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Dull Moments

Boredom is now the goal. Rarely do people avoid distraction to pursue a mindful moment.

The Smartphone is an addiction, plain and simple. It’s a sandpit of perpetual entertainment. There’s always something to check, always something to do.

The only way to truly get away from connectedness is to try. Turn everything off, even the car radio. Just sit and feel the surroundings. You don’t have to meditate to feel presence.

There a ton of tips to mindfulness. Pick one and follow it through. The world is beautiful outside technology.

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Going back to [the visionary philosopher of communication theory] Marshall McLuhan: everything is an extension of our desire for connection. We couldn’t see far enough, we invented the telescope. We wanted to communicate across distances, we invented the telephone. Then, we wanted to connect with everyone and share all these ideas, and we invented the Internet.

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100 Minimalist Wallpapers

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The Problem With Big Data

I know how many steps I take per day. But these get recorded on a pedometer, not an Internet connected device with algorithms on the back end. As a result, I don’t get push messages telling me how close or behind I am to reaching my goals. I just know some basics.

I love data. It allows us to make wise decisions about where, when, and how to move forward.

But I still believe data is really bad at predicting human emotion. Music, for example, is hard to recommend. There are special algorithms in Pandora that suggest new tracks in accordance to our tastes.

Based on my own experience, rarely does Pandora play something interesting and of good quality. Music, like books and movies, is not something you can predict with precision. Human Genome projects are great for recommendations and starting points but they try to plan too much. And it’s because we let them to, outsourcing responsibility.

The best part about the analog world is discovering something that aggregated data can’t predict. Discovery occurs through randomness as much as it does through suggested data. The data doesn’t know you’re open to completely new things; it’s going to keep feeding you the same stuff within that niche.

Machines that dictate our action dictate our behavior. Plugging out, being open, is just as important as being plugged in. The best recommendation engine may be yourself.

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Price of 1 gigabyte of storage over time:

1981 $300,000

1987 $50,000

1990 $10,000

1994 $1,000

1997 $100

2000 $10

2004 $1

2012 $0.10

(via James Doleman)

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Each time Apple announces updates to OSX, it borrows more functions from iOS. Desktop Computers Look More and More Like Smartphones
Each time Apple announces updates to OSX, it borrows more functions from iOS. Desktop Computers Look More and More Like Smartphones