Shyam Sankar: The rise of human-computer cooperation


The Empathy Machine

Maria Konnikova
Aeon Magazine

Sherlock was right – new research shows that seeing through another’s eyes takes a detached mind not just a warm heart.

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The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
By James Bamford
wired.com


Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy. Read It!


First Online Service for Consumers Debuts

Sept. 24, 1979: First Online Service for Consumers Debuts
By Dylan Tweney
wired.com This Day In Tech

1979: CompuServe begins offering a dial-up online information service to consumers.
The company known as Compu-Serve, and later CompuServe, opened its doors in 1969, providing dial-up computer timesharing to businesses. Over the next decade, it grew into a solid business providing corporations with online data.
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50 Years of the Jetsons


50 Years of the Jetsons: Why The Show Still Matters
smithsonian.com
September 19, 2012
It was 50 years ago this coming Sunday that the Jetson family first jetpacked their way into American homes. The show lasted just one season (24 episodes) after its debut on Sunday September 23, 1962, but today “The Jetsons” stands as the single most important piece of 20th century futurism. More episodes were later produced in the mid-1980s, but it’s that 24-episode first season that helped define the future for so many Americans today. Read It!


Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second


Andy Griffith – College Football


Richard Feynman – The Key to Science


Radiolab – Crossroads

In this short, we go looking for the devil, and find ourselves tangled in a web of details surrounding one of the most haunting figures in music–a legendary guitarist whose shadowy life spawned a legend so powerful, it’s still being repeated…even by fans who don’t believe a word of it.


The Newsroom

HBO – The Newsroom