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poetic prophet pioneers geek hop with design coding rap

Brilliant!! Chuck; aka the Poetic Prophet, aka The SEO Rapper raps in my language.

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A Robot Powered by Adorableness

Video of an experiment in robot-building-slash-social-engineering by Tisch School of the Arts student Kacie Kinzer has been making the rounds. Video embedded below:

In her words:

I wondered: could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and streets along with us, and in so doing, create a narrative about our relationship to space and our willingness to interact with what we find in it? More importantly, how could our actions be seen within a larger context of human connection that emerges from the complexity of the city itself? To answer these questions, I built robots.

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Busted! The sneaky moves of anti-social smartphone users

Interactive guru Renny Gleason presents a taxonomy of inattention in tableaus of us ignoring each other with our mobile devices in this TED Conference talk, Busted. A few of these struck uncomfortably close to home.

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Technopoly: when Technology becomes an End, not a Means

A resonant observation from John Parsons:

However, the new media discussion often misses the main point of publishing: to convey ideas that are worth knowing to those who would benefit by knowing them. It’s possible that someone might benefit from Tweets like “drinking a great chai at that new place on 2nd Ave” (50 characters), but the cumulative effort – for both writer and reader – is often more time consuming than the benefits are worth. Even when one masters the excellent tools for managing it all, and focuses on truly meaningful content, the media flood can overwhelm the actual message. Each wave of new media carries the risk of what the late Neil Postman called “technopoly,” a self-justifying, self-perpetuating system where technology is cheerfully granted sovereignty over social institutions and national life.

In the age of twitter, the soul of wit is not just brevity but restraint.

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Flying on Google’s Autopilot

I had forgotten what day it was until I opened Gmail this morning and saw Google’s announcement of a new feature: “Google AutoPilot: The easiest email could possibly be.

Classic. See the full history.

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Tim Berners-Lee describes the next world wide web of data, TED Talks

Having a legitimate claim to having invented what we think of as the internet, i.e. the world wide web of hyperlinked text, Tim Berners-Lee describes The next Web of open, linked data.

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Google Voice Googlifies the Phone Call

Google Voice launched under cover of beta to a torrent of praise and ebay-auction-fueled tech lust on a scale not witnessed since the great gmail-invite bubble of aught-six.

Is it not fitting a day after the 133 anniversary of the first phone call?

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Juan Enriquez: Beyond the crisis, mindboggling science and the arrival of Homo evolutis

Somehow this is the first time I’ve come across Juan Enriquez who brings a fascinating and very funny perspective on where we are (as a species) in the grand scheme of things.

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Kevin Kelly on Twitter

Kevin Kelly nominally asks Who are the best twitterers? in Twitteree Recommendations Wanted, but in so doing, he sums up much of my ambivalence about twitter where I find myself wading through on one had – all the banal expressions of facts of life hardly worth telling someone you live with much less ‘publishing’ it on the internet for all to see – and on the other, mysterious untethered exclamations separated from their original context, floating adrift on the semantic sea. Every now and then you find something actually worth taking the time to read it, but these happy events are growing more seldom. How refreshing then, that as fascinating a character as Kelly finds he has very little to say:

I signed up for Twitter a year ago. I haven’t used it much. Here is the sad state of things: I’ve made one post a year ago just to try it out, but now I have 888 followers. I have no idea who these are, because I’ve never made a second twitter. I am sure when I finally do post my second tweet, half will leave because they’ll feel I am twittering too frequently.

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Wikipedia Eats its Own Tail

Slashdot tells the tale of a False Fact On Wikipedia that Proves Itself

Germany has a new minister of economic affairs. Mr. von und zu Guttenberg is descended from an old and noble lineage, so his official name is very long: Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg. When first there were rumors that he would be appointed to the post, someone changed his Wikipedia entry and added the name ‘Wilhelm,’ so Wikipedia stated his full name as: Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Wilhelm Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg. What resulted from this edit points up a big problem for our information society. The German and international press picked up the wrong name from Wikipedia — including well-known newspapers, Internet sites, and TV news such as spiegel.de, Bild, heute.de, TAZ, or Süddeutsche Zeitung. In the meantime, the change on Wikipedia was reverted, with a request for proof of the name. The proof was quickly found. On spiegel.de an article cites Mr. von und zu Guttenberg using his ‘full name’; however, while the quote might have been real, the full name seems to have been looked up on Wikipedia while the false edit was in place. So the circle was closed: Wikipedia states a false fact, a reputable media outlet copies the false fact, and this outlet is then used as the source to prove the false fact to Wikipedia.

30 Rock: Wikipedia Prank

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