jgarber / Jason Garber

Web developer, musician, photographer, author, and suspect patent holder.

There are sixteen people in jgarber’s collective.

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  1. Planet Money – Episode 857: The Postal Illuminati

    When you order stuff online, it may cost less to have it shipped across the world than across the street.

    Take the Mighty Mug. It’s a travel mug that’s almost impossible to knock over, invented by a guy in New Jersey named Jayme Smaldone. A few months ago, Jayme realized he could order a knockoff Mighty Mug from China and get it shipped for less than it would cost him to ship his mug to a neighbor.

    The reason for this price gap, Jayme claims, is a secretive group of postal policymakers that meets every four years to fix international shipping rates. A kind of postal illuminati.

    Today’s episode: A conspiracy theory that’s actually real. How the decisions made behind closed doors make it cheap to buy things from across the world, but are also distorting the global economy.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/08/01/634737852/episode-857-the-postal-illuminati

    —Huffduffed by jgarber

  2. Rethinking Technological Positivism with Cory Doctorow - CoRecursive Podcast

    Self-driving cars or armed autonomous military robots may make use of the same technologies. In a certain sense, we as software developers are helping to build and shape the future. What does the future look like and are we helping build the right one? Is technology a force for liberty or oppression.

    Cory Doctorow is one of my favorite authors and also a public intellectual with a keen insight into the dangers we face a society. In this interview, I ask him how to avoid ending up in a techno-totalitarian society. We also talk about Turing, DRM, data mining and monopolies.

    https://corecursive.com/33-cory-doctorow-digital-rights/

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  3. Long-Term Thinking in a Start-Up Town (Ep. 381) - Freakonomics Freakonomics

    Recorded live in San Francisco. Guests include the keeper of a 10,000-year clock, the co-founder of Lyft, a pioneer in male birth control, a specialist in water security, and a psychology professor who is also a puppy. With co-host Angela Duckworth, fact-checker Mike Maughan, and the Freakonomics Radio Orchestra.

    http://freakonomics.com/podcast/live-san-francisco/

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  4. Computers at Home

    In the 1980s, ‘micro computers’ invaded the home. In this episode, Hannah Fry discovers how the computer was transported from the office and the classroom right into our living room.

    From eccentric electronics genius Clive Sinclair and his ZX80, to smart-suited businessman Alan Sugar and the Amstrad PC, she charts the 80s computer boom - a time when the UK had more computers per head of population than anywhere else in the world.

    Presented by Hannah Fry

    Produced by Michelle Martin

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06bnq0y

    —Huffduffed by jgarber

  5. E47 - Building Technology that Augments Human Abilities with Amber Case

    Episode 47 of the Hacker Noon Podcast: An interview with Amber Case, cyborg anthropologist, user experience designer and MIT Media Lab fellow researcher.

    This episode of Hacker Noon is sponsored by Indeed Prime. Visit https://www.indeed.com/prime/hacke

    https://podcast.hackernoon.com/e/e47-amber-case/

    —Huffduffed by jgarber

  6. Steven Johnson on the Importance of Play and the Decisions We Make

    Steven Johnson, is the author of eleven books, including such bestsellers as Farsighted, Wonderland, Where Good Ideas Come From, and The Ghost Map. He is also the host of the PBS series How We Got To Now and the podcast American Innovations.

    http://www.aldacommunicationtraining.com/podcast/stephen-johnson-importance-play-decisions-make/

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  7. Fermi’s Paradox: 3 Theories About Why Humanity Hasn’t Made Contact With Alien Life - The Atlantic

    Humanity may be as few as 10 years away from discovering evidence of extraterrestrial life. Once we do, it will only deepen the mystery of where alien intelligence might be hiding.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/06/but-seriously-where-is-everybody/563498/

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  8. Episode #81: Disasterpeace & Under the Silver Lake — From & Inspired By

    32.09

    http://www.fromandinspiredby.com/blog/2019/4/29/episode-81-disasterpeace-amp-under-the-silver-lake

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  9. Carole Cadwalladr: Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy | TED Talk

    In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters — and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election — Cadwalladr calls out the "gods of Silicon Valley" for being on the wrong side of history and asks: Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?

    https://www.ted.com/talks/carole_cadwalladr_facebook_s_role_in_brexit_and_the_threat_to_democracy

    —Huffduffed by jgarber

  10. Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanity | TED Talk

    Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/mark_pagel_how_language_transformed_humanity

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