Einar Sneve Martinussen

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Tech Nerds Who Predicted an Internet Utopia Are Sorry For Being So Wrong

You probably remember those tantalizing tech predictions from the 1990s. The world wide web was going to become a paradise for access to information …

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Google’s cute voice experiment lets you track the world with paper

Google’s latest voice experiment is the cutest one yet. Paper Signals is an open-source project that lets you build a paper object that can be controlled with your voice. The paper objects let you see how Bitcoin is doing, get a visual representation of the weather, or even track NASA rocket …

Google Assistant

10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books—but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it’s …

Amazon's new Dash Wand is half magic, half boring

Point and shop. Or shout. Shouting also works.<p>Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods is getting all the media attention right now, but the company made another grocery-related investment last week that’s just as interesting: it’s basically giving the new Dash Wand with Alexa away for …

Smart Homes

Companies Are Creating So Much Data, It Has to Be Shipped in Trucks

A terabyte isn’t cool, you know what’s cool? A petabyte. And companies like DigitalGlobe are creating more of them than they can upload to the cloud. …

Watching David Bowie Argue With an Interviewer About the Future of the Internet Is Beautiful

In 1999, Davide Bowie sat down for a TV interview with BBC host Jeremy Paxman. Bowie explains that if he were a kid of the 1990s he wouldn’t have …

Obama Interrupting Everybody’s Spotify Listening Today With Reminder to Vote

President Barack Obama and Spotify have teamed up for a series of special message ahead of Election Day tomorrow. In new ads, Obama offers a friendly reminder to Spotify users 18 years and older to go to the polls and vote tomorrow. In his messages, Obama also directs voters to HeadCount.org, where …

I Asked Ordinary Voters if They Could Explain Clinton's Complicated Email Scandal

Voters I spoke with in Ohio are convinced that Hillary Clinton is corrupt and guilty of some criminal activity, even if they're not entirely sure exactly what that activity is.<p>It's hard for anyone to keep track of all the various interrelated scandals and controversies currently engulfing the …

What Sun Ra's Poetry Can Teach Us About Afrofuturism

"What I would like to see is a scholarly edition of his poems," says the author of a new book on Sun Ra. "I think they're worthy of that treatment..."<p>The Tower of Babel is a biblical myth explaining the formation of Earth's many languages, and it's been explored by artists in many different …