The legend goes, Ernest Hemingway once won a bet by writing a six word short story that was so good, it could make people cry. While this is a thought provoking bit of writing that has been floating around the internet for a while, there is no telling if it was ever really written by Hemingway. Snopes concludes that it is undeterminable whether this is actually him. Still impressive flash fiction though. -Via Amanda patterson...
As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.
Meet Blue Brain, a brain made up entirely of silicon and housed inside an IBM supercomputer. An astonishing advance, the artificial brain may be the first step toward manmade higher behavior, WSJ's Gautam Naik reports.
A few weeks ago I contracted whooping cough and was quarantined. Thanks to the internet, my isolation was far from lonely. Whilst I would have appeared to the casual observer like a consumptive on the couch - in my mind it felt more like the party scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
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