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Oct. 21st, 2005 09:56 pm
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"Jonathan Huebner is an amiable, very polite and very correct physicist who works at the Pentagon's Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, California. He took the job in 1985, when he was 26. An older scientist told him how lucky he was. In the course of his career, he could expect to see huge scientific and technological advances. But by 1990, Huebner had begun to suspect the old man was wrong. "The number of advances wasn't increasing exponentially, I hadn't seen as many as I had expected — not in any particular area, just generally."

Puzzled, he undertook some research of his own. He began to study the rate of significant innovations as catalogued in a standard work entitled The History of Science and Technology. After some elaborate mathematics, he came to a conclusion that raised serious questions about our continued ability to sustain progress. What he found was that the rate of innovation peaked in 1873 and has been declining ever since. In fact, our current rate of innovation — which Huebner puts at seven important technological developments per billion people per year — is about the same as it was in 1600. By 2024 it will have slumped to the same level as it was in the Dark Ages, the period between the end of the Roman empire and the start of the Middle Ages.

The calculations are based on innovations per person, so if we could keep growing the human population we could, in theory, keep up the absolute rate of innovation. But in practice, to do that, we'd have to swamp the world with billions more people almost at once. That being neither possible nor desirable, it seems we'll just have to accept that progress, at least on the scientific and technological front, is slowing very rapidly indeed."

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Jun. 25th, 2005 12:04 am
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OK, I hate to go onto rant too much, but again...

This guy is gloating that he can charge more money for this product (which can help save lives), because the "Market" demands it.

No, fucker. It's not the market... It's the fucking patients who need healthcare, but because you have them at your mercy, you fucking steal from them. You are no better, to me, than a weasel car salesman. You are a criminal. You're a fucking crook.

And somehow our world sees this as alright. And if you defend this, if you can even think that because the market says it's moral, you are sick. You need fucking therapy.

If you think that it's moral for this dick to make more money, merely because he can, that his profit comes at the expense of, not only the individual, but the society who shares that individual's burden, and you think it's just okey-dokey.

I apologize that I'm so virulently anti-capitalist. I'm sorry. And I'm sorry I'm a fucking hypocrite. And don't try to tell me "Oh, that's okay, we all do it..." No... Hypocrite? What do you mean? Oh, let's see. Let me count the ways. I eat meat. I shop at chain stores. I buy lots of plastic things that give me temporary pleasure. All to be bedazzled by the glamoury... And I don't give as much as I should, nor participate like I say the ideal is for a community.

I liked the steady increase in sales and their ability to raise the price from $185 to $195 because of the high demand.

Kamalini Ramdas, associate professor, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia

"SPOT Endoscopic Marking System
Credit: BOLT
Client: G.I. Supply

The SPOT Endoscopic Marking System provides a method of marking cancerous lesions on the wall of a patient's stomach or colon during an endoscopic procedure. The mark provides a reference point for subsequent removal of the tissue. The inexpensive packaging solution turned the technology into a product, by creating a whimsical brand identity that uses color and simple iconography that make it appear less threatening, thereby reducing user anxiety.

Within just three years SPOT represented 28 percent of the company's total revenues while also being the primary driver of a 61 percent cumulative increase in overall company revenues. The president of GI Supply, Frank Carter stated, "Sales on SPOT have far exceeded our expectations. It has been our most successful new product introduction ever. Thanks to BOLT, we have a strong, valuable brand and a unique market position that allows us to compete successfully against competitors or larger size and greater resources."

The SPOT Endoscopic Marking system was a 2001 Gold IDEA winner in the Packaging & Graphics category."
"This study, like many others, seems to suggest that our biological need for sleep might be closer to the 10 hours per day that is typical of monkeys and apes living in the wild, than the 7 to 7.5 hours typical of humans in today's high-tech, clock-driven lifestyle."

is clothing the first human created cybernetic technology? I'm not familiar with the process of inventions, maybe tools were first? but clothing functions as an interface as protection and fashion/sexual attraction issues... we have no natural "color"/fancy markings as many other animals...

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Sep. 18th, 2001 08:58 pm
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Cybernetic culture research unit Go there. Now. For anyone interested in electronic music theory, and cool shit like that. I mean, it's fucking awesome, and if you don't go you're missing a shitload of very very very very very cool shit. This is what I'm thinking about a lot of the time, even though I don't write about it.
Something I've been thinking about today: Time. The linearity. The limits and restraints it places upon us in it's one dimensionality. I wish we could move to a multi-modal time. The west has linear time, with it's discrete units of measurement. Quantitative. The east has it's cyclic time, with it's analog states of change and evolution and recurrence. Qualitative. What we need is spiral-time. Time that is conic. That is linear and cyclic. but not only forward, but also backwards, so it's like four-dimensional. The three dimensions(1 forward, and then along that axis, 2 cyclic(up, down, forward, back)... But add the reversal element and you have 4 dimensional time. Our whole conception of reality is somehow tainted by one-dimensional time. And I don't know if it's really a physical thing, as science claims to exist, or if it's just beyond our ken. I mean, cyclical time is pretty much beyond our reach, because we perceive one lifetime and that' all we can deal with. And as such, we have to work within the confines of said time.

Confines. Something else that I've been thinking about. Limitations of technology are what the artist needs to understand and work with. The greatest artist is one who learns how to use the limiting factors of the media, tool and substrate, to his/her advantage.

Language is limited because we speak linearly. We write linearly. We read linearly. We perceive within one frame. What intrigues me about multimedia is the ability to superimpose a multidimensionality upon our perception, so that we can see 2 images at once or, music, by it's very nature, is multi-dimensional. But reading and even listening is unidimensional. Even if we put multiple words on a screen, it's still hard to absorb it all, unless it's short and to the point. Which is what modern media does. Politicos know this. They cram 3 word phrases into 2 seconds so we can all be of 1 mind.

I'm interested in the opposite. Sensory overload. Data-choke. Eye-gag(i-gag?)... The sort of overcrowded space with words that bombard you with so much that your eyes gag on it, and you just cut thinking out entirely and exist in a kind of automatic limbo. There are two paths to psychic liberation, the serene and the frenetic. The trance state from the rhythm, and the static state from the ambience. But reality pokes it's head through breaks and crevasses in the sound. Break-beats, dead-silence, jarring static, noise breaking through the steady hum... But in words. In text.

So, umm. Don't forget to go to that link.


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