Mass flourishing: How it was won, and then lost

The second destructive tendency is a movement away from the modern notion of the good life — the notion glimpsed by Aristotle and given shape in the Modern Era – and toward a reversion to materialism, however well-intended. Increasingly American attitudes exhibit the same drift away from the creation and discovery of the new, which Lincoln exclaimed over in the 1860s. Students go into banking, not business. A fixation on making money was widely noted in the 1920s. Now it has become a widespread sickness. Under-saving has become self-destructive. Materialism has turned into greed. A survey of the financial community by a New York law firm found that 38 percent of respondents said they would commit insider trading for 10 million dollars if it could not be detected.

viaMass flourishing: How it was won, and then lost | The Great Debate.

Facebook Is A Fundamentally Broken Product That Is Collapsing Under Its Own Weight – Business Insider

In 2008, Mark Zuckerberg laid out his theory about people sharing content on Facebook.

« I would expect that next year, people will share twice as much information as they share this year, and [the] next year, they will be sharing twice as much as they did the year before, » he said.

The New York Times called it « Zuckerberg’s Law, » a playful homage to Moore’s Law, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, who said, « The number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months. »

In 2011, Zuckerberg reiterated his theory on sharing, saying that it was still growing at an exponential rate.

And Zuckerberg is right about that.

But the exponential growth of sharing may not, actually, be helping Facebook. And with the explosion of dedicated mobile sharing apps, the industry may be evolving in ways that Zuckerberg never foresaw.

via Facebook Is A Fundamentally Broken Product That Is Collapsing Under Its Own Weight – Business Insider.

« we need to talk about ted »

This is my rant against TED, placebo politics, « innovation, » middlebrow megachurch infotainment, etc., given at TEDx San Diego at their invitation (thank you to Jack Abbott and Felena Hanson). It’s very difficult to do anything interesting within the format, and even this seems like far too much of a ‘TED talk’, especially to me.

viaBRATTON.INFO – talks – « we need to talk about ted ».

Google is the new Bell Labs

Google just acquired its 8th robotics company in the past few years with the acquisition of Boston Dynamics and it got me thinking, is anyone else truly investing in deep technological research? What about Apple, or Microsoft, what are they doing?

Google is the new Bell Labs.

Why Google isn’t our Bell Labs

that Bell Labs operated in no small part for the public good, producing IP like UNIX and C that entered the public domain. In fact, despite being a part of a state sanctioned monopoly, Bell Labs produced a staggering amount of freely-available knowledge that moved entire industries forward.

Google, as a publicly traded company, has an obligation to maximize profit for shareholders — and there’s nothing wrong with that! But to assume that Google would freely release its IP in the same way that Bell Labs did just seems willfully ignorant of the fundamental differences between a publicly traded company and a state-sanctioned monopoly.

Why Google isn’t our Bell Labs.

Chantage à la webcam : j’ai essayé de coincer mon brouteur – Le nouvel Observateur

Les brouteurs sont des cyberescrocs qui soutirent de l’argent à leurs web victimes par la séduction et le chantage. Ils gagnent ainsi leur « brou », leur pain en dialecte ivoirien. L’un d’eux m’a écrit pendant deux mois. Mais il ne savait pas que je savais.

Chantage à la webcam : j’ai essayé de coincer mon brouteur – Le nouvel Observateur.