Information is the measure of what you do not know.
This is a hallmark of procedural generation: A trick of mirrors that produces interesting effects, like a kaleidoscope. A successful procedural generator deceives you into thinking you are getting information when you are not. That is hard to achieve. In the same way we love information, we dislike redundancy. It wastes space and time, it does nothing for us. Our brains are very good at discovering it, and we adapt quickly to see through any new trick.
Now, does this mean software cannot create information? There is energy going into this system, can it be used for more than powering infinite echoes? This is one of the big questions out there. It is beyond software. Can anyone create information at all?
In our data-saturated economy, privacy is becoming a luxury good. After all, as the saying goes, if you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product. And currently, we aren’t paying for very much of our technology.
Has Privacy Become a Luxury Good?, by Julia Angwin, NYT.
Architecture + Evolution + Movement
Walking City, by Universal Everything.
Read this. All of it. Read it.
I couldn’t find any quote to single out from this piece, I almost ended up quoting the whole thing. Artificial Intelligence, human psychology, free will, advertising, corporatism, police state, it has everything wonderfully (scarily) blended together.
The basis of its arithmetic is the notion of indefinite numbers. They emphasize the importance of the concepts of greater and lesser, which our mathematicians symbolize as
<. They maintain that the operation of counting modifies the quantities and converts them from indefinite into definite sums.
Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius, by Jorge Luis Borges.
Damn Jorge, u so quantum and fuzzy and shit.
Before the Internet, the nodes of communication were houses, and the killer app was the telephone.
Messaging: Mobile’s Killer App, by Ben Thompson, discussing the importance of IM in the age of mobile computing (and what the fuss is with all those astronomical valuations of IM apps/networks lately).
Sure, taking a few seconds to be respectful toward someone about something they care about doesn’t sound hard. But if you talk to hundreds of people every day and they all start expecting that same consideration, it could potentially add up to MINUTES wasted. And for WHAT?
Slippery Slope, by xkcd.