Tagged with “it” (14)

  1. The Problem of Sock Puppets

    On the Media, a US NPR program, examines what happened when Dilbert creator Scott Adams joined Metafilter to defend himself in a forum criticizing him, but did so using a pseudonym. Scott Adams was outed very quickly by members in the forum, but Metafilter also confirmed it was Scott Adams after he refused to admit it himself.

    A great overview explaining the various cultures and community mores that exist across the internet, just as all communities differ from each other. The best overview how complicated social can be in 6 minutes.

    —Huffduffed by hopkinsju

  2. Matt Ridley: Deep Optimism

    Everything's going to Hell in a handbasket! Or is it?

    Not according to Matt Ridley. Ridley takes a long-term view of humanity's past to project a deeply optimistic view of our future. This program was recorded in collaboration with the Long Now Foundation, on March 22, 2011.

    This program contains visual aids. A complete video version is available at: http://fora.tv/2011/03/22/Matt_Ridley_Deep_Optimism

    Via trade and other cultural activities, "ideas have sex," and that drives human history in the direction of inconstant but accumulative improvement over time. The criers of havoc keep being proved wrong. A fundamental optimism about human affairs is deeply rational and can be reliably conjured with.

    Trained at Oxford as a zoologist and an editor at The Economist for eight years, Matt Ridley's newest book is The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves. His earlier works include Francis Crick; Nature via Nurture; Genome; and The Origins of Virtue.

    Matt Ridley's books have sold over 800,000 copies, been translated into 27 languages and been short-listed for six literary prizes. In 2004 he won the National Academies Book Award from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine for Nature via Nurture.

    He is married to the neuroscientist Professor Anya Hurlbert. They have two children and live at Blagdon near Newcastle upon Tyne.

    —Huffduffed by hopkinsju

  3. Computerworld Techcast: Ray Kurzweil, Part I: The future of computing

    In this episode of the Computerworld Techcast, Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity Is Near, explains the impact of the exponential growth of processing power in computers. In the interview, Kurzweil says that computing advances will go beyond making computers smaller and more powerful — they will eventually lead to pervasive computing, augmented reality, and vastly longer lifespans.Duration: 10 minutes

    http://blogs.computerworld.com/computerworld_techcast_ray_kurzweil_part_i_the_future_of_computing

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  4. David Brooks: The social animal

    Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences — insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can't hope to understand humans as separate individuals making choices based on their conscious awareness.

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  5. RSA - The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

    The Internet Age: an era of unprecedented freedom in both communication and culture.

    However each major new medium, from telephone to satellite television, has crested a wave of similar idealistic optimism, before succumbing to the inevitable undertow of industrial consolidation. Every once free and open technology has, in time, become centralised and closed; a huge corporate power taking control of the 'master switch.'

    Today, as a similar struggle looms over the internet, increasingly the pipeline of all other media, the stakes have never been higher.

    Tim Wu is a Columbia Law professor, author, policy advocate, who first coined the phrase "net neutrality". He visits the RSA to deliver an essential review of information technology history and to share his unique insight into the next chapter of global communications.

    Speaker: Timothy Wu, Professor at Columbia Law School, policy advocate and author of The Master Switch (Atlantic Books, 2011).

    Chair: Tom Chatfield, author, tech and cultural commentator and game writer.

    http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2011/the-rise-and-fall-of-information-empires

    —Huffduffed by hopkinsju

  6. An Event Apart Atlanta with Eric Meyer on Unmatched Style

    Anyone building websites nowadays owes a great deal of thanks to Eric Meyer (@meyerweb), both for his contributions to web standards and CSS in general as well as to our community with the books and articles he’s written and the An Event Apart conferences. Along with Jeffrey Zeldman, which I spoke with last month about AEA coming back to Atlanta, I fired up skype and talked a bit about conferences and speaking at conferences with Eric Meyer. Talking with him about what he’s into right now, I got an emphatic “CSS3!”. We can definitely count on Eric to help us sort out the details within CSS3 as we all get deeper and deeper into it. As always he’s actively testing and writing about it for us all. I asked him for a tip on first time talk givers. “The audience is on your side” is what he shared with me, people have come out to hear you either entertain, educate or inspire them so all they want you to do is just that. So you don’t need to apologize, or freak about winning the audience over, they all want you to succeed. Remember that you’re speaking because you have something great to say or share, so bring it! That’s great advice for me personally and one i’ll take into account the next time I get up in front of a group. As with my last post on AEA Atlanta, the lineup looks amazing. Turns out this is a fairly unique lineup for an AEA event, so Atlanta you’re special!

    • Sarah Parmenter - @sazzy
    • Jason Santa Maria - @jasonsantamaria
    • Luke Wroblewski - @lukew
    • Andy Clarke - @Malarkey
    • Kristina Halvorson - @halvorson
    • Jeremy Keith - @adactio
    • Aarron Walter - @aarron
    • Jared Spool - @JMSPOOL
    • Ethan Marcotte - @BEEP
    • Jeffrey Veen - @veen
    • Eric Meyer - @meyerweb
    • Jeffrey Zeldman - @zeldman

    http://blip.tv/file/4922635

    —Huffduffed by hopkinsju

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