Archive for April, 2014

The Future Show, Season 1 Episode 1: Privacy Failure

The Future Show with Gerd Leonhard. Season 1, episode 1: Privacy Failure (by Gerd Leonhard) Brand new, just released! In this episode: Is privacy really dead? Would a world without anonymity really be desirable? Should we simply accept that our communications, opinions, images, movements and

The robots that will eventually kill us

We are designing the robots that will eventually kill us Patrick Tucker, Defense One, qz.com In the movie Tran­scen­dence, which opens in the­aters on Fri­day, a sen­tient com­put­er pro­gram embarks on a relent­less quest for power, near­ly destroy­ing human­i­ty in the process. The film is

The truth about Google X

goodideaexchange: THE TRUTH ABOUT GOOGLE X: AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK BEHIND THE SECRETIVE LAB’S CLOSED DOORS “SPACE ELEVATORS, TELEPORTATION, HOVERBOARDS, AND DRIVERLESS CARS: THE TOP-SECRET GOOGLE X INNOVATION LAB OPENS UP ABOUT WHAT IT DOES—AND HOW IT THINKS.”

Discussions without phones

theatlantic: My Students Don’t Know How To Have a Conversation Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts. As

US Consumption of Major Media

analyticisms: Lots of very interesting trends in this chart.  But beyond the obvious growth and, now, domination of digital media, we can’t help noticing that, within digital media, mobile passed online (call us obsessed with mobile everything).

Driving on a Glow-in-the-Dark Highway

smartercities: This Is What It’s Like to Drive on a Glow-in-the-Dark Highway | The Atlantic In the Dutch city of Oss, 60 miles southeast of Amsterdam, there’s a highway named N329. During the day, N329 is a stretch of road like so many others around

50-Year Predictions

pewresearch: YOUR TURN: Which of these predictions do you think is likely or unlikely to happen?

How the NSA sees the world

laliberty: The Complete Interactive Guide To How The NSA Spies On Everything You Do With all the hoopla about missing airplanes, renewed wars of the cold variety, and rigged markets, it is easy to forget that America is now officially a totalitarian state of the

Big Data, Democracy, and the Future of the Internet

With detailed identity data (think data collected from your likes on Facebook, what you buy and where, etc.), misuse occurs at the point when a customized experience derails the purpose and benefit of the Internet: the dynamic and diverse promise of widely distributed data (e.g.