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Matt Uebel has been at 6 events

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Daniel Estrada29,720This week an announcement rippled through the internet: a computer passed Turing's test. Soon after the backlash began: the test was rigged, the resulted were hyped, and Eugene, the machine in question, was lame. Now the backlash is giving way to even stronger criticisms. +Massimo Pigliucci recently argued (http://goo.gl/VdilBI) that not only was this test illegitimate, but Turing's test itself should be abandoned. But Massimo's argument is deeply mistaken about the nature of Turing's test, what it seeks to prove, and why it matters for science. I've been writing all week about this event:http://goo.gl/J26xbs, http://goo.gl/5RKIm7, http://goo.gl/c07lLG, http://goo.gl/T98ubJ, http://goo.gl/8cMKSIBut now that the backlash against the event is directed at Turing's views themselves, I feel something more than an essay is required to address these concerns. To be convincing, this requires a human face and a human voice to speak out in defense of Turing's proposal.I'm fully aware of the irony of this situation. So come hangout with me and +Jon Lawhead this Friday at 10pm EST while I defend Turing's proposal in light of the criticisms that have accrued over the last week. I'll be providing a defense of Turing's position informed by recent experimental work in psychology. I hope to convince even the skeptics like Massimo that Turing's test deserves a central place in our discussion of artificial intelligence in the modern world. Why the Turing Test matters2014-06-14 04:00:009 
D.J. Harbaugh560Detroit Through Glass!2013-11-16 12:00:004 
The Walking Dead86,207In an effort to prevent any more deaths, Rick and the Governor meet to come up with a peace treaty.Episode 13: Arrow on the Doorpost2013-03-11 02:00:00693 
The White House2,500,661In his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined his plan for a thriving middle class and a strong America. The President's plan focuses on making America a magnet for jobs and manufacturing, equipping every American with the skills they need to do those jobs, and ensuring that hard work leads to a decent living.On Thursday, February 14th, President Obama will join the latest in a series of "Fireside Hangouts" – a 21st century take on FDR’s famous radio addresses – to talk about his State of the Union Address. During the +Google+ hangout, the President will answer questions from Americans across the country about the issues and policies laid out in the speech.Watch the hangout live on Thursday, February 14th at 4:50 p.m. ET on the +The White House Google+ page, at http://youtube.com/whitehouse, and at http://wh.govLearn more about the State of the Union, then share your Citizen Response at http://wh.gov/SOTU#firesidehangout   #SOTU  State of the Union: Fireside Hangout with President Obama2013-02-14 22:50:0034222 
Kiki Sanford3,706,781What do the Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates think about science? What are their stances on science policy issues? Why should science even be a part of our modern political conversations?Join Dr. Kiki (@113166718268343560861) and @103377423155109727835, CEO of ScienceDebate.org and author of 'Fool Me Twice', for a discussion of the candidates' answers to the important questions about climate change, research, energy, space, and more posed them by ScienceDebate.org.Contact @113166718268343560861 for comments and questions prior to the event.Science Debate 2012 - The Presidential Answers2012-09-12 00:00:0027 
Fraser Cain909,761To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout. In conjunction with +CosmoQuest. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, +Pamela L. Gay, +Philip Plait and +Miles O'Brien for this special event.Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the +The Planetary Society and the +SETI Institute.+Scott Lewis and +Amy Shira Teitel will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment.We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout  (this will replace our regular Sunday night +Virtual Star Party)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004876 

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Masternet Practitioners Lounge459This is my Fantastic Engagers Circle. I will share this circle publicly and to #circlesharing communities weekly.Simply Like, Share, and Add this circle, and I will include you into the next #Circleshare.In this circle are, music lovers, photographers, therapists, web developers, social media marketers, SEO professionals, bloggers, and just regular people who like to engage..2014-10-22 17:57:58423001
Masternet Practitioners Lounge459This is my Fantastic Engagers Circle. I will share this circle publicly and to #circlesharing communities weekly.Simply Like, Share, and Add this circle, and I will include you into the next #Circleshare.In this circle are, music lovers, photographers, therapists, web developers, social media marketers, SEO professionals, bloggers, and just regular people who like to engage..2014-10-22 17:57:24423001
Masternet Practitioners Lounge459This is my Fantastic Engagers Circle. I will share this circle publicly and to #circlesharing communities weekly.Simply Like, Share, and Add this circle, and I will include you into the next #Circleshare.In this circle are, music lovers, photographers, therapists, web developers, social media marketers, SEO professionals, bloggers, and just regular people who like to engage..2014-10-22 17:56:01423000
Sedona Sky Academy188Fabulous Engagers CircleThis circle will be shared this publicly and to #circlesharing communities weekly.Like, Share, and Add this circle to your circles, and I will include you into the next #Circleshare.In this circle are, music lovers, photographers, therapists, web developers, social media marketers, SEO professionals, bloggers, and just regular people who like to engage.2014-10-15 20:35:51441001
Sedona Sky Academy188Fabulous Engagers CircleThis circle will be shared this publicly and to #circlesharing communities weekly.Like, Share, and Add this circle to your circles, and I will include you into the next #Circleshare.In this circle are, music lovers, photographers, therapists, web developers, social media marketers, SEO professionals, bloggers, and just regular people who like to engage.2014-10-15 20:34:57441001
Elevations RTC172This is my Plus Engagers Circle. I will share this circle publicly and to #circlesharing communities weekly.Simply Like, Share, and Add this circle, and I will include you into the next #Circleshare.In this circle are, music lovers, photographers, therapists, web developers, social media marketers, SEO professionals, bloggers, and just regular people who like to engage..2014-10-15 18:15:36415000
New Directions for Young Adults122This is my Rock Stars CircleI will share this circle publicly and to #circlesharing communities every week.Simply Like, Share, and Add this circle to your circles, and I will include you into the next #Circleshare.In this circle are, music lovers, photographers, therapists, web developers, social media marketers, SEO professionals, bloggers, and just regular people who like to engage.2014-10-15 17:57:50425125
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Mark Sampson3,117Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!2014-10-13 19:23:48424000
Mark Sampson3,117Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!2014-10-13 19:23:19424000
Mark Sampson3,117Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-10-13 19:22:50424000
Becky Collins17,500Top Active Engager's Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-13 05:05:40478002
RokSimec.com7,554To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!*#circle                    2014-10-01 11:44:47498000
Gamer0Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-30 18:08:21423000
Gamer0Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-30 18:07:46423000
Where The Deal Is236Top Google PeopleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-30 15:46:20427000
Mark Sampson2,482Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-30 15:34:09422158
mark sampson2,482Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-30 15:33:36422000
mark sampson2,482Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-30 15:33:10422000
RokSimec.com7,248 To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!*#circle                    2014-09-26 10:33:5149813920
John Nuntiatio46,118#circles   #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-09-26 06:23:05167132
Kenneth Nicholson3,806Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post*More you share more you get! :)Thanks!*#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday2014-09-25 13:06:13485455179
Where The Deal Is107Be a part of this fantastic circle of great google+ engagers.I call it my Top G+ PeopleJust like and share the circle, and I will add you to this circle before my next share.This #circle has professionals, photographers, musicians, geeks, social media marketers, developers, and just plain old people of g+ who like to engage. Thanks2014-09-24 17:23:17420124
Where The Deal Is107Be a part of this fantastic circle of great google+ engagers.I call it my Top G+ PeopleJust like and share the circle, and I will add you to this circle before my next share.This #circleshared  has professionals, photographers, musicians, geeks, social media marketers, developers, and just plain old people of g+ who like to engage. Thanks2014-09-24 17:22:25420114
Where The Deal Is107Be a part of this fantastic circle of great google+ engagers.I call it my Top G+ PeopleJust like and share the circle, and I will add you to this circle before my next share. #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles  2014-09-24 17:19:44420458
Mark Sampson2,405Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-23 23:27:42407228
mark sampson2,405Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-23 23:26:53407019
mark sampson2,405Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-23 23:26:24407327
Allan watson7,635An Entertainment people circle...Add this circle to ignite your stream with the best content on G+In order to gain more Followers, Share this post Publicly and you'll be included in the next update it tomorrow. It's just that simple!You will be added in Next circle update#circle   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlesharing   #circleme   #addcircle   #addpeople   #addmetoyourcircles   #addfriends   #awesomepublickcircle   #publiccircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-09-23 11:52:22404373551
John Nuntiatio45,774#circles   #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-09-17 11:55:17124173
mark sampson2,204Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-16 19:34:593905415
mark sampson2,204Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-16 19:34:32390207
mark sampson2,204Be a part of this "Totally Rad People" CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me.." Then,2. Share this circle,3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-16 19:32:04390279
mark sampson1,835Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me.. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-08 22:20:27374179
mark sampson1,835Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me.. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-08 22:19:36374004
mark sampson1,835Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me.. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-08 22:19:043742210
mark sampson1,835Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me.. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-08 22:18:37374315
mark sampson1,835Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me.. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-08 22:18:05374017
mark sampson1,835Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me.. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-08 22:17:28374105
mark sampson1,464Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me.. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-02 18:48:41374129
mark sampson1,464Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me.. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-02 18:48:18374126
mark sampson1,464Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me.. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-09-02 18:47:51374217
John Nuntiatio44,584#circles   #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-08-31 19:06:07124165
mark sampson1,209Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me." Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-08-29 02:27:49360005
mark sampson1,209Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me." Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-08-29 02:26:033605710
mark sampson1,209Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me." Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-08-29 02:25:063604312
mark sampson236Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!2014-08-27 20:15:35353228
mark sampson236Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!2014-08-27 20:14:59353327
mark sampson236Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, Please add me. Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!2014-08-27 20:11:40351569
mark sampson236Be a part of this Super CircleAll members of this circle are fantastic engagers, and have engaged with my recent posts. Included in this circle are: social media marketers, web developers, sports fans, lovers of funny posts, behavioral health professionals, music lovers, movie fans, and just great google +ers!Here's how to get added:1. Comment, "Please add me." Then,2. Share this circle with one of your circles (or all of them).3. Add this circle to your circles.Thank you and enjoy!!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles2014-08-25 20:34:42306436

