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by Maria Popova

“The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1946, decades before the internet as we know it even existed. Her fear has since been echoed again and again with every incremental advance in technology, often with simplistic arguments about the attrition of attention in the age of digital distraction. But in Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (public library), Clive Thompson — one of the finest technology writers I know, with regular bylines for Wired and The New York Times — makes a powerful and rigorously thought out counterpoint. He argues that our technological tools — from search engines to status updates to sophisticated artificial intelligence that defeats the world’s best chess players — are now inextricably linked to our minds, working in tandem with them and profoundly changing the way we remember, learn, and “act upon that knowledge emotionally, intellectually, and politically,” and this is a promising rather than perilous thing.

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Thompson harnesses the latest discoveries in social science to explore how digital technology taps into our long-standing habits of mind—pushing them in powerful new directions. Our thinking will continue to evolve as newer tools enter our lives. Smarter Than You Think embraces and extols this transformation, presenting an exciting vision of the present and the future.

Artist - Nja Mahdaoui

Artist - Kim Sin Hye

Nick Cobbing - Greenpeace

Arctic Climatic Tour 2011

With suggestions that the Arctic ice could reach a record low this year, ScanLAB Projects joined one of Greenpeace’s tours to the region to map what is going on up there. Harnessing the skills usually used for large scale architectural or artistic projects we are now working with Cambridge University scientists to produce detailed computer simulations of the ice floes.

Artist - Maya Devi

Artist -  Santosh Kumar Das

Anderson Jennifer -  photographer, lives and works in San Diego, CA. She knows anything about photography but she likes to take instant photos of the things she enjoys: “People look best when they are awkward, in the middle of a story or a laugh or on a bike.”

The 2011 San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.

REUTERS/Susana Vera

Life In A Day

Life In A Day is a historic film capturing for future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.
Executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.


Directed by: Ron Fricke

Produced by: Mark Magidson

Written by: Constantine Nicholas

Music by: Michael Stearns, Dead Can Dance

Release date - 1992

"Yekpare" is a storyteller which narrates the 8500 year story of Istanbul. The story embraces symbols from Pagans to Roman Empire, from Byzantine Empire to Latin Empire, and finally from Ottoman Empire to Istanbul at the present day.

“Orda Cave Awareness Project” – Perm ( region, Russia )

 “Orda Cave Awareness Project” – Perm ( region, Russia )

Haitian voodoo priest

Burning Man 2011 Home

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (also known as “the playa”) to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.

Even considering going to Burning Man for the first time can be daunting. And while it’s true that Burning Man is not for the faint of heart, with some research, preparation, and planning, an experience — and opportunity — beyond your wildest dreams awaits you. In Black Rock City, you’re guaranteed not to be the weirdest kid in the classroom. And you’ll become a part of the growing community of Burners who are active year-round, around the world … ensuring that the fire of Burning Man culture never goes out.

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