The Cam-Bridge to Nowhere

The strangest thing about… Cambridge, Facebook, Donald Trump, the Russians, and all my friends who milked 2016 for everything it was worth …is that no one really did anything wrong — not from a technological standpoint, at least. And none of it is even new technology. And yet, everyone innately senses that something is very wrong. All the huge … 

 

5 reasons to always carry a book with you

To be honest, I don’t know where I first picked up this bit of advice (probably in some Medium blog!), but it’s been with me for close to three years now: “If you spend enough time carrying a book around, you’ll eventually read the damn thing.” It may be annoying at first. It may be outright stupid for weeks or more. … 

 

Silicon Valley’s Obsession with the Future Is Older Than You Think

In 996 AD, a Benedictine monk named Father Gerbert, who would later become Pope Sylvester II, created the first modern mechanical clock. It was a weight-driven device, likely powered by water. Sundials and water clocks were built in ancient Egypt, Asia, and Greece, but the technology had scattered after the fall of the Roman Empire. In Technics and Civilization (1934), Lewis … 

 

The Telegraph Changed How You Spend Your Time

And made you a slave to irrelevant media. Technology was supposed to usher in an age of infinite connectivity and ever-deepening relationships. Sold on that promise, we’ve spent the past century accelerating toward instantaneous communication without any hesitation or discussion of its effects. The increasing volume of media and tools has absolutely increased opportunities for connectivity. There …