Fast Thinking

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Click
December 1st, 2009

The first half of the book is more or less an ad for the company, where Tancer explains his predictions about when people will search for a given thing or his detective work to understand seemingly aberrant search phenomena (like searches for prom dresses months before the traditional US prom season).

Thanks for the Idea
April 1st, 2009

It used to be cut and dried. We walked into a store and bought a 7-inch single or videocassette if we liked a song or movie. None of us had the means to reproduce it in the sort of numbers that would hurt copyright holders too much. But nowadays, an eleven-year-old on the family PC can copy and distribute anything to billions of otherwise paying customers.


Making it in the Movies
January 1st, 2010

If you’d invested in Titanic (1998) you would have received a little over $9 for every dollar you put in (900 percent ROI). For Crocodile Dundee (1986), USD$13 (1,300 percent ROI). For The Blair Witch Project (1999, the first sleeper hit of the web age), a whopping USD$7,103 (710,300 percent).

Smart But Dumb
January 1st, 2010

So while people will always try to build C-3PO-style machines that look and talk like us, the real advances will come in individual components we design to do one job well. Human intelligence arose from the unconscious co-operation of such systems to sustain the organism. Maybe if we get the constituent ‘smart’ parts right, a true AI system will spontaneously evolve — dare we say it — intelligently‚Ķ


Back to nature
May 1st, 2010

Achieving the environmental gains that built in natural processes offer seems like a huge task after our history of high waste, factory-style production, but it can start with the simple question ‘how would nature do this?’ Next time you turn on a light at home (which probably uses about 120 volts of electricity) consider that the Amazon electric eel can produce three times as much power using chemicals that also are found in the human body.

Why do we still print?
November 28th, 2011

You can’t talk about paper usage in the 21st century without mentioning the environment. Of all the reasons to abandon the widespread use of paper, the need to stop cutting down trees would seem the most urgent.






Through a Virtual Eye Considering it's the oldest visual medium in human history, cinema is the ...
June 1st, 2007

Making it in the Movies Hundred million dollar budgets. Fifty million dollar openings. Billion dollar profits. Investing ...
January 1st, 2010

The Subtle Touch Who'd have thought a 35-year-old technology would be the next big thing ...
June 1st, 2007

Back to nature Looking at nature for design ideas is nothing new, but as Drew ...
May 1st, 2010

Thanks for the Idea The concept of ownership is under constant assault in the digital age. ...
April 1st, 2009

Simulating the Future It used to be called role-playing, but an interesting example of an ...
April 1st, 2009


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