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2014-10-22 01:47:50 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Hey G+. What is Infinity?

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Madness is the new sanity

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Madness is the new sanity

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2014-10-23 01:37:19 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Imagine you are a machine.

Imagine you are a machine.___

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2014-10-23 01:33:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-22 22:40:07 (2 comments, 10 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

It goes on and on and ooooooon.....

The Never Ending Story

Loved this movie.. and how true it is.. the laundry never ever ends...

#neverendingstory #laundry___It goes on and on and ooooooon.....

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2014-10-22 22:05:03 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Uh... wat. o_o

Smart #kid .!!..... #Acting   #talent  starts early in life.!!...


#funnygifs___Uh... wat. o_o

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2014-10-22 22:04:34 (5 comments, 14 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Madness is the new sanity

Madness is the new sanity___

2014-10-22 22:04:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

//My attempt to send a invite for Inbox failed because inbox@google.com was receiving too much mail lol (they ended up acknowledging my request somehow anyway)

>Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

     inbox@inbox.gmrservice.ext.google.com

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the relay gmr-smtp-in.l.google.com by gmr-smtp-in.l.google.com. [2a00:1450:400c:c0a::e].

We recommend contacting the other email provider at postmaster@gmr-smtp-in.l.google.com for further information about the cause of this error.

The error that the other server returned was:
550-5.2.1 The user you are trying to contact is receiving mail at a rate that
550-5.2.1 prevents additional messages from being delivered. For more
550-5.2.1 information, please visit
550 5.2.1ht... more »

//My attempt to send a invite for Inbox failed because inbox@google.com was receiving too much mail lol (they ended up acknowledging my request somehow anyway)

>Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

     inbox@inbox.gmrservice.ext.google.com

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the relay gmr-smtp-in.l.google.com by gmr-smtp-in.l.google.com. [2a00:1450:400c:c0a::e].

We recommend contacting the other email provider at postmaster@gmr-smtp-in.l.google.com for further information about the cause of this error.

The error that the other server returned was:
550-5.2.1 The user you are trying to contact is receiving mail at a rate that
550-5.2.1 prevents additional messages from being delivered. For more
550-5.2.1 information, please visit
550 5.2.1 http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?answer=6592 cy3si131908wib.2 - gsmtp___

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2014-10-22 17:52:25 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Our biggest rethink of email since gmail, really excited about Inbox

Our biggest rethink of email since gmail, really excited about Inbox___

2014-10-22 01:47:50 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Hey G+. What is Infinity?

Hey G+. What is Infinity?___

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2014-10-22 01:06:20 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Amazing shots of different cave bacteria that are nothing like anything on the surface.

Just as god intended.

Amazing shots of different cave bacteria that are nothing like anything on the surface.

Just as god intended.___

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2014-10-21 18:21:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-21 17:36:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Update for Google Play Music

Logged into Play Music and was present with this set of themes to pick for a "Tuesday Afternoon"

Very cool!

I picked the "working to a beat" category and had another couple levels of categories to narrow it down (picked ambient -> music for reading) and a mix started playing. This is a great addition to the "I'm Feeling Lucky" radio that I often spin up.

Update for Google Play Music

Logged into Play Music and was present with this set of themes to pick for a "Tuesday Afternoon"

Very cool!

I picked the "working to a beat" category and had another couple levels of categories to narrow it down (picked ambient -> music for reading) and a mix started playing. This is a great addition to the "I'm Feeling Lucky" radio that I often spin up.___

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2014-10-20 17:40:39 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is a thought-provoking article on the nature of factual belief and of religious belief, and how a single person can often seem to hold two contradictory beliefs. The idea (as proposed by Neil van Leeuwen) is that there is a flaw in English: we use the word "belief" for both of these, but these actually represent two quite distinct psychological processes.

Essentially, the idea is that religious belief -- at least for most people -- is what you might call a type of narrative belief, where you hold the story in your head, reason about it from within its hypotheses, and derive meaning from it. This type of belief is only held within its context, and "factual" belief -- information we have about the outside world -- can intrude upon it, but not the other way round. (Lombrozo gives a related example for comparison: "Even when engaged in pretend play, for example, children... more »

This is a thought-provoking article on the nature of factual belief and of religious belief, and how a single person can often seem to hold two contradictory beliefs. The idea (as proposed by Neil van Leeuwen) is that there is a flaw in English: we use the word "belief" for both of these, but these actually represent two quite distinct psychological processes.

Essentially, the idea is that religious belief -- at least for most people -- is what you might call a type of narrative belief, where you hold the story in your head, reason about it from within its hypotheses, and derive meaning from it. This type of belief is only held within its context, and "factual" belief -- information we have about the outside world -- can intrude upon it, but not the other way round. (Lombrozo gives a related example for comparison: "Even when engaged in pretend play, for example, children know that they shouldn't really bite the Play-Doh "cookie"; the factual belief that Play-Doh isn't food infiltrates imaginative play.")

The proposition that religious belief works through the mechanism of narrative and story isn't (by any means) to say that it is either unimportant or untrue: narrative is our most profound means of experiencing situations other than our own and of reasoning about ourselves in those situations, and is key to the way in which we develop core faculties such as empathy and ethics. (Pinker gave a fairly extensive, data-based argument for this in The Better Angels of our Nature, pointing out the emergence of widely available written fiction as a potential causal agent in a sharp decline in interpersonal violence at the same time.) The stories which I re-read, time and time again, I re-read because they are in a profound sense "true," even if I do not believe (in the factual sense) that Darwi Odrade read Leto II's message in a cave on Arrakis, or that Fermina Daza ever fell back in love with Florentino Ariza in her old age. 

