*You should buy this book so that more universities will come up with weird cool projects like this.
About the Book
Inspired by New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson, an anthology of stories, set in the near future, from some of today’s leading writers, thinkers, and visionaries that reignites the iconic and optimistic visions of the golden age of science fiction.
In his 2011 article “Innovation Starvation,” Neal Stephenson argued that we—the society whose earlier scientists and engineers witnessed the airplane, the automobile, nuclear energy, the computer, and space exploration—must reignite our ambitions to think boldly and do Big Stuff. He also advanced the Hieroglyph Theory which illuminates the power of science fiction to inspire the inventive imagination: “Good SF supplies a plausible, fully thought-out picture of an alternate reality in which some sort of compelling innovation has taken place.”
In 2012, Arizona State University established the Center for Science and the Imagination to bring together writers, artists, and creative thinkers with scientists, engineers, and technologists to cultivate and expand on “moon shot ideas” that inspire the imagination and catalyze real-world innovations.
Now comes this remarkable anthology uniting twenty of today’s leading thinkers, writers, and visionaries—among them Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Sterling, and Neal Stephenson—to contribute works of “techno-optimism” that challenge us to dream and do Big Stuff. Engaging, mind-bending, provocative, and imaginative, Hieroglyph offers a forward-thinking approach to the intersection of art and technology that has the power to change our world.
Kurzweil Interviews Minsky: Is Singularity Near?
Excellent interview between two leaders of the fields of AI, robotics, technology & more. The uploader Reza Ghalavand notes:
This interview was taken from a collection of interviews in which Ray interviews some of the well-known futurists and asks them to comment on the conjecture that “Is Singularity Near?”.
How Republican are your cornflakes? How Democratic your Spaghetti-Os? If these are the sorts of questions that keep you up at night, BuyPartisan is a new app that advertises itself as “like a nutritional label for your political values.” Just scan the barcode of a food you like, wait for the melodious beep (*Bleep-bleep!*), and the app will spit out a pie-chart breakdown of how much money the company has donated to political causes over the past 10 years.
John C. Havens, Founder of The H(app)athon Project
The Six Top Things To Stop Saying About Personal Data
2) Your preferences are not the same as your rights
Founder of The H(app)athon Project, John C. Havens continues his six-part series for PD16 discussing how your preferences around managing your data are not the same as knowing what rights you deserve as a citizen (in real life and digitally) around that data. For instance, it’s a right (or should be) to be able to see what data brokers or various health providers have about you. How are you supposed to manage your personal health care or that of loved ones without even having access to all your medical information?