Quote of the week
The real future—or what may one day be a common element of some real future—slips past us, mistaken for the present, or for the past
Articles of the week
- Warren Ellis: The Edge of Reality
One of those rare occasions when we recommend a video instead of a text to read. But this keynote by Warren Ellis – who also was a keynote speaker at our CoCities conference – speaks about atemporality, our inability to see the present (let’s not even start about the future). It’s 14 minutes of your life you will certainly not regret spending on YouTube.
- Louisa Heinrich: The myth of productivity
Our friend Louisa looks at whether checking social websites at work could really have a negative impact on overall productivity, what hangups we have about mixing these two worlds, and to what extent our hangups are justified.
- Joinup: Contribution of open source to Europe’s economy
Next time you are asking yourself whether or not open source is good for business, here is a statistic for you: Open Source’s contribution to Europe’s economy? 450 billion per year.
- Ethiopian Kids Hack Their OLPC Tablets in 5 Months, With No Help
What happens, if you give kids who never saw a computer a box full of computers? They hack it. Interesting implication for the discussion whether or not it’s important that our technology remains hackable.
- Google Now: behind the predictive future of search
What seemed for a long while like a not existing strategy, emerges now, combined and realigned as a progressive and visionary approach to search.