11.23.2001

NEW NETFUTURE

Netfuture issue #125 is out, November 15, 2001:

The Deceiving Virtues of Technology (Steve Talbott)
From the cave of the Cyclops to Silicon Valley

      Of course technology threatens us, and of course it calls for a certain resistance on
      our part, since it expresses our dominant tendencies, our prevailing lameness or
      one-sidedness. The only way we can become entire, whole, and healthy is to
      struggle against whatever reinforces our existing imbalance. Our primary task is to
      discover the potentials within ourselves that are not merely mechanical, not merely
      automatic, not reducible to computation. And the machine is a gift to us precisely
      because the peril in its siding with our one-sidedness forces us to strengthen the
      opposite side — at least it does if we recognize the peril and accept its challenge.


MUDGE IS BACK

The Fulford and Tang Hall Curmudgeon has reopened for business...

Films, music, and cultural abuse...

Source of one of our favorite articles on the web:

IN THE FUTURE, EVERYONE WILL HAVE NUCLEAR HELICOPTERS STRAPPED TO THEIR FOREHEADS
One man's journey into the busy, nay shyster world of futurology


A great review of the laws of robotics...



11.16.2001

HARRIED WORLD

Sometimes the title alone make a link worthwhile...

When Harry Met Selling
Michelle Chihara, AlterNet
November 8, 2001

Link via
NewPages Weblog.

11.10.2001

THE INFORMATION SUPPOSITORY

It's a small world after all...

From an LA Times story:

Small Wonders

   It's taken only 10 years for mobile phones to shrink from the size of briefcases to
   credit cards, but the fingers fumbling with tiny buttons haven't changed much in
   10,000 years. Human beings don't evolve nearly as quickly as their gadgetry...


Link found via Techdirt.com.

11.01.2001

ENVIROPIG

Genetic engineering tackles the pigshit problem:

From MotherJones: The Next Pig Thing
by Leora Broydo Vestel October 26, 2001
Canadian researchers have developed a genetically-engineered pig that could
help clean up a major source of water pollution -- but environmental groups
want the swine squelched.

   ...the Enviropig is the first animal engineered for environmental benefit.

  Ontario Pork, a trade association representing pig farmers in the Canadian
  province, calls the Enviropig "the biggest breakthrough in pig farming
  since the invention of the trough."