A fantastic piece from Kevin Kelly on how our lives drift and flux from engineering decisions:
Systems are not neutral. They have natural biases. We tame the cascading choices we gain from accelerating technology by introducing small nudges — by deliberating embedding our own biases (also called a default) into the system here and there. We wield biases within inevitable technologies to aim them towards our common goals — increasing diversity, complexity, specialization, sentience, and beauty.
Trailer for the upcoming documentary about science visionary Ray Kurzweil.
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I just found this wiki on esoteric programming languages, there’s some good stuff inside:
ZOMBIE, according to its author David Morgan-Mar, stands for Zombie-Oriented Machine-Being Interface Engine and was designed for necromancers, particularly evil ones.
Programs are run in a multithreaded environment where every kind of entity (zombie, vampire, ghost, demon or djinn) acts in a slightly different way. A program is a list of entity declarations stating the action that each entity must perform.
Some of the more notable entries:
A year’s composite of Oprah magazines lay bare the soul of O.
Adam Smith’s 1992 miniseries on how the Soviets attempted to engineer the perfect society, instead building a centrally controlled Hell. (more at IMDB)
Also recommended is Adam’s The Power of Nightmares, one of my all-time favorite documentaries.