The need to memorize something is a twentieth-century skill. The need to navigate in a buzz of confusion, and to figure out how to trust the information that you find—if you can feel confident doing that, the world is yours.
Gated Likes ultimately devalue Likes for all, polluting the relationship brands are trying to build with their fans.
- NY Times: Start-Ups Aim to Help Users Put a Price on Their Personal Data
In the wake of a big privacy discussions, some companies are looking into monetizing our private data even more while promising (pretending?) to give us more control over it.
- What If Robots Taught Kids?
Computers are already everywhere. Slowly, but steadily we are moving into the future when robots will become more apparent in our daily lives. What would happen, if those robots would start teaching our kids? Amazing insights.
- ‘Plug In Better’: A Manifesto
Alexandra Samuel argues that the trick isn’t to unplug from our devices — it’s to unplug from the distractions, information overload, and trash that make us unhappy. We couldn’t agree more.
- The Symphony of Self
In this extensive review of Antonio Damasio’s Self Comes to Mind, Aaron P. Blaisdell provides some astonishing insight into the functionality of our consciousness and how our “self” comes into being. A little bit off our usual paths, we’d lie if we’d claim that we’ve understood it all. It’s nevertheless well worth a read.
- Kickstarter crosses threshold as two projects hit $1 million in donations
Kickstarter has been somewhat of an amazing success story. People who had ideas for great new products, but never had the opportunity to get their work financed found with Kickstarter the perfect platform. Soon things evolved from small donations to full fledged funding rounds. Now Kickstarter managed to achieve a new milestone. Two projects collected over one million dollars on their platform.