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From Tree to Shining Tree - Radiolab. "I've shared a link about the wood-wide-web (!) before, and this Radiolab podcast just reinforces how wild and mysterious this world is. It turns out that all those trees and plants in forests are connected by an underground network of micro-sized tubular fungus. This fungal system operates as a mechanism of information and resource exchange: where carbon, for instance, trees with surplus carbon 'give' to the network, and trees in need of carbon can be supplied that carbon from the fungal network. There appears to be a kind of intelligence in this as well, where 'decisions' about who is getting what is made by this fungal network. Crazy. I wonder, if you extrapolate out networked human existence 100 or 1,000 or maybe 1,000,000 years, maybe the endgame might be a kind of balanced organic system like this. Or, maybe the fungal and tree network is the evolution of a previous human-like society(!!)..." (Hugh for Alistair).
The Hype - And Hope - Of Artificial Intelligence - The New Yorker. "Computers are doing a lot of things faster, smarter (maybe better) than human beings. Soon, none of us will have work. They will be smarter than us. Soon, they will know and understand how we act (and react). They will be one step ahead of us. Don't believe me? Take a drive in an autonomous vehicle - like I did a few years back. One thing became very clear: the car is able to 'see' and 'react' way better than any human. How do I know? It was tracking stop signs so far out, that I could not see them with the human eye. It was tracking everything happening around the car (my neck doesn't turn in those directions). Still, we're not there yet. This may not be our destiny. Right now, we're not even close. Talk about artificial intelligence and machine learning all you like. The truth is this: computers are just know able to pick up patterns, but they're doing it faster and faster (and faster than humans). So, it's far from being a done deal, but it's coming along." (Mitch for Alistair).
Blogging gave us everything we love -- and hate -- about the Web - The Washington Post. "Well over ten years ago, I used to have lunch with Julien Smith (now the Breather brainchild) and Hugh on a regular basis. We talked, laughed and debated the state of digital. Blogging, podcasting, publishing, connecting and technology was the consistent topic over sushi or sandwiches. None of us (and our content) were credible to the media, at this point. Now, the media is us. Everything we discussed came to pass. This article articulates it perfectly." (Mitch for Hugh).
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