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I think the problem is the need to measure technological advancement in terms of money, rather than in the actual effects. And anyone having been born before 1980 will have seen so much change, and although it is difficult to understand how to best use new technology, I think most will agree that a good many things are better today due to it. The advancement in medicine since the 80s has been rather absurdly incredible, our cars have become almost infinitely more safe, and so on. But this isn't considered technological advancement because it doesn't have a measurable effect on the GDP.

The stagnation effect is not the effect of stagnation, just that the technology advances along axis that we didn't foresee, or because we don't really understant the exponential curves. Back in the 70s it was obvious that digital technology would become something awesome, but most of it was still at the start of the exponential curve, meaning that it took many more years before it got to critical mass (ca 1990s).

And when technology "stagnates" yet again, it is because quick growth in one area typically requires similar growth in a different, neglected area (some tangential, needed technology, or policy, or other - flying cars are nice, but where the heck are we supposed to fly them?).

Kodak died because they weren't able to properly understand the curve, even when they had engineers that had quite properly predicted when the digital camera technology would be ready for prime time.

And even understanding how the technology itself grows, one still needs to understand the effects. As performance soars exponentially, costs follows the other way. My smartphone, advanced as it is, costs a 5th of the suitcase mobile my father bought 25 years ago.

From there it should be obvious that the GDP can't grow with the technology itself, but rather with the effects of it, including all those things that have become so much cheaper to do. And I'm sure productivity has been part of it, but also better quality of life (at least in countries not destroying themselves with inequality) such as shorter work days, longer vacations, healther lives and so on. And a lot of businesses are struggling with these things, because they have business models that are inherently premium, but where technology makes it possible to be a whole lot of cheaper (banking is one example).

Other services aren't really premium as such, they just happen to benefit from technology to make things simpler for the user (taxis where the costs still are cars and drivers (technology may of course eventually eradicate the drivers ...)).
 
Earth So Primitive, It Thinks Digital Watches Are Neat

Wish I'd remembered this at the Apple Watch intro <g>

Krugman cleverly reprises Hitchhiker to question tech: "Remember Douglas Adams’s 1979 novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”? It began with some technology snark, dismissing Earth as a planet whose life-forms “are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.”" 

The Point: "...at this point, the whole digital era, spanning more than four decades, is looking like a disappointment. New technologies have yielded great headlines, but modest economic results. Why?

...Another possibility is that new technologies are more fun than fundamental. Peter Thiel, one of the founders of PayPal, famously remarked that we wanted flying cars but got 140 characters instead. And he’s not alone in suggesting that information technology that excites the Twittering classes may not be a big deal for the economy as a whole."

http://nyti.ms/1JPhWF4 
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The Sharing Economy
What Is. What Isn't
#sharingeconomy  

While we can applaud Uber for shaking up the private transportation industry (taxis for the most part), let's not mistake them for some kind egalitarian vision for the future. Even if it's providing for a pretty good living for its drivers now, what they really want is to get rid of the drivers with self driving cars. 

Platforms that piggy-back off of the good will of "sharing", this feel good branding, are (as I posted earlier) sheep in wolves clothing. I'd rather know I am dealing with a wolf, than pretending I am supporting a sheep. 
Uber, and other's like it, are just another way to funnel money to the top of the food chain. 
Today’s most known representatives of the sharing economy discussed in global media are online platforms built on top of venture capital backed, hierarchically structured organizations.
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Huh

Some time ago (3 years?) I preordered this little thingy from over the pond. I eventually got it, played some with it (nifty stuff! if not something that held my attention) then sold it to a gadget lover.

Apparently the company was still largely unknown until a certain reveal last week. In practice the thing I bought was the alpha version of BB-8, also called Sphero 1.0.

#starwars   #sphero   #bb8  
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Interesting look at the news

Nótt is a low volume online news magazine that feels interesting to me. I noticed it through their very good article on the possible IMSI catcher scandal - http://nottmagazine.com/2015/04/05/a-norwegian-watergate/

I don't actually know if the writers are Norwegian, but they certainly are aware of what happens here, and the name of the magazine has norse origins.

