It’s a QTWTAIN, a Question To Which The Answer Is No, asked by Jamie Bartlett at the Spectator. But I was struck by this sentence:
According to Google’s Ray Kurzweil, in 2045 we will reach what’s known as ‘Singularity’: the point at which artificial intelligence becomes so advanced that it begins to produce new and ever [...]
This looks extraordinary. A gizmo called Spritz that reinvents reading, its inventors claim. We normally read at about 220 words per minute, but this software can get us up to 500 wpm quite easily (it seems to be true, you can try it yourself at the link), or faster.
Most of the time taken by reading, [...]
How predictive text rewrote the history of these islands from the Pearly Buttons (Early Britons) to the Age of Teaspoon (Age of Reason). My friend Hugh Kellett has produced a book called Glitzch using the predictive text function on his Android smartphone.
In it, he promises to “tell the tripe, the wholehearted tripe and nothing but [...]
Fabulous long article by Burkhard Bilger in The New Yorker: 11,000 words on Google’s ambition to make driverless cars.
He quotes Sergei Brin, one of Google’s founders: “We’re not trying to fit into an existing business model. We are just on such a different planet.”
“In God we trust,” the company faithful like to say. “Everyone else, [...]
In the course of a confused Guardian maunder about the police state into which Britain would be turning if Ed Snowden hadn’t opened our eyes, John Lanchester says this:
Take away Facebook and Twitter, instant messaging and Skype and YouTube, and then – it’s hard to imagine, but try – take away the mobile phone, and see [...]
Most of us have crazy ideas for apps that we’re convinced will go global and made us millionaires. I tend to get mine just as the barman is ordering me to go home and I never get to write them down.
Danny Hillis in a TED talk (video at Mashable) wondered what would happen if “bad and foolish people” sabotaged the internet:
We’re setting ourselves up for a kind of disaster like the [one] we had with the financial system, where we take a system that was basically built on trust — was basically built for a [...]
“Just as globalisation and technology have transformed other huge sectors of the economy in the past 20 years, in the next 20 years universities face transformation,” Professor Sir Michael Barber and his colleagues say in their An Avalanche is Coming, published today.
They cite one interesting example on page 38:
A really good example of how this can develop [...]
This is a fabulous report from KRON, a San Francisco TV station, in 1981, the year in which I started work as a journalist, a reporter on Accountancy Age.
Would a box of chocolates and flowers suffice? Or would you buy something for expensive to mark the special day? Normally it can become a mad last-minute scramble to the nearest shops.
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