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by Maria Popova “A classic is a work which constantly generates a pulviscular cloud of critical discourse around it, but which always shakes the particles off.” A reader recently wrote me to lightly criticize the fact that I called George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four “cult-classics,” suggesting that they instead merit the inferior term “required reading.” So what, exactly, is a classic, and why should we care?
In 1910, French Artist Predicted Utopia in 2000 with Robots and Flying Machines | The Utopianist - Think BiggerWe all had pretty high hopes for the world after the year 2000. As a kid, I was sure that we’d have flying cars and self-drying jackets a la Back to the Future II. Recently BLDGBLOG took a look at a series of postcards created by French artist Villemard in 1910 called “Utopie” which provided a glimpse of the future … all the way to the year 2000. BLDBLOG, being an architecture blog, was most fascinated by the picture above in which an architect sits in a box and commands his robot workers to assemble a building by pushing knobs and dials.
"SixthSense Is All About Making Technology More Human!" A lot has happened since 2009, the year when Pranav Mistry unveiled the 'SixthSense' technology. Vandana Sharma of EFY Bureau caught up with him to know where the future of computing is headed towards, what India needs to do to come up with path-breaking and life-transforming innovations, and a lot more... "You see things and you say 'why?'
בקיץ 72' מאס דאגלס הופשטטר הצעיר בחייו הסטודנטיאליים. הוא ארז את כל מיטלטליו בקופסאות קרטון ויצא למסע חוצה יבשת מיוג'ין, אורגון, אל עבר החוף המזרחי של ארצות הברית. הוא נהג במכונית המרקיורי שלו ללא יעד מוגדר.
Flickr:wwworks Could it be that the best way to learn happens in kindergarten? It’s an intriguing proposition, one that’s being explored at M.I.T. by folks like Mitch Resnick, the creator of the famous computer programming site for beginners called Scratch . Resnick brought up the idea last week at the New York Times’ School for Tomorrow summit , and proclaimed that “schools should be on the edge of chaos,” a comment that lit up the Twitterverse.
Kevin Brooks performs at Out of the Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge. As the sun began to set on the longest day of the summer, Kevin Brooks, PhD ‘99, surveyed the small crowd that had gathered in a tiny Cambridge art gallery to hear him tell stories. A seasoned performer, he needed no microphone as he launched into a tale about starting classes to become a water safety instructor two years ago, not long after he turned 50.