I just wanted to download one of the new KOOL A.D. mixtapes (he dropped two mixtapes on the same day). I wasn’t asking for a wake-up call from a computer! (Or maybe I was. Maybe I am.)

I just wanted to download one of the new KOOL A.D. mixtapes (he dropped two mixtapes on the same day). I wasn’t asking for a wake-up call from a computer! (Or maybe I was. Maybe I am.)

"Q: HOW LONG BEFORE WE CAN BUILD AN ARTIFICIAL BRAIN? A: I’ve said 2029. Both hardware and software are progressing exponentially. If logical thinking were the essence of intelligence, then computers would already be superior to us. The area where humans still have an edge is our emotional intelligence. Emotion is not some sideshow or distraction to intelligence. Being funny, being sexy, expressing love—those are the cutting edge of human intelligence."
Ray Kurzweil in the January 2013 issue of Fortune.

(Source: The Atlantic, via npr)

Gonna re-orient my computing habits towards a more cloud-based system. At least where it counts, for me: Google Documents instead of Microsoft Office, Google Calendar instead of iCal (I would prefer to sync iCal with GC and update my calendars through the GC web interface, since a web browser seems to occupy the scope of my vision more often than not—which is perhaps a larger issue I am too afraid to approach head-on right now), etcetera etc. It’s difficult for me to imagine going a fully minimalist route when I still feel compelled to download and store music on my computer. But c’est la vie (“such is life”), vita progreditur (“life goes on”), and bahala na (“leave it to God”): do I really give a fuck at the end of the day?

Gonna re-orient my computing habits towards a more cloud-based system. At least where it counts, for me: Google Documents instead of Microsoft Office, Google Calendar instead of iCal (I would prefer to sync iCal with GC and update my calendars through the GC web interface, since a web browser seems to occupy the scope of my vision more often than notwhich is perhaps a larger issue I am too afraid to approach head-on right now), etcetera etc. It’s difficult for me to imagine going a fully minimalist route when I still feel compelled to download and store music on my computer. But c’est la vie (“such is life”), vita progreditur (“life goes on”), and bahala na (“leave it to God”): do I really give a fuck at the end of the day?

"I don’t like this expression ‘First World problems.’ It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are."
—Teju Cole (via semperes)

(Source: thewhiskeypropagandist, via npr)