Quotes of the week
The future’s kind of funny-looking, but it’s probably the future you deserve.
Where you’re searching from has become almost as important as what you’re searching for.
Articles of the week
- The Atlantic: How Google Builds Its Maps — and What It Means for the Future of Everything
Alexis Madrigal looks into the elaborate human work that goes on behind Google’s gargantuan project Ground Truth, and what is meant by “massaging data.”
- Futurity: Draw something. This computer names that doodle
Brown University has developed a program that can recognize and name rough sketches. This article takes a look at how this sort of recognition could be applied outside of the Draw Something arena.
- Wired UK: Google Course Builder will catalogue and deliver the world’s educational content
An interesting new addition to the online education scene: a tool from Google that allows users to build their own online courses.
- Wired: Diplomat Killed in Libya Told Fellow Gamers: Hope I ‘Don’t Die Tonight’
Outside his job as a US diplomat in Libya, Sean Smith was also a prominent gamer on EVE Online. Fellow gamers honored their friend by renaming space stations after him and starting a fundraiser for his family.
- Rawkes: There is something magical about Firefox OS
Rob Hawkes on what makes Mozilla’s new, particularly hackable OS so special.