THE MODERN WORLD

Apr 24

“A key conclusion from this study is that mobile devices can help people develop, sustain and enhance their literacy skills," lead author Mark West, of UNESCO, said in a statement. "This is important because literacy opens the door to life-changing opportunities and benefits.” — Cellphones ignite a ‘reading revolution’ in poor countries | The Verge (via infoneer-pulse)

(via infoneer-pulse)

Apr 23

futuramb:

Google introduces ‘time machine’ feature in Street View | theguardian.com
After the interesting effect when Google is showing different information about Crimea if you come from a computer in Russia than from Ukraine, this is even more interesting.
If the nation state is dependent on one thing to maintain its existence it is the power over it’s history. Even democratic countries are picking their historical facts and teach children the “right” story in schools. Yes, you could argue that Internet already have had an disruptive impact on that. I doubt it… At least not yet. But I bet this will.
If you take away the nation states power over it’s history (and let Google run it) we have a completely different game! I wonder if the board of Google have pondered deep enough on the statement “Don’t be evil”.
Geeks seems to think that being objectively true stands over good and evil… It is much more complicated than that!

futuramb:

Google introduces ‘time machine’ feature in Street View | theguardian.com

After the interesting effect when Google is showing different information about Crimea if you come from a computer in Russia than from Ukraine, this is even more interesting.

If the nation state is dependent on one thing to maintain its existence it is the power over it’s history. Even democratic countries are picking their historical facts and teach children the “right” story in schools. Yes, you could argue that Internet already have had an disruptive impact on that. I doubt it… At least not yet. But I bet this will.

If you take away the nation states power over it’s history (and let Google run it) we have a completely different game! I wonder if the board of Google have pondered deep enough on the statement “Don’t be evil”.

Geeks seems to think that being objectively true stands over good and evil… It is much more complicated than that!


The Rise of the Data Natives Monica Rogati, recode.net
Some­time at the start of the decade, YouTube was abuzz with viral videos of small chil­dren — yet to speak, read or write — “pinch­ing” mag­a­zine arti­cles with their fin­gers as they would an iPad. These chil­dren were her­ald­ed as mem­bers of…

The Rise of the Data Natives
Monica Rogati, recode.net

Some­time at the start of the decade, YouTube was abuzz with viral videos of small chil­dren — yet to speak, read or write — “pinch­ing” mag­a­zine arti­cles with their fin­gers as they would an iPad. These chil­dren were her­ald­ed as mem­bers of…

(Source: futuramb)

Moving in with parents becomes more common for the middle-aged -

(Source: emergentfutures)

jtotheizzoe:

myartexperiments:

Happy Earth Day

It’s like we’re dancing! The waltz of Terra Luna …

jtotheizzoe:

myartexperiments:

Happy Earth Day

It’s like we’re dancing! The waltz of Terra Luna …

The High-Tech Soldiers of the Future Are Here -

singularitarian:

Those troops you saw in science fiction movies as a child are now real. A few years ago, many countries recognized a need to upgrade the individual infantryman and thus started their own “future soldier” programs. Most of them completed more or less the main priority objectives, applying them to some of their elite troops and special forces, bringing together commercial, off-the-shelf technology and state of the art military gear and equipment.

(via emergentfutures)

Apr 22

lady-prism:

www.anaface.com

lady-prism:

www.anaface.com

“User experience is your business plan.” — The Age of Experience, Aral Balkan (via 9-bits)

[video]

Don’t Fuck Up the Culture -

9-bits:

Brian Chesky, CEO of AirBNB:

The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs. When the culture is strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing. People can be independent and autonomous. They can be entrepreneurial.

What Makes an Alien Intelligent? -

newyorker:

A recent paper by the dolphin-behavior researcher Denise Herzing proposes five indicators that would allow us to identify signs of intelligent life that a human-centric explorer might overlook: http://nyr.kr/1nDedgO

“Social insects like bees and ants fit the profile Herzing calls the…

(Source: newyorker.com)

Apr 21

(Source: 30000fps, via rollership)

(Source: mymodernmet.com, via sweaty-holograms)

It’s happening.  I’m finally becoming a cyborg. 

It’s happening.  I’m finally becoming a cyborg. 

rollership:

with full sustaining resouces

rollership:

with full sustaining resouces

(Source: lilightfoot)