Tag: Technology

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Why I Don’t Have a Smart Phone: Five True Stories

 

1. I was carpooling with some people on a six-hour trip (to Urbana), but before we could start, we had to get on the highway. Our GPS navigator took us right past the highway on-ramp we all knew, down some other road, then on a crazy four- or five-mile detour through other neighborhoods and odd side streets, finally coming full circle, back to the same on-ramp where we had started, which, this time, we took.

2.  For the next six hours, an extroverted older guy (maybe in his sixties) sat next to a younger guy (early twenties) and tried to make polite conversation. Even though they didn’t know each other previously, the older guy was friendly and full of energy, and it was clear that he really valued human interaction. The younger guy sometimes engaged, but his talking and even his listening eventually trailed off, as he lost interest in the conversation and paid more and more attention to reading whatever was on his phone. Perhaps unintentionally, the younger guy’s visible boredom sent the message loud and clear that he wasn’t interested in talking to the older guy. I ended up feeling bad for the older guy, and spending a lot of the trip engaging with him, even though we were sitting in different rows and had to crane some to make it work.

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I recently read an intriguing book concerned with the exponential advances in technology and the impact thereof on human society. The author believes that the displacement of human labor by technology is in its very early stages, and sees little limit to the process. He is concerned with how this will affect–indeed, has already affected–the […]

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Recently, I have seen four movies about artificial intelligence. Ex Machina, the Machine, Automata and Her. I liked all four, but I could only recommend two because there is only so much time in the day. I think that this kind of selective elimination will become ever more present in our lives for two simple […]

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In an episode of multiple firsts, Jack strikes out on his own to interview Matthew Hennessey, the deputy op-ed editor of the Wall Street Journal, author of Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from Millennials, and, at 44, a decidedly un-young American. They discuss whether Millennials or Baby Boomers are really to blame for America’s problems, whether Gen X can save us, and whether generational warfare might ultimately be a distraction from the real enemy: excessive technology.

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In 2009, Microsoft brought the game show format online through Xbox Live. Every owner of an Xbox 360 video game console had a cartoonish avatar to represent the player in a variety of virtual interactions. In the trivia game show 1 vs 100, these avatars could fill a virtual crowd of a hundred players competing […]

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The last couple of months have been full of learning experiences and tests. The most recent test has to do with technology, and I am failing. After almost 10 years of using Windows Vista on a wonderful computer, my system crashed; dead as a doornail. So, after my initial meltdown I went on the journey […]

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Arthur C Clarke famously said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Likewise, any sufficiently advanced automation will be mistaken for life. Recently, I watched Netflix’s Altered Carbon series, based on the science fiction novel by Richard K Morgan. The core premise is that the essence of humanity is intelligence or consciousness alone. Therefore, […]

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Matthew Hennessey joins City Journal managing editor Paul Beston to discuss Matthew’s new book, Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from Millennials.

More than a decade after the introduction of social media, it’s evident that Silicon Valley’s youth-obsessed culture has more drawbacks—from violations of privacy to deteriorating attention spans—than many of us first realized. For many millennials, though, who grew up with the Internet, there’s nothing to worry about. And to hear the media tell it, this tech-savvy generation, the largest in American history, is poised to take leadership from the retiring baby boomers.

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I wrote this column about Paul Ryan’s retirement for USA Today, and C-SPAN was nice enough to have me on this morning to talk about it. An excerpt: Preview Open

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Richard Epstein parses President Trump’s economic criticisms of Amazon — and examines a Supreme Court case that will determine how online retailers pay taxes.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Technology Advances, Justice Retreats

 

The speed at which information is available is difficult to comprehend. Like magic, an e-mail, text, or breaking news appears on our devices in a second or two.

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore noted in 1965 that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits doubled each year. “Moore’s Law” has since been broadened beyond semiconductors to encompass accelerating breakthroughs in digital electronics, memory capacity, sensors, A.I., and other technological fields.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Behold the Genius of Vegan Tuna: Whole Foods Trends of 2018

 

Dear eater, are your mushrooms dysfunctional? Do they just lie there on your plate, limply, underperforming? Then we have great news for you! Functional mushrooms are just one of Whole Food’s food trends for 2018. Yes, now your mushrooms can function again!

Well, not your mushrooms. Not the dull, familiar mushrooms you’re used to eating. They’re just edible, not functional – these days, merely functioning as food simply isn’t functioning hard enough. No, we mean mushrooms with names like “reishi, chaga, cordyceps, and lion’s mane”. Which are not a kind of massage, disease, surgical implement, or feline fringe, respectively, though we understand the confusion. Whole Foods explains,

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I was going to title this “2017 Was a Miserable Year”, but it really wasn’t. So many good things happened. However, there just seemed to be a lot of depressed people last year. Obviously, most of this happened on Social Media. In real life, I’ve noticed that simply being positive in as many interactions as […]

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The 2017 winner of the Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award has been announced. From a tightly-packed field burgeoning with upthrusting contenders, Christopher Bollen finally plunged into the lead with a memorable billiard-rack scene from his novel The Destroyers. It’s magnificently ghastly. In other literary news, the good folks at Botnik have used a predictive […]

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Richard Epstein examines Carpenter v. United States, a Supreme Court case testing the limits of the government’s ability to engage in digital surveillance, and explains the ideal balance between liberty and security.

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A house-size island in swampland apparently only costs about $8000. Slightly more technical than the paperclip, this dam-tubing is a great example of rudimentary innovation. Preview Open

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Book Review: Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy

 

Today’s economy is complex with many moving parts. Most participants in the world economy are unaware of the parts. Not just unaware of their importance; often people are unaware they exist.

Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy by Tim Harford examines some of the most important factors in today’s global economy. Fifty Things contains 50 five-page essays about items Harford feels are most indispensable to the modern economy. Some are ancient. The plow permitted civilization to develop. Some, like the iPhone, are from the 21st century.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Jerry Pournelle, R.I.P.

 

Jerry PournelleAlex Pournelle reports that his father, Jerry Pournelle, has died. Jerry Pournelle (to whose name we can now, sadly, append [1933–2017]) was a technologist, author of science fiction and fact, political operative, computer and technology journalist, and one of those people who more than deserved Robert Heinlein’s designation as a “fair witness”.

Jerry Pournelle played a key part in developing the strategy which became President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative. He opposed both Gulf Wars, arguing that the money spent on them could be better spent on developing energy independence, including deployment of solar power satellites.

Welcome to the New Skills Marketplace podcast on the AEI Podcast Channel. Hosts Andy Smarick and John Bailey will be exploring new and innovative approaches to education, human-capital development, and preparation for the workforce in a world where technology and globalization have changed the nature of work.

Each Tuesday, starting September 19, they’ll interview some of the most innovative and prominent thinkers and practitioners across the landscape of education and workforce development, including leaders in American secondary and postsecondary education, philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, the research and policy communities, and more.

Representative Ro Khanna, a California Democrat from Silicon Valley and vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, discusses the feasibility of re-creating the technology economy in other parts of the United States. Is there room for working with the Trump administration, or are his fellow Democrats preoccupied by Russia and impeachment talk?