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Month: July, 2012

✌ The First Company To Build Your Identity Into Your Phone Wins The Next Decade | TechCrunch

✌ The First Company To Build Your Identity Into Your Phone Wins The Next Decade | TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: Rebekah Cox is a product designer at Quora and previously a product design lead at Facebook. This post is a followup to a recent tweet, and first appeared on Quora. It’s…

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✌ A Conversation with Jane Jacobs | Brick Magazine

✌ A Conversation with Jane Jacobs | Brick Magazine:

Jane Jacobs is variously known as the guru of cities, an urban legend—“part analyst, part activist, part prophet.” In the more than forty years since the publication of her…

✌ “Hopeless Unemployment” by J. Bradford DeLong | Project Syndicate

✌ “Hopeless Unemployment” by J. Bradford DeLong | Project Syndicate:

Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space BERKELEY – However bad you think the global economy is today in terms of the business cycle, that is only one lens through which to view…

✌ Regional Clusters of Conflict | Political Violence @ a Glance

✌ Regional Clusters of Conflict | Political Violence @ a Glance:

By David E. Cunningham Rebel fighters in Ethiopia, 2006. Photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie, via Wikimedia. Last week, I posted about the general decline in the level and severity of armed conflict over the…

✌ Giving ancient life another chance to evolve | KurzweilAI

✌ Giving ancient life another chance to evolve | KurzweilAI:

Using a process called paleo-experimental evolution, Georgia Tech researchers have resurrected a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day Escherichia coli (E. coli)…

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✌ What is Deliberate Practice

✌ What is Deliberate Practice:

You’ve probably been doing your job for a while. If you’re like most people, your performance has plateaued. Simply put, you’ve stopped getting better at what you do. Despite…

✌ The Heretic – The Morning News

✌ The Heretic – The Morning News:

At 9:30 in the morning, an architect and three senior scientists—two from Stanford, the other from Hewlett-Packard—donned eyeshades and earphones, sank into comfy couches, and waited…

✌ Military technology: Trucks, not limos | The Economist

✌ Military technology: Trucks, not limos | The Economist:

SENIOR serving officers in any country’s armed forces tend to shun public controversy. But Admiral Jonathan Greenert, America’s chief of naval operations, has stoked it in the latest…

✌ Can Creativity be Automated? – Technology Review

✌ Can Creativity be Automated? – Technology Review:

Computer algorithms have started to write news stories, compose music, and pick hits. Kelly Blair In 2004, New Zealander Ben Novak was just a guy with a couple of guitars and distant dreams of…