On the left is the first photograph ever taken (1826),… On the right is a cat who accidentally took a picture of itself (2013). It’s estimated that in 2014, humans will take 880 billion photos (not including cats). In fact, 10% of all the photos ever taken were taken in the past 12 months.
The big question is: What do we do if and when our old mechanisms for coping with inequality break down? If the “endowment of human capital” with which people are born gets less and less valuable, we’ll get closer and closer to that Econ 101 example of a world in which the capital owners get everything. A society with cheap robot labor would be an incredibly prosperous one, but we will need to find some way for the vast majority of human beings to share in that prosperity, or we risk the kinds of dystopian outcomes that now exist only in science fiction.The End of Labor: How to Protect Workers From the Rise of Robots - The Atlantic (via futuristgerd)
The rise of the techie makes it obvious that tech industry magnates are on the cusp of replacing bankers as the robber barons of our imaginations. Maybe the next urban class war really will be fought on the campuses of Facebook and Google. Or maybe techie is just an ephemeral term, like yuppie, that will dissipate when the tech bubble bursts — only to return, like the problem it represents, under a new name.The Real Reason Why Techies Are the New Yuppies
Getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10% of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50% of U.S. land, and swallows 80% of all freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40% of food in the United States today goes uneaten. This not only means that Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion each year, but also that the uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills as the single largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste where it accounts for a large portion of U.S. methane emissions.America loses 40% of it’s food from farm to fork to landfill (h/t The Atlantic)
From a 1995 CNET article detailing the plans:
Apple Cafes are expected to let users surf the Net at high speeds, play games, and design Web pages along with the offerings of a full-service cafe. The stores also may sell consumer products with Apple logos.
“The time is right,” said Satjiv Chahil, senior vice president of marketing for Apple, in a telephone interview. “Cybercafes are in. The technology finally is reaching out to ‘the rest of us.’ This will be a place to showcase our products in the real world.”
According to Apple Insider, Apple had registered AppleCafe.com
San Francisco was built on a sand bank on top of a fault line which is the worst idea, but even after 1906 everybody pretty much said ‘lol fuck it, too late’ and kept going.(via lol my thesis: Summing up years of work in one sentence)
More than 50 percent of the traffic to Walmart.com during 2013 came from mobile devices. 50 percent! The world is going mobile at an astonishing pace for everyday Internet usage, and not just in the upper income brackets…Where Do We Go From Here? 8 Hypotheses About Tech in 2014
We still have no idea what this means. The most basic access method of the Internet is being reconfigured before our very eyes, and that’s bound to have enormous consequences.