Tomorrow morning (Thursday, Dec. 7th) at the wee hour of 6 am, Michelle and I are headed to Morocco for the first time. We’re taking a bus to Madrid, and a 2 pm flight (EasyJet 7869) to Tangier. I’m writing these notes up as I… Continue reading →
Amassakoul – Tinariwen. Very similar vein to Amadou & Miriam. Thank you Pandora for your brilliant music wisdom.
Goodbye Niger. My friend Lisa is leaving Niger after just three months, along with 97 other Peace Corps volunteers, because of terrorist activity. Difficult.
The announcement of Jon Gosier’s addition to the Ushahidi Swift River project led to a bit of very interesting speculation from Suw Anderson: I’m curious to see if there is a reputation system built into it. As they say, this works based on the participation… Continue reading →
Video removed on the request of Village Health Works. Isaac Holeman chats with Deo, the Executive Director of Village Health Works in Burundi, about his clinic in Kigutu supported by Partners In Health, what the need is (Burundi is the poorest country in the world… Continue reading →
In the interest of sharing my favorite podcasts of the previous year with my friend Shane, I thought I might open the recommendations to all. While on the drive home to turkey day, these are three “world changing” conversations you should consider listening to:
Howard Bloom on “The Global Brain” – IT Conversations
Howard talks with Jon Udell about collective consciousness and self-organizing species, and why the mass collaboration we think is emerging right now isn’t really all that unique. Shane, DJ, and I did discuss the episode on a Fertile Ambition call a month or so ago, but we ran into a headlock about the multi-tasking theory Howard presents.
“Is Aid to Africa Doing More Harm Than Good?” – Intelligence Squared U.S.
Brilliant arguments both for and against, and listening to the entire debate lends a better understanding of what the difficulties are in helping to bring basic needs to Africa.
Daniel Suarez on bot-mediated reality – Long Now Foundation/ FORA.tv
So thought-provoking I’ve listened to it twice. The first time put me in a trance for part of a train ride back down from Seattle. In short, the premise is this: we’re creating untold numbers of automated bots, or narrow artificial intelligence, on the web for specific purposes. When left unchecked, as many are, these bots have the potential to cause very messy situations which could have negative real world implications. One of the author’s proposals is to build a second, secure network of only verifiably human entities.