I'm not yet certain where I sit on this hypothesis of van Leeuwen's. There are some aspects of it which ring true to me -- I recognize the mechanism by which I suspend disbelief and accept a narrative as real, not simply when I am reading a book but much later, when I think about it and the characters and the story, and I recognize a similar method when thinking about religious stories, both in myself and in others. On the other hand, I see behavior in other people which doesn't seem to match the hypothesis as cleanly: where the rule that "factual beliefs can intrude upon narrative beliefs, but not vice-versa" seems to fail, and in particular narrative beliefs are indeed held as factual beliefs.

So I suspect that what van Leeuwen has captured is one aspect of the question, but far from a complete summary of it. Nonetheless, I think that this is a fruitful idea, and may help me understand many things about people's thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors -- including my own -- in the future. So it's food for thought.

Via +Kee Hinckley.___

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2014-10-20 15:44:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Chrome Extension: Earth View from Google Maps.

I've been using this new Chrome extension for a few days now and it quickly became apparent that I like it enough that I need to share it. Simply install it from the Chrome web store and it runs invisibly in the background. Whenever you open a new tab the extension activates and pulls in a random high-resolution satellite image of some amazing location on Earth that you've never seen before, and loads this as the background wallpaper on the new tab you just opened. 

This is such a simple thing; adding interesting, new information to a piece of very common digital real estate that we normally take for granted in its utility and function - the new tab page of a browser. Often I'll only glimpse the image for barely a second as I quickly type in the search or URL that I'm after. Other times I'll just have to pause... more »

Chrome Extension: Earth View from Google Maps.

I've been using this new Chrome extension for a few days now and it quickly became apparent that I like it enough that I need to share it. Simply install it from the Chrome web store and it runs invisibly in the background. Whenever you open a new tab the extension activates and pulls in a random high-resolution satellite image of some amazing location on Earth that you've never seen before, and loads this as the background wallpaper on the new tab you just opened. 

This is such a simple thing; adding interesting, new information to a piece of very common digital real estate that we normally take for granted in its utility and function - the new tab page of a browser. Often I'll only glimpse the image for barely a second as I quickly type in the search or URL that I'm after. Other times I'll just have to pause for several seconds just to look at the beautiful and striking image that has appeared. On a couple of occasions I've even forgotten what I was searching for altogether or else gotten distracted searching for that location on Google Maps and Wikipedia; digging in like this is very easily facilitated by clicking on the mini-globe icon at lower-right that conveniently provides an approximate location and name. 

Sometimes I'll even open up a dozen tabs in a row just to keep seeing new and different satellite images. Although I do occasionally come across the same image twice. If I want my usual apps or other shortcuts these can still be accessed by clicking on an Apps link at upper-left. 

In summary I've really appreciated how this little tool has provided so many interesting and random insights throughout my day in a new and engaging way. I've been at times surprised, astounded, and amazed at some of the images and locales. Feel free to give it a trial to see if you like as much as me; while I don't know how long I'll end up using it I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. 

I think I first found this via Google+ but I forget who to attribute - thanks to whoever it was!

#chrome   #extension   #satelliteimages  ___

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2014-10-20 12:36:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-20 00:34:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So excited about Silent Hills.

So excited about Silent Hills.___

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2014-10-20 00:16:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

What's with the skeleton running across at about 7:00?

What's with the skeleton running across at about 7:00?___

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2014-10-19 21:20:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Tesla is building cars out of software. "Software-based platforms, of which AI-based technologies are part, tend to invert traditional economics through network effects. The more people on the Internet, the more valuable it becomes for everyone. The more people who use Apple’s Siri, the more Siri learns and the better it works for everyone, and because Tesla’s self-driving AI platform is software, autopilot will work as efficiently in future inexpensive cars as it does now in expensive luxury sedans. The AI powering Tesla’s autopilot will continue to improve and increase in value in a fashion similar to other networked software, rapidly moving down-market from luxury cars into more mainstream vehicles. Completely driverless mainstream vehicles are closer than we think."

Tesla is building cars out of software. "Software-based platforms, of which AI-based technologies are part, tend to invert traditional economics through network effects. The more people on the Internet, the more valuable it becomes for everyone. The more people who use Apple’s Siri, the more Siri learns and the better it works for everyone, and because Tesla’s self-driving AI platform is software, autopilot will work as efficiently in future inexpensive cars as it does now in expensive luxury sedans. The AI powering Tesla’s autopilot will continue to improve and increase in value in a fashion similar to other networked software, rapidly moving down-market from luxury cars into more mainstream vehicles. Completely driverless mainstream vehicles are closer than we think."___

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2014-10-19 21:00:45 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-19 19:04:26 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#RaceAgainstTheMachine   #ScienceSunday  .

How Automated Hypothesis Generation Can Help Research

This new kind of software will generate unexpected solutions

#ai #sciencesunday___ #RaceAgainstTheMachine   #ScienceSunday  .

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2014-10-19 18:16:36 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

“The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness. If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before?”

The Prince of Nothing trilogy (The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, The Thousandfold Thought), by R. Scott Bakker, 2004-2006.

I am aware that my first reviews have been rather short, but I always intended to go back and forth between these "quickies" and more in-depth reviews. Deciding which book or series would be the victim of my first lengthier commentary was not difficult. I believe that every lover of fantasy literature should read, or at least attempt to read, the Prince of Nothing trilogy by R. Scott Bakker. Whatever one may think of the author, and I will get to that later, I feel it is impossible to deny the originality and complexity of the story, of the characters and indeed of the whole approach to fantasy proposed by Bakker.

There are dozens of ways to present fantasy. The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion were written by a linguist and a passionate fan of Norse mythology. A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones) ignores language preoccupations and stays clear of elves and goblins to focus on political intrigues. I think it is safe to venture that George R.R. Martin is a medieval history fanatic. As original as Tolkien and Martin, Bakker writes fantasy with a background in philosophy and a great interest for religious studies. The result is a series of books where we delve into the psyche of each main character, where we follow their every thought, doubt and existential question. If you really dislike philosophical and religious questions, then perhaps stay clear of the series, otherwise you are in for a crazy ride.

The plot follows four major characters who become involved in a holy crusade. The first is Anasurimbor Kellhus, a monk from a small monastic community, the Dunyan, which has been isolated from the rest of the world for centuries. Anasurimbor's father had left the community some years ago and the story starts with the son receiving dreams enticing him to leave and find his father. The Dunyan have achieved a complete mastery over their body, thoughts and emotions. Ordinary men are but children to Anasurimbor's eyes and he quickly learns how to speak and act in order to achieve his own goals. The second is Drusas Achamian, a wizard plagued by dreams of the ancient war with the No-God who believes Anasurimbor fulfills a prophecy and is an harbinger of the Second Apocalypse. The third is Esmenet, a prostitute who becomes caught between Anasurimbor and Achamian. Finally, Cnaiur is a barbarian who had met Anasurimbor's father and understands the danger posed by the Dunyan. Vastly different from each other, they all have redeeming qualities and terrible failings. They each teach us different things on the nature of Man, but those truths are never easily gained. 

The writing is extraordinary. I love the mysticism and philosophical questions which are pervasive. I knew I was in love with the series near the beginning when, as Anasurimbor is able to contemplate time and space while fighting an unknown foe, Bakker writes: "There was one space between them, but the crossings were infinite". Bakker is somewhat weaker when it comes to large-scale battles and minor characters, but never loses our interest.

