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Inventing the Future

For Sale: Your Daily Movements

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over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? A growing number of wireless companies are looking to make money off the massive amounts of information it has about its customers' daily traffic patterns, and new companies are springing up to pay for that data. For example, Atlanta-based AirSage is working with ...

Extreme Biology

Artificial Pleasure: A Cognitive Miracle

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over 1 year ago

Humans have a complex relationship to pleasure. We want to feel pleasure, so we eat food, drink water and have sex and thereby survive and get out genes into the next generation. But also, we clever humans have figured out how to artificially activate our pleasure circuits.   So rather than ...

21st Century Living

Making Sense of Senselessness

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over 1 year ago

1. Nicholas Thompson writes at The New Yorker: There’s something particularly devastating about an attack on a marathon. It’s an epic event in which men and women appear almost superhuman. The winning men run for hours at a pace even normal fit people can only hold in a sprint. But it’s also so ...

21st Century Living

The Power of Listening

Jeffrey-wright
over 1 year ago

Marlon Brando said one of the best things that I've heard about actors.  He said, “An actor is a guy who if you ain’t talking about him he ain’t listening” -- which has been my experience. Listening is a critical component of acting, but from a business perspective there needs to be one step ...

21st Century Living

The Artist's Journey

Schnabel
over 1 year ago

I think you can become an artist through upheaval, through trauma and through a lot of unexplainable means, but it depends if you want to know about art or if you want to be an artist.  I think there is a difference.   I think somebody can be educated about art and if somebody has talent they ...

Earth and Beyond

Iron Man, the Most Realistic Superhero

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over 1 year ago

I’m often asked, "which is the most realistic superhero?"  The standard answer would be Batman.  But of course, given the number of times that Batman has been knocked unconscious in his 70-year career of crime fighting, he should be permanently brain damaged at this point. And obviously he’s got ...