Deep in the Normalbaum, waiting for the Waldsterben

Sometimes, when I look out at our world—at the highest level—in which thin data have come to stand in for huge complex systems of human and biological relationships, I wonder if we’re currently deep in the Normalbaum phase of things, awaiting the moment when Waldsterben sets in. Alexis Madrigal: The problem with our data-driven world

Google’s self-driving car is a Penrose Triangle

Casey Newton at The Verge was one of many journalists who went to google’s show-and-tell about the Google Car, where it trundled them around a parking lot on top of a re-purposed mall that Google now has offices in. Lots of the pieces about this even were sort of wide-eyed wonder combined with utter banality. “The […]

Smart home optimists mistake the plumbing for the furniture

The darkly hilarious “The Snakes and Ladders of Smart Home suggests that smart homes will cause more divorces than Ashley Madison (I’ll take “references that only made sense in 2015”, Alex). The end of the post proposes that homes aren’t a good place for automation because they’re too diverse. Instead, automation should find its way into offices, hotels […]