Björn Borg Does a Sportswear Collection for Mars One

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Mars One, the pseudo-pyramid scheme that pretends to be sending astronauts to Mars in the next decade, has inspired a fashion show.Björn Borg, who I assume is very important in the fashion world, showed off a collection of what is said to be sportswear the serves as “a tribute to the courage and the faith that these people show by going out to the unknown for the evolution of mankind.”That’s all fine. The idea of human beings risking everything for the longshot chance to live out their da … [Read more...]

Consider a superintelligent agent with actuators connected to a nanotech assembler.

I'm reading Nick Bostrom's Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, about the possible capabilities and potential threats posed by rapidly advancing artificial intelligence. It's a little dry at times, to be honest, but then he'll go and say something (in the nonfiction-science-book equivalent of a deadpan) that makes your mind explode.Because you're probably thinking, hey, a superintelligent A.I. could maybe take things over on this planet, and that'd be just crazy! Well sure, but … [Read more...]

Actually, Note 5 #Penghazi is Less Stupid Than I Thought

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Yesterday, I wrote that the controversy over the Galaxy Note 5's S Pen was overblown. Quickly: if you stick it in backwards, it gets stuck and does at the least significant damage. People cried "recall," "design flaw," and invented the (hilarious) hashtag #penghazi. Apple-loving pundits couldn't contain their glee or smugness. I said that this was silly, that it was akin to trying to shove a floppy disk into a drive upside-down and then blaming the manufacturer when it breaks something.What … [Read more...]

The Note 5 Backwards-Stylus ‘Design Flaw’ Hubbub is Really Stupid [Updated with Me Being Wrong]

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* * * UPDATE: I have largely reversed my position on this due to new evidence. So consider this post an archive of my being wrong, or at least, insufficiently informed.Apparently, some folks have decided to 1) purchase a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, 2) Stick the S Pen stylus in backward, getting it utterly stuck, and 3) Blame Samsung.What?It sucks, no doubt, to have your new phone suddenly broken due to something that seems so innocuous.But come on. You have to wonder, why in the … [Read more...]

Magical Thinking Won’t Make the iPad Rise Again

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A few months ago I made the case that iPads and tablets generally were a product category in crisis. Ever-larger and more powerful phones with ever-slimmer, lighter, and simply more pleasant laptops means that the use-case for tablets severely dwindles. And I say this as a genuine fan of tablets, but also as someone who no longer owns one because of their functional redundancy.A few days ago, Neil Cybart at Above Avalon, an Apple analysis site, made more or less the same case, but focused as … [Read more...]

Thinkery Episode 4: Murdered By Pretty Much Everything

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Episode 4 of my ridiculous podcast with Brian Hogg, Thinkery, is up! Here's Brian's writeup: In this episode, Paul’s computer broke, forcing him to use something non-magical! Brian had an actual reasonable conversation in YouTube comments! CS Lewis is an unconvincing hack and Christian Apologetics are embarrassingly bad! We’re somewhere on the atheist scale! What IS knowledge, anyway? When we meet aliens for the first time, will they want to murder us, or sell us Amway? What’s the culture of hea … [Read more...]

People Are Discovering that Reading on Their Phones Doesn’t Suck

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The publishing industry has noticed that a lot of us are reading on our phones. Not just BuzzFeed listicles and Facebook statuses, but real, wordy books. Many years ago I thought it was quite the novelty that I had managed to read all of Frankenstein on my iPhone 3G, and didn't hate doing so. Today, I read almost all my books on my phone.This is to the exclusion of tablets and e-readers, and very intentionally so. A while ago it dawned on me that owning three remarkably similar (and … [Read more...]

Can Alphabet Ever Mean as Much as Google Does?

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Google surprised pretty much everyone today when they announced that, well, they weren’t going to be Google anymore.Google CEO Larry Page (well, former CEO) said in a statement today that he and Google co-founder Sergey Brin would form a new holding company, Alphabet (with the best domain name on Earth: abc.xyz), of which Google would now be a wholly-owned subsidiary, led by Sundar Pichai, who until today was Google’s head of Android and Chrome.I have some immediate concerns about it, but … [Read more...]

Consciousness as Middle-Management

Your conscious mind may not be doing anything all that interesting. No, not just you, but like, for everyone. From San Francisco State University: Associate Professor of Psychology Ezequiel Morsella’s “Passive Frame Theory” suggests that the conscious mind is like an interpreter helping speakers of different languages communicate.“The interpreter presents the information but is not the one making any arguments or acting upon the knowledge that is shared,” Morsella said. “Similarly, the infor … [Read more...]

Thinkery Episode 3: Sad Superman is Awesome

The latest episode of my podcast with Brian Hogg, Thinkery, is out! (Here's my introductory post explaining, sort of, the show.) Here's Brian's writeup: It’s another episode of the show THEY don’t want you to hear! In this episode we talk about Rick Perry’s electoral desperation, our grand plans to monetize the empire that this show obviously already is, how the idea that everyone should be inclusive is actually exclusionary, why if you don’t do your job you should be fired, and how most of the … [Read more...]


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