What we read last week (17 Feb 2012)

This week, we got inspired by articles about what would happen if robots would teach kids, the key to unplugging, an exploration of our consciousness and a look at Kickstarter’s best week

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.

John Perry Barlow

Gated Likes ultimately devalue Likes for all, polluting the relationship brands are trying to build with their fans.

Jim Babb

  • 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.

Author: Johannes

Johannes is a strategist and consultant for digital communications. His work is informed by his experience of working with brands like Deutsche Telekom, MTV, Postbank, Maggi and Nike and by his insatiable appetite for finding the bigger patterns behind current developments in technology and science. Holding a diploma in Media System Design, Johannes is a regular speaker at web and marketing conferences like Republica and the Social Media Summit.