What we read this week (17 January)

Our favorite articles of this week. Have a great weekend.

Articles of the week

What we read this week (22 November)

Our favorite articles of this week. Have a great weekend.

Articles of the week

  • What Screens Want
    Brilliant web essay by Frank Chimero, and not only because he features James Burke and The West Wing. I bet that this one will come up in a lot of conversations in the next months.
  • Prada Revolutionaries
    “Bright Green has become the left's version of right-wing transhumanism: an excuse to not solve today's problems, because tomorrow's technology will fix them for us.”
  • Tom Armitage » Driftwood
    “Driftwood is a talk I gave at Playark 2013. It was meant to be a talk about leftovers (the theme of the conference being ‘reclaim’), and about Hello Lamp Post. In the writing, it turned into a broader overview of my own work – on six years of projects around cities and play.”
  • Meet The ‘Assassination Market’ Creator Who’s Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins – Forbes
    “Assassination Market, a crowdfunding service that lets anyone anonymously contribute bitcoins towards a bounty on the head of any government official–a kind of Kickstarter for political assassinations.”
  • Ross Andersen – Humanity’s deep future
    "When we peer into the fog of the deep future what do we see – human extinction or a future among the stars?"
  • Bitcoin As Protocol | Union Square Ventures
    “There is no other widely used protocol in the world today that accomplishes this: with bitcoin anyone can make a statement (a transaction) and have this be recorded in a globally visible and fixed ledger.”
  • Content economics, part 4: scale | Felix Salmon
    "It’s almost impossible to overstate the importance of the CMS when it comes to the question of who’s going to win the online-publishing wars."
  • InMoov » Project
    "Here is “InMoov”, the first life size humanoid robot you can 3D print and animate. You have a 3D printer, some building skills, This project is for you!!"
  • Apple and Google Maps, and Defaults | Matt Mullenweg
    “If Microsoft did this a decade ago we’d call for the DoJ to reopen their investigation. Apple has the best phone, best tablet, and in many ways the best operating system — we should not give them a pass for this blatantly self-interested and user-hostile stance.”
  • Instagram and Youtube — Benedict Evans
    "WhatsApp and Instagram are not in different categories – they're direct competitors for time and attention." – This spot on.

What we read this week (5 Apr)

On our varying perception of time, businesses within businesses, why we’re creeped out by the sound of our own voice, the Bitcoin bubble, and inventing jobs rather than searching for them.

Quote of the week

In a world of finite attention spans and seemingly infinite media, internet humour has a unique ability to break through the noise and tell an alternative to a dominant single story. While we are giggling at the jokes, we are also paying attention.

An Xiao Mina

Articles of the week

  • Contents Magazine: 10 Timeframes
    An excellent piece by Paul Ford on our variable and often confusing perception of time, and the control designers have over the way we interact with time.
  • Medium: A business within the business
    Dave Gray describes a way to give employees a greater sense of ownership and more agency within an organization through a change in structure that effectively creates miniature businesses within a business. “Podular” organizations, as he describes them, increase motivation and effectiveness in the long term.
  • NBC News: Why you hate the sound of your own voice
    Neuroscientist Jordan Gaines explains the science behind that cringey feeling you experience when hearing recordings of yourself.
  • Medium: The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency
    A long read by Felix Salmon on the current Bitcoin hype and why we should be less enthusiastic about it and more cautious.
  • New York Times: Need a Job? Invent It
    Education specialist Tony Wagner makes the case for using the education system to prepare people to create their own jobs. His key point: people should come out of school not with just a mass of information, but ready to use their knowledge and skills to create value.

What we read this week (21 Oct)

We made a nice reading list for you, featuring online music, Bitcoins, the Pirate Party, and a serious disruption in online identities.

Have a great weekend!