I love it when really smart people, especially those well-versed in science, technology, and DIY, sit down and ramble on about whatever's currently tickling their proverbial fancies. In this video, Adam and Norm from Tested.com chat with the always-informative Kevin Kelly. While the conversation is free-ranging, there is a loose theme about learning-on-demand, knowledge sharing, and the power of tools to inspire possibilities.
Here are a few useful take-aways from the discussion:
Being your own signal-to-noise ratio – Kevin and Adam chuckle over instances of searching on a subject online and mainly scooping up what they’ve
written about that subject. E.g. Kevin looking up “superorganism” for a talk he was giving and finding out that the Wikipedia
definition was taken from him.
Adam talks about the joys of lifelong curiosity and the time that Richard Feynman and Danny Hillis were trying to have dinner together but got sidetracked when the two of them became fixated on the physics of breaking dry spaghetti (i.e., how the pieces never break cleanly in two; there's are always multiple fractures). BTW: You can find out more about this here
To learn more about a product your are interested in, search for the highest price of that object on eBay
to find out the broad landscape of the object, from the most expensive, feature-rich, highest quality expressions of it, on down.
Use the Incognito Mode on Google
to experience something you are searching for without your previous interactions influencing the search algorithms.
The trio talks about how great it would be if YouTube’s
algorithms were better at taking you to new places with suggested videos (rather than the same “murder’s row” of channels that you already know about). Read the rest