JB Links (4)

This is pure gold. A wonderful way to consider the future and how it ‘arrives’, or as it seems doesn’t. The language is a bit fanny in places, and I had to really concentrate to understand some passages (which he then explained in much easier language 2 paragraphs later….doh), but the essential value in this essay is great. I Have mentioned the manufactured normalcy field before, as a marketing tool. This is the original piece and deals with the concept in a deeper more informative fashion.
“Most futurists are interested in the future beyond the Field. I am primarily interested in the future once it enters the Field, and the process by which it gets integrated into it. This is also where the future turns into money”


Another great read, Cocaine incorporated, a comprehensive overview of the Sinloa cartel in Mexico and the vast drug smuggling empire built by Joaquin Guzman, El Chapo. Aside from being straightforwardly entertaining this article produced the following 2 nuggets.
“It’s like geopolitics,” Tony Placido said. “You need to use violence frequently enough that the threat is believable. But overuse it, and it’s bad for business.” 

“They erect this fence,” he said, “only to go out there a few days later and discover that these guys have a catapult, and they’re flinging hundred-pound bales of marijuana over to the other side.” He paused and looked at me for a second. “A catapult,” he repeated. “We’ve got the best fence money can buy, and they counter us with a 2,500-year-old technology.”


Alan Kay is a pioneer of much of the computing landscape we take for granted today. He seems like an incredibly interesting person although I won’t pretend that I understand all of the work he has produced (at all!). In this interview we learn of his views relating to powerpoint, the web, the internet and education.

“My interest in education is unglamorous. I don’t have an enormous desire to help children, but I have an enormous desire to create better adults.”


This is a short view, just over a minute long, called sketches of the meta city. On the one hand it seems to be another nice, high production value view, of how and where augmented reality technology may eventually interact with our lives. On the other hand it shows how the concept of meta data is leaking out from the world of the semantic web and the data mining behemoths into everyday experience. Experiences that haven’t really been digital before, and only become so now in an observational fashion. In short, you’re still going to be riding a bus.


Finally a bit of Friday afternoon whimsy. I could wallop on about how young children ‘get’ technology (the star of the clip is 4 years old), but frankly that’s old hat now. Much better to just enjoy her wonderful prank !


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