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Blog Archive for the year 02007

A long view of world population

by Stuart Candy on December 5th, 02007

The job of the long view is to penetrate illusion. […] How can we see the insidious transformations of our own day? Slow science is part of it, applied history is part of it, and every year there are more sophisticated tools of macroscopic vision. One video going the rounds of the conferences shows the…  Read More

The next (last) 100 Years

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 3rd, 02007

I was recently reminded of this great prediction article by John Watkins published in the 01900 Ladies Home Journal. Particularly interesting for how much it gets right and wrong, sometimes in the same prediction. Some examples of the 29 predictions: There will be air-ships, but they will not successfully compete with surface cars and water…  Read More

100 Year Photo Blog

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 28th, 02007

   I came across this wonderful blog of historical photos recently.  The photo above was taken in 1858 of the temple at Karnak.  It is interesting to look up modern photos on Flickr of these same things.  For instance the columns in the above photos seem to have all been excavated in the last 150…  Read More

The Spread of Slow

by Kevin Kelly on November 26th, 02007

A great Metafilter posting about the spread of Slowing Down — not just slow food, but slow everything else.  The posting — which has links for all these slow threads — announces: Beginning with Slow Food in 1986, the idea of rejecting the “cult of speed” has gradually spread from a focus on food into…  Read More

the small-but-growing virtual here

by Stephanie Gerson on November 23rd, 02007

Alexa.com allows users to compare traffic to different websites through time according to reach, rank, and page views and using various levels of magnification. It’s fascinating to compare not only the quantity of traffic, but the shape of growth curves. For example, although Facebook is still slightly behind MySpace in terms reach (though it appears…  Read More

Futarchy

by Stephanie Gerson on November 22nd, 02007

Futarchy is an untried form of government proposed by economist Robin Hanson, in which officials define measures of national welfare while prediction markets determine which policies are most desirable. In Hanson’s words, “we would vote on values, but bet on beliefs.” Futarchy is based on the assumption that poor nations are poor because their governments…  Read More

Layers of Time

by Kevin Kelly on November 21st, 02007

I found this on Otherthings Flickr page. It a multilayered paint chip taken from a public mural wall that was recently demolished. This is an extreme closeup scan (2400 dpi) of a paint chip retrieved from the ruins of Belmont Art Park by Amy McKenzie earlier this year. The fragment is about 1cm thick, and…  Read More

Predictions & Prescriptions

by Austin Brown on November 21st, 02007

Good Magazine ran an interview recently with a man they call The New Nostradamus. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses a mathematical model that is based entirely on game theory to predict the outcomes of political conflicts. He takes a very literal interpretation of the phrase “political science” and focuses his analysis strictly on issues of…  Read More

LongPen makes short work of distance

by Stuart Candy on November 20th, 02007

Author Margaret Atwood, perhaps best known for the near-future fable The Handmaid’s Tale, has invented a device called LongPen which allows writers to sign their works at a distance, replicating their hand movements. Says Atwood: It is the world’s first long-distance, real-time signing and handwriting device. … In other words, the LongPen is not an…  Read More

Svalbard gets even colder

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 20th, 02007

The BBC reports that the work on the Svalbard doomsday seed vault is charging right along… Engineers have begun the two-month process of cooling down a “doomsday vault”, which will house seeds from all known varieties of key food crops. The temperature inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault will drop to -18C (0F) in order…  Read More