Computer Scientist and Visual Artist Jaron Lanier’s TED Talk

A philosopher for the digital generation on the urgent changes we must make online

One of the brightest minds in computer science, Jaron Lanier‘s titles and accomplishments are many. Whether you primarily consider him the founder of virtual reality, a visual artist, an author or philosopher, his ideas and their execution have long been revolutionary. Lanier took the stage in Vancouver for this year’s TEDand his talk, very much in the raw but sharp and poignant style of TED …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Bill Cunningham's secret memoir, celebrating Katsuko Saruhashi, upcycling, gene-editing and more

1. Bill Cunningham’s Secret Memoir Legendary fashion photographer Bill Cunningham left behind a somewhat secret memoir which is set to publish later this year. Titled “Fashion Climbing,” the book has been drafted several times, as a few revised versions were discovered in his immense archive. Tracing his childhood obsession with women’s clothing to his service in the Korean War, his work in NYC as a …

IBM Reveals “The World’s Smallest Computer”

At IBM Think 2018, the tech company unveiled what they claim is the world’s smallest computer. The machine (smaller than a grain of sea salt) cost less than 10 cents to manufacture and has the computing power of an old x86 chip. That’s enough for it to be “a data source for blockchain applications,” according to Mashable, who notes that its purpose will be to …

Mobile World Congress 2018: Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the International Space Station

NASA and HPE have partnered on a supercomputer that's gathering data for a potential Mars mission

NASA and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) are now six months into a one-year experiment taking place on the International Space Station. There, two HPE servers comprising the “Spaceborne Computer” have been met with an unending battery of information and taskswith no traditional space hardware “hardening” before they commenced. The surface goal here is to prove that such a system can handle immense stress through its …

An Algorithm to Predict the Death of Terminally Ill Patients

A thoughtful, riveting piece from author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee in the New York Times Magazine touches upon the current, general inaccuracies in predicting how much time remains in the lives of patients with terminal illnesses. Mukherjee, however, goes into explaining a “dying algorithm” that might just be able to help doctors with palliative care. Plugging a hospital’s medical records for 160,000 deceased patients into …