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Links for 2010-07-30

  • Upside to global warming: ‘New North’ will thrive
    "As worldwide population increases by 40 percent over the next 40 years, sparsely populated Canada, Scandinavia, Russia and the northern United States will become formidable economic powers and migration magnets, Laurence C. Smith writes in "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future" (Dutton Books), scheduled for publication Sept. 23." Possible tie-in here with InfraNet Lab's "Next North" project
    (tags:geo pol viridian )
  • B.A.S.A.A.P. ? Blog ? BERG
    "B.A.S.A.A.P. is short for Be As Smart As A Puppy, which is my short-hand for a bunch of things I?ve been thinking about? Ooh? Since 2002 or so I think, and a conversation in a california car-park with Matt Webb. It was my term for a bunch of things that encompass some 3rd rail issues for UI designers like proactive personalisation and interaction, examined in the work of Byron and Nass, exemplified by (and forever-after-vilified-as) Microsoft?s Bob and Clippy (RIP). A bunch of things about bots and daemons, conversational interface. And lately, a bunch of things about machine learning ? and for want of a better term, consumer-grade artificial intelligence."
    (tags:tech design future BERG )
  • Global Qi standard powers up wireless charging
    "The Wireless Power Consortium today launched the Qi 1.0 standard which enables consumer electronic brands and device manufacturers to bring interoperable wireless inductive charging devices to market. The Consortium also announced today the first products certified with Qi."
    (tags:tech )
  • The Associated Press: AP IMPACT: Before the CIA, there was the Pond
    "Created during World War II as a purely U.S. operation free of the perceived taint of European allies, the Pond existed for 13 years and was shrouded in secrecy for more than 50 years. It used sources that ranged from Nazi officials to Stalinists and, at one point, a French serial killer"
    (tags:pol war spy )

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