Rethinking ‘knowledge’ in the Internet Age

A gentle, insightful and intuitive book review that deserves to be a book by itself.
Sign of the times

This is the greatest time to be a curious person who wants to learn, and it is the greatest time to be a complete idiot. The internet is revealing both the power of our traditional ways of knowing and the fact that traditional knowing has always been a product of flawed humans going wrong and going right together.

“Politicians. Businessmen. Nobody’s watching them anymore.”

As newsrooms disappear, veteran reporters are being forced from the profession. They dedicated their lives to telling other people’s stories. What happens when no one wants to print their words anymore?

More true in the US than India, at the moment…

Source: These Journalists Dedicated Their Lives to Telling Other People’s Stories. What Happens When No One Wants to Print Their Words Anymore? | The Nation

AI & The Future Of Civilization

Listening to Stephen Wolfram dismantle and Unpack complex ideas is always the most relaxing thing ever…after all the hysteria and scaremongering about AIs destroying humanity, this is a cool clear look at whats really going on. No Drama, no fuss.

I find the idea of the building of a language to help Humans and AI communicate with each other on a common platform and share a view of the world, as being very central to making real AI possible and relevant. Not, you know, the apocalypse.

Source: AI & The Future Of Civilization | Edge.org

NASA Orders up a SpaceX Crew Mission to ISS

Yes. Yes. Yes! Private manned spaceflight is ON.

NASA took a significant step Friday toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station with its first mission order from Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil.

Source: NASA Orders SpaceX Crew Mission to International Space Station

Old Books

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Old Books. Books you’ve had for years. Open them and they take you back; back to when they and you were new.

Weathered, yellowed, textured. Spines split, and that old book smell – part dust and part memory. An old book is itself a bookmark in time.

And now a monument. 20 years from now when I open an old e-book, will it sing to me when I ‘touch to scroll’? When the file is lost or deleted, will I still feel it, like the gentle itch of a lent book, never returned ? I wonder.

As much is lost as gained. It’s nice to turn back the page sometimes. Im writing this on a phone.

Mother Nature’s little Gearbox

Scientists have discovered that a jumping insect has developed a system of gears linking its hind legs — to adjust, sync and time its leaps.

The gear teeth on the opposing hind-legs lock together like those in a car gear-box, ensuring almost complete synchronicity in leg movement – the legs always move within 30 ‘‘ of each other, with one microsecond equal to a millionth of a second.

This precise synchronisation would be impossible to achieve through a nervous system, as neural impulses would take far too long for the extraordinarily tight coordination required,” said lead author Professor Malcolm Burrows, from Cambridge’s Department of Zoology.

“The skeleton is used to solve a complex problem that the brain and nervous system can’t,”

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-functioning-mechanical-gears-nature.html#jCp

Source: Mother Nature invented the gear

This just shows how little we understand about inner and outer biological systems and how they work together. Imagine, the nervous system wasn’t fast enough – so the legs now interlock with gears. Its mind-blowing how many steps that would take to evolve!

As a further patronising ‘for my next trick…’ from Mother nature, these gears disappear in the adult form of the insect. Only the juveniles use them.