In 1962, U.S. authorities considered ways to communicate in the aftermath of a nuclear attack. How could any sort of “command and control network” survive? Paul Baran, a researcher at RAND, offered a solution: design a more robust communications network using “redundancy” and “digital” technology. —Rand Corp
This little sitelet at Stanford is my favorite read on this subject. It’s help me re-find my way:
It’s the hard to beat the eery feeling of studying Wolfram’s Rule 30.
Local maxima create value while iterating cheaply, but innovation requires the costly pursuit of global maxima.
“Although crashes caused by hardware are possible, most computer crashes are caused by errors in the OS software.” —Scientific American
From Michael Corballis: Recursion (rĭ-kûr’-zhən) noun. If you still don’t get it see recursion.
One of my favorite pieces by Bob Lefsetz is the one written shortly after George Michael passed away. It’s a letter that is raw in the same, patent way that Lefsetz usually writes, but to me it is also expressed in a way that a computer would have an extremely difficult time understanding what’s being […]
In a terrific article by Colin Morris in The Pudding he talks about the similarity of songs in the pop music sphere.
excerpts via Wired in 1995 Wired (1995): How has living on airplanes – being in the clouds all day – changed your perspective on the world? Negroponte (1995): When you go around the world a half dozen times each year it reinforces the fact that this planet is one complex place, with many perspectives, the least attractive […]
via PC World “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. Thomas Watson, CEO IBM (1943) [Time]