Download MP3 of "Productive Talk Compilation" As promised, here’s the single-file compilation of the Productive Talk podcast interviews I did with David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done. The final version’s eight episodes clock in at a
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The Talk Show
‘Sport Mode’, With Special Guest Merlin Mann
Friday, 17 January 2020
Special guest Merlin Mann returns to the show. Topics include the renewal of U.S. law enforcement officials’ disingenuous campaign against iPhone encryption, the Houston Astros cheating scandal, how that cheating scandal relates to the Trump impeachment saga, and Catalyst and the art of Mac software design. But mostly we talk about finding a good pair of slippers.
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Trump’s tweet (what else) excoriating Apple for “refus[ing] to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers
and other violent criminal elements”.
Scaring people into supporting backdoors.
Wired: “Encrypted Messaging Is Essential, But It Isn’t Magic”.
Merlin on Back to Work, speculating on how many Apple employees today have grown up more on iOS than MacOS, and how that might be starting to shape MacOS:.
Great video from the always-great CGP Grey: “Should all locks have keys? Phones, Castles, Encryption, and You.”.
Mack Weldon’s One-Mile Slipper.
Something pretty similar to the coffee filter cone I’ve been using for 20 years (but I only paid like $4-5 for mine).
This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.
John Siracusa returns to the Mac Power Users to talk about his favorite workflows and apps. We also spend some time getting John’s opinion about where the Mac is and where it is heading.
We’re building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren’t even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us — and what we can do in response.
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin turn a critical eye towards last week’s episode, then try to pick the single biggest challenge facing three different wildly successful companies: Google, Facebook, and yes…Pixar.
Talk given at WebCamp Zagreb 2016. https://2016.webcampzg.org/talks/view/superintelligence-the-idea-that-eats-smart-people/
KEYNOTE A skeptical view on the seductive, apocalyptic beliefs that prevent people in tech from really working to make a difference. Apocalyptic ideas have traditionally been the province of religion, but nerds have found a way to import them into the world of computer programming. These ideas are a cognitive hazard that preferentially infects smart people, making them useless for more practical work. Like other forms of religious obsession, fantasies of superintelligence prevent us from tackling problems in this life by convincing us to focus on the life to come. This talk is an attempt to vaccinate the next generation of developers against the seductive ideas of existential risk, superintelligence, and the charismatic religious figures who will try to eat their brains.
“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.”
Design, tech, writing, and other creative matters.
David Allen returns to Mac Power Users to chat with Katie and David about the re-release of his book Getting Things Done and discuss the philosophy and science behind GTD.
The Internet as we’ve built it is getting boring and creepy. Everything is tracked forever, not just by sneaky governments, but by advertisers who see any human relationship as a sales opportunity. We’re told to confess our interests, our activities, and …
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