Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #303

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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: 

  • Miniatur Wunderland – MiWuLaTV – YouTube. “I’m going to Hamburg. When I asked around, apparently this was the thing to do. Yep, it’s a model railroad. Yep, they took it to a ridiculous degree. Yep, it’s had a Google Street View car.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • How Reporters Pulled Off the Panama Papers, the Biggest Leak in Whistleblower History – Wired. “Friction used to matter. Privacy might have been illusory, but invading it meant digging through dumpsters. One upside of the digital age is that tech both corrupts and sterilizes. This Wired writeup explains the scope of the Panama Papers analysis — which, for some reason, hasn’t been as big of a story in North America, but is tearing up Europe and South America far more than Wikileaks. And behind it all, some smart algorithms and open source tools.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Mad Scientists Created Synthetic Bacteria With Only 473 Genes – Gizmodo. “For lean biotech startups, the key to success is building an MVG (minimum viable genome).” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • The Silver Dollar – Love And Radio. “In my more optimistic moments, I like to think that a lot of the hate in the world comes from lack of exposure, lack of knowledge; that if people who hate other kinds of people spent more time with those kinds of people, they’d realize, well, people are people. And that might be a way to soften hate. Daryl Davis is black musician and writer who befriended members of the KKK, and convinced committed racists to hang up their robes (some of them, in his closet).” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The Tech Story Is Over – NewCo. “Imagine – for a moment – that we stopped paying attention to stories about the latest technologies and the companies that created them. Maybe tech is old – at this point – and it really isn’t new. So, if tech is old and it isn’t new, that must mean that it should not be news, I guess? What if we stop talking about tech and start talking about something really new? Like reinventing capitalism…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Imperial ambitions – The Economist. “I have said it before, and I will say it again: Facebook is the Internet. Maybe not for you and I, but for the vast majority of the world. This is where they go. This is where they spend their time. With that, Facebook has made some serious (and progressive) acquisitions, investments and bets on what’s also going to be big today and tomorrow. How big is their true ambition?” (Mitch for Hugh).

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