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Martha Simmons

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Recent posts by Martha Simmons

Just came across:

"Dutch scientists have unlocked the secret to the sci-fi phenomenon of teleportation, successfully causing
an atom to vanish and reappear nearly 10 feet away."
http://elitedaily.com/news/world/scientific-breakthrough-may-laid-groundwork-human-teleportation/613912/

5 years ago
Definitely "The Wire".
5 years ago
Anyone tried FitBit Flex?

I am particularly interested in its sleep tracking capabilities.
5 years ago
One learns something new every day... I read about "Levy-walk" here:

Navigating Our World Like Birds and Bees.
6 years ago
"Unattended children will be given a free espresso and a puppy."??? I saw one that said "Unattended children will be sold as slaves"... (It was some museum in Oregon )
6 years ago
Some very interesting ideas here:

Gartner Top Predictions 2014: Plan for a Disruptive, but Constructive Future

"By 2020, the labor reduction effect of digitalization will cause social unrest and a quest for new
economic models in several mature economies.

By 2017, over half of consumer goods manufacturers will employ crowdsourcing to achieve fully
75% of their consumer innovation and R&D capabilities.

By 2020, enterprises and governments will fail to protect 75% of sensitive data, and will declassify
and grant broad/public access to it.

By 2017, 10% of computers will be learning rather than processing."

https://www.pleio.nl/file/download/23371392 (PDF)
6 years ago
FS: They have very high-tech facilities and infrastructure to ensure connectivity on the work campus, though not so much in the surrounding city. The work campus, he said, is surrounded by barbed wire and protected by guards with machine guns. (I guess that's the price of development.)

Much milder form of the same phenomenon here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/opinion/what-tech-hasnt-learned-from-urban-planning.html
6 years ago
Frank Silbermann: For example, the number of people intelligent enough to program computers is much smaller than the percentage of people capable of collecting the garbage.

Not any more. Check this: Homeless Man Releases 'Trees For Cars' Mobile App After 16 Weeks Of Coding Lesson
6 years ago
Paul Krugman butts in:

"Via Mark Thoma, David Cay Johnston has a great piece noting that today’s service economy is in many ways like the Edwardian-era economy in which a small number of wealthy people employed a large number of servants — except that we tend to outsource the service, relying on restaurants and cleaning services instead of cooks and maids. And our outsourced servants are, he notes, arguably paid and treated worse than the in-house servants of the past, even in absolute terms — let alone relative to per capita GDP.

It’s a novel and useful way to think about just how unequal our society has grown."
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/11/upstairs-downstairs-outside/
6 years ago