A last note on the author. One look at the man's blog will convince anyone that the man is full of himself. He seems to believe that by using big words he is proving himself to be more intelligent than 99.9% of the world's population. Still, I do not agree with wide-spread accusations that the series is misogynistic. I do not know whether Bakker suffers from misogyny in real life, but I completely disagree that the Prince of Nothing series lowers women. Yes, the only major female character was a prostitute, but she is as complex and interesting as the three male leads. Furthermore, the three main male characters are as much if not more twisted and tortured than Esmenet. There is no pure and noble hero in this story, everyone tries to move forward, to further their own goals while dealing with all their inner demons.

The Prince of Nothing is followed by a second trilogy, of which the last book should come out this year. I will review it at that time, but let me quickly say that, two books in, I have enjoyed it less and I sometimes felt the author had lost his focus. Still, I will surely read the next book in one sitting when it comes out, I cannot wait to see what is in store for my beloved and despised Anasurimbor.

Plot: 9
A brilliant story of a recluse monk stumbling into a world-spanning crusade.
Setting: 8.5
Kingdoms, religions and schools of magic have centuries of history.
Characters: 9.5
You will never forget Anasurimbor Kellhus.
Writing: 9
Some people think it is heavy, I simply adored it.
Overall: 9___“The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness. If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before?”

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2014-10-19 18:05:58 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Here's to the next 2 billion indeed ^_^

+Google+ now has more than 2 BILLION accounts !! In a little over 3 years, 1207 days to be precise, the number of personal profiles and pages has increased at a meteoric growth rate of approximately 1,658,625 new users/pages per day!

I've been calculating the growth rate of G+ for some time now at a website that I myself host http://plus.miernicki.com and if you would like to plug this data into another application, you can access the raw data (as JSON feeds) from http://plus.miernicki.com/plus and http://plus.miernicki.com/minus

To just say +Google+ is just about numbers would definitely be doing it a disservice. In the 3+ years I've been here, I've made tons of friends, shared countless stories, and photographs with a wide and varied group of people... and to that I say, "Here's to the next 2 Billion users!"

+François Beaufort +Denis Labelle ___Here's to the next 2 billion indeed ^_^

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2014-10-19 15:06:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Yup.

Gamer problems. #gaming #gamer #xbox #playstation___Yup.

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2014-10-19 14:53:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 42/14.
Modular RNA & DNA particles, big data automation, creating spacetimes, simulating black holes, synthesising ionic chains, printing crystal textures & solid forming, deep learning, drone traffic control.

1. Modular Multifunctional RNA Nanoparticles.
A new modular RNA nanoparticle technology starts with the computational design and subsequent self-assembly of hexagonal RNA rings onto which a range of different molecular functional groups can self-attach http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=37709.php. This approach is similar to DNA origami technology and functional groups that can be attached to these rings include siRNAs, aptamers, proteins, dyes, and RNA-DNA hybrids, which allows for a very diverse range of biosensing and therapeutic applications. Proof-of-concept involved (i) creating RNA rings with six... more »

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 42/14.
Modular RNA & DNA particles, big data automation, creating spacetimes, simulating black holes, synthesising ionic chains, printing crystal textures & solid forming, deep learning, drone traffic control.

1. Modular Multifunctional RNA Nanoparticles.
A new modular RNA nanoparticle technology starts with the computational design and subsequent self-assembly of hexagonal RNA rings onto which a range of different molecular functional groups can self-attach http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=37709.php. This approach is similar to DNA origami technology and functional groups that can be attached to these rings include siRNAs, aptamers, proteins, dyes, and RNA-DNA hybrids, which allows for a very diverse range of biosensing and therapeutic applications. Proof-of-concept involved (i) creating RNA rings with six aptamers that selectively bind a green dye and significantly increased light emission, and (ii) testing different RNA rings with multiple functional groups against HIV infected cells - targeting multiple parts of HIV at once is important given how rapidly HIV evolves. This is a really nice platform technology and the group plans to significantly expand the library of parts that can be used with the technology. 

2. Multifunctional DNA Nanoparticles.
Closely related to the above we also saw DNA origami technology again being used in another approach to self-assemble multifunctional DNA cages 150nm wide that are coated with folic acid binding-molecules and contain an anticancer drug and a polymer-coated DNA-chewing enzyme http://news.ncsu.edu/2014/10/gu-cocoon-2014/. Cancer cells over-express folic acid on their surfaces and so the DNA cages are preferentially taken up by cancer cells, the internal environment of which causes the polymer to dissolve, releasing the enzyme to chew up the DNA cage, and releasing the anticancer drug to kill that cancer cell. The group hope to continue with preclinical testing. Quite aside from this promising application being developed it is great to see functional self-assembled DNA technology being used and investigated on such a regular and wide-spread basis. 

3. Further Big Data Automation with Data-Smashing Technique.
A new algorithmic data analysis technique called “Data-Smashing” should enable further automation of data analysis and accelerated knowledge discovery http://mediarelations.cornell.edu/2014/10/09/data-smashing-could-unshackle-automated-discovery/. Typically the machine-based analysis of huge data sets requires a human expert to point the algorithm towards relevant features for comparison. This new method dispenses with such human guidance and automatically estimates similarities and differences in huge data sets to assist with subsequent human use, and might also allow for deriving knowledge and relationships that human experts might not know to look for. Successful proof-of-concepts involved (i) electroencephalograph pattern data, (ii) anomalous cardiac activity readings, and (iii) astronomical object classification. 

4. Creating Curved Spacetimes.
Optical lattices, or traps, form from carefully controlled interference between two laser beams, and can comprise ordered arrays of minima or “pockets” that hold onto individual atoms of interest in ultra-cold, quantum-mechanical conditions. Recent studies in theoretical physics suggest that atoms embedded in such a lattice are mathematically equivalent to a quantum field in curved spacetime, which can be measured and observed directly - something previously difficult or impossible https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/how-to-create-curved-spacetime-in-the-lab-c03107623468. Keeping the lattice regular is equivalent to a flat spacetime; changing the lattice to vary in space in different ways is equivalent to curved spacetimes. This suggests convenient means to simulate the expansion / contraction of spacetime to test various models and including relativistic effects and gravity waves. Fascinating stuff and I wonder what other applications optical lattices may give rise to?

5. New Materials to Simulate Black Holes.
On the topic of simulating curved spacetimes we also had an interesting result with the experimental reduction to practice of a prior theoretical model indicating that quantum fluids - in this case an optically confined and accelerated Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) moving faster than the speed of sound - produce Hawking radiation from event horizons in the form of phonons and their negative-energy partners http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26366-desktop-sonic-black-hole-emits-hawking-radiation.html. An interesting result and potentially useful for direct and indirect probes of black holes as well as other gravity and spacetime experiments. 

6. First Synthesis of Two-Element Atomic Chains.
An ionic crystalline chain of repeating cesium and iodine ions has been synthesised for the first time within the confined one-dimensional space inside a carbon nanotube http://phys.org/news/2014-10-two-element-atomic-chain-microscopic-space.html. This is fairly fundamental research into new types of one-dimensional materials and will entail much more research into physical characterisation and developing additional applications for both the materials and also the ability to confine matter within these structures. 

7. 3D Printing Controlled Crystallographic Textures.
A new 3D printing technology using electron beam melting of metal powders allows bulk metallic parts to be fabricated with controlled microstructures and crystallographic textures throughout the entire volume http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/news/news-releases/2014/ornl-research-reveals-unique-capabilities-of-3-d-printing-. Such technology allows material and parts designers to specify location-specific crystal-structure-orientations in a part. This provides far greater control over part properties including strength, weight, function, conductivity, flexibility, etc. 

