Friday, 27 July 2007
Wired editor-at-large Kevin Kelly explores the nature of technology through technology’s eyes. He predicts that the collective intelligence of the internet will soon dwarf the collective intelligence mankind, and he presents his ideas that the internet is structured remarkbly similarly to a single human brain.
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 06:53
You know all that information you put onto Facebook. The little things like your age, sex, race, political persuasion, interests, hobbies, your address, your email, the names of all your friends and everything you do, see, say, think or feel? Well, this is the guy who's going to use it to sell you something. Here's the article. Here's the company blog.
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 03:12
The lending club is a lending community where you borrow and lend money to fellow Facebook members. While bank customers can get only 5.5% interest on savings accounts, and while banks charge their lending customers 12.32%* on average for personal loans, Lending Club lenders earn from 6.95% to 11.68%, and borrowers on Lending Club pay as little as 7.45% APR. Not a bad idea.
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 03:01
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Der Digitale Planet (lecture) - Douglas Adams, Richard Dawkins, , Daniel Dennett, Jared Diamond and Steven Pinker
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 10:34
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Speech by Dr Patrick Dixon for Finland Marketing Federation in Helsinki, audience of 500, in a relatively intimate setting. The future of marketing and consumer trends: direct mail, network, email, strategies, ideas, relationship marketing, market research, consumer reports, campaign slogans.
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 01:45
Market research cannot predict the future accurately. Example is the rapid growth of blogging or web diaries which was not indicated by market research surveys a year or two before. Lecture by Dr Patrick Dixon for MTN global leadership team
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 01:43
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Theodor Berger talks conservatively about how to replace parts of the brain with micrchips to bring functionality back to areas of the brain damaged by tumours. There are several other speakers in this video that discuss various points of view in the brain vs computers debate.
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 11:18
David Weinberger used to write for Woody Allen. He discusses his new book which argues that there is no right way of ordering the world. Every domain has it's own ordering pattern that works best for that particular domain. Weinberger beileves we have internalised the organisation of the physical (i.e the way books are ordered in Melville "I love ten" Dewey decimal system) and put them onto ideas. Watch it. Download it. Tell your friends.
More stuff from David Weinberger.
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 10:35
Chritoph Koch talks passionately on a very difficult subject, exceptionally well. There's a lot of brain fizz in this one. Good stuff. After the talk, the relentlessly talkative Charlie Rose chairs a panel discussion about the same subject. Also quite good.
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 05:21
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Noted Internet thinker and author Clay Shirky delivered one of the opening “provocations” at Supernova 2007. Using a 1300-year-old Japanese shrine as a metaphor, Clay explained how the New Network changes the basic dynamics of business and collective creativity. via conversationhub.com
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 03:21
Kurzweil was the first person to do serious speech recognition and to do reading for the blind. He has invented musical instruments [synthesizers] that are incredibly real in sound, so much so that people cannot tell which is the piano and which is Kurzweil. He has been involved in software that writes poetry, and education for physicians that allows them to work on virtual patients
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 02:11
How do we decide what is morally right and wrong? Historically, there have been two answers to this question. Either the human mind deliberates moral judgments based on a set of principles or the mind relies on intuitions mediated by emotions. Harvard Psychology professor Marc Hauser argues that morality, at some level, may be hard-wired into our brains, as an innate 'moral grammar' that has evolved with us over time. That intuitive mechanism may be more important in what shapes our moral decision than what we learn from school, church, or family.
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 02:07
Brain repair, smart pills, mind-reading machines--modern neuroscience promises to deliver an array of treatments and diagnostic tools that sound like they are the stuff of science fiction, as well as profound insight into the nature of the brain over the next decade. But these breakthroughs raise troubling questions about what it means to be human, Steven Rose warns. How does our evolving understanding of the human brain affect our sense of the human mind and our sense of agency and humanity?
President and Psychiatrist in Chief at the McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School), Dr Bruce Cohen talks about Functional Magnetic Imaging Machines, how they work and what they can tell us about the brain. It's a good overview of fMRI technology.
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 01:39
Monday, 23 July 2007
Sheryl Sandberg, who leads Google’s advertising business, explains how Google revolutionized online advertising, and where she sees the market going in the future.
Posted by Jaime Diskin at 09:43