Our favorite articles of this week. Have a great weekend.
Articles of the week
- What Screens Want
Brilliant web essay by Frank Chimero, and not only because he features James Burke and The West Wing. I bet that this one will come up in a lot of conversations in the next months.
- Prada Revolutionaries
“Bright Green has become the left's version of right-wing transhumanism: an excuse to not solve today's problems, because tomorrow's technology will fix them for us.”
- Tom Armitage » Driftwood
“Driftwood is a talk I gave at Playark 2013. It was meant to be a talk about leftovers (the theme of the conference being ‘reclaim’), and about Hello Lamp Post. In the writing, it turned into a broader overview of my own work – on six years of projects around cities and play.”
- Meet The ‘Assassination Market’ Creator Who’s Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins – Forbes
“Assassination Market, a crowdfunding service that lets anyone anonymously contribute bitcoins towards a bounty on the head of any government official–a kind of Kickstarter for political assassinations.”
- Ross Andersen – Humanity’s deep future
"When we peer into the fog of the deep future what do we see – human extinction or a future among the stars?"
- Bitcoin As Protocol | Union Square Ventures
“There is no other widely used protocol in the world today that accomplishes this: with bitcoin anyone can make a statement (a transaction) and have this be recorded in a globally visible and fixed ledger.”
- Content economics, part 4: scale | Felix Salmon
"It’s almost impossible to overstate the importance of the CMS when it comes to the question of who’s going to win the online-publishing wars."
- InMoov » Project
"Here is “InMoov”, the first life size humanoid robot you can 3D print and animate. You have a 3D printer, some building skills, This project is for you!!"
- Apple and Google Maps, and Defaults | Matt Mullenweg
“If Microsoft did this a decade ago we’d call for the DoJ to reopen their investigation. Apple has the best phone, best tablet, and in many ways the best operating system — we should not give them a pass for this blatantly self-interested and user-hostile stance.”
- Instagram and Youtube — Benedict Evans
"WhatsApp and Instagram are not in different categories – they're direct competitors for time and attention." – This spot on.