Source: Vsauce – YouTube
This is another great channel everyone should know about. Michael Stevens tackles the most mind bending topics in an entertaining and digestible way.
I enjoyed his channel so much I gobbled up almost every video in one sitting.
I’m a nerd.
Tim Berners-Lee: The next web | TED Talk | TED.com
This guy is WAY more important that Steve Jobs but most people have no idea about the incredibly important contributions this guy has made.
What you need to know: It has always been the dream of the world’s smartest people to be able to collaborate with their contemporaries and peers. This is the first time in history that technology has enabled the sharing of concepts to this level.
The importance of the web is that we will one day solve all the worlds problems by working together. In some cases this may be in spite of despotic regimes who do not want to yield power to democratic process and try to quash any ability to improve.
Fortunately their day is done and there’s no putting the horse back in the barn.
Knowledge is power!
National Institute of Standards and Technology
This is the site you’ll want to use when making any authoritative argument in life. The people who make the stuff that makes our world work (like the internet and electricity) all take their marching orders here.
It’s a deep, deep dive but well worth it. You might not ever get through it all, but it’s nice to know the reference is there when you need it.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you and have fun!
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century: Thomas L. Friedman
This is an important book for understanding what the future holds for the global economy. Spoiler alert: you might not be part of it unless you can invent yourself as a valuable part of the big picture.
The most important take away is the concept of glocalization. There’s many professions that won’t exist in the coming automated and outsourced future. However, in place of the opportunities that once existed will blossom new and exciting industries like Internet of Things ($30 Trillion) that will require new skills and creativity.
There will be winners and losers and I personally don’t see a lot of people making the trip.
I am thinking the coffee shop or pub owner may have the best gig. (#worldsnumberonedrug)
How did the NSA hack our emails?
Yeah… ya know… modular arithmetic.
Well it was in NIST white papers all along, how did you miss it?
NIST.Gov is a really good read. If you read it more you would have known how easy it was to read everyone’s email wouldn’t you?
What else are we missing under our noses? I’ll read Nist now and let you know.
The dark side of the web — exploring darknets | Kyle Terry | TEDxSalem
Apparently 99% of the internet is darkweb filth. (If you need to ask then no explanation will suffice)
I’m not a particularly judgmental person and think to each his own especially when it comes to one’s leisure activities. But if you’re not alarmed when you encounter the dark web there’s something really wrong with and you need to seek professional help. Seriously, if you think it’s just funny, stop reading and go tell your doctor.
When Tim Berners-Lee invented the web (sorry Al Gore, I know you’re pretty important too) he wanted the greatest minds on the planet to document, collaborate and share. He wanted to cure diseases and discover alternate sources of energy. It’s unfortunate that the power of computer networks has been corrupted by the world’s most evil people and organizations.
The implication is that now everyone is being spied on constantly by the NSA, CSIS and God knows who else. If you haven’t been paying attention, too bad, too late, you said you’re ok with it and gave away your rights without even know it happened.
There’s a lot of reasons your government would want to know what you’re thinking. Chances are you wouldn’t want anyone knowing what you’re doing on the internet (the internet is 80% porn). If you’re generally uneducated on the topic, and a racist who lives in constant fear of terror attacks then you might be motivated to say go right ahead and spy on me please. (maybe?)
The funny thing is, the world’s evil doers don’t even use the regular public internet connections we use that get spied on (obviously). In fact, they use the highly encrypted and untraceable deep web technology that our own government developed, then released to the public. (true story)
As I said, this is not intended to be political, but I say we take the internet back by filling it with the best concepts and ideas we have to offer. It’s unfortunate but in some cases where free speech and human rights are not granted freely that means using anonymity and there are a lot of reasons why anonymizing technology can be used for good.
In order to empower our democratic process the population can’t be spied on and treated like criminals.
I urge everyone to find out what this means. Learn about net neutrality and modular math to know how to be a safe and responsible internet citizen.
I’m just new to this and learning but would love to learn more. Please leave a comment about other important information that should be public knowledge. Let’s play safe and keep each other from getting hurt.
Please don’t send me to irc rooms. 🙂
Welcome to Computerphile!
My new favorite obsession.
When I tell people what I do for a living I usually just wiggle my fingers a bit and mumble “computers” and then try to gauge the level of glassy glaze that comes over them to determine how much further I should go with the explanation.
I’m actually a Product Development manager in Cloud Computing industry. Try explaining that at a dinner party. (Perhaps your friends are more savvy than my own.) I haven’t fixed a computer professionally in years but still routinely get asked for this type of assistance from family and friends all the time. (“I’m going back to school and wondering what computer I should buy for less than $400” – you know who you are you bastard!)
The internet is a “world flatener”. See The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman
Moore’s Law is flatener. Cloud computing is a flatener.
Soon there won’t be any limitation to the amount of readily available brute computing force that we’ll be able to throw at our tough problems. Simulations that run into infinity that might previously not be able to compute in our lifetime, may be achievable in years or days. (or real time)
The future may be a strange and spooky place for those who don’t embrace technology and may be feeling like an out of place tourist, very disconnected from what’s really going on.
Thanks to Moore’s law, supposedly we’ll be able to upload a brain to storage and interact with the thoughts very soon.
Does that mean there could be ethical concerns like… What if your brain gets lonely in there with no one to play with? Can our digital brains make friends with the other digital brains?
You are a Simulation & Physics Can Prove It: George Smoot at TEDxSalford
This is the stuff that really hurts. I didn’t want a sliver of doubt George. And then you said you’d plant one, and did. How am I supposed to go about my day knowing that we are in “The Matrix”?
At least I get to be the hero of my own story line. That’s not so bad I guess?
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard some wacko talk about “The Matrix” being real. I just thought they had always taken one too many red pills from Morpheus.
But George Smoot is a Nobel Prize winner and wouldn’t waste anyone’s time if he didn’t believe in it somewhat. That lends a bit of credibility right?
George doesn’t talk about this but there’s been a lot of other stuff said on the topic. I recall from an episode of Through the Wormhole (I’ll try to find a link) that talked about bombarding a carbon molecule with electrons and you get a perfect predictable pattern shooting out the other side. Since carbon is the most common building block of life it’s plausible that element is just a mathematical unit that is most easy to manipulate. This would be useful for something like I dunno, creating an automated computer generated simulation of the universe?
I think I also saw something similar from Edward Frenkel in his book Love and Math. He describes the “double slit” experiments in which he observed electronics passing through the slits will stack themselves up perfectly uniform fashion which demonstrated a deterministic characteristic of matter.
Due to the previously understood to be erratic behavior of electrons, this was a very unexpected result. But once observed seems like would have been the obvious result to a child watching sand in an hourglass.
In other words, the more we understand about the universe makes the randomness appear… not random at all. As if it programmed that way.
The Zipf Mystery
Let’s start here.
Mysterious, elegant and somewhat disturbing. Why? (why do I do this to myself? is the real question)
Can anyone explain this? We’re really just living in a simulation aren’t we?
Do you have any other mind blowing mysterious elegant facts of the universe? I want to know. Lay it on me and blow my mind.