew McLellan | Unfinished Business

    I know. I know! It’s been far too long since episode 117. But fret no more, Unfinished Business fans, we’re back and back for good, every two weeks with some brilliant guests and some good old fashioned conversations. This week, I’m joined by Sean Johnson and Drew McLellan to talk fat and fitness, cruises and coach trips.

    http://www.unfinished.bz/118

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  6. Vox Ex Machina

    1939, an astonishing new machine debuted at the New York World’s Fair. It was called the “Voder,” short for “Voice Operating Demonstrator.” It looked sort of like a futuristic church organ.

    An operator — known as a “Voderette” — sat at the Voder’s curved wooden console with a giant speaker towering behind her. She faced an expectant audience, placed her hands on a keyboard in front of her, and then played something the world had never really heard before.

    A synthesized voice.

    http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/vox-ex-machina/

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  7. Longform Podcast #189: Maciej Ceglowski

    “My natural contrarianism makes me want to see if I can do something long-term in an industry where everything either changes until it’s unrecognizable or gets sold or collapses. I like the idea of things on the web being persistent. And more basically, I reject this idea that everything has to be on a really short time scale just because it involves technology. We’ve had these computers around for a while now. It’s time we start treating them like everything else in our lives, where it kind of lives on the same time scale that we do and doesn’t completely fall off the end of the world every three or four years.”

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  8. BBC Radio 4 - Digital Human, Series 9, Taste

    Aleks Krotoski explores whether or not the digital world is changing food culture.

    Food is a universal necessity, human brains light up more for food than any other experience, so it’s little wonder that food culture has exploded online. Social media is festooned with pictures, recipes, cooking videos and we can’t seem to ever get enough.

    But, is the digital world doing more than getting our mouths watering? Could technology be changing the very way we taste?

    In this episode, Aleks Krotoski explores how food trends develop and shape our culture and spread on social media, as well as exploring new tech that may change the way we eat - from 3D printed delights, to Chef Watson who creates recipes in the cloud, and even how we might manipulate our brains to change how we perceive flavour.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07756bg

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  9. Ideas: Max Allen and Ted Nelson

    Max Allen and Ted Nelson discuss the future of computers.

    https://archive.org/details/ideas-maxallen-tednelson

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  10. Vox Ex Machina

    1939, an astonishing new machine debuted at the New York World’s Fair. It was called the “Voder,” short for “Voice Operating Demonstrator.” It looked sort of like a futuristic church organ.

    An operator — known as a “Voderette” — sat at the Voder’s curved wooden console with a giant speaker towering behind her. She faced an expectant audience, placed her hands on a keyboard in front of her, and then played something the world had never really heard before.

    A synthesized voice.

    http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/vox-ex-machina/

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