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The Glass Cage: sneak peek

From page twenty, the last page of the first signature of the printed book:

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The medium is the message from our sponsor

For the next recycled post from the Rough Type archives, we go back to a more innocent time, the fall of 2007, when Mark Zuckerberg peered into the past and discerned a pattern to the history of media. This post originally appeared on November … Continue reading

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Manual labor

It’s two months until the official publication date of my new book, The Glass Cage, and the pages are coming off the presses. My job this weekend is to sign 700 copies of the first printing. The printer sent me … Continue reading

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Beware the bored computer

Last month a controversy broke out over reports that “Eugene Goostman,” a computer simulation of a 13-year-old boy, had passed the Turing Test and ushered in an era of true Artificial Intelligence. The discussions soon turned to the question of whether Alan Turing’s famous … Continue reading

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Gods and robots: a speculation

The contemporary robot is a polytheist by design, if not by nature. It sees gods everywhere it looks, and we are they. Never mind the Singularity. The moment we should anticipate with concern is the moment that robots abandon polytheism for monotheism. … Continue reading

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Theses in tweetform (third series)

[first series, 2012] 1. The complexity of the medium is inversely proportional to the eloquence of the message. 2. Hypertext is a more conservative medium than text. 3. The best medium for the nonlinear narrative is the linear page. 4. … Continue reading

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Cluetrain crashes, casualties widespread

“The community of discourse is the market. Companies that do not belong to a community of discourse will die.” —The Cluetrain Manifesto, 1999 Alexander Jutkowitz wears a couple of hats. He’s the chief strategist at the public-relations giant Hill & Knowlton, and he … Continue reading

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