TED2010 programme includes Jamie Oliver (!) alongside Michael Schermer, Sam Harris, Michael Sandel, Benoit Mandelbrot, James Lovelock, Sheryl Crowe, Kevin Kelly, David Byrne, Dennis Dutton and Bill Gates. The boy done good.
Entries from December 2009
0 December 30, 2009 at 7:52am by Psybertron
4 December 20, 2009 at 6:08am by Psybertron
I keep banging on about this picture, so I thought I should share and explain it. Semantic Web Levels (Figure 7 from W3C Kick Off in 2001) No amount of proof, logic or science (not even computer science) can bundle trust within its communications. Trust comes from care, from humans, not systems.
0 December 20, 2009 at 5:41am by Psybertron
Another excellent Clive James piece in the BBC Magazine. I keep returning to HAL in 2001 as the archetype and so it seems does Clive. It’s not as if we haven’t seen the man-machine interface problems long enough to recognize them – Turing’s enigma – but we still idolise “efficiency” over “care”. Spot on Clive. […]
1 December 10, 2009 at 10:10am by Psybertron
Wonderful – Singles and Albums right back to 1950′s. Thanks to Horse over on FaceBook.
2 December 3, 2009 at 1:54am by Psybertron
I see FaceBook is going the way of GoogleWave – recognizing that each post / thread has a life that is not fixed by membership of any one network. We are networked networks with access & publishing rights changes at each interconnecting node. Wonder what those new controls will look like ? Really must play […]
0 December 2, 2009 at 8:38am by Psybertron
Kevin Kelly talking on “The Technium” as he calls it – the “cosmic force” of technology running right through evolution. I probably wouldn’t use his language, but I do agree – the anthropic angle of the self-organizing drive is just that, our perspective, as “the species that domesticated itself” in order to exploit that (otherwise […]
1 December 2, 2009 at 4:21am by Psybertron
Or “Ditchkins” as Eagleton would have them. Came across this (Part 2 of 10) because of the quote about … “separating the numinous from the supernatural” … on this Wikipedia page. I was in fact trying to track down the Greek / Latin split in the etyomology of Numen / Noumena – both clearly about […]
0 December 2, 2009 at 2:39am by Psybertron
Endless lists as we approach 2010 – best books, films, of the decade etc. Liked this collection of TV Ads from The Guardian. I’d forgetten about the frog in the Sony Bravia (Colour Balls) ad. Some classics in there. Cadbury’s Gorrilla / Drummer … it’s a spoiler after you’ve seen it once to know he’s […]
0 December 1, 2009 at 10:21am by Psybertron
I have an ongoing problem with “too transparent” media publication of anything and everything, just because it is ever easier to do so, and “everybody’s doing it”. Came across this 2006 Bruce Charlton paper – The Paradox of Modern Mass Media. “The paradox of modern mass media is that divisive content is probably intrinsic to maximizing […]
0 December 1, 2009 at 10:07am by Psybertron
This is just an excuse to post a link to an old post on Evolutionary Intelligence by evolutionary biologist Ze Ayala in which he says … Scientific knowledge, like the description of size, materials, and geometry of Guernica, is satisfying and useful. But once science has had its say, there remains much about reality that […]
2 December 1, 2009 at 8:29am by Psybertron
Medical Hypotheses is a journal edited by Bruce Charlton but with a parallel blog of Bruce’s own papers for the last 2 years. The blog title can be misleading, since although Bruce comes from / operates in the medical / psychiatry / psychology area, and the journal itself covers this ground, his own blogging and editorial scope […]