Quote of the week
By trying to understand more of the world, we’ll probably feel like we understand less.
Articles of the week
- Make: 3D Printing Revolution: the Complex Reality
Michal Zalewski provides a much needed reality check for the 3D printing hype, looking at the challenges of the process and actual use-cases. Spoiler: No, not everybody will have a 3D printer at home in the near future. Also check out this interview with Debbie Chachra, a material scientist, talking about peak plastic.
- Wired: How Google Retooled Android With Help From Your Brain
Following on from the cat recognition successes of a few months back, this is how Google is using neural networks in a more concrete and applied way: processing speech signals to carry out voice commands.
- Ars Technica: Envisioning the urban skyscraper of 2050
Arup, the company that designed Sydney’s Opera House, has an imaginative take on the skyscraper of the future, incorporating ideas for sustainable energy and food supply, transport, health and education, and even a bit of Jenga-style swapping out of building parts.
- Bruce Schneier: Automobile Data Surveillance and the Future of Black Boxes
Bruce Schneier expresses concern over “being judged by our data,” as black-box data collection tools become ubiquitous. Often, even huge amounts of data can’t be interpreted unambiguously, as a recent dispute between Tesla Motors and New York Times journalist John Broder shows.
- Gamasutra: Using SimCity to diagnose my home town’s traffic problem
Mike Rose made this admirable and elaborate effort to reconstruct his town of Northenden, near Manchester, in SimCity in order to figure out its traffic problems. He didn’t figure them out, in the end, but did find an appreciation for what SimCity is capable of.