How Google Ambushed Microsoft

Google pulled off a huge PR coup. It changed the topic. Media coverage isn’t about spam and how Google profits from this; we are debating how valuable Google’s search results are.

I moderated a panel discussion this week between Google, Microsoft, and Blekko. The event, which I emceed, was called Farsight 2011: Beyond the Search Box, and was organized by BigThink and Microsoft. As I joked, it seemed odd that Google was playing the role of "evil" monopolist; Microsoft, the "good" contender, whilst Blekko was a fly on the wall. In opening the debate, I said that, as a professor, I can’t condone any kind of plagiarism or cheating — and that is what Microsoft’s usage of Google data seems to amount to. But in the tech world, such information exchange is the norm.

Fairness is a universal value. So why all this inequity?

Are we trying to solve too many problem with technological solutions?

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  • Technology has given humanity the amazing ability to fix almost any problem, conditioning us to search for technological remedies to what might be social problems.
  • Alleviating social inequity is a problem that technology must necessarily attempt to solve, but technology alone cannot shape how humans assemble their societies.
  • Only by emphasizing the primary place of individual identity, human dignity, and universal values like empathy and emotion, can we hope to solve global issues that, so far, technology has been unable to conquer.

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10 pieces of wisdom from Alan Watts

With his collected letters recently being published, it's time to revisit this extraordinary thinker.

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Personal Growth
  • Though the British philosopher died in 1973, his work continues to make an impact.
  • A recently published collection, The Collected Letters Alan Watts, is a deep dive into his personal correspondences.
  • Watts was an early proponent for spreading Eastern philosophy to Western culture.
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An ancient structure visible from space isn’t man-made

Long hidden under trees, it's utterly massive

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  • This 4,000-year-old structure can be seen from space and wasn't built by humans
  • It's made up of 200 million mounds of earth
  • It's still under construction today
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