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  1. Ray Kurzweil on Multi Technology  • 
    Futurist Ray Kurzweil has suggested in an interview that we will be using a virtual reality network almost exactly like the one I proposed in "Infoquake" as soon as the late 2020s.
  2. Ten Things Computers Should All Do Flawlessly, But Generally Don’t  • 
    Sometimes I wonder if the computing industry -- all of it, from software to hardware to web services -- really has the right priorities in mind. So here's my list of the things that I hope to hell are working flawlessly in computing technology by 2018.
  3. Dr. Seuss, Political Scientist  • 
    Amazon.com today suggested that since I purchased or rated books by Dr. Seuss, I might also enjoy "The Politics of Inequity in Developing Countries" by one Philip Nel.
  4. State of Technological Dissatisfaction  • 
    The human condition is this: we're restless and dissatisfied, and that drives our constant technological innovation. Which explains why I'm so irritated I can't sync my Firefox profiles between computers without hassle.
  5. Will the Novel Die?  • 
    I can’t find any current piece of journalism to use as a springboard for asking whether the novel will die. But considering that the question gets asked every 14 seconds somewhere on the blogosphere, I’m not going to worry. Just follow the trail of rent garments and gnashed teeth and you’ll find someone blathering about […]
  6. Building the Perfect User Interface (Part 3)  • 
    We've got the two extremes of User Interface Hell: the world of the benevolent dictator, where your control over your environment is deceptively limited; and the world of ultimate freedom, where you've got so much control that your ability to get anything accomplish is equally limited. Both of those extremes are equally unlivable; and you'll notice that what those futures share in common is a lack of common-sense user interface.
  7. Building the Perfect User Interface (Part 2)  • 
    (Read Building the Perfect User Interface, Part 1.) In my first ramble about user interface, I used the toaster as an example of something that is erroneously thought to have a perfect user interface. Perhaps a more apropos example for most techies is the Internet search engine. Think of any piece of information you’d like […]
  8. Building the Perfect User Interface (Part 1)  • 
    When I set out to create the world for my Jump 225 Trilogy, as I’ve written elsewhere, I started with a few technological principles: Imagine that we have virtually inexhaustible sources of energy. Imagine that we have virtually unlimited computing power. Imagine that enough time has passed to allow the scientists to adequately take advantage […]
  9. Mini-Essay on the Internet and Publishing on SF Signal  • 
    I’ve got a mini-essay (three paragraphs) up today in the new “Mind Meld” feature of SF Signal. The question was about how the Internet has impacted publishing and the author’s ability to sell more books. Quick excerpt: But even more important, the Internet has allowed me to keep in touch with readers during the (too […]
  10. The Plot to Understand Second Life  • 
    Last night I had the privilege of attending a reading and interview of renowned science fiction author Paul Levinson in support of his book "The Plot to Save Socrates" on Second Life. And after attending Paul's Second Life event, I can now officially say I don't get it.

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