"I've set myself the modest task of trying to explain the broad pattern of human history, on all the continents, for the last 13,000 years," says Jared Diamond, author of the deeply provocative books Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997), Collapse (2005), and The World Until Yesterday (2012) that span geography, anthropology, and ecology. I'm honored that tomorrow (Friday, 11/8) I'll have the opportunity to interview Diamond on stage at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco! The event starts at noon and the JCCSF has kindly provided us with the special code BOING that will give you a 50% discount on tickets. I hope to see you there! "Jared Diamond with Boing Boing's David Pescovitz"
That point of light between Saturn’s rings is Earth, captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on April 12. More about the image here at NASA JPL. It reminds me of the last photo taken by the Voyager I spacecraft before engineers shut off its imaging systems. Carl Sagan had persuaded NASA to turn Voyager I’s cameras […]
As AI improves, the mystery of consciousness interests more programmers and physicists.
Most of us need a computer interface implanted in our brains like we need a hole in our head. That said, there are benefits to bridging the gap between mind and machine. Joel Murphy is the founder of OpenBCI, an inexpensive, and non-invasive, brain-computer interface (BCI) platform. People have used OpenBCI to control robots, compose […]
Even the most expensive pair of hi-fi headphones can’t match the feeling of bass rumbling through your body at a live show. That’s why music aficionados designed The Basslet, an accessory that reproduces that sensation from your wrist. Does it make your whole body shake with deep subs? Not really, because that would be terrifying, but […]
They probably just sleep a lot. But still, you can remotely keep an eye on them when you’re at work and missing them deeply with this HD monitor from Kodak.If you have a new puppy that destroys everything in sight, or you just want to be a little more security-conscious, this WiFi camera is a […]
Thinking of a business idea is the easy part. Doesn’t even have to be a “good” idea, you can still get people to throw money at a non-existent venture, but to do that you need to at least have something even resembling a viable business plan. Why doesn’t anyone do it then? Because building that semi-viable […]