News of the Weird

It’s got nothing on the chime sequencer for the Clock of the Long Now designed in collaboration with Brian Eno:

  • A unique chime sequence (i.e., no repeats)
  • Once a day
  • For ten thousand years

And the bloody thing is being built!

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I meet my 10-year-old self in 1987. I tell him I live in the future of 2024.

“2024! Wow! Do you have flying cars?”

“No.”

“Oh. Well do you have Mars colonies?”

“No.”

“Huh. Well you’ve gotta have a cure for every disease!”

“No.”

“What do you have?!”

“We have a toothbrush that bad people can control remotely.”

“…do I have to grow up?”

“Yes.”

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What is it going to take for companies to take IoT security seriously?

“I was promised flying cars! I don’t see any flying cars! —Why? —Why? —Why?”

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Flying cars have been around since the 1930s. They’ve just always been so impractical that no one would buy them.

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We have flying cars. We just call them ‘helicopters’.

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You kids don’t appreciate the classics. :crazy_face:

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I was promised Jet Packs.

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Flying cars are one thing, personal jet packs are quite another. Lots more flamey bits in the latter, for example.

:crazy_face:

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We do have driverless cars … killing pedestrians.

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That’s why we wear asbestos undies!

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We all were.

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Epilogue: get the tech writer to write about tech, not the first available writer.

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The sad truth of our utopian AI online digital age is that we’re all going to end up going back to paper products because it’s harder to get your clickbait published if it comes with manufacturing costs…

That and IMDB will set the average for every movie in history to 6.5 thanks to all our wonderful armchair analysis

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Look at you, bringing facts into an otherwise fun discussion.

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I still say 10-year-old me would be very disappointed.

“You have AIs in 2024?”
“Sort of?”
“Oh my god, that’s amazing! They must be solving world crises!”
“Not really…”
“Well, what can they do?”
“I primarily use them to put Godzilla in ridiculous situations.”
“…are you sure you’re me?”

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The helicopter video is the best part-

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Nipple nipple tweak tweak fly fly fly….

Sigh

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I always suspected some professors at my school were pulling this type of stuff when they told students that they wouldn’t get their art/photo assignments back.

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