Alejandría Digital

By Bernaldo Barrena | Artículos que merecen un lugar especial en las neuronas

The Internet Is Smoothing Sex Into Oblivion

This is the age of smooth—iPads, Ikea furniture, seamless online interactions—and it's destroying the messy joys of being human, like having sex.<p>Image: Flickr<p>Imagine a chair. Sixty years ago, when life, information, commodities, and capital all moved more slowly, the object our grandparents might …

High-Frequency Trading

Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: seven keys, held by individuals from all over the world, that together control security at the core of the web. The reality is rather closer to The Office than The Matrix<p>In a nondescript industrial estate in El Segundo, a boxy suburb in south-west Los …

Why Silicon Valley Can’t Find Europe

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Sten Tamkivi has been a software entrepreneur for 16 years and spent the recent half of his career as an early executive at Skype in Tallinn, Estonia. Sten is now an Entrepreneur in Residence at Andreessen Horowitz. Follow him on his blog and on Twitter</i> @seikatsu.<p>Go to Europe these …

Digital failures are inevitable, but we need them to be graceful

The mark of good software is graceful failure, but it's not a feature or a design spec – it's our relationship with technology<p>Recently, a journalist asked me to explain what I liked about Banshee, a free/open replacement for iTunes that works with Ubuntu (Ubuntu is also free and open – a version of …

Aggravated Bibliophilism | The New Yorker

You look on the shelf where you keep your dictionaries for the royal-blue-spined glossary of literary terms because you want to see if it contains a simple, concise definition of “metaphor.” You are editing a paper in which the author explains how metaphor can make a complex subject like Einstein’s …

Books

How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and the other tech titans have had to fight for their lives against their own government. An exclusive look inside their …

Entreguen la cabeza de Dora Kent

Imagen de la serie <i>Castle</i>. ABC/Adam Taylor<p>En la mañana del 7 de enero de 1988 una decena de coches patrulla y varios vehículos del departamento …

Rubén Díaz Caviedes: Quemar contenedores

Los obreros de Sniace durante un encierro en 1993. La fotografía es de José Castro. Fuente aquí.<p>La fábrica Sniace de celulosa y viscosa se …

Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Libraries and E-books

At the start of the summer, I traveled to Chicago for the annual national conference of the American Library Association. It was great. There are …

Publishing

Can the multiverse explain the course of history? – Andrew Crumey | Aeon Essays

Andy Murray’s unexpectedly strong start against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon 2012 final put the <i>Daily Telegraph</i> columnist Matthew Norman in a …

Multiverse

2030s Cognitive Machines: a glimpse of life in a future wonderworld

<i>"It's the year 2030, and as I glance around my bedroom, I feel secure knowing that microscopic sensors embedded throughout the house constantly</i> …

Moore's Law

I'm an atheist, so how did I end up such a committed Quaker? – Nat Case | Aeon Essays

I read voraciously as a child, even obsessively. Our family drove across the US when I was 13, and I hardly noticed the scenery, eyes glued to a …

Faith

How Steve Jobs Turned Technology — And Apple — Into Religion

<i>"Much ink has been spilled drafting the Steve Jobs encomium. But Jobs and Apple are interesting for far more than technological prowess – they</i> …

The Ecuadorian Library

or, The Blast Shack After Three Years<p>Back in distant, halcyon 2010, I was asked to write something about Wikileaks and its Cablegate scandal. So, I …

National Security Agency (NSA)

O.K., Glass | The New Yorker

On a weekday afternoon in late June, a nondescript forty-year-old man in beige shorts, a blue Penguin sports shirt, and what appears to be a pair of shale-colored architect’s glasses with parts of the frame missing gets on an uptown No. 6 train at Union Square to go see his psychoanalyst, on East …

Essays

Shyness cannot be ‘cured’. It is part of being human – Joe Moran | Aeon Essays

If I had to describe being shy, I’d say it was like coming late to a party when everyone else is about three glasses in. All human interaction, if it …

Psychology

He Was a Crook

A scathing obituary of Richard Nixon, originally published in Rolling Stone on June 16, 1994<p>MEMO FROM THE NATIONAL AFFAIRS DESK<p>DATE: MAY 1, 1994<p><i>"And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every</i> …

History

Don’t Write What You Know

Why fiction’s narrative and emotional integrity will always transcend the literal truth<p>Every Wednesday, I teach an introductory fiction workshop at Harvard University, and on the first day of class I pass out a bullet-pointed list of things the students should try hard to avoid. Don’t start a story …

Authors

Búsquese otro nombre

Francisco García Hortelano.<p>A veces crees que tus desgracias empiezan tan atrás, que te cambias de nombre en un intento desesperado por sortear la …

The Most Significant Futurists of the Past 50 Years

Our visions of the future tend to be forged in the pages of science fiction. But for the past half-century, a number of prominent thinkers, …

Singularity

The Alternative Libraries of New York - ANIMAL

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of a library,” Jorge Luis Borges famously said. But did the author and librarian imagine that …

Getting Over It

Just last Friday, walking down the street, I saw a handmade sign above a dumpster warning passersby not to deposit their trash there. "Smile. You're …

Personal Information

Murallas de pago y periodistas hambrientos

Estuve en Bilbao invitado por Deia, un medio del que siempre recibo una atención deliciosa y cuyos planteamientos de futuro me encantan por lo …

Los Ramones

Aquí en la noche estoy, aquí en la plaza, sentado en Vista Alegre, y los <b>Ramones</b> suenan, cantan, cunden, no sé por qué he venido, la música en el …