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I want to take this class!
A group of MIT students briefly put away their cell phones this spring to concentrate on a much older information storage and retrieval device: the book. In a hands-on humanities class — Making Books: The Renaissance and Today — students gained insights about early books and book-making technology, not least by actually making paper and building a handset printing press, the kind of press on which the great documents of the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution were printed. (Learn more about the build: http://news.mit.edu/2016/mens-et-manu…)
Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi stop by the Googleplex to discuss their most recent books, and each other.
Cory Doctorow’s “Walkaway”
Fascinating, moving, and darkly humorous, Walkaway is a multi-generation SF thriller about the wrenching changes of the next hundred years…and the very human people who will live their consequences.
John Scalzi’s “The Collapsing Empire”
Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.
Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.
The Flow is eternal—but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency—must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.
What happens when Pied Piper comes to Google? Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Amanda Crew, Zach Woods, and Martin Starr Talk Season 4 of HBO’s Silicon Valley, and the lines between reality and fiction blur.
More about the show: In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Showrunners Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill) and Alec Berg (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) have teamed up to satirize Silicon Valley in this award-winning comedy now airing its fourth season.
Silicon Valley is on Sundays on HBO at 10pm.
Moderated by Dana Han-Klein
Now sure how I ever missed this presentation from 2012.
Published on Jun 27, 2012
Kevin Bacon has starred in some of the most influential films in cinema history. Ingrained into our popular culture forever, Bacon’s films span every genre of the human condition. In true Bacon style, he embraced the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” trivia phenomenon and founded SixDegrees.org, a charitable initiative that links people to charities and each other for the purpose of making a difference.
Photo: By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons