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  1. Martin Rees: Life’s Future in the Cosmos

    Cosmologist Martin Rees posits the question: What if human success on Earth determines life’s success in the universe? This program was recorded in collaboration with the Long Now Foundation, on August 2, 2010.

    This program features visual aids. A complete video version is available at:

    President of the Royal Society, England’s Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees brings a lifetime of cosmological inquiry to a crucial question: What if human success on Earth determines life’s success in the universe?

    He thinks that civilization’s chances of getting out of this century intact are about 50-50. He is hopeful that extraterrestrial life already exists, but there’s no sign of it yet. But even if we are now alone, he notes that we may not even be the halfway stage of evolution.

    There is huge scope for post-human evolution, so that "it will not be humans who watch the sun’s demise, 6 billion years from now. Any creatures that then exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoebae."

    Appropriately, Rees’s Long Now talk was at the Chabot Space and Science Center in the hills above Oakland, in the planetarium.

    Martin Rees is Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics and Master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. He holds the honorary title of Astronomer Royal and also Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at Leicester University.

    After studying at the University of Cambridge, he held post-doctoral positions in the UK and the USA, before becoming a professor at Sussex University. In 1973, he became a fellow of King’s College and Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge (continuing in the latter post until 1991) and served for ten years as director of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy. From 1992 to 2003 he was a Royal Society Research Professor.

    Stewart Brand is a co-founder and managing director of Global Business Network, founded and runs the GBN Book Club, and is the president of The Long Now Foundation.

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  2. Merlin Mann: Productivity Demiurge (or) My Job Isn’t Abusive, I Just Ran Into The Door

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  3. Is the Internet Rewiring our Brains?

    Mark Colvin (of ABC PM) interviews Clay Shirky.

    Transcript of a part of the interview is available here:

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  4. Google Violates It’s Don’t Be Evil Motto

    November 26, 2008 As Internet search engine Google has exploded in popularity — adding new applications all the time — it also has sparked concerns about privacy, security and censorship online. The company’s motto is "Don’t Be Evil," but is Google living up to it?

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  5. Mobile Apps: Shifting Dynamics of a Digital World

    The mobile app market is expected to hit $30 billion by 2015, creating one of the fastest growing areas in technology today. How have these apps changed the way consumers play games, interact with music and connect with each other?

    Though Apple dominates today’s app marketplace, how will Android and Windows Phone 7 provide user value and steal valuable mindshare? How will application compete with the mobile web? What areas are investment hotspots in the app space? Join the Commonwealth Club’s panel of mobile industry experts to answer these and many more questions.

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  6. This Week In Google 48: It’s Just A Cron Job Away

    "… YouTube wins against Viacom, Posterous switch campaign, Droid X, spyware in Android apps, Google command line tricks, and more."


    Tagged with google

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  7. Jeremy Keith on Ajax design considerations

    Jeremy Keith from Clearleft discusses his session at 2008’s UI13 conference called Ajax Design Considerations that Tim attended. What do UX professionals need to know about Ajax to best make use of it in websites and web applications? And why is Jeremy’s title at Clearleft currently "Lineman for the County"?


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  8. Social Web Applications

    Gavin Bell’s new book, Building Social Web Applications, synthesizes a wealth of practical knowledge gleaned from his own long career as a web developer and from interviews with fellow practitioners. In this conversation he reviews the key principles and patterns that define what we today call the social web but will soon simply refer to as the web.


    Tagged with web design

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  9. Episode 5 - The Rule of Thirds - a podcast about design

    Interview with Elliot Jay Stocks

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  10. Design for the Wisdom of Crowds

    People are often dumb, so how can crowds be wise? James Surowiecki laid the groundwork in his book, "The Wisdom of Crowds." In this solo presentation, Derek Powazek will apply those ideas to the web, concentrating on how to design websites that empower people to work together to create something truly awesome.

    Derek Powazek Grand Poo-Bah, Powazek Productions

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