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Racist hand dryer - YouTube
It detects white hands, but apparently not black ones.
racism  bug  via:CharlesStross 
november 2017 by mcherm
Second childhood? - Charlie's Diary
A WONDERFUL summary of web comics by Charles Stross and some of his blog commentators!
webcomics  via:CharlesStross 
july 2015 by mcherm
They Took Our Myths - Charlie's Diary
Argument: writers are caught up in Cthulhu and Sherlock Holmes because they are the most recent "myths" that aren't protected by copyright.
copyright  via:CharlesStross  ip-law  culture 
june 2015 by mcherm
Not a Manifesto - Charlie's Diary
Things like space opera once seemed plausible, but now seem outlandishly unrealistic. Things like wizards and magic used to seem implausible, but a modern cell phone responds to magical gestures and can only be understood by "wizards" -- perhaps so-called "urban fantasy" is the plausible not-real literature of our time.
CharlesStross  via:CharlesStross  fantasy  scifi 
january 2015 by mcherm
YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034 - Charlie's Diary
Moore's law will end soon. Look at the transportation revolution from the last century: once it hit physical laws it stopped growing exponentially and switched to slow growth. Computers will follow this pattern. The "internet of things" will be significant over the next 20 years.
technology  perl  CharlesStross  via:CharlesStross  future 
july 2014 by mcherm
The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative - Charlie's Diary
"The NSA made the internet insecure in the first place. Now criminals can use that. And the security industrial complex will defend this and attack any attempts to make it more secure."
nsa  security  via:CharlesStross  CharlesStross 
may 2014 by mcherm
The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears - Charlie's Diary
The first smarter-than-human AI won't immediately create an even-smarter AI leading to an exponential increase in speed because the problem of getting smarter is probably a non-linear problem.
singularity  via:CharlesStross  RamezNaam  ai 
april 2014 by mcherm
Can We Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia? - Charlie's Diary
This guest blogger thinks we CAN possibly avoid a surveillance dystopia and he discusses the background and what he sees as hopeful. Well written.
privacy  surveillance  security  via:CharlesStross  rights 
february 2014 by mcherm
CMAP #2: How Books Are Made - Charlie's Diary
About what value the publisher adds after a manuscript has been written.
publishing  writing  books  CharlesStross  via:CharlesStross 
december 2013 by mcherm
Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire - Charlie's Diary
An anti-bitcoin diatribe by Charlie Stross. And it's quite intelligent.
bitcoin  economics  via:CharlesStross  CharlesStross 
december 2013 by mcherm
Mitochondrial Singularity - Charlie's Diary
Mitochondria moved into cells and became organelles; much of their DNA moved into the cell's nucleus. Maybe people will become "organelles" inside of machines; for instance, we've already outsourced our memory.
ideas  singularity  via:CharlesStross  biology 
april 2013 by mcherm - CTT "perfect" voting-with-money scheme
The economist's ideal voting rule: bid with your dollars (without actually spending them).
voting  via:CharlesStross 
april 2012 by mcherm
#shitsiskosays - Charlie's Diary
The world of Star Trek (from the 1990s) completely misses the SOCIAL changes that the internet has wrought.
socialcomputing  startrek  via:CharlesStross  CharlesStross  scifi 
february 2012 by mcherm
Evil social networks - Charlie's Diary
Charlie Stross explains why Klout is evil (because it mines your and your friends' social networks without consent) and illegal in Europe. (But apparently nothing privacy-related is illegal in the USA).
privacy  klout  evil  via:CharlesStross 
november 2011 by mcherm
Sir Fred Goodwin, former RBS chief, obtains super-injunction - Telegraph
UK freedom of speech issues. Apparently the rich can get rules in place preventing anyone from talking about them. You can't say that Sir Fred Goodwin is a banker. Really. (He ran Royal Bank of Scotland.)
via:CharlesStross  law  censorship  freespeech 
march 2011 by mcherm
It's made out of meat. - Charlie's Diary
Charles Stross poses the following: spammers and spam filterers are engaged in building a Turing test and a tool to beat a Turing test. Perhaps this is what will result in genuine AI.
singularity  spam  via:CharlesStross  ai 
january 2011 by mcherm
Invaders from Mars - Charlie's Diary
An interesting summary of the "corporations are organisms" meme, along with the suggestion that the world is less hospitable to humas these days because it has been taken over by corporations.
philosophy  politics  via:CharlesStross  CharlesStross 
december 2010 by mcherm

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