Microsoft Switzerland Country Manager Petra Jenner discussing her new book on Oct. 24 in the Kaufleuten
I just got an invitation by the Kaufleuten to attend our country manager, Petra Jenner’s reading of her new book and podium discussion.
This sounds highly interesting!.
Seen over on http://t3n.de
The first 100 visitors to get a 1 meter tower of their old books to the Sony store on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin on Thursday at 7pm will get it switched for a new Sony Reader PRS-T2.
Pretty cool… Sad it’s just going down in Berlin.
The Geek FreaksWhy Jaron Lanier rants against what the Web has become.
Updated Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at 8:11 AM ET
Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget has one of the more sobering prefaces to be found in recent books. “It’s early in the twenty-first century, and that means that these words will mostly be read by nonpersons,” it begins. The words will be “minced into anatomized search engine keywords,” then “copied millions of times by some algorithm somewhere designed to send an advertisement,” and then, in a final insult, “scanned, rehashed, and misrepresented by crowds of quick and sloppy readers.” Lanier’s conclusion: “Real human eyes will read these words in only a tiny minority of the cases.” My conclusion: Is that really such a bad thing?
And from the cover:
Lanier discusses the technical and cultural problems that can grow out of poorly considered digital design and warns that our financial markets and sites like Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter are elevating the “wisdom” of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and judgment of individuals.
This sounds interesting.