Xeni Jardin @ Applied Minds

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Xeni Jardin is a rising (risen?) star in the tech-journalism world, who in addition to being a co-editor for BoingBoing, has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, CNBC’s Dennis Miller Show, Fox News, BBC News, and is a technology correspondant for NPR. She also occasionaly writes for Wired, which is where you can read about her recent visit to the Applied Mindsheadquarters in Burbank, California.

Co-founder Danny Hillis escorts me down a hallway that dead-ends into an old-fashioned red phone booth. The phone rings. He places receiver to ear.

“The blue moon jumps over the purple sky,” he says, and hangs up.

Suddenly, the booth becomes a door, swinging out to reveal a vast, open room filled with engineers, gadgets and big ideas.

It’s as if Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory just yawned wide to welcome us. Only here, all the candy plugs in.

“This is where the secret laboratories are,” Hillis says.

Read on for a description of, among other things, some cool interactive mapping technology they’ve been working on, including a device that bears a striking similarity to the 3D pin terrain model featured in the first X-Men movie.

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