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… real entities whose primordial reality is withdrawn from the world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
Why every child should learn to code
Why is it so vital that we teach our children to code? We are already living in a world dominated by software. Your telephone calls go over software-controlled networks; your television is delivered over the internet; people don’t buy maps anymore, they use the web; we all shop online. The next generation’s world will be even more online and digital. Soon, your house will be controlled with software, some of your medical care will be delivered over the web and your car may even drive itself.
Software is the language of our world.