There’s nothing new under the sun. Even when it comes to the impact of technology on society.
In which our modern technological revolution was described in the 1940s. Found in The Atlantic archives:
“Of what lasting benefit has been man’s use of science and of the new instruments which his research brought into existence?
First, they have increased his control of his material environment. They have improved his food, his clothing, his shelter; they have increased his security and released him partly from the bondage of bare existence. They have given him increased knowledge of his own biological processes so that he has had a progressive freedom from disease and an increased span of life.
They are illuminating the interactions of his physiological and psychological functions, giving the promise of an improved mental health.”
- Dr. Vannevar Bush, As We May Think, July 1st, 1945
From humble beginnings come great things
The World Wide Web was created for one simple reason: to allow for more efficient and effective transfer of knowledge. Twenty-five years after its birth, Tim Berners-Lee, the WWW’s creator states it plainly: “As with most twentysomethings, the web’s full potential is just starting to show.”
The Telegraph shares the fascinating story of the web was won and where it got us: [Read more...]
It’s hard to knock the incredibly utility wearable technology has brought into our lives. But the aesthetics are another story.
The Internet didn’t invent the concept of messages “going viral,” it just made it more efficient.
We like to think that technological advances have fundamentally shifted the way information impacts society. And though we’re more connected than ever before, we’re still spinning the same wheel, albeit faster and more efficiently.
In researching another project, I came across this fascinating story on The Economist: [Read more...]
I can’t live without you, Internet
As technology increasingly becomes a central part of our daily lives, it gets harder and harder to imagine life without it.
So, as the Internet itself turns 25 on March 12, 2014, Pew Research decided to poll Americans to see just how deep our dependence on technology runs. Their findings are displayed in this chart. [Read more...]
Clickbait existed long before the mouse, the chicken and the egg.
While it’s easy to blame immersive technologies that seem to be altering every facet of the human experience as the main reason for increasingly aggressive attention-grabbing techniques, it’s actually the wrong culprit. Technology changes, but human nature does not.
Clickbait, has actually been alive and well (albeit under a pseudonym) throughout the history of paying attention: [Read more...]
Using data to uncover patterns in the stars.
Netflix recently made waves after releasing the data-driven formula that led to the creation of their hit series House of Cards. But can you reverse engineer a Hollywood hit? Vanity Fair took a crack at it:
Is there a science to art?
Try to put a creative person in a box and they will immediately start thinking outside of it. I mean, that’s the whole idea, right? That creativity is an abstract art that just happens or doesn’t happen and there’s nothing you can do to force it. Maybe. Or maybe Tiffany Shlain is on to something with this clever scientific method of creativity.
Here’s a review of her process with my interpretation of each step: [Read more...]