“You and I we’re gonna live for-ever”

From Arnold Kling’s summary of PopTech! [found via JOHO]

“Longevity has been increasing fairly rapidly for the past hundred years, from about 45 years at the beginning of the 20th century to close to 77 years at the beginning of the 21st. However, if we reach the point where longevity increases at a rate greater than one year per year, then from that point on people will live forever.”

Phew…

iCan is live (in beta-be-gentle-with-it-form). It’s been a tough 14 months, but hopefully it will be of real use to people with real problems or plans for their locality.

It’s a little empty right now, as the punters have yet to populate it, but it’s going to grow and get better. We had the design work for perhaps the next couple of revisions already done before I left, and the ethnographic research we did at the top of the project, coupled with user-testing and research that the new design lead Helen Day is going to be doing should see some rapid iterations up-ahead.

It remains to say well done to all who made it possible. Helen, Julie, Priya, Ki, Andy, Thomas, Dharmesh, Stokes, Nico, James, Anno and Tom particularly. Danny has a nice little appraisal.

Preorder-2-Peer-2-Peer

Half-formed thought [© Philip Tabor]: If I’m anything to go by as an example, then I would think that a lot of people who download episodes of their favourite TV shows using p2p networks then go on to buy DVD or VHS box-sets of those same shows when they are released a year-or-so later.

Often, due to demand from fanbases, these box-sets have place-holder pages on Amazon where it’s possible to pre-order them.

Why not legitimise p2p downloads though this pre-order method? Buy the box-set upfront, a bit of Amazon web-services magic dust, have the bits now, get the atoms later.

Does this seem fair? A good idea? How would this work?

Nano(pop)tech

Joho reports from PopTech on a talk by Christine Peterson:

“Nanotech, she says, has not been overhyped. It can change our relationship to matter. Nano, she says, is about changing the structure not just of nanos but for objects of any size…

…Christine suggests a possible future: You have one object in your house and it changes into the various objects you need.”

Forget what Nick Hornby did – that’s really going to screw-up Desert Island Discs.

The post also points to the wonderfully-named Utility Fog.

Tuna on your pizza?

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Went to get a pizza on my way home, and sat in the booby chair in pizza restaurants where you wait alone for your take-out pizza, while all around you laugh with their loved ones.

I surrended to the in-restaurant sound system, took out my earphones, ritually-wrapped them around my iPod and put it down on the table in front of me.

The secret sign had been deployed.
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