I refuse to accept that the only good response to an imperfect technology is to abandon it. We need more specific criticisms than the ever-present feeling that “‘something’s not right.“ What thing? Developing a political agenda to remake, improve, or forbid technologies requires some sort of rubric: how can I judge what I’m using? What are the deleterious impacts? How are they specific to these media and this time?
Washington Post Truth Teller: near-real-time fact-checking of political discourse. Much-needed intervention for the current tendency to disregard and invent facts altogether.
More info on the project and the technology involved at the Knight Foundation’s blog.
Pico Meter is a beautiful short documentary about the STEHM, the most advanced microscope ever built.
Short for Scanning Tunneling Electron Holography Microscope, the STEHM has a maximum resolution of 31 picometers (roughly 1,000x smaller than the commonly-referenced nano-scale). It can visualize individual atoms, the bonds between them, and the structure within. And via holography it can image magnetic fields and measure stress in materials.
This awesome timelapse (looks mostly shot on SLRs) shows the shuttle move from its storage hanger, through its tank fitting, and onto the launch pad. Very cool.
By Scott Andrews, Stan Jirman, Philip Scott Andrews.
From April 2006 to January 2010. Like some kind of badass energy juggling. Via TechCrunch.
Somehow I got sucked into watching this. Kevin Rose of Digg & Tim Ferriss of The Four Hour Work Week have started recording videos together, talking about everything from startups to nutrition, travel, technology, culture, etc.
They’ve started calling the series “Random” which is just about the same as not having a name at all. But who needs a name when the conversation is as good as this. Two insanely smart, motivated guys sharing their insights about nothing and everything in particular.
I’ve embedded all, or at least most, of the videos below. From what I can tell there’s not currently any streamlined way of following or subscribing to the series, so I swiped these embeds from Kevin’s blog.
Watch the most recent episode at least, to see if it’s a good fit for your brain. I hope they keep at it.
Episode 7 (China Part 3):
Episode 6 (China Part 2):
Episode 5 (China):
Don’t let the word “Microsoft” scare you, this video shows some extremely well thought-out concepts. Plenty of multi-touch, e-ink, semantic data, telepresence and cloud computing to go around.
You can watch expanded clips at the end of the video embedded above, or watch the full-length version at the blog linked below.