8. 3D Printing via Laser Solid Forming.
On the topic of 3D printing a new 3D printing technology called laser solid forming (LSF) has demonstrated the ability to print parts with properties that reach those of wrought or conventionally manufactured parts http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/3dp.2014.0016. LSF works by using focused laser pulses and synchronously-fed metal powders to map out, deposit, and melt precise amounts of metal powders to form arbitrary 3D structures. While best results are currently achieved with titanium and titanium alloys, other metals and materials also produce excellent results, even if not quite the same as conventional bulk parts. This represents a fairly significant milestone for 3D printing technologies - rapidly creating parts with the same strength, brittleness, etc of conventional parts. 

9. Deep Learning Machines Continue to Make Strides.
Earlier this year DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company bought by Google and focused on developing deep learning algorithms, demonstrated that its systems were able to learn to beat humans at basic computer games like Pong but not at slightly-more-complex games like Space Invaders. Now DeepMind’s systems are further developed and have learned to master Space Invaders and games of similar complexity http://singularityhub.com/2014/10/16/watch-deep-learning-ai-get-superhuman-at-space-invaders-after-all-night-gaming-session/. This approach to building AI systems focuses on developing the general ability to learn in real-time, from experience, and better adapt to environmental situations; it promises sophisticated web services, search, and robotics capabilities. 

10. Air-Traffic Control for Drones.
A project involving NASA and company Airware is building an air traffic control system to manage the projected increase in commercial drones filling our airspace in the coming years including 7,500 drones operating commercially by 2018 http://www.technologyreview.com/news/531811/air-traffic-control-for-drones/. Many of these commercial operations will be driven by industrial needs such as mining and especially agriculture like this one http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/aerial-robots/yamaha-demos-agricultural-robocopter. We seem to be at a fairly pivotal point for deciding where regulatory oversight of drones will go, and centralised systems like this one naturally give rise to proponents advocating for alternative distributed solutions. 

The weekly SciTech Digests are also available as a Google Newsstand Magazine Edition here: 
https://www.google.com/producer/editions/CAow4-hB/scitech_digest ___

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2014-10-19 02:19:54 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm pleased to be able to announce that a group of people finally recognized the innovative nature of the attention economy stuff that +Daniel Estrada has been working on for a decade. Today, an Israeli company announcing a new kind of network that is the apotheosis of distributed currency and social networking. Dan's been quietly working with these guys for months to build this, and it's finally here.

I'm pleased to be able to announce that a group of people finally recognized the innovative nature of the attention economy stuff that +Daniel Estrada has been working on for a decade. Today, an Israeli company announcing a new kind of network that is the apotheosis of distributed currency and social networking. Dan's been quietly working with these guys for months to build this, and it's finally here.___

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2014-10-18 23:56:46 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Synereo

Synereo is the first decentralized social network for managing the attention economy. 

You own your information. 
You own your identity. 
You own your networks. 
Your time is valuable, and you deserve compensation for the digital labor your perform.

More: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=827782

// I've been working on this project for a few weeks, and a few days ago I posted an essay (http://goo.gl/QAq3gS) that talks in more detail about our approach. 

The project is still very much in development. We're interested in hearing any comments you have!

Synereo

Synereo is the first decentralized social network for managing the attention economy. 

You own your information. 
You own your identity. 
You own your networks. 
Your time is valuable, and you deserve compensation for the digital labor your perform.

More: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=827782

// I've been working on this project for a few weeks, and a few days ago I posted an essay (http://goo.gl/QAq3gS) that talks in more detail about our approach. 

The project is still very much in development. We're interested in hearing any comments you have!___

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2014-10-18 22:30:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Just as god intended.

Just as god intended.___

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2014-10-18 21:13:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

//Superstition  and witch-doctory can only get us so far 0_o

>In interviews conducted across the nation, leading anti-science activists expressed their concern that the American people, wracked with anxiety over the possible spread of the virus, might desperately look to science to save the day.

//Superstition  and witch-doctory can only get us so far 0_o

>In interviews conducted across the nation, leading anti-science activists expressed their concern that the American people, wracked with anxiety over the possible spread of the virus, might desperately look to science to save the day.___

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2014-10-18 14:22:12 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Design of Small, Safe and Robust Quadrotor Swarms

// via +Wayne Radinsky who writes

> The Pico Quadrotor is the smallest autonomous quadrotor and is designed to be safe around humans, fast and agile, stable and able to recover from an uncontrolled launch, able to fly in a delta formation with a designated leader and designated followers, is collision-resistant, able to collide with a vertical poles or other robots at 1.5 meters/second (3.4 mph).

// If there are a lot of these, things will be getting pretty noisy. What are our options for sound control? Will we all be listening to the future through sound-cancelling headphones any time we're out?

Design of Small, Safe and Robust Quadrotor Swarms

// via +Wayne Radinsky who writes

> The Pico Quadrotor is the smallest autonomous quadrotor and is designed to be safe around humans, fast and agile, stable and able to recover from an uncontrolled launch, able to fly in a delta formation with a designated leader and designated followers, is collision-resistant, able to collide with a vertical poles or other robots at 1.5 meters/second (3.4 mph).

// If there are a lot of these, things will be getting pretty noisy. What are our options for sound control? Will we all be listening to the future through sound-cancelling headphones any time we're out?___

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2014-10-18 12:05:25 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

"My only comfort is the night gone black." lol #music  

"My only comfort is the night gone black." lol #music  ___

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2014-10-18 11:43:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#somber   #ambient   #epic  .

#somber   #ambient   #epic  .___

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2014-10-18 11:35:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

#frantic  .

#frantic  .___

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2014-10-18 11:30:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

So damn awesome. 

So damn awesome. ___

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2014-10-18 11:10:47 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I cried. 

I cried. ___

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2014-10-18 02:37:29 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Conservative anti-gay Cardinal Burke ousted by Pope
You do not say the Pope is "harming the Church," even if you are a top Vatican official.

And it looks like it unfolded from an interaction with +BuzzFeed .
It's a new world in media out there, kiddies.

Conservative anti-gay Cardinal Burke ousted by Pope
You do not say the Pope is "harming the Church," even if you are a top Vatican official.

And it looks like it unfolded from an interaction with +BuzzFeed .
It's a new world in media out there, kiddies.___

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2014-10-18 02:02:28 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

#doh  .

Guess I waited too long to order.___ #doh  .

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2014-10-18 02:01:42 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#RaceAgainstTheMachine  .

___ #RaceAgainstTheMachine  .

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2014-10-18 01:33:53 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Where is the grave-yard of dead gods? What lingering mourner waters their mounds? There was a day when Jupiter was the king of the gods, and any man who doubted his puissance was ipso facto a barbarian and an ignoramus. But where in all the world is there a man who worships Jupiter to-day? And what of Huitzilopochtli? In one year-and it is no more than five hundred years ago-50,000 youths and maidens were slain in sacrifice to him. Today, if he is remembered at all, it is only by some vagrant savage in the depths of the Mexican forest. Huitzilopochtli, like many other gods, had no human father; his mother was a virtuous widow; he was born of an apparently innocent flirtation that she carried on with the sun. When he frowned, his father, the sun, stood still. When he roared with rage, earthquakes engulfed whole cities. When he thirsted he was watered with 10,000 gallons of human blood. But today [in 1921]... more »

The Gods of the World: A group called "The 40 Foundation" put together this rather extraordinary infographic of the world's religions and how they're (historically) related to one another. It's a phylogenetic tree of the gods.

I can't say that this diagram is complete, nor that it shows every possible cross-pollination; it would be very hard to do so, given just how intricate this aspect of history is. Likewise, it's hard to define the boundaries between various sects, at times; while the Protestants are very famous for each sect having its own name and being firmly opposed to those schismatics from the Popular Front of Judea, many other religious divisions have been more subtle, two groups simply moving away from each other over time, or one group simply adopting a radically different theology without telling anyone. But the image is detailed enough that you can clearly see phenomena like the Protestant Reformation, the emergence of Islam, and quite a few other historical events very visually. And to nitpick a work this complex feels almost petty.

