The Medium and Its Message

The influence of news

Wish I could find more info on this image but unfortunately Google is failing me on this one.

Such an interesting image, and I find this happening to so many people.

I guess this is an effect of only out of the ordinary stuff being on the news. If you have no frame of reference for a news story about a certain group or culture, it’s easy to let your assumptions be coloured by only hearing negative stories.


Canadian American Business Council calls for ‘hackathon’ to solve US/Canada border delays

Yes yes I know Maclean’s is Maclean’s but this really just seems to be a standard newswire piece from The Canadian Press, and the Maclean’s site is prettier than most Canadian news sites at the moment.

That aside, it seems… intriguing that “the business community is urging governments to seek solutions from private-sector whiz kids”, as the article puts it.

And while that might be the most condescending description of hackathon goers ever made, the idea could produce some helpful ways of reducing the delay at the border.

But what I think might hamper the project the most, if it does happen, is that I doubt they will accept any ideas that alter current laws and standards of security.

What would decrease border delays more than anything would be a demilitarization of the border altogether. I doubt that such change will come anytime soon though, and certainly not from a hackathon of “private-sector whiz kids”.


Humans Need Not Apply

This is a great video from CGP Grey that summarizes the whole end game of automation very very well.

I’m not sure what the exact answer is as we seem to run headlong towards the tipping point.

Maybe we dive headlong into a socialistic society (I’ll be the first to vote for the Star Trek Utopia).

But how do we take the leap? Is there a memo sent out one day telling people they don’t need to come into work anymore? Automation won’t come quite that quickly, I suppose.

What do we do once we reach a sustained unemployment rate of 10%? 20%? 45%?

It’s hard to imagine a world where almost half of the population are unemployable, while the majority still have 9-5, Monday to Friday jobs.

I think I’d like to look into this topic a bit more, it’s just such an utterly novel concept that seems startlingly inevitable.



Putin Calls the Internet A “CIA Project”

Putin Calls the Internet A “CIA Project”

I… I just don’t know what to make of that.

Could it be Putin posturing for an opportunity to gain greater control over the internet?

Is this more “Loathe the West” propaganda to strengthen his image in the minds of his people? (Well now that I think about it of course it’s partly that)

Has Putin simply gone mad? (Also a strong potential explanation)