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Cyburbia
December 1st, 2009

Harkin believes the ‘drive to respond’ (our simple desire to answer messages) is behind the whole Internet architecture. He also makes incorrect generalisations about the models behind popular file sharing application like Bittorrent and Kazaa. With an interesting background, it’s nevertheless a cryptic story told with an enigmatic voice that we’ve heard most of before.

Stop Signs On The Super Highway
March 7th, 2011

Those restrictions might make business sense, but consumers of internet services must find the constant apologies for content not available in their region a backwards step to say the least.


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…

The Subtle Touch
June 1st, 2007

You might be surprised to learn that after most of the early patents from the 70s and 80s expired, R&D labs went to work and the new generation of capacitive, optical imaging and multi-point touch technology is much smarter.


Through a Virtual Eye
June 1st, 2007

It’s the distributors and studios that are going to save money — by not having to earmark hundreds of millions to send a movie around the world as they do currently.

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.






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