Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #324

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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: 

  • Entanglement – Cliff – Medium. “This is a great short story. And the way it describes quantum computing — ‘The only difference is, instead of rendering the heaving bosom of you VR waif it’s asking God to do your math homework.’ — is perfect. Nerdy, yes, but also thoughtful.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • How Airbnb Kills Our Ideas of Privacy – The Daily Beast. “The gig economy is upon us. But, this article argues, so is another thing. By requiring both parties to open up their lives for ratings and approvals, we turn our existences inside-out. Every driver, passenger, host, and renter is now on display for all to see, in service of fraud prevention and merit.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee – John OliverJerry Seinfeld makes a web series called, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, where he and a comic he likes meet up, drive around in a vintage car, then get a coffee, all while shooting the shit about the life of the comic. It’s delightful stuff, and I was laughing out loud watching this one with the great John Oliver (of Last Week Tonight, and formerly of the best audio newspaper for a visual world, The Bugle, RIP).” (Hugh for Alistair). 
  • Louis CK 2015 – Mild Racism, Middle East, Child Molesters (SNL Monologue) – YouTube. “Here’s more comedy. Louis CK doing one of my favourite bits, ‘Mild Racism,’ and a few other good ‘uns.” (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • Car hacking is the future – and sooner or later you’ll be hit – The Guardian. “When we think of hacking, we tend to think of the nefarious hacks against major retailers, our credit cards, etc… The truth is this: hacking is a quick, fast, cheap and effective way to get another result. We have the technology that we have today because someone – back in the day – was busy hacking away at a computer that really was created for the use of government and universities. If we apply this same thinking to modern technology (and, why wouldn’t we?), then it makes perfect sense, that car hacking is going to be one of the great platforms. Disruption much?” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • William Gibson talks about ‘The Peripheral,’ the power of Twitter, and his next book set in today’s Silicon Valley – Business Insider. “Special thanks to Arjun Basu for pointing this one out to me. William Gibson coined the term ‘cyberspace’. He’s a science fiction writer (Neuromancer and many, many others) and a deep thinker about the implications of technology and our future. This is a super-compelling conversation. An important one. Read his thoughts on magazines: ‘A good magazine was a lot of novelty, stuff you’ve never heard of before, clearly aggregated by people who have been able to travel further and dig deeper than you have been able to do. And that used to be really an important source of stuff for me. And now it is less important because the Internet has eaten it all up. But my Twitter feed as an aggregator of novelty is like … I don’t know what I would do if it became any more powerful, I would have to start reining it in somehow.’ Have you heard anyone else think about the media like this?” (Mitch for Hugh).   

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