LongNow conversation with Pete Worden

Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011

From October 16, 2010. DARPA just released their RFI for the 100 Year Starship Study.


Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2011


The medium of the self is the message

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2011

Good video. Its the same folks that did this experiment back in 2007.

Part I

Part II



Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Playing around with some embeddable imagery. Photosynth has a pretty neat iPhone app which makes it very simple to create 360 panoramas.

Gigapan is also nice. Unfortunately they don't have an embed feature.

A loss

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NASA CTO for IT Chris C. Kemp today announced he's leaving the Agency. Sad story. Given he was the one who convinced me to come over to the Bay Area from Amsterdam, The Netherlands 3 years ago. Meanwhile, the public gets pictures like this:


US space

Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2011



And a reasonable sounding video, from a Tea Party member no less:


DinnerTV: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010


Those views

Posted on Monday, November 8, 2010


(via NASAWatch)

More intruiging images by the same photographer

How has the Internet changed the way you think?

Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010

Ran into some excellent quotes in the responses to the yearly Edge.org question:

And he had picked up on McLuhan's idea that by inventing electric technology we had externalized our central nervous systems — that is, our minds — and that we now had to presume that "There's only one mind, the one we all share." John Brockman
The Internet is virtualizing the universe, which changes the way I act and think. "Virtualization" (a basic historical transition, like "industrialization") means that I spend more & more of my time acting-within and thinking about the mirror-reflection of some external system or institution in the (smooth, pond-like) surface of the Internet. But the continuum of the Cybersphere will emerge from today's bumpy cob-Web when Virtualization reaches the point at which the Internet develops its own emergent properties and systems: when we stop looking at the pixels (the many separate sites and services that make up the Web) and look at the picture. (It's the picture, not the pixels! Eventually top-down thinking will replace bottom-up engineering in the software world—which will entail roughly a 99.9% turnover in the current population of technologists.) David Gelernter
I began to develop a theme that has informed my endeavors ever since: New technologies beget new perceptions. Reality is a man-made process. Our images of our world and of ourselves are, in part, models resulting from our perceptions of the technologies we generate. John Brockman
Ned Hall once pointed out to me that the most critical inventions are not those that resemble inventions but those that appear innate and natural. Once you become aware of this kind of invention, it is as though you had always known about it. ("The medium is the message." Of course, I always knew that). John Brockman
The Internet is the infinite oscillation of our collective conscious interacting with itself. John Brockman
Maybe click-dreaming is a way for all of us to have the same dream, independent of what we click on. Kevin Kelly

The web in 3D

Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010


(more at NASAWatch)

The future is process, not a destination
Bruce Sterling

Everything is ultimately becoming information technology
Ray Kurzweil

Data is the Intel inside
Tim O'Reilly

There is only one machine and the web is its OS
Kevin Kelly

The medium is the message
Marshall McLuhan

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