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17 September 2015

If one meets a powerful person — Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin or Bill Gates– ask them five questions:

  • What power have you got?
  • Where did you get it from?
  • In whose interests do you exercise it?
  • To whom are you accountable?
  • And how can we get rid of you?

—Tony Benn, House of Commons in 2001

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17 July 2015

Bill Verplank on how interaction design used to be and Jack Schulze on how that mental map or model is redundant now

Vimeo

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17 July 2015
Lying about the future makes history

— Umberto Eco

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15 July 2015

“We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us”

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15 July 2015

I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. And, humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing, about a third of the way down the list. It was not too proud a showing for the crown of creation. So, that didn’t look so good. But, then somebody at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle. And, a man on a bicycle, a human on a bicycle, blew the condor away, completely off the top of the charts.

And that’s what a computer is to me. What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”

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