You can view single images at the link, or a zoomable version (with an admittedly crappy UI) at http://funki.com.ua/ru/portfolio/lab/world-religions-tree/ . 

h/t +Alex Fink for finding this.___Where is the grave-yard of dead gods? What lingering mourner waters their mounds? There was a day when Jupiter was the king of the gods, and any man who doubted his puissance was ipso facto a barbarian and an ignoramus. But where in all the world is there a man who worships Jupiter to-day? And what of Huitzilopochtli? In one year-and it is no more than five hundred years ago-50,000 youths and maidens were slain in sacrifice to him. Today, if he is remembered at all, it is only by some vagrant savage in the depths of the Mexican forest. Huitzilopochtli, like many other gods, had no human father; his mother was a virtuous widow; he was born of an apparently innocent flirtation that she carried on with the sun. When he frowned, his father, the sun, stood still. When he roared with rage, earthquakes engulfed whole cities. When he thirsted he was watered with 10,000 gallons of human blood. But today [in 1921] Huitzilopochtli is as magnificently forgotten as Allen G. Thurman. Once the peer of Allah, Buddha, and Wotan, he is now the peer of General Coxey, Richmond P. Hobson, Nan Petterson, Alton B. Parker, Adelina Patti, General Weyler, and Tom Sharkey.

Speaking of Huitzilopochtli recalls his brother, Tezcatilpoca. Tezcatilpoca was almost as powerful: He consumed 25,000 virgins a year. Lead me to his tomb: I would weep, and hang a couronne des perles. But who knows where it is? Or where the grave of Quitzalcontl is? Or Tialoc? Or Chalchihuitlicue? Or Xiehtecutli? Or Centeotl, that sweet one? Or Tlazolteotl, the goddess of love? Or Mictlan? Or Ixtlilton? Or Omacatl? Or Yacatecutli? Or Mixcoatl? Or Xipe? Or all the host of Tzitzimitles? Where are their bones? Where is the willow on which they hung their harps? In what forlorn and unheard of hell do they await the resurrection morn? Who enjoys their residuary estates? Or that of Dis, whom Caesar found to be the chief god of the Celts? Or that of Tarves, the bull? Or that of Moccos, the pig? Or that of Epona, the mare? Or that of Mullo, the celestial jack-ass? There was a time when the Irish revered all these gods as violently as they now hate the English. But today even the drunkest Irishman laughs at them.

But they have company in oblivion: The hell of dead gods is as crowded as the Presbyterian hell for babies. Damona is there, and Esus, and Drunemeton, and Silvana, and Dervones, and Adsalluta, and Deva, and Belisama, and Axona, and Vintios, and Taranuous, and Sulis, and Cocidius, and Adsmerius, and Dumiatis, and Caletos, and Moccus, and Ollovidius, and Albiorix, and Leucitius, and Vitucadrus, and Ogmios, and Uxellimus, and Borvo, and Grannos, and Mogons. All mighty gods in their day, worshiped by millions, full of demands and impositions, able to bind and loose-all gods of the first class, not dilettanti. Men labored for generations to build vast temples to them-temples with stones as large as hay-wagons. The business of interpreting their whims occupied thousands of priests, wizards, archdeacons, evangelists, haruspices, bishops, archbishops. To doubt them was to die, usually at the stake. Armies took to the field to defend them against infidels: Villages were burned, women and children were butchered, cattle were driven off. Yet in the end they all withered and died, and today there is none so poor to do them reverence. Worse, the very tombs in which they lie are lost, and so even a respectful stranger is debarred from paying them the slightest and politest homage.

What has become of Sutekh, once the high god of the whole Nile Valley? What has become of:

Resheph
Anath
Ashtoreth
El
Nergal
Nebo
Ninib
Melek

Ahijah
Isis
Ptah
Anubis
Baal
Astarte
Hadad
Addu

Shalem
Dagon
Sharrab
Yau
Amon-Re
Osiris
Sebek
Molech?

All these were once gods of the highest eminence. Many of them are mentioned with fear and trembling in the Old Testament. They ranked, five or six thousand years ago, with Jahveh himself; the worst of them stood far higher than Thor. Yet they have all gone down the chute, and with them the following:

Bilé
Ler
Arianrod
Morrigu
Govannon
Gunfled
Sokk-mimi
Memetona
Dagda
Robigus
Pluto
Ops
Meditrina
Vesta
Tilmun
Ogyrvan
Dea Dia
Ceros
Vaticanus
Edulia
Adeona
Iuno Lucina
Saturn
Furrina
Vediovis
Consus
Cronos
Enki
Engurra
Belus
Dimmer
Mu-ul-lil
Ubargisi
Ubilulu
Gasan lil
U-dimmer-an-kia
Enurestu
U-sab-sib

Kerridwen
Pwyll
Tammuz
Venus
Bau
Mulu-hursang
Anu
Beltis
Nusku
U-Mersi
Beltu
Dumu-zi-abzu
Kuski-banda
Sin
Abil Addu
Apsu
Dagan
Elali
Isum
Mami
Nin-man
Zaraqu
Suqamunu
Zagaga
Gwydion
Manawyddan
Nuada Argetlam
Tagd
Goibniu
Odin
Llaw Gyffes
Lleu
Ogma
Mider
Rigantona
Marzin
Mars
Kaawanu

Ni-zu
Sahi
Aa
Allatu
Jupiter
Cunina
Potina
Statilinus
Diana of Ephesus
Nin-azu
Lugal-Amarada
Zer-panitu
Merodach
U-ki
Dauke
Gasan-abzu
Elum
U-Tin-dir-ki
Marduk
Nin-lil-la
Nin
Persephone
Istar
Lagas
U-urugal
Sirtumu
Ea
Nirig
Nebo
Samas
Ma-banba-anna
En-Mersi
Amurru
Assur
Aku
Qarradu
Ura-gala
Ueras

You may think I spoof. That I invent the names. I do not. Ask the rector to lend you any good treatise on comparative religion: You will find them all listed. They were gods of the highest standing and dignity-gods of civilized peoples-worshiped and believed in by millions. All were theoretically omnipotent, omniscient, and immortal. And all are dead.

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2014-10-18 00:03:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Just as god intended. 0_o

// Turns out I'm an ant person!

via +Jon Lawhead ___Just as god intended. 0_o

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2014-10-17 23:31:45 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-17 22:29:15 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This is an amazing Chrome Extension. Every time you open a new tab page you get a (more or less) random screengrab of earth.

H/T +Leo Laporte +Gina Trapani +Jeff Jarvis 

This is an amazing Chrome Extension. Every time you open a new tab page you get a (more or less) random screengrab of earth.

H/T +Leo Laporte +Gina Trapani +Jeff Jarvis ___

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2014-10-17 21:55:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Too long we have toiled under the yoke of the keyboard and mouse interface. More avenues should be available, our imagination is not so limited. Google leads the way. Bravo!

Too long we have toiled under the yoke of the keyboard and mouse interface. More avenues should be available, our imagination is not so limited. Google leads the way. Bravo!___

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2014-10-17 15:22:27 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Baxter is mobile!

Baxter is mobile!___

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2014-10-16 19:10:12 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Good times.

Good times.___

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2014-10-16 15:55:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Isn't this world enough?

Storm - the Illustrated Book is now available online and in all good bookshops! Click through the link for more information and a peek inside at the amazing artwork.___Isn't this world enough?

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2014-10-16 10:06:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Our social networks are broken. Here's how to fix them.

//   1.

You can't really blame us for building Facebook the way we have. By “we” I mean we billion-plus Facebook users, because of course we are the ones who built Facebook. Zuckerberg Inc. might take all the credit (and profit) from Facebook's success, but all the content and contacts on Facebook-- you know, the part of the service we users actually find valuable-- was produced, curated, and distributed by us: by you, and me, and our vast network of friends. So You can’t blame us for how things turned out.  We really had no idea what we were doing when we built this thing. None of us had ever built a network this big and important before. The digital age is still mostly uncharted territory.

