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Soliciting Your Support For Book #2

Ric’s 2 Second Summary: I need your help in writing my 2nd book! Here are some ideas, please tell me what you think…

Now that my first book is in the publication pipeline, I’ve turned my attention to my second book. One of my key learnings from last year, while writing the first book, is that I need to get much better at soliciting support. In short, I want to regularly show people my writing and ask for their feedback. I’m a loner by nature, but last year I took it too far. I ended up too isolated, both professionally and socially. So now I’m trying to figure out how to change that in 2014.

Click here for the list of ideas (maybe a special Google+ circle?): http://ricm.ac/2014/03/20/social-support/
Ric's 2 Second Summary: I need your help in writing my 2nd book! Here are some ideas, please tell me what you think... Now that my first book is in the publication pipeline, I've turned my attentio...
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pray to get inspiration from GOD
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The past decade was when the read/write Web flourished; the next 10 years will be the era of the indie Web. #web25

My blog post celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee's proposal that led to the World Wide Web. Includes a photo of the great man and me from 2009.
Ric's 2 Second Summary: The past decade was when the read/write Web flourished; the next 10 years will be the era of the indie Web. Twenty-five years ago today, I filed the proposal for what was to...
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Uploading Your Brain To The Internet

In a New York Times article entitled The Philosophy of ‘Her’, philosopher Susan Schneider questions whether the disembodied AI character in the movie ‘Her’, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, has consciousness. Schneider posits: “Her” raises two questions that…
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My latest blog post -> Philosophy: Why The Tech World Needs It

I love listening to podcasts and one of my new favorites is The Partially Examined Life, “a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it.” Each episode is a roundtable discussion…
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The reason I do what I do is because of my philosophy training. It impacts everything from design, architecture, and UX decisions to code practice and logic not to mention information theory. Ask anyone who has talked to me about social media or the web and they'll likely tell you philosophy gets into the mix almost immediately. The tech world does need what we call practical philosophy including logic, communication theory, philosophy of language, ethics, metaphysics and epistemology. I made my first serious attempt at bringing philosophy into web design with my +lynda.com course Foundations of UX: Logic and Content ( http://lynda.com/Web-Interaction-Design-tutorials/Foundations-UX-Logic-Content/141156-2.html?rp=http%3a%2f%2fwww.lynda.com%2fWeb-Interaction-Design-tutorials%2fFoundations-UX-Logic-Content%2f141156-2.html) and I plan on making philosophy a larger part of my creation and teaching practice. If you decide to pursue this philosophy podcast idea I would love to help out and/or take part. 
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This excellent video gives an indication of where Google is headed. The "super intelligence" part (aka Artificial Intelligence) is where most of the immediate progress is being made by Google and others, albeit incrementally. The wellbeing area is also key, I think. However, we're a long way from being able to "edit our genes." I'm not so sure about the importance of super-longevity to humanity, although I may change my tune on that in about 20 years! #transhumanism   #artificialintelligence  
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This is wonderfull
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My 'Trackers' Book Will Be Perfect For Apple's Healthbook Users

Earlier this month I announced that my upcoming book about self-tracking had found a publisher. The book is entitled Trackers: How Technology Is Helping Us Monitor & Improve Our Health (the final title may be slightly different). My book was completed at…
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I want to be a writer like on the sidr . I just love creating people and being able to control something which is unlike life 
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Writer’s Log, 7/3/14: Publishing Contract Signed

An update on my book writing activities. As you all know, I completed my first book, about self-tracking, at the end of 2013. Today I signed a publishing contract for that book. It’s with Bateman Publishing, one of New Zealand’s top indie publishers. Just remember that last year’s Man Booker Prize winner was published by a New Zealand indie, so I have high hopes :)

My book will be released in print and eBook formats around January or February 2015. I’m thrilled that it’s on the road to publication and I’ll keep you informed of progress.

As for my next book, I have started planning and initial research for it. I’m not yet ready to announce the topic, but I will say its another narrative nonfiction book about technology. I’ll have an update on this soon.

Blog post with links: http://ricm.ac/2014/03/07/publishing-contract/
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What The Heck Is Google Up To?

There aren’t many technology companies that I ask that question of: what the heck are they up to?! But Google and its current obsession with AI (artificial intelligence) is one of them. When you think about it, the other bigcos are fairly predictable.…
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Why I'm returning to amateur blogging... #blogging  
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Good to see you back at it, +Richard MacManus.
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Does this video freak you out? Well consider this fact: of the 22 companies Google has acquired in the past 12 months, HALF are robotics related (http://www.datafox.co/blog/googles-buying-all-the-robots/). #robotics   #google  
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Great have we learned nothing from Blade Runner,  Terminator or The Matrix.
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I founded ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite) in April 2003, building the business into one of the leading technology blogs in the world. I sold the company to SAY Media in December 2011.

In October 2012, I left ReadWrite to write books.

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