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  1. Feb 2021
    1. We had a contest [at CDG] to come up with the most innocuous name that didn’t sound ridiculous. “Communications Design Group” is pretty vague, because what we’re likely to [invent] will be something other than what we’d put on a list. [But] the communication and design aspects do mean something. People communicate with each other, with themselves, in groups, with computers, and computers communicate with each other. If you take all the things in the world that can communicate and think of a future in which all those communications are qualitatively richer, then you have a vision.We live in a world full of hype. When I look at most of the Silicon Valley companies [claiming to do invention research], they’re really selling pop culture. Pop culture is very incremental and is about creating things other than high impact. Being able to do things that change what business means is going to have a huge impact–more than something that changes what social interaction means in pop culture.

      我们[在CDG]举办了一场比赛,选出一个听起来不荒唐、最无害的名字。"通信设计小组"是相当模糊的,因为我们可能(发明)的东西将不是我们列在清单上的东西。(但是)通信和设计方面确实是有意义的。人们彼此交流,与自己交流,与群体交流,与计算机交流,而计算机也彼此交流。如果你把世界上所有可以交流的东西都放在一起,想象未来所有这些交流在质量上都更加丰富,那么你就有了一个愿景。

      我们生活在一个充满炒作的世界里。当我看到大多数硅谷公司(声称从事发明研究)时,他们实际上是在推销流行文化。流行文化是渐进式的,它创造的不是高影响力的东西。能够做一些改变商业意义的事情将会产生巨大的影响,而不仅仅是改变社会互动在流行文化中的意义。

  2. Jul 2019
    1. One way to look at this is that when a new powerful medium of expression comes along that was not enough in our genes to be part of traditional cultures, it is something we need to learn how to get fluent with and use. Without the special learning, the new media will be mostly used to automate the old forms of thought. This will also have effects, especially if the new media is more efficient at what the old did: this can result in gluts, that act like legal drugs (as indeed are the industrial revolution’s ability to create sugar and fat, it can also overproduce stories, news, status, and new ways for oral discourse.
    2. To understand what has happened, we only need to look at the history of writing and printing to note two very different consequences (a) the first, a vast change over the last 450 years in how the physical and social worlds are dealt with via the inventions of modern science and governance, and (b) that most people who read at all still mostly read fiction, self-help and religion books, and cookbooks, etc.* (all topics that would be familiar to any cave-person).
  3. Jun 2019
    1. Bob Barton [said] "The basic principle of recursive design is to make the parts have the same power as the whole." For the first time I thought of the whole as the entire computer, and wondered why anyone would want to divide it up into weaker things called data structures and procedures. Why not divide it up into little computers... Why not thousands of them, each simulating a useful structure?