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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.
Video highlighting [Tom Wildenhain’s] research on PowerPoint Turing Machines for CMU’s SIGBOVIK 2017
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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
Firing Line with William F. Buckley, Jr.
Episode 064, Recorded on July 7, 1967
Guest: Groucho Marx
We’ve been printing a lot of fidget spinners at Do Space lately and I haven’t created one for me yet. However, this one might be the one I’ve been looking for.
Games are networking the world. Titles like ‘PokemonGO’ are showing the industry how the world can be an MMO. Hardware coming from major companies is promising goggles and lenses and magical graphical overlays. But… if gamers are living in an MMO, doesn’t that mean they’re suddenly also the NPCs? The avatars? How do they call customer service? And who’s community managing Earth? In this session, Raph talks about the social and ethical implications of turning the real world into a virtual world, and how the lessons of massively multiplayer virtual worlds are more relevant than ever.