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Our World Digitized: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Our World Digitized: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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Media and Culture Journal M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture") in 1998 as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting of media and culture. M/C Journal is a fully blind, peer-reviewed academic journal, but is also open to submissions and responses from anyone on the Internet. We take seriously the need to move ideas outward, so that our cultural debates may have some resonance with wider political and cultural interests. Each issue is organised around a one word theme (see our past issues), and is edited by one or two guest editors with a particular interest in that theme.

Age of Ignorance by Charles Simic Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. It’s no use pretending otherwise and telling us, as Thomas Friedman did in the Times a few days ago, that educated people are the nation’s most valuable resources. Sure, they are, but do we still want them?

THE ALAN TURING YEAR The following three events form a Public Engagment Afternoon to celebrate Alan Turing's Centenary. The events take place on Wednesday 5th December 2012. The afternoon is funded by the College of Science EPSRC Research Fund and Software Alliance Wales. The afternoon consists of three parts, a distinguished Lecture by Prof Martin Campell-Kelly, the display of the Alan Turing Posters based on the Turing Archive at King's College, Cambridge, and a Swansea Science Cafe event staging of Sciptography Productions' play To Kill A Machine.

Matrix mechanics Matrix mechanics is a formulation of quantum mechanics created by Werner Heisenberg, Max Born, and Pascual Jordan in 1925. Matrix mechanics was the first conceptually autonomous and logically consistent formulation of quantum mechanics. It extended the Bohr Model by describing how the quantum jumps occur. It did so by interpreting the physical properties of particles as matrices that evolve in time. The declaration of interdependence for modern management - AC The project/product management Declaration of interdependence was written in 2005 as an adjunct to the Agile Manifesto. See also: Here is an explanation of it I wrote immediately upon returning from writing it “We … increase return on investment by — making continuous flow of value our focus.deliver reliable results by — engaging customers in frequent interactions and shared ownership.expect uncertainty and manage for it through — iterations, anticipation and adaptation.unleash creativity and innovation by — recognizing that individuals are the ultimate source of value, and creating an environment where they can make a difference.boost performance through — group accountability for results and shared responsibility for team effectiveness.improve effectiveness and reliability through — situationally specific strategies, processes and practices.”

What is The Free World Charter? What is The Free World Charter? Let's make everything free The Free World Charter is a statement of principles that has the potential to optimise life on Earth for all species, eradicate poverty and greed, and advance progress. Neither political nor religious, these ten short principles could form the foundation of a new, advanced society that uses no money, is free, fair and sustainable. Facebook in the Age of Facebook Screenshot of image search for Facebook’s “Like” button. Text of a paper delivered at Theorizing the Web 2012 conference at the University of Maryland on April 14, 2012. Title stolen from @thinkingcatalog To extend the life span of neoliberalism, it needs ideological justification. Facebook explicitly wants to be that.

Turing machine An artistic representation of a Turing machine (Rules table not represented) A Turing machine is a hypothetical device that manipulates symbols on a strip of tape according to a table of rules. Despite its simplicity, a Turing machine can be adapted to simulate the logic of any computer algorithm, and is particularly useful in explaining the functions of a CPU inside a computer. Discover Magazine dark matter Your hands are, roughly speaking, 360 million years old. Before then, they were fins, which your fishy ancestors used to swim through oceans and rivers. Once those fins sprouted digits, they could propel your salamander-like ancestors across dry land. Fast forward 300 million years, and your hands had become fine-tuned for manipulations: your lemur-like ancestors used them to grab leaves and open up fruits. Within the past few million years, your hominin ancestors had fairly human hands, which they used to fashion tools for digging up tubers, butchering carcasses, and laying the groundwork for our global dominance today. We know a fair amount about the transition from fins to hands thanks to the moderately mad obsession of paleontologists, who venture to inhospitable places around the Arctic where the best fossils from that period of our evolution are buried.

“Technology in every form raises the question of human purposes and asks what those purposes are, but this only occurs if we come to technology with prepared minds and open hearts.” (Sherry Turkle) by drone Feb 19

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