Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Limits of Open Intelligence

I had a question from someone in the audience at the RSA yesterday concerning distributed or open intelligence. His point was disagreeing with mine in that he thought that the future of scientific research and innovation was in open systems. … Continue reading

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Lecture to the Royal Society of Arts

Here is the full text of my speech to the RSA today. A podcast will be available within a few days and a Youtube video will be up in a couple of weeks. — There was a report in a … Continue reading

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Get Online Week (& Why You Shouldn’t).

Apparently the UK government is aiming to get 80,000 new people online this week. The benefits of using the internet, according to the website, include getting instant access to news and other information. The website also makes the point that … Continue reading

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Teenage minds

A study by Dr Jordan Grafman of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland (US) says that violent films and computer games are numbing the brains of teens, making them desensitised to violence. Grafman goes on … Continue reading

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Busy Doing Nothing

Reading the New York Times yesterday about the new version of Hypertext Markup, which will present website owners with various new user tracking opportunities (New Web Presents A tangle of Risks by Tanzina Vega). Also a good piece on a … Continue reading

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The Book is Out (UK)

The new book (Future Minds) is out, although as you can see the kids are not very impressed. Hopefully spending the weekend building a tree-house (hopefully not by myself).

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Thought for the day

I think I might have worked out why people are anxious and it has almost nothing to do with the economy. People are anxious because they don’t know what’s coming next. It’s not reality but uncertainty and volatility that’s the … Continue reading

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On Being Bored

Boredom is a really good thing. Rumination is the prelude to creation. Not only is doing nothing one of life’s few remaining luxuries it is also a state of mind that allows us to let go of the external world … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

Having recovered from spending almost £500 on a train ticket from London to Liverpool last week I jumped on another train today from London to Swindon. A comparative bargain at £64 return. Whilst I was standing on the platform an … Continue reading

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Statistic of the Week

In 1976, the poorest 50% of the UK population owned 12% of the national housing stock. By 2003 they owned just 1%. Ref: Sunday Times (UK)

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