D’Asimov à Star Wars: Représentations politiques dans la science-fiction on JSTOR is a book that covers — as the title already gives away — political systems in popular science fiction universes. It seems to be available only in French, but that’s no problem because, thanks to Duolingo, je peux déjà lire le français.
I get it: it’s hip to be railing against social media now that everyone and their mother is on it. That’s conventional wisdom anyway. But what if, just what if, there’s really something wrong with social media and we’re just ignoring the signs because we think we can’t do without it?
What if it were the people who started social media — who made social media what it is — already warning us about its adverse effects? Surely that deserves a hearing?
Sean Parker, creator of Napster and one of Facebook’s first investors, made a bit of a splash in the news back in November 2017 when he announced that he had become a conscientious objector to social media. After achieving much success, Parker began feeling the pangs of guilt. Parker confessed that the design of Facebook was “to consume as much of your time and attention as possible.”
Classifying Conversation in Digital Communication eschews content analysis of social network threads and looks instead at who participated in the conversation and when. This approach can possibly reveal patterns of behavior.
Wearing my tinfoil hat, I will have to say this is another reason not to participate in social networks at all!
The big picture? We are no longer bound by the chemical rules of nature. In a matter of months, scientists can engineer biological catalysts that normally take millions of years to evolve and fine-tune.
Exciting and scary at the same time.
Ted Nelson is designer of Project Xanadu, a conceptual precursor to the World Wide Web. He invented the term ‘hypertext’.
How to Fly a Drone With Your Face – IEEE Spectrum. How to fly a drone with your face. Yes, it’s exactly as the title says. Strange? Practical? Funny? Maybe all three.
What will they think of next? What won’t they think of next?
Microbial reactors can turn human waste directly into food. Disgusting, yes, but may be essential for space travel.
from way back in November 1953: Visual Patterns in the Recognition of Individuals Among Chickens. Basically, the experiment involved changing chickens’ appearances — color, shape of the head and neck, comb — and seeing how the flock would or would not recognize them when they were returned.
Silly and fascinating at the same time.
A review of Antonio Damasio’s The Strange Order of Things. To wit: the mind is more than just the brain.