The job of the historian is often to pull together broad themes and trends, then give them a snappy title that people will easily recognise and understand. That’s how we end up with labels like “The decline and fall of the Roman Empire” or “The Rise of Hitler and the Third Reich”.
A good explainer video by Bettina Warburg recorded at TED in 2016.
Why can’t I delete my account easily?
It baffles me in the technology age why so much stock is given to privacy, user permissions, control over your own data, etc, etc. It baffles me because in almost every single app there is no simple way to ‘please delete my account and my data as I don’t want to be part of this system any longer.’
We are connected. Technology connects us, enables us, informs us, educates us, and entertains us. It’s not equal, not everybody has access and not everybody uses technology the same way: Different economies, different cultures, different expectations. It’s easy to assume global uniformity, but we must adapt to the local environmental considerations. Wherever you look, technology (not just the Web) enables communities in radical ways, from simple text-messaging news systems connecting remote communities in India, to full-streaming live video in the always-on super-connected (generally affluent) ever-spreading hubs in other corners of the world.
When this article was originally published, European politicians and heavyweight representatives of some of the biggest companies in the world were convening in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the Internet of Things. The event, The 4th Annual Internet of Things Europe: Shaping Europe’s Future Internet Policy – The road to Horizon 2020 was expected to be a significant one, attracting more senior participants than ever this year, such is the growing momentum around the topic.
On Feb. 15, 1965, a diffident but self-possessed high school student named Raymond Kurzweil appeared as a guest on a game show called I’ve Got a Secret. He was introduced by the host, Steve Allen, then he played a short musical composition on a piano. The idea was that Kurzweil was hiding an unusual fact and the panelists — they included a comedian and a former Miss America — had to guess what it was.