I can’t imagine living in pre-historic/ancient times where the world was new and alien to humans.

(or I guess technically humans were new and alien to the world)

In today’s world there’s very little mystery left. Pretty much everything has been discovered and studied to death. If we want to know about a particular place in the world, or a particular plant or animal, we can look up all kinds of information on it without leaving our homes. Someone (or some people) have already learned all there is to know about it in the last couple thousand years.

I realize many of these people are wrong and things are constantly being rediscovered or reevaluated, especially in the areas of chemistry and physics… but I mean… we have satellite imagery of literally every corner of the planet. You can see what’s geographically at any location in the world without going there first (at a very high level, anyway)

Makes me even more curious what life/society will be like in another 1000 years (if humans are still around then, at least… at the rate technology is advancing I wouldn’t be surprised if we had rendered ourselves extinct by then)

Posted 5 months ago on Friday, April 4, 2014, 8:45pm
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yes the obvious ways technology has altered society is fascinating and all but do you ever think about less obvious things like how the internet has created all kinds of new types of relationships that didn’t exist 50 years ago?

Posted 5 months ago on Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:21pm
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I love this

Louis CK talking about cell phones and airplanes 

Posted 1 year ago on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 8:14pm 1 note
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Technology is really ticking me off today

I just want something that works! Is that too much to ask??

Posted 2 years ago on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 7:03pm 2 notes
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The American Paradox

In 1957, as economist John Kenneth Galbraith was describing the United States as The Affluent Society, Americans’ per-person income was about $9,000. Today, the United States is a doubly affluent society. With double the spending power, we now own twice as many cars per person, eat out twice as often, and are supported by a whole new world of technology. Since 1960 we have also seen the proportion of households with dishwashers rise from 7% to 60%, clothes dryers from 20% to 74%, and air-conditioning from 15% to 86%.

Yet, since 1957, the number of Americans who say they are “very happy” has declined from 35% to 32%. Twice as rich and apparently no happier. Furthermore, the divorce rate has doubled, the teen suicide rate has more than doubled, and more people than ever (especially teens and young adults) are depressed.

We might call this soaring wealth and shrinking spirit “the American Paradox.” More than ever, we have big houses and broken homes, high incomes and low morale, more comfortable cars and more road rage. We excel at making a living but often fail at making a life. We celebrate our prosperity but yearn for purpose. We cherish our freedoms but long for connection. In an age of plenty, we feel spiritual hunger.

Posted 2 years ago on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 5:37pm 145 notes
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This is the remote server that I do my programming assignments on. And this is happening every single time I try to log in.
To you non-computer science folk, this is comparable to… trying to do your math homework, but all the pages of your math book are glued together.
except I can’t just borrow someone else’s math book, because there’s only one math book in the whole world and we all share it.

This is the remote server that I do my programming assignments on. And this is happening every single time I try to log in.

To you non-computer science folk, this is comparable to… trying to do your math homework, but all the pages of your math book are glued together.

except I can’t just borrow someone else’s math book, because there’s only one math book in the whole world and we all share it.

Posted 2 years ago on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 9:59pm 11 notes
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This is so cool

Posted 2 years ago on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 9:15am 10 notes
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One week Steve Jobs dies and his death tops the news agendas in dozens of countries. Just over a week later, Dennis Ritchie dies and nobody – except for a few geeks – notices. And yet his work touched the lives of far more people than anything Steve Jobs ever did.
John Naughton, The Observer
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Posted 2 years ago on Saturday, October 15, 2011, 9:11pm 21 notes
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Summary of Conversation

Disclaimer: Pointless rambling ahead. Satisfaction not guaranteed. No refunds for time spent. Accuracy also not guaranteed. It is 3:30am and I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Science and religion both try to form explanations for things that happen in our universe. Since you can’t trust anything besides first-hand experience, how do you know what to believe?

Physics supposedly has set laws, and humans only discover them. However, I disagree with this. We observe our world and discover consistencies, and create laws based on those. The problem is, physics doesn’t always follow the rules. Sure it likes being consistent most of the time for convenience and aesthetics? but this is the reason there are still unexplained phenomena and exceptions to these man-made “laws”.

Time isn’t constant.

Acceleration is caused by an imbalance of forces.

The only thing we know about history (or the present, for that matter, at any place besides where we currently are) is what we are told. So we are forced to put our faith in other people. We can verify math or laws of physics on our own, but we can’t verify history.

Should history be recorded? There must be a proper balance in the way it is recorded between the amount of detail/specificity in the record, and the record’s longevity and decipherability. Video is undoubtedly the best way to record history, but it (or other digital/film recordings) might become obsolete and may not be compatible with future technology. Print writing or pictures will last longer. Pictures are more vague and prone to less clarity than written records, but what happens if a language becomes extinct? The picture would be more likely to be understood, while the written record may or may not be decipherable. Oral records can’t be destroyed, in a sense. They can however become altered or misinterpreted throughout many generations.

Technology is advancing at a frighteningly exponential rate. Consider technological advancements during the following ranges of years:

  • 3000 BCE - 1000 CE (4000 years): fire, wheel, language, swords/armor
  • 1000 CE - 1900 CE (900 years): printing press, gunpowder, railroad, electricity
  • 1900 CE - 2000 CE (100 years): airplane, color/audio film, atomic bomb, computer/internet
  • 2000 CE - 2010 (10 years): social network, smartphones, terabytes, 3G

We have gone from horse-and-cart moving along at 30mph to machines that fly through the sky at 2000mph carrying 1000x as much cargo, and we have gone from pointy sticks that can injure a man’s arm to a lump of metal that can incinerate an entire island in a matter of seconds. From traveling for months across the continent to relay a message, to communicating with one another on opposite sides of the world instantaneously. Revolutions are being organized overnight. The world’s getting faster and more dangerous.

As was mentioned before, acceleration is caused by an imbalance of forces. Perhaps the world just needs more balance. Or perhaps the acceleration is caused by something else. Human curiosity perhaps? Are we just becoming more curious? Or is it simply that the more we discover and learn, the easier it is to learn and discover more?

The only thing to do is wait and see what happens. There’s no getting off of this rollercoaster.

Posted 3 years ago on Monday, July 18, 2011, 3:31am 4 notes
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