A Computer Scientist Praises Print
David Gelernter is not a man known for conventional thinking, so perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Yale computer science professor—whose digital-world achievements include the development of the Linda coordination language—mounts such a stirring defense of print media in an interview this week.
"Abolishing the book is like abolishing the symphony," Gelernter argues, noting that the format is a small wonder of design and has been integral to some of humanity's most cherished intellectual achievements. On the one hand, he believes "people are too smart to allow it" to disappear altogether. On the other hand, he observes that his Yale students become "less and less able to express themselves in writing" with each passing year, and believes a failure to reverse that trend will make print media wither into irrelevance.
Gelernter doesn't just talk old media, of course; he also explains the concept of "lifestreaming," which he helped define in the 1990s, and how it is increasingly coming to fruition around the digital universe. The interview was conducted in partnership with the DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference in Munich.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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