Seen in → No.68
- The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet. “This vision of decentralization is more back-to-the-land than blockchain. If portals to the digital world are so exploitative, it asks, why not curate our own?” A “slow food movement for the internet.” Pair with Brainjunk and the killing of the internet mind from a year ago which proposes to “Enjoy content. Not too much. Mostly paid.”
- 🇷🇼 How Rwanda Built A Drone Delivery Service. Fantastic short (11 min) documentary on Zipline’s service in Rwanda, delivering medical supplies. Lots of geeky details on the tech, the catching mechanism, and the data and tracking.
- 🧵 by Fall of Civilizations Podcast: “In 1982, a Turkish sponge diver Mehmed Mehmed Çakir was diving for sponges off the coast of Uluburun in southwestern Turkey. He was about 44m deep when he came across a strange clutter of objects, half-buried in the silt & sand.” “Also among the cargo were 175 glass ingots of cobalt blue turquoise & lavender, as well as logs of ivory, ostrich eggs, tortoise shells, beads of amber, quartz and gold, arrows and spears, oil lamps, the tusks of elephants and a dozen hippopotamus teeth.”
- 😎 Magnolia to The Matrix: was 1999 the greatest year in modern cinema? “The Matrix. Magnolia. Being John Malkovich. Fight Club. The Blair Witch Project. The Sixth Sense. Office Space. Man on the Moon. The Talented Mr. Ripley. Boys Don’t Cry. Three Kings. Toy Story 2. The Iron Giant. Eyes Wide Shut. Cruel Intentions. Election. American Pie. Notting Hill and Runaway Bride. 1999 might be the greatest year of modern cinema. I think so. If you aren’t nutty about two-thirds of these films, do you even like movies?”
- The Leverhulme Centre for Future Intelligence & the Nuffield Foundation released a report on ethics of artificial intelligence. “We’re drowning in lists of ethical principles. This report takes a different approach. It is actually a set of questions, often framed as dichotomies, to be a jumping off-point to further exploration. I believe it’s a more useful analytical tool for this set of questions, and this period in time.” (Quoted from Azeem Azhar’s newsletter.)
- ⚡️ electricityMap | Live CO2 emissions of electricity consumption. Very interesting project, including layers for solar and wind. Lots of grey areas but it’s open source and you can add to it. Québec for example, is very largely hydro, so no emissions for production, but isn’t currently on there. (Funny that some of the provenance arrows do show renewables coming from here.)
- 🍷🍽 My Restaurant Was the Greatest Show of Excess You’d Ever Seen, and It Almost Killed Me. By local legend David McMillan of Joe Beef (and friend / kindred spirit of Bourdain).
- 🦈 The Great White Shark Genome Is Here—Superpowers and All