It’s time you learnt (a bit about) how computers work (1)

If you know nothing about how computers work (and I know precious little), it’s probably time that you learnt. Consider: if software really does eat the world (and the signs are that it is rapidly doing so), huge swathes of…

Podcast recommendation: Mark Andreessen on Software Eating the World (2019)

Here’s Mark Andreessen on the A16z podcast summarising what it means for software to eat the world: [In the original 2011 essay] I made three claims, which I would say increase as you go in audacity or arrogance, depending on…

Future partners

The next time you’re working a colleague or partner, ask yourself if it’s possible that you’ll still be working together in ten or twenty year’s time. If the answer is “I hope not,” think about why – and ask why…

Motion sickness: change and stability

If you’ve ever suffered from motion sickness in a car or on a boat, you probably know that it helps to look at a fixed (or at least slower moving) point on the horizon. A stable reference point helps your…

They’re (not quite) taking our jobs: Tim Harford on robots, spreadsheets and automation in the workplace

These are two great episodes from the BBC’s excellent 50 Things that Made the Modern Economy. Episode: Robot The robots are coming! Sort of. Featuring Baxter and the Jennifer headset.More on Baxter here at WIRED. Episode: Spreadsheet Fantastic discussion of…

Podcasts: starting points for learning about AI

Stuart Russell on After On with Rob Reid A thought provoking interview and excellent introduction that sounds a note of caution about AI and gives good reasons for doing so. Highlights include: some interesting stuff about how people and robots…

Education for the future: Key tools

Here are some tools that don’t go out of date: Tools for thinking, learning and understanding (the tools that help you acquire new tools); Tools for communicating and teaching (the tools that help you find and enlist others in your…

Listen to the technology: Kevin Kelly and the giant copy machine

Technology often has built in biases, certain ways that it wants to be used. So the internet is the largest copy machine in the world by nature. It’s inherent in the thing. Anything that can be copied it that touches…

Learning through use: Kevin Kelly on technology finding its way

I’m a big believer that the way we steer technology is through engagement, by use. I find that most of the inventors don’t even have any idea what the technology will ultimately be used for. Thomas Edison invented the phonograph,…

Wisdom, for now and later

Eat honey, my child, for it is good;    honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.1Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:    If you find it, there is a future hope for you,    and your hope will not be…