Submitted by Exponential Times on Sun, 2014-04-27 05:08
Core Conversation hosted by Reese Jones for SXSW Interactive on topic of Sex, Ego, Death, Internet and Singularities at SXSW 2014 March 10th 2014 in Austin Texas
Conversation: "Sex, Ego, Death, Internet and Singularities"
Description: Why does death relate to sex; more than being an inevitable part of life? We'll openly discuss interplay between life, ego, consciousness, relationships, orgasm, sex, death, technologies, internet and singularities -- including how your mind is connected to your body, your relationships and through the internet. You can participate in a guided discussion about interplay among mind, body, relationships, ego, sex, and death in the time of internet.
1) why does death happen for humans and how does internet change that?
2) why did sex evolve and why is sex related to death?
3) what is consciousness, unconsciousness, sleep, orgasm & flow?
4) how does ego evolve in relationships as we develop and age?
5) what is mind, a limbic system & how does limbic internet work?
Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2014-03-14 07:13
The news is everywhere. We can't stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?
We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his dazzling new book, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories--including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal--and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age. He raises such questions as Why are disaster stories often so uplifting? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down? Why are upheavals in far-off lands often so boring?
In "The News: A User's Manual", de Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, certain to bring calm, understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily (perhaps even hourly) interactions with the news machine.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Fri, 2014-03-14 02:34
The Inventor of the World Wide Web and one of the founding fathers of the modern Internet, Tim Berners-Lee is a man who has created a network of information exchange so powerful and widespread in its implementation that his place in history is guaranteed.
To celebrate the 25th year of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee discusses how his interest in physics and electronics stemmed from his guidance and support from his enthusiastic parents and teachers as well as his own curiosity of computer technology and his vision to see problem solving as a collaborative enterprise using a tool which would not only link people together in conversation but link the ideas and experiences from individuals anywhere on the planet creating a global community.
The first Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) was performed by Lee in C code on a NEXT terminal using a Cisco Systems IP router which is still at CERN today.
The first internet protocol, IP, was invented by computer engineers Robert Elliot "Bob" Kahn and Vint Cerf.
Science fiction writer Brin (The Uplift War) departs from technological fantasy to focus on the social and political ramifications of our information age.
While addressing the technology-vs.-privacy debate, he offers an informed overview of the issues and a useful historical account of how current policies evolved. Also beneficial are his descriptions of the different viewpoints on encryption software, online anonymity, the Clipper Chip and techno-jargon. But when Brin opines on these topics, the book suffers from superficiality.
He appends remarks to the end of each chapter as this: “When you’ve been invited to a really neat party, try to dance with the one who brought you.” His main point — that information and criticism should flow unrestricted — is lost in a melange of armchair social science theory and unrelated observations on the media, morality, identity and manners.
In this disquieting cyber thriller, Joseph Menn takes readers into the murky hacker underground, traveling the globe from San Francisco to Costa Rica and London to Russia. His guides are California surfer and computer whiz Barrett Lyon and a fearless British high-tech agent. Through these heroes, Menn shows the evolution of cyber-crime from small-time thieving to sophisticated, organized gangs, who began by attacking corporate websites but increasingly steal financial data from consumers and defense secrets from governments. Using unprecedented access to Mob businesses and Russian officials, the book reveals how top criminals earned protection from the Russian government.
Fatal System Error penetrates both the Russian cyber-mob and La Cosa Nostra as the two fight over the Internet’s massive spoils. The cloak-and-dagger adventure shows why cyber-crime is much worse than you thought—and why the Internet might not survive.
Like it or not, knowing how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century. But how can we use digital media so that they make us empowered participants rather than passive receivers, grounded, well-rounded people rather than multitasking basket cases? In Net Smart, cyberculture expert Howard Rheingold shows us how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and, above all, mindfully.
Howard Rheingold has been called the First Citizen of the Internet. In this book he tours the "virtual community" of online networking. He describes a community that is as real and as much a mixed bag as any physical community -- one where people talk, argue, seek information, organize politically, fall in love, and dupe others. At the same time that he tells moving stories about people who have received online emotional support during devastating illnesses, he acknowledges a darker side to people's behavior in cyberspace. Indeed, contends Rheingold, people relate to each other online much the same as they do in physical communities.Originally published in 1993, The Virtual Community is more timely than ever. This edition contains a new chapter, in which the author revisits his ideas about online social communication now that so much more of the world's population is wired. It also contains an extended bibliography.
Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction: “Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind.”—Michael Agger, Slate
“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?
Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind”—from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer—Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience by such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways.
Fight for the Future and Access collaborated on this short, informative video about a serious threat to the free and open internet that could have devastating effects for human rights and free expression around the globe.