#newscommentary  
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I'm delighted to hear that!! :)
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I went to Norwegian Game Awards finals today, a game competition for students mostly, together with my son. There were several cool concepts and demos there, but the winner of NOK 30K were these guys. 

It looked really great.
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Certainly looks cool, but twin stick and rl friends cuts me out completely :P
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SHODAN joins Underworld Ascendant

In an update yesterday, the Underworld Ascendant team announced that Terri Brosius would join them.

"Terri Brosius was part of the team at LookingGlass, doing both design and voice acting on the Thief games and System Shock II. She is the voice of Shodan and Delacroix in the System Shock series, and the voice of Viktoria in the Thief series. She has also worked with Ion Storm, Electronic Arts, Tiger Style, and Arkane. Terri has writing credits on the Thief games, Dishonored, Waking Mars, and more."

In case you haven't met SHODAN before, here are some samples. And even being "little more" than an AI, she is considered among the best and most scary computer game bad guys ever. Personally I think the best. Both System Shock 1 and 2 had moments that I found incredibly creepy and/or scary.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/othersidegames/underworld-ascendant

#kickstarter   #underworld   #underworldascendant  
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Shodan is definitely the best antagonist ever in a computer game.

The way she talks, the way she responds to what the player does. that is exactly what made the System shock series so great. Shodan ranks as a solid number 1 on my most psychotic adversary list of all times.
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It is sad that the EU isn't able to hold to their promises when negotiating trade agreements, but it is also sad to see that USA and Canada makes demands of this kind. "We can buy stuff from you, if you buy poison from us."

+European Union +European Commission 
Despite repeated promises that the US trade agreement would not lower EU standards.
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Through the Woods

I saw an early prototype of this game at a "live" viewing back at Norwegian Game Awards a few months ago. I only watched it played from behind, but I have no doubt whatsoever that this will be scary as hell. And Norwegian mythology and classical fairy tale art is very well suited for horror settings.

If you enjoy horror and being scared, and in particular if you liked the horror games of the previous decade, check this one out.

#horrorgames   #kickstarter   #throughthewoods  
Antagonist is raising funds for Through the Woods on Kickstarter! Through the Woods is a third-person psychological horror experience about how far a mother would go to save her son.
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Excellent article in Nótt Magazine discussing the effects of two very different prison systems - the US one and the Norwegian one.

I tend to add an additional argument to these discussions - not because I've heard it from anywhere else, but because it seems so obvious to me. And that is that state mandated punishment (in particular capital for being excessively violent) implicitly tells us that it is ok, that it is right. If a person that has bought into this on a subonscious level, it seems likely to me that he/she will be more likely to take punitive action (typically violent) whenever a conflict (or otherwise stressful) situation arises. 

By +Marie Baléo 

#prison  
The verdict in the Tsarnaev case and the comments it inspired bring to mind a long-standing debate on the philosophical role of punishment. Similar indignant comments had been made when the seeming...
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Fantastic and rather good look at what +Elon Musk is doing these days.
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Very good article on the perils of research papers, especially if the topic is considered controversial (in terms of science) in the first place, using a specific article on acupuncture and inflammation as an example.

#science   #acupuncture   #inflammation  
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+Runar Bell That too :)
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A nice interview with Paul Neurath over Underworld Ascendant that shows why their Kickstarter is very much worth a look. Not only did his team make all the best games of the 90's (Ultima Underworld, System Shock and Thief), they pretty much laid the foundations for many of the games that are considered the best today (BioShock, etc).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/othersidegames/underworld-ascendant

#kickstarter   #underworld   #underworldascendant  
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A youth spent by the ocean in rough weather, teenage years by the computer dreaming about a career as a games programmer/artist/producer.

Studies then taught me that computing in general can have at least as exciting challenges, not the least when combined with technologies of the analog kind (radio, satellite, sensors, etc).

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Research is boring to do, but I love the results, no matter the field.

Politics are damn interesting, just so sad that most politicians are proffesionals at politics, and not at the actual topics at hand.

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