The Technium

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Why I Don’t Worry About a Super AI

[I originally wrote this in response to Jaron Lanier’s worry post on Edge.]Why I don’t fear super intelligence.It is wise to think through the …

Artificial Intelligence

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Some people call VR “the last medium” because any subsequent medium can be invented inside of VR, using software alone. Looking back, the movie and …

AI, or Alien Intelligence

This year, 2014, John Brockman’s annual question was “What Do You Think About Machines That Think?”. My answer is that I think we could call them

Intelligence

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ImageChange has never happened this fast before, and it will never be this slow again. Graeme Wood
Social Principal #9, Geek Media, Sept 29, 2009Even …

How to Use Artificial Intelligence

About a year ago I started writing a piece on AI for Wired. I turned it in last spring, and they just published it this month. They also cut it in …

A Desirable-Future Haiku

The coming hundred years, in one hundred wordsRecently I sent a twitter request out into the wider internets. I got 23 responses, which I am running …

Science Fiction

What Bits Want

[Translations: German]Digital bits have lives. They work for us, but we totally ignore them. What do bits really want? Here are the life stories of …

You Are Not Late

[Translations: Italian, Japanese, Chinese]Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to be an entrepreneur in 1985 when almost any dot com name …

Internet

Platforms Trump Products

[Translations: Japanese]The general trend in the technium is a long-term migration away from selling products to selling services. Jeff Bezos has …

The Least Resistance to New Ideas

Many years ago the San Francisco Chronicle published a short column in which the writer mentioned that he had been traveling in India, and when he …

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Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats. -- Howard Aiken, as quoted in Portraits in …

Damon Lindelof

The Self-Publishing Route

[Translations: Italian, Japanese]Like the Whole Earth Catalogs of yore, my new Cool Tools book is self-published. I'll tell you how the economics of …

Self-publishing

The Pleasures of a Paper Book

My blog is now a book!I took the best of my Cool Tools blog and printed it as a huge oversized book.
Yes, I know. Paper is old. You can’t search it, …