To be fair, we've done a genuinely impressive job given what we had to work with. Facebook isalready... more »

Our social networks are broken. Here's how to fix them.

//   1.

You can't really blame us for building Facebook the way we have. By “we” I mean we billion-plus Facebook users, because of course we are the ones who built Facebook. Zuckerberg Inc. might take all the credit (and profit) from Facebook's success, but all the content and contacts on Facebook-- you know, the part of the service we users actually find valuable-- was produced, curated, and distributed by us: by you, and me, and our vast network of friends. So You can’t blame us for how things turned out.  We really had no idea what we were doing when we built this thing. None of us had ever built a network this big and important before. The digital age is still mostly uncharted territory.

To be fair, we've done a genuinely impressive job given what we had to work with. Facebook is already the digital home to a significant fraction of the global human population. Whatever you think of the service, its size is nothing to scoff at. The population of Facebook users today is about the same as the global human population just 200 years ago. Human communities of this scale are more than just rare: they are historically unprecedented. We have accomplished something truly amazing. Good work, people. We have every right to be proud of ourselves.

But pride shouldn't prevent us from being honest about these things we build--it shouldn’t make us complacent, or turn us blind to the flaws in our creation. Our digital social networks are broken. They don't work the way we had hoped they would; they don't work for us. This problem isn't unique to Facebook, so throwing stones at only the biggest of silicon giants won’t solve it. The problem is with the way we are thinking about the task of social networking itself. To use a very American analogy, our existing social networking tools suffer from the equivalence of a transmission failure: we can get the engine running, but we are struggling to put that power to work.  We see the potential of the internet, but we're at a loss as to how we can direct all this activity into a genuinely positive social change. What little social organization the internet has made possible is fleeting and unreliable, more likely to raise money for potato salad than it is to confront (much less solve) any serious social problem. Arguably, our biggest coordinated online success to date has been the Ice Bucket Challenge; even if we grant the meme has had a positive impact, what change to the social order has come with it? What new infrastructure or social conscience was left in its wake? In terms of social utility, the IBC was like a twitching finger from an otherwise comatose patient: it may give us some hope, but who knows what else. 

Of course, many opportunists have found clever ways to capitalize on the existing network structure, and a few have made a lot of money in the process. The economy is certainly not blind to the latent power of the internet. But as a rule, these digital opportunities are leveraged for purely private gain. The best the public can hope for is that successful digital businesses will turn out cheap services that we can shackle ourselves to like domesticated animals. There have been enough major successes of this model that in the year 2014 we’ve come to accept our fate as unpaid digital domestic labor. There is no longer any hope of using the internet to reorganize the people from post-capitalist consumers into fully empowered digital citizens, because it has become clear that our digital tools have simply been used to standardize the post-capitalist consumer lifestyle on a global scale. 

We need to realize that a half a million human bodies walking down a street with cell phones and hand written signs still have more political power than 10+ million strong Facebook groups or Twitter streams. We still live in an age where an afternoon walk with a few like-minded people can outrun the social influence of a digital collective an order of magnitude larger. You might have expected a digital population to overwhelm our naked ancestors, but if anything the opposite has proven true. When TwitchPlaysPokemon rallied 1.16 million people to beat Pokemon in 16 days, everyone who participated recognized that we accomplished an amazing thing. But we also had to acknowledge, without any cognitive dissonance, that each of us could beat the game ourselves in about a day and a half. 

Okay, okay, so our social networks are broken, and we haven’t even begun to count the ways. There are niche digital communities accomplishing amazing feats of cooperation, but all of us with all our gadgets are not yet as strong as some of us plain old boring people, doing the things we've been doing for centuries like voting and assembling. Why not?

 2. 

Our social networks were originally designed to function like an interactive digital rolodex: a system for managing and engaging a list of social and professional contacts. To someone thinking about life in the digital age around the turn of the century, the idea made a lot of sense: how else would we find our friends in a place as wild and disorganized as the internet without a book of contacts?  Social networks today vary only slightly from this original design.  Some networks emphasize interpersonal relationships and others emphasize content engagement, but the differences in networking tools ultimately have little to do with the liveliness of the communities they serve. Users are willing to put up with a lot of UI nonsense in order to engage with the communities they care about. A passionate community might thrive on a poorly designed network, and a high-end design might fail to attract any community at all. From the user’s point of view, these communities are attractive for two reasons: its members and their interests. Who is on this network, and what are they talking about? 

So if we’re being honest with ourselves then this is the unflinching truth: the growth of social networking happened despite the tools we’ve built, not because of them. We are social creatures; we want to share ourselves with each other. In the age of industry and capital, satisfying this need to share had become almost impossible. When our digital tools offered the promise of overcoming our alienation and reconnecting with each other we jumped at the opportunity. We became refugees fleeing failed states on wifi. As digital immigrants we have suffered through the privacy violations, UI disasters, and the untold hells of political irrelevance that are common to all immigrant stories. And we’ve done it for nothing more than for than the promise to connect with each other, if only to share a picture of our pets.The idea that any one company or service would take credit for the epic digital migration we’ve collectively accomplished over the last decade is ludicrous; we’re the species who figured out how to communicate through tin cans and string. The growth of social networking is what happens when you give the internet to enough huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

But it turns out that we don’t use our social networks like an interactive rolodex. In fact, the relationships we used to have with the people in our rolodex tend to be one-dimensional and alienating in exactly the way we we came to these digital spaces to avoid. Instead of a list-management tool, people’s online behavior appears to require something more like a living room, or (depending on where and how you live) your porch or kitchen table or stoop: a space to visit with each other; where we can showcase our triumphs, complain about our problems, share our hopes, gossip about our friends, and discuss the happenings of the day; where the atmosphere is jovial and hospitable and supportive. In short, we are trying to build a home, in the midst of a community of homes, together with the people we want in our lives. In some homes you can talk about politics or religion, in others you can’t; in some you’ll be subject to hundreds of photos of vacations and babies and pets, and in others you’ll find the accumulated markings and detritus of a real life lived. A relationship planner with multimedia messaging is nice, but what we really want are digital living spaces where we can be together as a community.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that we’d approach the task of community-building in this way: by carving out spaces for ourselves and our friends around focal objects. This is how we humans have always developed our communities: not by managing lists of people through which to channel our communication, but by organizing spaces that can accommodate all of our activity. Communication is but a tool in service of that cooperation. I’m not just talking about a “digital commons”, in the sense of a public space for cooperating beyond the purview of one’s home. We don’t even have our own spaces managed right; we are still shackled to these monolithic centralized services that own and manage our relationships according to their grand designs. In such an atmosphere we have trouble motivating even our friends and family to action, much less something as quixotic and ethereal as “the public”. Expecting these digital communities to engage seriously in politics is like expecting toddlers to engage seriously in politics. 

So let’s be concrete. Now that we’ve all gathered around the digital hearth and can hear each other speak, let’s think again about what is missing from this generation of social networking tools, and what we need to see in the next.  

3.

Today’s social networks are centralized. Our homes are decentralized.

The kind of activity and commotion that’s common in one person’s home might be intolerable in another’s. That’s fine; we’re different people entertaining different communities, and we build our homes to accommodate our specific community needs. Any social network must be as sensitive to these variations as we are. A network under central management is forced to ignore the differences between us and homogenize our interactions to maintain order at large scales. This leveling of variation is a necessary feature of any centrally-managed network, and it can have a number of unfortunate consequences for the communities we can form on them. Some standardization is good, even healthy. But the details matter, and the wrong standards can destroy a community. The larger the network, the more likely any central management will simply be insensitive to community-level needs.

