Good article by Emily Eakin in the New York Times about the panoply of network theory books gracing the shelves of bookshops everywhere: “Mr. Watts, 31, is a network theorist. And these days that means fielding frequent calls from powerful admirers like Mr. Berkeley — Wall Street moguls and government officials eager to tap into a nascent […]
I don’t quite believe this one, but it’s fun anyway… “I know a woman who disciplines her children with PowerPoint briefing charts. Well, the stapled handouts themselves aren’t the actual punishment; it’s the whole presentation that goes along with them. When things really go awry in the household — when the garbage isn’t taken out, when bedrooms […]
An article in Technology Review by founder of MIT’s Medialab and author of Being Digital, Nicholas Negroponte: “One of the basics of a good system of innovation is diversity. In some ways, the stronger the culture (national, institutional, generational, or other), the less likely it is to harbor innovative thinking. Common and deep-seated beliefs, widespread […]
An interesting discussion paper from the UK Government’s Strategy Unit: “Most societies pursue a range of ends — such as freedom, justice, human development, order or equality. Some give these goals formal expression: liberté, egalité et fraternité in France; ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ in the USA: — Bhutan even has a stated goal of Gross National […]
I was lucky enough to be able to hear Jenny Uglow, author of the Lunar Men, speak yesterday evening. She’s effervescent about her subject, brimming over with facts and anecdotes about the eighteenth century friends who met in Birmingham once a month — on the full moon — to eat, drink and talk about the latest developments in science, […]
The current edition of MIT’s excellent Technology Review puts its finger in the wind to see which way technology is going to blow. However as they put it, “These are not the latest crop of gadgets and gizmos: they are completely new technologies that could soon transform computing, medicine, manufacturing, transportation, and our energy infrastructure.” […]
New Scientist reports this week on developments by a team at Berkeley working on using 3D printers to produce complete electronic devices. “Instead of creating a casing and then laboriously filling it with electronic circuit boards, components and switches, the plan is to print a complete and fully assembled device. The trick is to print […]
Here’s a link to a challenging article in Foreign Policy magazine trying to smash some standard assumptions about the pros and cons (usually cons) of global media ownership being concentrated into a few hands. Global media article.