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A turning point

The fake is getting a bit too real. We’re not ready. This is going to get worse before it gets better. This Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) creates, from scratch, a new face every time it is refreshed: Doing this requires some super-expensive and powerful hardware, but now there’s a website that bypasses that requirement: […]

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Thank you, JPBarlow

RIP John Perry Barlow, EFF Co-Founder A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. […]

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Vigilance for the truth

Vigilance is still king. Democratic ideals require a few things to function on the network: We need identity. We need persistence. We need transparency. We need multiple people to care. With these, the voice of everyone has a chance against the voice of the motivated, the monied, and/or the already powerful. Without vigilance, the story […]

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Goodnight claimID

From a coffee shop on Franklin Street in May 2006… To today… After 7 years, 6 months, and 20 days, Fred and I have closed the doors we opened at We tried for months to keep the existing codebase up and running, but have hit a wall and decided to make a clean break […]

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This is a Website

Back to basics. Zeldman re-nails the truth to the door: We were struggling, whether we knew it or not, to found a more fluid society. A place where everyone, not just appointed apologists for the status quo, could be heard. That dream need not die. It matters more now than ever. Also relevant in the […]

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Star Wars Traceroute

I approve. Well done. [01:53:34:terrell:~] traceroute traceroute to (, 64 hops max, 40 byte packets 1 DD-WRT ( 1.778 ms 0.965 ms 0.972 ms 2 X.X.X.X (X.X.X.X) 4319.610 ms 653.098 ms 989.215 ms 3 X.X.X.X (X.X.X.X) 10.783 ms 11.015 ms 9.044 ms 4 X.X.X.X (X.X.X.X) 14.951 ms 15.737 ms 17.228 ms 5 X.X.X.X […]

A reading list as personal description

Eugene Eric Kim has captured my attention before. And now he’s done it again a few minutes ago: What My Reading List Says About Me I’m a hard one to nail down. I have lots of different interests, and while they’re all form an integrated whole in my head, that may not be as apparent […]

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Field Report from Collective Intelligence 2012

It was an amazing trip to MIT this week. I spent a beautiful three sunny days in Cambridge visiting friends and attending the Collective Intelligence 2012 conference. I was there to present my dissertation work (a little depressingly compressed into an 8-page paper and poster) to some of the smartest people I have ever met. […]

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My First Two Books

It’s been a big week in my publishing life. Last week, two documents that I’ve been working on for years are now available in book form. First, my dissertation is now available from ProQuest in a lovely academic hardcover edition. I plan to order one for my shelf. Everyone else, please, just download the PDF […]

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Pesce on Expertise

Mark Pesce’s in my brain again, or rather, still. From If you know something that others want to know, they will find you. In addition to everything else, we are each a unique set of knowledge, experience and capabilities which, in the right situation, proves uniquely valuable. By sharing what we know, we advertise […]

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