The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet
Imagine holding 10 books in the palm of your hand — and being able to read them in the dark. That’s the idea behind and electronic book unveiled Friday. Once the stuff of science fiction, Rocket eBook packs 4,000 pages of text and graphics — or about 10 average novels — into a paperback-size, 22-ounce device that sells for $499.
10 whole book? Amazing!
“Hundreds or thousands of drones flying to and fro for all kinds of reasons. Getting a top-end college education without going to a physical campus. Cars driven by computers instead of humans.” - MARC ANDREESSEN
“Implantable chips that monitor the number of steps we take, hours we sleep, all of our vital signs, blood chemistry and beyond. The chip data will be used to adjust our medications, offer suggestions to change our behavior and automatically send an ambulance — self-driving, of course.” - CLARA SHIH
via - A Vision of the Future From Those Likely to Invent It.
A bright and shiny future is on offer; all we have to do is ignore what we might lose.
"Are you worried that we are being debased, inch by inch, into Morlock squalor? A new view of Easter Island suggests that its people did not commit catastrophic ecocide; rather they eked out a living by persuading themselves that rat meat was the food of the gods.
Perhaps it was: in this account, the Easter Islanders were healthier than the European vectors of the STDs that ultimately wiped them out. NPR’s Robert Krulwich, though, invokes the spirit of Tang, a dehydrated fruit drink popularised by NASA. “If you know what real orange juice tastes like, Tang is no achievement,” he says. “But if you are on a fifty-year voyage, if you lose the memory of real orange juice, then gradually, you begin to think Tang is delicious.”
Think on that as the next time you read an urban myth about acidulated cardboard sold as carbs, squeeze fruit and veg botoxed to ersatz plumpness or snarf down a suspiciously cheap mystery-meat snack. Think on it as you kickstart Soylent, the dubiously-named smoothie that purports to deliver all the nutrition you need. A life-hacking lifestyle choice that might easily become a company-town cafeteria staple.
We’re all on a 50-year voyage.
By the end of it, the Tang might taste delicious.”
I love this quarterly publication. The perfect blend of real tech and sci-fi. If you haven’t read them yet, this is a good one to start with.
Putting out something that’s new in the world requires temporary removal from it.
Sarah Lewis, author of the indispensable The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, on the importance of our private domains and inner worlds, speaking at the 2014 99U conference.
Complement with philosopher Martha Nussbaum on honoring your inner world.
I wonder than if people’s increasing connectedness to the world around them will decrease the amount of new things brought into it.