21.9.09

Muistilinkkejä

Color-Blind Monkeys Get Full Color Vision - Värisokeat orava-apinat saavat ihmisen värinäön geenisiirrolla.

Scientists make paralyzed rats walk again after spinal-cord injury - a combination of drugs, electrical stimulation and regular exercise

Project ‘Gaydar’ - Kaveripiirisi kertoo oletko kaapissa.

If You Love Your Gadgets, Tear Them Apart
A clear observation from teardowns is they keep getting more difficult, as gadgets progressively become smaller, more complex and more tightly packed with components.

Is the Internet melting our brains?
No!
We hear a thousand objections of this sort throughout history: Thoreau objecting to the telegraph, because even though it speeds things up, people won't have anything to say to one another. Then we have Samuel Morse, who invents the telegraph, objecting to the telephone because nothing important is ever going to be done over the telephone because there's no way to preserve or record a phone conversation. There were complaints about typewriters making writing too mechanical, too distant -- it disconnects the author from the words. That a pen and pencil connects you more directly with the page. And then with the computer, you have the whole range of "this is going to revolutionize everything" versus "this is going to destroy everything."

The Referendum
Quite a lot of what passes itself off as a dialogue about our society consists of people trying to justify their own choices as the only right or natural ones by denouncing others’ as selfish or pathological or wrong. So it’s easy to overlook that hidden beneath all this smug certainty is a poignant insecurity, and the naked 3 A.M. terror of regret. -- The problem is, we only get one chance at this, with no do-overs. Life is, in effect, a non-repeatable experiment with no control.

An Operating System for the Mind

Today - surely we've seen enough evidence of this! - if you simply follow the rules, do what you're told, do your job and stay out of trouble, you will be led to ruin. It's like sitting on a log floating in a river: it works for a while, and seems like the safest place to me, but all the while, you're approaching a waterfall.

1 kommentti:

ninni kirjoitti...

i believe humans are gadgets to something more high..