A live think tank featuring Warren Ellis, Bruce Sterling, and others. Happening right now, some good background noise for your Saturday morning depravity.
A new street-printing device—unfurling a geological substrate known as Tiger Stone, as orderly and as easy “as laying laminate flooring”—can neatly place brick roads where there weren’t roads before.
A 42-year-old HIV patient with leukemia continues to show no signs of HIV in his blood, two years after a stem cell transplant from a donor with a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to the virus that causes AIDS.
But, you know, we can’t pursue this technology too quickly, because of Jesus or what the fuck ever.
Sterling is, as always, a funny-but-teriffying doom-prophet, but without the thin hope for mankind that Bill had in his heart.
Okay, you’ve treated your future as an “unpredictable lurching thing…” and now you’re all morose about that… You and your generation CREATED that situation! Ever heard of “disruptive innovation,” “disintermediation,” “offshoring,” “small pieces loosely joined,” “de-monetization,” “plug and play,” “the network as a platform”? Of course you’ve heard of all that crap, because you’ve been tub-thumping it your entire adult life, but what the hell did you think that was all about?
There is much more at the link.
This is the true future that mobile ubiquity and unfettered app creation brings us. Welcome to Now. Welcome to the Sticky Sidewalk Future.
I can’t get it out of my head, a comment Warren Ellis made months ago about the blog being, effectively, dead. The blog as a medium unto itself, that is. He may have been paraphrasing Bruce Sterling in turn, but I find myself agreeing.
There’s nothing about this I don’t love.
The key is distributed, and “dissolves” over time. This is very interesting. via Andy Baio.
This has taken up an absurd amount of my day. Watch it now or download it and watch it when you get home from work, but watch it.