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November 9, 2013 4:36 PM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #177

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

  • Amanda Pustilnik discusses "Models of Mind in the Law" - Center for Law, Brain & Behavior. "We ran a Strata online event on November 5th that looked at privacy and ethics in a digital age. While lots of the content was good, Amanda Pustilnik blew my mind. There were plenty of privacy-smart people on the event, and most of them wanted to put on their tinfoil hats when she was done. Did you know that there is a cap which police can deploy in the field to test whether you're lying? That subjecting employees to a MRI, unlike a polygraph, is legal? That there's a part of the brain which correlates with recidivism in parolees? Here's a 20 minute video of Amanda talking about models of mind in the law. Mind, quite literally, blown." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • By Whom, For Whom? Science, Startups, and Quantified Self - Cyborgology. "There's plenty going on in life-logging and the Quantified Self movement. But is this just relentless digital narcissism, or the Homebrew Computer Club of introspection? Whitney Boesel shares her thoughts on the 2013 Quantified Self Global Conference. In one session she ran, the theme of Quantified Self being bad science kept coming up. It's an important point--are we building a world of sensors, from which we can glean patterns and treat the human condition? Or is this just tomorrow's digital diary?" (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Fresh Air Weekend: Chris Hadfield, Brandy Clark, Kennedy Conspiracies - NPR. "I watched Gravity the other day, which is amazing and you should watch it. They clearly did their homework: half of the things that happen in the movie have actually happened in real life to Chris Hatfield, former commander of the International Space Station. Hear him talk about life in space in this interview with NPR's Terry Gross." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • It's The Golden Age of News - New York Times. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Read New York Times editor, Bill Keller, on the state of foreign news." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • No Stores? No Salesmen? No Profit? No Problem for Amazon - MIT Technology Review. "Technology, contextual marketing, data, analytics, game theory and more. Yep, Amazon is using a whole bunch of influence and persuasion techniques coupled with technology to get you to spend money and more money. On top of that, they don't have any stores and have none of those pesky sales clerks working you over for a commission. So, that's a good thing? A Creepy thing? Read this and decide. The future of retail may be a lot different from how we anticipated it." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Should Literature Be Useful? - The New Yorker. "Read more literature. You know, the literary fiction, not the stuff you find racked in airport magazine and book stores. You won't only sound very sophisticated and intelligent during cocktail hour, but you will wind up being more empathetic. This is a fascinating read about the value of spending some time every day with classic literature. It may, in fact, make you a much better leader, but more importantly, a better human being. True story (not fiction)." (Mitch for Hugh), 

Now it's your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.

Amanda Pustilnik discusses "Models of Mind in the Law" from Center for Law, Brain & Behavior on Vimeo.

By Mitch Joel

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