What we read this week (6 July)

This week we read about the science fiction architecture, innovation on the edges, the quality of the digitalised life, the God particle and what your e-book says about you.

Quotes of the week

It’s hard to find anything to say about life without immersing yourself in the world, but it’s also just about impossible to figure out what it might be, or how best to say it, without getting the hell out of it again.   Tim Kreider

Articles of the week

  • Matt Jones: The City Is A Battlesuit For Surviving The Future
    That the architecture derived from science fiction has changed the urban design, is unarguable. Matt Jones talks about the proto-bloggers, the Archigram collective, about their magazines from the 60s and how it influenced the architecture and design back in the day and managed to make its way through into the present.
  • Joi Ito: Innovation On the Edges
    It is pretty common for MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito to choose the unknown paths. In this article, he speaks about his plans for strenghtening the Media Lab, and about how he plans on stimulating the innovativion processes through networking, collaboration and emergence.
  • The New Inquiry: The IRL Fetish
    The overflow of the digital content deprived us all of our real and meaningful lives. Even when we finally get to experience a real life situation, including a very private visit to the bathroom, it is still oversaturated with digitalism, as if it was insidious. The article presents reflections on the side effects of the always-on approach.
  • The Guardian: How the Higgs boson explains our universe
    While it may not be directly relevant to your digital strategy, you have to admit it’s pretty damn awesome to learn that the universe is filled, metaphorically, with treacle, and that the Large Hadron Collider turns out not just to be cool, but actually useful.
  • Alexander Alter: Your E-Book Is Reading You
    They say don’t judge a book by its cover. What they don’t say yet is that the book might just as well judge you! What was unknown back then is being served on a plate today. E-books give the publishers the possibility not only to check what books we read, but more importantly how engaged we are with the book. Read more to find out how the publishers are planning to put this data to use.