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I wrote a new piece on Radar. The invisibility of ubiquity. Will we still call it the Internet when it's everywhere? 

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/m2m-iot-and-disappearing-into-ubiquity.html
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I'm struck by how much of a typical things is about the bits and not the atoms. http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/03/that-thing-looks-like-hardware-but-its-software-now.html Things still look like things, but the ghost in the machine is code, and it's hard to write.
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The technology and jobs debate raises complex questions
Doug Hill, James Bessen and Jim Stogdill continue discussing the impact of automation.
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"But there’s another more fundamental problem, and this is where we start talking past each other. The question as posed is based on an assumption of scarcity. But if you think in terms of growing and/or future abundance, the question becomes either less important or moot. This is how the nano-techy singularists see it. 'Lack of jobs aren’t the problem — figuring out what to do with your free time when everything is provided by your fabber is.'"

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/02/the-technology-and-jobs-debate-raises-complex-questions.html
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Yup. Specialization is for insects. Except its for people too. Which can be tough to accept inside the myth of self reliance.
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Interactive map: bike movements in New York City and Washington, D.C.

The cities appear to breathe as bicycles move into office districts in the morning and out in the evening.
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"In disputes upon moral or scientific points," Arthur Martine counseled in his magnificent 1866 guide to the art of conversation, "let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery." 
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Last week +Tim O'Reilly and I had a conversation about how Hardware / Software / Everywhere changes everything. 

Today I tried to answer some of the Q+A we didn't get to by the end of our hour. http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/03/exploring-software-hardware-everywhere.html?cmp=tw-na-confreg-home-sld14_solid_twitter_posts
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Have any interesting stories to tell with data? 

http://strataconf.com/strata2014?cmp=tw-strata-confpro-home-stsc14_twitter_posts

Respond to our Call for Proposals by Sep 16. 
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I used to read stuff exactly like this 20 - 30 years ago - except those articles were written by car enthusiasts and complained how terrible it was that no one knew how to service their own cars anymore.  Seems like that's turned out to not be much of a problem after all.

I sympathize with the idea that the world might be a better place if more people understood how things worked - but that applies to just about anything, not just computers.  I think there's an equally convincing argument that computer and software manufacturers just havent made the things robust and reliable enough yet. We'll get there eventually (and we'll wonder why laptops ever needed a wireless switch on them).
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From the humans are weird department:  I was at the bike shop today and a guy came in with a $7500 bike. He was looking at changing out some components on it to take a few ounces of weight off it at a cost of many hundreds of dollars. 

This would strike me as completely rational if he were a competitive athlete, but he was a 55 year old guy with at least 25 extra pounds on his frame. Extrapolating from his, let's call it $100/oz bike weight reduction, I immediately thought to offer my services as a personal trainer. I was staring at a $40k opportunity there.

Like I said, humans are weird.
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Yeh, that always makes me laugh. Shoot, just ride the bike...
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