Archive for the ‘waxy’ tag
Brian Christian tells the story of his battle to beat out computers and people to come out of a Turing Test as “most human.” Along the way he shares some interesting thoughts about what it means to be human. Highly recommended.
(via Andy Baio)
There’s a lot that feels hand-wavy and half-baked to me in this talk from Jane McGonigal, but I like the basic idea that we should seek to merge what’s successful about virtual problem solving (or “games”) with real world problems.
An amateur historian takes on this mystery:
But here was a Royal Navy surgeon in 1911 apparently ignorant of what caused the disease, or how to cure it. Somehow a highly-trained group of scientists at the start of the 20th century knew less about scurvy than the average sea captain in Napoleonic times. Scott left a base abundantly stocked with fresh meat, fruits, apples, and lime juice, and headed out on the ice for five months with no protection against scurvy, all the while confident he was not at risk. What happened?
(via Waxy Links)
Shirky should be required and regular reading for anyone involved in the transmission of ideas. His latest has a number of good lines. A severely pruned list of the quotes I pulled from it:
“When a 14 year old kid can blow up your business in his spare time, not because he hates you but because he loves you, then you got a problem.”
…the core problem publishing solves — the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public — has stopped being a problem.
The newspaper people often note that newspapers benefit society as a whole. This is true, but irrelevant to the problem at hand; “You’re gonna miss us when we’re gone!” has never been much of a business model.
Andy Biao describes felix’s post as a “Metafilter’s history of” the central feature of the Oval Office. The description seems just about perfect.
Andrew Chen used Google Insights to put together a pretty interesting comparison of what (web 2.0-y) internet sites are most popular in which US states.
The Daily Mail believes it has discovered the identity of the famous and anonymous graffiti artist:
It is hard to imagine Banksy, the anti-authoritarian renegade, as a public schoolboy wandering around the 17th Century former monastery, with its upper and lower quadrangles and its prayers in the ancient cathedral.
But we then found a school photograph, taken in 1989, of a bespectacled Robin Gunningham in which he shows a discernible resemblance to the man in the Jamaica photograph.
Indeed, fellow pupils remember Robin, who was in Deans House, as being a particularly gifted artist.
But to that first quoted paragraph I must say: no, it’s really quite easy.