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Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?
> "Rotate further and it’s a declaration that Facebook is assuming a level of power at once of the state and beyond it, as a sovereign, self-regulating, suprastate entity within which states themselves operate. Planetary technical systems like Facebook, David Banks, a SUNY Albany professor who studies large technical systems, told me, “don’t want to be in an environment” —­ natural, legal, political, social — “they want to be the environment.” Facebook, this announcement seemed to imply, was an environment in which democracy takes place; a “natural” force not unlike democracy itself."
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11 hours ago by kaiton
Sternenkinder in Berlin: Ein Grab, klein wie ein Handtuch - Berlin - Tagesspiegel
Ein Grab, klein wie ein Handtuch | Nadja Stadlers Tochter ist eine der jüngsten auf dem Alten St.-Matthäus- Kirchhof. Abort in der 12. Schwangerschaftswoche , sagte die Frauenärztin nüchtern.… | | via Instapaper and IFTTT
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11 hours ago by habi
Wufoo Web Forms and Syncing Forms with Asana
Web forms + Asana: Gather and act on requests, bug reports, and more via Instapaper
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11 hours ago by jaywest
What is design thinking? Is it really a thing? - The Media Temple Blog
What is design thinking? Is it really a thing? - Media Temple via Instapaper
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11 hours ago by jaywest
The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions - MIT Technology Review
Robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks debunks AI hype seven ways via Instapaper
W e are surrounded by hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics—hysteria about how powerful they will become, how quickly, and what they…
13 hours ago by patrick
How to think (dangerously)
What does a dangerous thinker look like? I’ve noticed this vocabulary that reactionary thinkers often deploy. You’ll hear them— climate change deniers, for…
14 hours ago by edmadrid
Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn: ‘People are losing their minds. That is what we need to wake up to’ via Instapaper
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14 hours ago by mrtomwebster
Blockchain Is a New Model That Makes the Existing Model Obsolete
> "Companies are discovering that there’s a big difference between saying blockchain and doing something useful with it. In the finance industry in particular, it’s still very much a solution in search of a problem. That’s because most efforts to date have focused on what are known as ‘permissioned’ blockchains where only authorized operators can participate. These are missing a crucial element: an incentive system for verification that’s explicitly designed to work in the absence of a central authority. To put this another way, permissioned blockchains only work because at some point, an executive entity decides that they’re something worth doing. This is fundamentally different from the original vision of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of the first ever blockchain, and I would argue doesn’t actually count as blockchain at all. It’s just a different way of creating a database, using next-generation data structures with cryptographic signatures and joint stakeholder elements. It should be called what it really is — distributed ledger technology. Sure, it’s a noticeable improvement on the database systems we’ve had in place since the 1970s, but it’s not going to launch a thousand ships and bring the financial system to its knees."
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14 hours ago by kaiton
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> "the big tech companies that have arisen are exhausting, lumbering gold-thirsty kraken that swim around with sour looks on their face wondering why we won't just give them all our gold and save the time. With every flap of their terrible fins they squash another good idea in the interest of consolidating pablum into a single database, the better to jam it down our mental baby duck feeding tubes in order to make even more of the cognitive paté that Silicon Valley is at pains to proclaim a delicacy. Social media is veal calves being served tasty veal. In the spirit of this thing I won't be editing this paragraph."
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14 hours ago by kaiton
The AI That Has Nothing to Learn From Humans - The Atlantic
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It was a tense summer day in 1835 Japan. The country’s reigning Go player, Honinbo Jowa, took his seat across a board from a 25-year-old prodigy by the name of…
14 hours ago by patrick
Marc Gasol: The NBA’s Constant Gardener - WSJ
The Memphis Grizzlies center has changed his game in recent years. How? By growing his own fruits and veggies. via Pocket
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15 hours ago by drewcaldwell
How California Conservatives Took Over North Idaho
Brent Regan doesn’t work the room during the monthly meetings of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, because he doesn’t…
17 hours ago by Devje
Carnival’s New Wearable Makes Big Ships Feel Smaller | Fast Company
Carnival’s New Wearable Makes Big Ships Feel Smaller | Fast Company via Instapaper
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19 hours ago by jaywest
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The Rise of the Full-Stack Freelancer via Instapaper
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20 hours ago by jaywest
Midwestern Girl Is Tired of Appearing in Your Short Stories - Guernica
Midwestern Girl Is Tired of Appearing in Your Short Stories via Instapaper
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