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The Problem With Technological Ignorance

The Problem With Technological Ignorance | cognition | Scoop.it
Around the time that the Apple Watch was released, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about the potential effect on mechanical watch sales. Within the
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All of this is just another way of getting at one of the most fundamental ideas in computer science, and, really, in all of engineering: abstraction. Abstraction involves the hiding of unnecessary details, so that the important work can be done at the proper level. Abstraction means that programmers don’t have to contend with zeroes and ones every time they want to write an iPhone app, or that a scientist doesn’t need to write a new statistical package every time she wants to analyze some data; those details have been abstracted away. It’s essentially the only way to build sophisticated technologies. But one of its side effects is that at every stage of increased complexity, we have shielded this complexity from users, removing the ability for tinkering and grappling with the craftsmanship—which now often takes the form of mass production, rather than a single craftsman at work—of these technologies.

 

Understanding an if-then statement or how to build a webpage is less important for understanding our world than the fundamental idea of abstraction, that we can bootstrap one system on top of another, while hiding the details of the ones beneath.

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What Will Come After Language?

What Will Come After Language? | cognition | Scoop.it
h+ Magazine is a new publication that covers technological, scientific, and cultural trends that are changing human beings in fundamental ways.
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I’m going to talk a bit about language, and how it relates to mind and reality … and about what may come AFTER language as we know it, when mind and reality change dramatically due to radical technological advances.

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All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors

All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors | cognition | Scoop.it
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
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