Looked at today, this interview - where Arthur C. Clarke appears to predict future technologies such as the internet and Computers as small as laptops - is particularly powerful because it takes place amidst those enormous computers of the mid-1970s. We see spinning tape drives and punch-card readers and cabinet-sized printers.
This Harlem Shake meme going around the web has to be one of the oddest. Some of the videos are admittedly worth a chuckle, but most are just head-scrathingly mind-numbingly idiotic to the point of wanting to weep for humanity.
Finally, presented in its true form, is the Harlem Shake as an dance move not a massive impromptu air humping orgy costume party.
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Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish in this funny and poignant follow-up to his well-received 2006 TED Talk.
The recent generations have been bathed in connecting technology from birth, says futurist Don Tapscott, and as a result the world is transforming into one that is far more open and transparent. In this inspiring talk, he lists the four core principles that show how this open world can be a far better place.
Don Tapscott can see the future coming ... and works to identify the new concepts we need to understand in a world transformed by the Internet.
The Singularity Summit is the premiere futurist conference (it's happening in New York City on October 15 and 16).
Among the speakers is Current TV's Jason Silva, the director of the forthcoming documentary, Turning into Gods. Taking a page from Timothy Leary, the folks behind the Whole Earth Catalog, Ray Kurzweil, and other visionaries, Silva's work looks at the ways in technological progress is allowing humans to direct their own evolution. And the ways in which prohibitionists of all stripes push back on new ways of being human.
"People have always sort of been scared of new technologies," says Silva. "But in the end we assimilate them and they improve the quality of our lives."
Interview by Reason's Zach Weissmueller. Shot and edited by Sharif Matar. About 11 minutes long.
Numb3rs - Episode 6x07: Numb3rs describes the Internet Relay Chat protocol, a "pretty primitive chat program". It's how hackers talk when they don't want to be overheard. Oh, and they use leetspeek! "LUCKILY, I speak l33t."
And luckily, this show is off the air now!!!
On the web, a new "Friend" may be just a click away, but true connection is harder to find and express. Ze Frank presents a medley of zany Internet toys that require deep participation -- and reward it with something more nourishing. You're invited, if you promise you'll share.
About Ze Frank
Ze Frank rose to Internet fame in 2001 with his viral video “How to Dance Properly,” and has been making online comedy, web toys and massively shared experiences ever since.
Founder of the iconic Y Combinator startup accelerator and related aggregator Hacker News, Graham is a hero to masses of would-be startup gods. His helped launch more than 150 startups throughout his career, and he's done so with a lot less cold, hard capital than you'd imagine. As he told the Harvard Computer Society in 2005.
You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed.
Y Combinator gathers large groups of startup teams "generally a young, developer-heavy crowd" and infuses them with advice, training and small amounts of seed capital, which let founders keep ramen on the table and prove their passion for the work over the course of a few months.
This program has spawned dozens of spin-offs around the country. More than an incubator and more than a VC fund, Y Combinator has changed how we think about timelines, road maps, the importance of mentorship, and what it means to be a lean startup. The program has also created an elite crew of alumni who still dine out once a week and secure funding for later projects based on their former Y Combinator successes.