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When the Tribune Company recently got rid of their newspapers, the New York Times ran the story under a headline “The Tribune Company’s publishing unit is being spun off, as the future of print remains unclear.”

The future of print remains what? Try to imagine a world where the future of print is unclear: Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide “Click to buy” is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really.

Last Call — Medium (via slavin)

The future of print remains what? Try to imagine a world where the future of print is unclear: Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide “Click to buy” is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really.

(via slavin)

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Our roots are technology, not politics, writing code and rolling out transportation systems. The result is that not enough people here in America and around the world know our story, our mission, and the positive impact we’re having. Uber has been in a campaign but hasn’t been running one. That is changing now.

Obama Mastermind David Plouffe Is Now Uber’s Machiavelli

If your business lies within the hermetic socioeconomic seal of Silicon Valley, the thing to adopt from the outside is not the sophisticated art of blue-chip lobbyists.

The things to adopt are a concern for externalities, consequences, and ethics. And more ethics. And.

(via slavin)

This.

(via slavin)

Aug
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If ours is the advanced civilization we pretend it is, there should be no need to act as if all decisions were designed to establish certainties.

John Ralston Saul, Voltaire’s Bastards

(h/t gravity-rainbow and watchingcbeams)

The hubris of (false) certainty is a cancer on our economy and society. It’s thermodynamics: risk is always conserved.

(via stoweboyd)

Aug
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slavin:

"The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying." 

(via America Is Not For Black People)

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This is from an article that Jenna Wortham describes as “the hardest thing I’ve ever read” and I feel like, while I’ve read even worse than this, it’s not a competition I’m interested in. It’s horrorshow. 

The article itself is much bigger and more important than this particular quote — which I think is really the broadest point made. It resists summary or reduction, and that’s one reason to read it.

slavin:

"The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying."

(via America Is Not For Black People)

This is from an article that Jenna Wortham describes as “the hardest thing I’ve ever read” and I feel like, while I’ve read even worse than this, it’s not a competition I’m interested in. It’s horrorshow.

The article itself is much bigger and more important than this particular quote — which I think is really the broadest point made. It resists summary or reduction, and that’s one reason to read it.

Aug
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Great design is a combination of audacity and humility
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Forget the red carpet. There is but one rule for living your own life, and no one else’s: If you want to attend the party, crash it.
Aug
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PME ruinées, grandes entreprises se redéployant l’étranger, entrepreneurs allant créer ailleurs, étudiants qualifiés et chômeurs dynamiques allant travailler aux quatre coins du monde : la France se vide.

http://m.lesechos.fr/redirect_article.php?id=cercle_107013&fw=1

Saddest thing is that the French keep electing economic illiterates…

Aug
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As our behaviors, bodies, and environments are made legible as data, and as our online experiences mesh with our offline ones, we need to try to unpack these uncanny encounters with data. Throughout history, new technologies provoke moral panic and anxiety—in part because those technologies upend our understanding of time, place, and ourselves. But as we adopt and domesticate them, these technologies become integrated into our lives and embedded in the cultural fabric. The more time we spend time with our data doppelgängers, the more familiar they may become. That’s why it is so important to be able to scrutinize our data and hold accountable the systems collecting our data while those processes are still malleable. The same dominant sociotechnical systems that favor data for its objectivity put our subjectivity at risk. We need to demand more ways to keep our data doppelgängers in check.
Aug
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If they can repeat the experiment over distances significantly larger than 10 feet, it could mean that incomprehensibly fast quantum computers and a quantum internet are just around the corner.
Aug
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Right now, today, in 2014 is the best time to start something on the internet. There has never been a better time in the whole history of the world to invent something. There has never been a better time with more opportunities, more openings, lower barriers, higher benefit/risk ratios, better returns, greater upside, than now. Right now, this minute. This is the time that folks in the future will look back at and say, “Oh to have been alive and well back then!”