Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #239

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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 (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) 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:

  • The Toxoplasma Of Rage – Slate Star Codex. “We get pretty angry these days. There’s a good reason groups seize on extreme, polarizing controversies: ‘If campaigners against police brutality and racism were extremely responsible, and stuck to perfectly settled cases like Eric Garner, everybody would agree with them but nobody would talk about it. If instead they bring up a very controversial case like Michael Brown, everybody will talk about it, but they will catalyze their own opposition and make people start supporting the police more just to spite them. More foot-shooting.” Brilliant, true, and sad.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • We Know How You Feel – The New Yorker. “I’d been wanting to get Rana, the founder of Affective, to Strata for a couple of years. She finally took the stage last fall in New York, and it was an amazing presentation. The implications of computers that can measure emotion are incredible — and everyone wants a piece of them, from advertisers to interrogators to toy designers to creators of adult content. This deep, chewy New Yorker article is worth reading at least five times, carefully, if you want to understand the next decade.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Dying Light Parkour – Ampisound. “Bad news all over the place this week. Here’s some… distraction. I got dizzy watching this. And, if the zombies come, I am going to have a hard time.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • George Mason University Green Machine Plays Rage – Thomas Block. “A marching band. Rage Against The Machine. Bring it.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • What  Has Us Interested at Homebrew… – Homebrew. “When you’re in venture capital, you get to see a lot of business/startup ideas. When you’re doing venture capital in Silicon Valley, you’re able to get a peek into the future. A lot of these VC companies invest in specific types of technology. Homebrew is one of them. But, here’s the thing: because they see so much, they also have an eye for what they would like to see. In fact, they don’t just have an eye for it, but they keep a list of technologies that they are waiting for startups/companies to create. That list is secret. It’s private. Well, no more…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Among The Disrupted – The New York Times. “This is some heavy reading. It’s not as dystopian as you might think, after an initial read. We often talk about disruption as, ‘it is what it is… and there’s not much anyone can do about it.’ But, have we paused to think about what it has done to the creative process and… ultimately… what the output of that means to our culture? Are we cultivating the next Moby Dick from our writers or is it an improbability in the face of 140 characters?” (Mitch for Hugh).

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