Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #696

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, Interesting Bits, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, FWD50, and Scaletechconf; author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (Rebus Foundation, PressBooks, LibriVox) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see.”

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another:

  • Burning Man Gigapan – Heath Photography”Here is some cool interactive 3D tech. This is a Gigapan of Burning Man 2023. If you haven’t explored one of these before, it’s a depth model of a thing painted with the colors from a very large image. Once loaded, you can zoom, pan, and rotate around the entire landscape, including all the art. We really do live in the future.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • 3D Gaussian Splatting – Why Graphics Will Never Be The Same – IndividualKex – YouTube. “Speaking of cool interactive 3D tech… trust me on this one. A new technique for taking a bunch of photos of a scene, then letting you walk around in it, promises to revolutionize how we create virtual environments. The math is complicated, but the result can be rendered at very high speeds. Let’s recap: We can scan an object in the real world using the depth-sensing cameras on our phones; then drag those objects out of their surroundings; then make them appear in 3D environments or overlay them onto the world using pass-through video in the newest VR headsets. This is a short video, but it gives you a sense of what’s possible, and explains the basic idea. A search for the colorful term is well worth your while.” (Alistair for MItch).
  • Twitter Is At Death’s Door, One Year After Elon Musk’s Takeover – Rolling Stone“I got off Twitter in 2016 to avoid the Donald and Hillary show that had invaded my feed. Best decision of my digital life, though I do miss the awesome connections I made in the early days. It seemed to get worse and worse since 2016, and then Elon Musk bought Twitter to fix it. No further comment.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • A Mesmerizing Look At The Making Of A Late Medieval Book From Start To Finish – Open Culture“How to make a book, Middle Ages version.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Eric Weinstein – All Hell Is About to Break Loose – Triggernometry. “Well… it is one of those moments in time that makes me wonder why have I not heard of this podcast before (Triggernometry is very popular) and why have I not spent more time with the thinking of Eric Weinstein (he could well be one of the smartest people I have ever listened to). So, down the Eric Weinstein and Triggernometry rabbithole I go… and you are coming along for the ride. In a world where everyone seems to say the same thing about the future of AI, I found Eric’s thinking magical, unique, insightful and – if I am to be honest – I have found myself watching and re-watching this over and over again to get it all to sink in. I would love to know what you think about this…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Sam Harris X Eric Weinstein: Israel-Palestine – Triggernometry. “The truth is a funny thing. We have come to the point in our society, that if a truth does not fit within our own mental framework of thinking, it must be wrong, there must be an opposite view, it must be propaganda, and/or it’s just more disinformation from someone (or some thing) that wants me to simply believe their perspective (but not the truth). When I saw the title of this podcast, my initial reaction was the same as the one you are probably experiencing: More insights from people who may not have the knowledge, history or expertise to dissect such a complex and sad moment in our time. Instead, like the link above, I have found myself listening to this over and over again, because their perspectives and options for a path forward are not ones I have seen in any other media outlet (from content creators to the mass media). Yes, it’s two hours long, but if you’re really trying to think intelligently about the current crisis in the Middle East, this is – without question – at the top of my list.” (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on XFacebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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