Soren Kaplan

Evolution of Communications & Computer Technologies

Pitrates of Silicon Valley: Movie Preview Movie on Veoh Accuracy of movie Documentary
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Face Off
Google Surprising Secrets (Full Documentary)

Simple Mapper applied to Neuroscience

The  Dolan DNA Learning Center based at  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has developed a Simple Mapper to power a web site on the brain (www.g2conline.org).

“You can use it to organize what comes out of yours.”

and applied to neuroscience at this Cold Springs Harbor website 

Google Earth- Hubble Telescope images

Launched into orbit in 1990, NASA's Hubble Telescope has revolutionized astronomy and inspired a generation with its magnificent views of the universe.

Image from Google Earth Hubble Telescope Showcase here. Amazing photographs!

Crowdsourcing Brain Data

Mason neuroscientist Giorgio Ascoli is working on another complexity related to the brain — how to handle the massive amount of data researchers are creating on a near-daily basis.

National Academies Keck Futures Initiative is a step toward giving researchers another tool in their work. It’s a data overload worth organizing because, as Ascoli points out, such a “knowledge base” could reveal patterns, show untapped areas for future research and cut duplication.

Why TED Is a Recipe for Civilizational Disaster (video)

Benjamin Bratton TEDx talk (text of video here)

“I think TED actually stands for: middlebrow megachurch infotainment,” says the noted cultural theorist.



Wide rail cross country railroad

Below is a post by a person identified as Swede in a comment to a review of the book Post-Scarcity Economics in the LA Times on July 11, 2013.  Very creative infrastructure idea.

Two (public) projects badly needed are readily available:

1) A wide rail cross country railroad, Wide enough to carry 25 or 30′ wide containers, or prefabricated houses, or 1,000,000 gallon tanker cars, or refrigerated containers, or 1,000 cars, … transporting goods, and comfortable roomy spacious passenger cars. All at a mere fraction (as little as 1/10th) of the cost of airplanes, tractor trailers, busses and the like. Imagine traveling East Coast to West Coast for under $100, and in comfort with restaurants and other amenities available.

24 hours coast to coast possible. East coast terminal would be Fort Dix (converted to a HUGE industrial park, via long term leases to shippers, etc.). Ready short term road access to major ports and refineries(Baltimore, Philadelphia, Elizabeth, Camden, …)

West coast terminus just east of Oakland which has plenty available land and good shipping connections as well. Imagine Fedex, UPS, et al each having distribution hubs at each end.

Several interim stops to pick up drop off goods, passengers, …

Cost over a Trillion dollars ...

How the New York Times can reinvent its future

Om Malik  May 11, 2013

The NYT’s multimedia project Snow Fall was a huge success, attracting big audiences and lots of plaudits. But the paper can do even better — it can build a new business from this type of project, and change the definition of journalism in the new century. tweet this

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If I ever run into New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson (unlikely as it might be) I will sure as hell let her know that she is absolutely right to be excited about what her paper did with Snow Fall, which in my opinion was one of the first truly post-tablet storytelling experiences. At the Wired Business conference in New York earlier this week, Abramson said:

“Snow Fall” is now a verb.  “Everyone wants to snowfall now, every day, all desks,” she said. Reporters are waiting for time to “Snow Fall” their bigger story.  She said that the story originated from the sports desk — and took “months and months and months” of time —  but Snow Fall-type projects can come from anywhere.

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Snow Fall, in case you missed it, was a multimedia project that included a ...


Sarah Perez, Tech Crunch Sept. 30. 2012

test….Build “slow web” apps that aggregate, analyze, summarize and discover the meaning from a thousand posts. Create sharing applications that work in the background, on auto-pilot mode. (Hello, Flock). Build intelligent presence devices and tools that auto-respond so you don’t have to without sounding like the bots that they are. Build them for normal people, too, not just businesses. Make calendars that reply to appointment requests. Buttons that send auto-responses to emails when clicked. Build smartphones that adaptively learn which calls to put through and when notifications should be read or hidden. Digital assistants that can tell you about the advances the digital world made when you leave it for an hour or a day. (Siri, catch me up.) Make cameras that take photos by themselves, which can be scattered Internet-of-things style around your home snapping and recording moments with no button push needed. Build apps that disappear into the cloud when you forget them, and replace themselves with new versions and sequels to bring you back, appearing on your screen automatically.

You decide. Do this:

Go offline today.

What did you really miss? Name one thing. How did you have to catch-up? ...

Google’s Big Problem: It Ain’t What You Think

By Om Malik    Comments here

Google’s Consumer Future

As it looks at its future, Google needs to realize that it has a “user experience” problem and its simplicity — the elegant search box — isn’t enough, especially as it starts to compete with rivals whose entire existence revolves around easy, consumer experiences. To me, user experience isn’t about making things pretty and using pretty icons. Instead it’s about making simple, beautiful, usable and user-friendly interfaces.

No one can argue with Google’s ability to engineer great software — they’ve done so in the past — but that simply isn’t good enough in the new worlds they are trying to conquer. Televisions, phones, productivity applications and even Google’s own local pages are less about search and more about engagement: something not core to the company’s corporate DNA. Here are three major challenges Google needs to surmount:

Make software usable by tens of millions of people on a disparate array of products. Overcome its history of only using data to define its future. Figure out how to keep people in their playground, rather than helping people find the information they were looking for and sending them elsewhere: a radical new approach to business.


Those problems ...

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