This week’s au courant links…
- Soon you, too, will be able to wear an exoskeleton suit capable of wrasslin’ with an alien.
- LinkedIn decides “fuck customer service”, goes the ’50s “daddy knows best” route. Idiots.
- From Drexel University – micro-robots to scour your clogged arteries.
- So now you have no right to privacy for anything you dialed with your butt. 1
- Sure – doesn’t’ everyone need a pocket sized spectrometer?
- By the numbers – the legality of Sandra Bland’s arrest.
- The entire British Movietone archive is now on YouTube.
- DeepDream – Mac app to create dream images.
- The first bionic eye.
- On selfies.
And finally, because you’ve got the house shut up and can’t hear summer…
To celebrate the achievements of the Monty Python crew, UKTV channel Gold—which will air the final performance of the reunion on Sunday—contracted with sculptor Iain Prendergast to create a 50-foot fiberglass version of the famous “Norwegian Blue” parrot. The parrot, which is famous for being dead from the moment it was sold, was placed on Monday at Potters Fields Park in South London, near Tower Bridge. This is both a fine reminder to tune in on Sunday to the broadcast and an outstanding opportunity to inspire countless visitors to declare in increasingly frantic tones that “This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late parrot! It’s a stiff!”
And now, for something completely different:
These three visions lead to radically different worlds.
If you think the Web is a way to CONNECT KNOWLEDGE, PEOPLE, AND CATS, then your job is to get the people and cats online, put a decent font on the knowledge, and then stand back and watch the magic happen.
If you think your job is to FIX THE WORLD WITH SOFTWARE, then the web is just the very beginning. There’s a lot of work left to do. Really you’re going to need sensors in every house, and it will help if everyone looks through special goggles, and if every refrigerator can talk to the Internet and confess its contents.
You promise to hook up all this stuff up for us, and in return, we give you the full details of our private lives. And we don’t need to worry about people doing bad things with it, because your policy is for that not to happen.
And if you think that the purpose of the Internet is to BECOME AS GODS, IMMORTAL CREATURES OF PURE ENERGY LIVING IN A CRYSTALLINE PARADISE OF OUR OWN INVENTION, then your goal is total and complete revolution. Everything must go.
I realize this all sounds a little grandiose. You came here to hear about media selectors, not aviation and eschatology. But you all need to pick a side.