Quote of the week
We’re reaching a cliff of AI, where the height of human knowledge falls off into a wasteland of poorly automated social grace.
Articles of the week
- Wired Magazine: Q&A: Bill Gates on Flying Cars, the Malaria Epidemic, and Article-Writing Robots
Amusing matter-of-factness and interesting perspectives on technology, philanthropy and education from Bill Gates, who in addition to feeling sorry for Peter Thiel, suggests a malaria epidemic in the blogging community to get the media’s priorities straight.
- The Verge: How @breakingnews keeps news junkies current in a crisis
NBC’s internal startup @breakingnews, its “pressure to be second” when reporting stories, its not-quite-real-time approach to the news, and its experiments with monetization.
- Medium: Teens aren’t abandoning “social.” They’re just using the word correctly.
Cliff Watson on how “we’ve come to define ‘social’ in unintentional Orwellian double-speak,” and how kids’ use of social media is heading more in the direction of what the word “social” really means: “making contact with other human beings.”
- Quinn Norton: ACM Web Science talk, as written
An insightful talk from writer and journalist Quinn Norton on the gap in language and literature when it comes to digital life.
- Adam Greenfield: On augmenting reality
A long read, actually a draft excerpt from Adam’s forthcoming book, on what AR is capable of and the various forms of delivery it can take.