From the moment I became involved in the creation of new technologies, their ethical dimensions have concerned me, but it was only in the autumn of 1998 that I became anxiously aware of how great are the dangers facing us in the 21st century. I can date the onset of my unease to the day I met Ray Kurzweil, the deservedly famous inventor of the first reading machine for the blind and many other amazing things. Ray and I were both speakers at George Gilder's Telecosm conference, and I encountered him by chance in the bar of the hotel after both our sessions were over. I was sitting with John Searle, a Berkeley philosopher who studies consciousness. While we were talking, Ray approached and a conversation began, the subject of which haunts me to this day. I had missed Ray's talk and the subsequent panel that Ray and John had been on, and they now picked right up where they'd left off, with Ray saying that the rate of improvement of technology was going to accelerate and that we were going … [Read more...] about Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us
Hopes for the future essay
On the cover of WIRED's eighth issue, the Pillsbury Doughboy stands against a wall, flanked by two men wearing neckties. All are blindfolded, stricken with terror. Together they face a firing squad of mismatched TV remotes. The cover line reads: “Is Advertising Finally Dead?” By all appearances, the cover promised yet another gleeful epitaph for the declining institutions of the analog age. In just over a year, WIRED had already predicted the imminent demise of public education and The New York Times. Michael Crichton proclaimed in the fourth issue that “it is likely that what we now understand as the mass media will be gone within 10 years. Vanished, without a trace.” Advertising, it seemed, was the next industry marked for obsolescence. But the cover story itself—an essay by MIT Media Lab fellow Michael Schrage—was not, in fact, an epitaph at all. Instead, the article imagines how advertisers will adapt to, and eventually come to dominate, digital … [Read more...] about 25 Years of WIRED Predictions: Why the Future Never Arrives
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by A queer online dating community has formed around an old-school format for hookups. ByJamie Lauren Keiles Aug. 4, 2018 People complain about online dating all the time but rarely present solutions for improving it. Meeting in person? (Scary!) Through friends? (What friends?) At work? (Not in 2018!) Kelly Rakowski has a new idea. Well, sort of. Old-school personal ads — once the domain of newspaper back pages before Craigslist — are the currency of Personals, an Instagram dating community she has built for lesbians; bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual women; and gender-nonconforming and nonbinary people. (Basically, anyone who isn’t straight and/or a cisgender man.) There, a “late 20’s glitter femme” who loves to cook summons an “andro/moc/butch … [Read more...] about The Future Is … Personal Ads?
For the most part, gifts for geeks sort of suck. You have the ThinkGeek product machine pumping out one-size-fits-all gifts, and then a lot of items of poor or uninspiring quality. And no, I don't need another pair of Star Trek socks.This gift guide is for the more refined shopper, someone hoping to get something for a friend that will elicit a bona fide "wow" rather than another trinket tucked away in the closet. So let's dig in. A Chris Foss Art Print BUY NOW$90-$500For the sci-fi geek with an art history degreeTo put it simply, Chris Foss is the artist who created the look of sci-fi. His work graces the covers of some of the genre's greatest novelists, including Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and Philip K. Dick. Foss also did concept art for Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune, which sadly was never made, but the Jodorowsky would go on to say that Foss "was a true angel, a being as real and as unreal as his spaceships."But the best part is that Foss' work is incredibly badass and would … [Read more...] about The Gift Guide for the Sophisticated Geek
posted on 06 Sep 2016, 20:30 1 1. JC557 (Posts: 1870; Member since: 07 Dec 2011) I saw quite a few tourists and residents buying iPhone 6s and SEs at the Apple Store yesterday despite the fact that the new iPhone will be announced tomorrow and shipping the week after. posted on 06 Sep 2016, 20:48 3 13. meanestgenius (Posts: 17849; Member since: 28 May 2014) There a a few people that feel that new iPhones don't offer enough new features to warrant paying extra for them, so they're going for the 6s and se models. I would personally go for the latest model, but average consumers are more cost conscious and aren't aware of, or don't really care about incremental updates to features. posted on 06 Sep 2016, 22:09 1 22. JC557 (Posts: 1870; Member since: 07 Dec 2011) That's the thing though, the prices aren't cheaper with the iPhone announcement being on the same week. Hell, Best Buy only lowered the price of the 64GB iPhone 6s for a couple of days only to bring it back … [Read more...] about Comments for : The Apple iPhone 6s is the top selling smartphone in the world and in the U.S.