Putting our data in the hands of a central network authority also makes it all the more likely that the information will be released without our consent, either deliberately or accidentally, and this alone can be a deciding factor in whether and to what extent a person will participate in a network. But the problem with centralized network management is even more fundamental than privacy. When we share something with a friend on a centralized network, we’re also implicating the central management in that exchange. It is because central management plays a role in every network exchange that they are in a position to violate our privacy in the first place. This ubiquitous presence can become a dominant influence on our interaction, making our relationship develop according to the needs and interests of the network managers, which may diverge arbitrarily from our own. The effect is a little like trying to manage your home with a state official looking over your shoulder and archiving all your activities, filtering not just for legality but also for targeted advertising. As digital immigrants we’ve come to accept that we’re being overseen, but we should also realize that these are not the conditions under which do our best work. When unknown third parties with unknown interests are not only present in our interactions, but can radically disrupt the structure of those relationships without notice, then we’re not very likely to devote serious time and effort to cultivating digital spaces to meet our cooperative needs. As a result, our networks remain flimsy, makeshift, liable to blow away at any second--these are no conditions in which to build a home that we can do anything meaningful in. 

Building a community of homes means building spaces that can self-organize in response to the needs of our various overlapping communities without oversight and central control. There is no center to our vast network of friends; there is no vantage point from which to micromanage our relationships but our own. The point is not that our networks cannot be managed; the point is that we need to be the management. We need a network where our data remains ours, and where the terms and conditions of our social lives are set exclusively by us. 

With today’s networks, my identity is an option in a pull-down menu. In our homes, we develop who we are through what we do and who we do it with. 

A rolodex is a centralized leveling tool: a person’s critical details are made to fit on a small standardized card in a roll of functionally identical cards. It is left to the user to construct the network from these details: to evaluate the strength of the relationship, the relative importance they might have for our projects, and they way they fit into the larger fabric of our social lives. Today’s social network continues the tradition of encouraging people to fit cookie-cutter identities to maximize advertising revenue. No consideration is paid to how these constraints on identity formation might impact our ability to form and sustain a vibrant community. This helps to explain why people mostly use online social networking to manage relationships they began offline, where they have more direct control over their identity and reputation. Exclusively online-only relationships typically take much longer to develop familiarity and trust, simply because we are witness to substantively less activity from the other. Talking to grandma online is easy enough because who we are and what we mean has already been established elsewhere. The same familiarity isn’t available generally: a random internet person could be anyone and want anything. This cannot be the basis for social cooperation. 

Functional social networks develop through the construction of differentiated reputations. We each have different strengths and weaknesses, and by working together we learn how we each fit into all our overlapping projects. By forcing us into pre-fab identities, we lose the ability to track how we might best cooperate, or how our identities evolve as a result of what we’ve done together. Instead, we’re left to cobble together a pale imitation of reputation from what little data we have access to, in terms of likes, shares, and followers (or their equivalents), as if the quality and utility of our work depended only on the number of people who saw it. There’s nothing wrong with followers and likes per se, but when these are our only resources for organizing we end up with bizarre distortions of a healthy community. In such an environment we tend overvalue the activity of celebrities and become suspicious of everyone else, simply because we have no other common resources for making finer distinctions. None of these tools reveal how our networks might be put towards our various social ends, because ultimately it is not our ends these networks serve. 

Building a community of homes requires building identities with reputations we control through the work we do and the communities we engage with. When we control our identities, and when the feedback we receive reflects the value of the work that we do, then we will we finally feel the responsibility and commitment that only a functional community can generate. We need a social network that can provide the tools for managing our reputations across the many diverse communities we engage with, that understands how these reputations change with context, and how our collective strengths can be stitched together to compose a much greater whole. 

Today, a successful social networking campaign achieves virality. A successful home achieve results.

We have no other tools for judging the success of our activity online except in terms of raw audience size. In this degenerate capacity we can conceive of no other strategic goals but virality: spreading a message quickly and widely. The goal of virality admits up front we are powerless to effect change ourselves. Instead, the best we can hope is that prolific exposure through synchronized spamming will bring the message to the feet of the people with the resources to do something about it. As digital immigrants our own voices do not carry far enough, and we are in no position to do anything about the cries of our neighbors. So instead, we’ve relegated ourselves to being the messenger in our own social networks, delivering notes between the already-powerful and pretending to live in the same communities as them. 

In a functioning community, the strength of the signal tends to correlate with the urgency of the message. The messages that spread the fastest are usually the biggest emergencies requiring the most immediate attention. The messages that spread the widest tend to be the information people need for coordinating their activities across great distances. But most of our cooperation is local and not terribly urgent, and therefore doesn’t depend on raw signal strength. Viral appeals to our collective attention cannot be the only tool in our kit for getting our messages across. 

Although our attention is among the most precious of our limited resources, we nevertheless produce it continuously and nearly without effort. We eagerly give it away to the things we find interesting and worthwhile without expecting anything in return. It is by paying attention that we imbue our world with structure and meaning; this is ultimately what we are all here to do. Our collective attention is distributed across an enormous variety of projects and communities, and that distribution reflects our self-organized division of labor and value: what we consider worthwhile enough to spend our time doing. We use that distribution to decide where we will spend our attention next, and through this collective management of attention we are capable of organizing all of our productive social systems. So when we engage each other on existing social networks, when we each like and share according to our own interests and tastes, we expect that the resulting community will reflect some consensus of our participation-- that the network will be “better”, according to the standards of “better” as indicated by our contributions. 

Existing social networks don’t function that way at all: our engagement is harvested for advertisers, and whatever feedback it generates is lost in the noise of the greater economy. There’s no reason whatsoever to hope that our networks will develop in response to our activity and values, because we know that they are responding to other values and using our activity for other purposes. They’ve hijacked the spaces we’ve selected for our homes and they are exploiting us for all we’re willing to give. Meanwhile, all the attention we pay goes to waste, utterly failing to secure the expected return on investment, having been traded away for dollar of ad space. We still dismiss hashtag campaigns as slacktivism, as if our impotence were a character flaw. The truth is we’re doing the best with the tools we’re given, and ultimately these social networks were never built to work that way in the first place. 

Building a community of homes, one that really works for all of us, requires a whole new approach to the economy of attention, one that understands how the organization of the system emerges from the activity of its many distinct parts. We need new tools for networking, not just to make connections but to hook the right communities up in the right way so that we can all accomplish what none of us could alone. 

The digital homes described above do not yet exist; we have yet to build them. As digital immigrants we’ve been tossed between halfway homes for years, so the significance of this challenge might not have fully registered. Partial solutions exist, but only piecemeal and scattershot across the available networks; no solution has met these problems with the elegance and comprehension necessary to bring social networking into a new era. 

But that’s about to change. People are obviously thinking about the next generation of social networking, and for the last few weeks I’ve been working with a team of developers on a distributed networking service built on the block chain, one that bakes security, reputation, and community management directly into the basic feature set. We’re set to announce within the next few days, when I hope to tell you much more about the details of the project. Until then I hope the comments here give some insight into our philosophical approach to the design. 

#attentioneconomy   #digitalpolitics   #socialnetworking  

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2014-10-16 00:08:09 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#health   #hope  .

#health   #hope  .___

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2014-10-15 23:14:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#RaceAgainstTheMachine  .

#RaceAgainstTheMachine  .___

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2014-10-15 22:54:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

As long as it has feature parity with the Chromecast, and then $70 worth of additional features (playing video games through the device is big), I think this is going to be a winner.

As long as it has feature parity with the Chromecast, and then $70 worth of additional features (playing video games through the device is big), I think this is going to be a winner.___

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2014-10-15 22:47:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#derp  .

#derp  .___

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2014-10-15 22:41:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Heh.

Heh.___

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