They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.The Internet is a Series of Tubes
Icelanders are not trained in the art of discussion because they don’t have philosophy in their heritage. The Nordics—except for the Danes who have Kierkegaard—don’t have philosophers. Say you’re with six French friends and nobody agrees—the arguments are very intellectual: ‘Remember what Pascal said,’ someone will say. ‘No, you can’t say that because Schopenhauer…’ another will say. They can always refer to ideas. We don’t refer to ideas and so our discourse can become very harsh. Do you think there is truth in that?Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
A Job Story is a powerful way to facilitate team conversation and discovery when designing products. They are meant to cut right to the job to be done by eliminating distractions. The job story encourages the product’s design process to focus on context, causality and motivations instead of assumptions, subjectiveness, personas and implementations.Learning from a new way to define features and products.
Selling out is usually more a matter of buying in. Sell out, and you’re really buying into someone else’s system of values, rules and rewards.
Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement.
In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive.
Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake.
A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.
He is very wary of government interference in general, she says. “When I was little, there was a game we used to play. He would say, ‘Pretend the government agencies are coming after you.’ And I would hide in the closet.The Face Behind Bitcoin
… the journey from information to meaning involves more than simply filtering the signal from the noise. It is an alchemical transformation, always surprising.What good is information? The internet promised to feed our minds with knowledge. What have we learned? That our minds need more than that
A scientist must hover in a strangely divided state of mind - open to all things, yet closed to anything but the most rigorously proven hypotheses. Science requires a strange mating of two contradictory tendencies – A willingness to consider even the most bizarre ideas, and at the same time, a harsh skepticism, requiring hard evidence to back up every claim.Carl Sagan
… directly responsible for what I call the end of the world
… real whether or not someone is thinking of them
… real entities whose primordial reality is withdrawn from the world
… a good candidate for what Heidegger calls “the last god”
… harbingers of a truly “post-modern” age
… very uncanny
… vivid and often painful
… disturbingly squishy and mollusk-like
… impossible to handle just right
As is probably evident from the above, Hyperobjects is occasionally insane.
Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World by Timothy Morton
Progress in science – as in any creative discipline – is not a direct march to the answer, but a complex, zigzag path, involving many false starts and blind alleys. Blunders are not only inevitable; they are essential to innovative thinking, because they point the way for other explorers.
One may wonder whether today’s highly competitive, funding-starved scientific atmosphere, in which publications and citations have become a primary criterion for success, can accommodate such mistakes. The simple answer is yes. Indeed, they are as important as ever – and not only in academia.
In the mad rush and enthusiasm to “fix” healthcare — novel organizations, quantified self, trackers, sensors, applications, wearables, platforms, APIs — is anyone paying attention to the cumulative details and ensuring the future of medicine and health care will indeed be more accessible, more open, more transparent — more secure?Decentralizing Healthcare: Applying agile and open principles of technology and the internet to the practice of medicine and business of healthcare
Yahoo, which presented users with a search box, was in fact not a search engine at all, but a manually updated, far-from-universal directory of web pages.The Stupidity of Computers
Then we’ll look into what it means for your application to be not just another tool for people and software to use, but part of the ecology - a section of the programable web. This means exposing your data to be queried and copied and integrated, even without explicit permission, into the larger software ecosystem, while protecting users’ freedom.Aaron Swartz’s A Programmable Web: An Unfinished Work