Gronelleth Purdo

Wednesday, March 12th 2014

Gronelleth Purdo

The Murlok

Tuesday, March 11th 2014

The Murlok

Fears, Inadequacy & Attribute Subtitution

Monday, March 10th 2014

My favourite sport is basketball. I've loved it for years. I don't really know why. I'm not tall, but I've played the game a lot (badly). I remember loving the Showtime Lakers, hating the Detroit Bad Boys, seeing Jordan in his early years and hoping the Bulls would put together a decent team for him (they did!), I remember marveling at Larry Bird's passing and shooting, Shaq's physical dominance. Now I'm enjoying Le Bron's great play. It has always been a source of great entertainment.

But this isn't about basketball. Bear with me!

Human Adaptation to the Increasing Pace of Technological Change

Saturday, March 8th 2014

If the labour a person does is replaced by technology she has to adapt and do something else to remain useful.

  • A car factory closes down. You worked there for 25 years. You're now 50. It's likely similar work is also being replaced by technology. The likelihood of you finding a new job that pays well is low.

  • You're 21. You lose your job at the facory too. The likelihood of you finding a new job that pays well is higher. You can find a job doing something new with new technology.

Let's say, as a person ages, she becomes less adaptable. Less able to find new work. Less able to do the same amount of work that she once did.

The Data Ownership & Privacy Contradiction

Friday, March 7th 2014

The job of companies such as Google is to gather data and then secure it. Facebook keeps all the data you and your friends enter to itself. Amazon keeps its records secret. These secret treasure troves of data are used to create services. Selling ads in activity streams, against search queries, on maps, and so on.

Individual items of data (movies, songs, posts, friend lists, etc) are important to individuals. But the value to big companies isn't the individual nuggets of data; it is in huge collections of data. That data only becomes valuable once it is collected into a large, exclusive, interlinked corpus algorithms can analyse.

Without being able to:

  1. copy data (personal posts to social networks, website data, etc), or convincing people to enter data into systems;
  2. lock that data up and link it together for analysis,
  3. Keep their software private.

Businesses such as Google would become undifferentiated commodity providers of hardware that runs generic software.

Nurkin Burkin

Thursday, March 6th 2014

Is that the Nurkin Burkin shambling through the woods?

Can I hear the Nurkin Burkin up to no good?

If it could snap you up and eat you, you know it surely would.

Is that the Nurkin Burkin lurking near the lake?

Can I hear it cackling as it contemplates my Fate?

I can hear it softly mumbling as its gorgles quake.

Is that the Nurkin Burkin glumphing like a toad?

Can I hear it hissing as it shambles up my road?

Is that the nurkin burkin lurking under my bed?

It snuck in without warning and it wants to be fed!

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