The Technium

The Technium. A fascinating interview with Kevin Kelly from last February. It’s a long read, or an hour-long video, but so worth the time. One of my favorite nuggets was, “Machines are for answers; humans are for questions.”

On Thingpunk

On Thingpunk. Interesting read via Matt Pearson about what the author dubs Thingpunk. Essentially:

Thingpunk is a deep bias in design thinking that sees physical products and the built environment as the most important venues for design and innovation even as we enter a world that’s increasingly digital.

Not sure how to capture it but it was an intriguing read.

James Burke at dConstruct 2012

This transcript of James Burke’s talk at dConstruct 2012 is fantastic. In it he discusses the network effect of small changes repeated at scale. There’s also this gem:

Institutions manage change above all so that they can make sure that innovation doesn’t mean disruption. Established institutions, even yours, are vulnerable to disruptive technology.

How To See The Future

Warren Ellis, How To See The Future:

The most basic mobile phone is in fact a communications devices that shames all of science fiction, all the wrist radios and handheld communicators. Captain Kirk had to tune his fucking communicator and it couldn’t text or take a photo that he could stick a nice Polaroid filter on. Science fiction didn’t see the mobile phone coming. It certainly didn’t see the glowing glass windows many of us carry now, where we make amazing things happen by pointing at it with our fingers like goddamn wizards.

via Daniel.