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Brain Power: Corinna E. Lathan

Why don’t we quan­ti­fy the brain? What I want to argue today is that we need a shift from diag­no­sis and treat­ment, to well­ness and pre­ven­tion. And that we have the data to do it.

2013 Internet Hall of Fame Inductee Interviews: Ralph Droms

We’re at a time of huge expan­sion of the Internet out­side of the kinds of Internet con­nec­tions and devices that we’re famil­iar with. We’ve seen some of that over the past few years as we’ve moved from lap­tops, desk­top com­put­ers, to smart­phones and tablets and we’ve seen a big increase. Right now instead of a tablet and a lap­top at home, you’ve got a tablet, two iPhones, and a desk­top computer. 

The City as an Individual Organism

In the begin­ning, I thought that the goal would’ve been to focus on col­lec­tive hap­pi­ness. But what I found was you can actu­al­ly give some­one every­thing that you would think that they need to be hap­py and they’ll find ways to be unhap­py.

Projecting the Future of Cyberspace

What we’re try­ing to do is to see over the hori­zons, look­ing at essen­tial­ly a five-year time frame, and iden­ti­fy what will be the cyber­se­cu­ri­ty land­scape in that context.

Hacking the Internet of Dongs
Hacking Sex Toys for Fun and Absolutely No Profit

A large num­ber of IoT research firms…yeah, they don’t want to look at this. Because there are stig­mas around sex. We have a very weird thing in North America about sex. We’ll watch all the vio­lence we want on tele­vi­sion but you can’t see two peo­ple have sex.

Virtual Futures Salon: Radical Technologies, with Adam Greenfield

I am pro­found­ly envi­ous of peo­ple who get to write about set­tled domains or sort of set­tled states of affairs in human events. For me, I was deal­ing with a set of tech­nolo­gies which are either recent­ly emerged or still in the process of emerg­ing. And so it was a con­tin­u­al Red Queen’s race to keep up with these things as they announce them­selves to us and try and wrap my head around them, under­stand what it was that they were propos­ing, under­stand what their effects were when deployed in the world.

Are We Living Inside an Ethical (and Kind) Machine?

This is a moment to ask as we make the plan­et dig­i­tal, as we total­ly envel­op our­selves in the com­put­ing envi­ron­ment that we’ve been build­ing for the last hun­dred years, what kind of dig­i­tal plan­et do we want? Because we are at a point where there is no turn­ing back, and get­ting to eth­i­cal deci­sions, val­ues deci­sions, deci­sions about democ­ra­cy, is not some­thing we have talked about enough nor in a way that has had impact.

Richard Stallman’s Internet Hall of Fame 2013 Induction Speech

So, thir­ty years ago if you want­ed to get a new com­put­er and use it you had to sur­ren­der your free­dom by installing a user-subjugating pro­pri­etary oper­at­ing sys­tem. So I decid­ed to fix that by devel­op­ing anoth­er oper­at­ing sys­tem and make it free, and it’s called GNU, but most the time you’ll hear peo­ple erro­neous­ly call­ing it Linux.

What Will Cybersecurity Look Like in the Next Decade?

Sure, cyber­space is about peo­ple and data. But it is also about appli­ca­tions. And devices. And the indi­rect and non-obvious rela­tion­ships between all of this. It cre­ates a very com­pli­cat­ed and excit­ing ecosys­tem. One that is capa­ble of dra­mat­ic inno­va­tion, and dra­mat­ic exploitation.

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