Cheap Treats

Moore’s Law means that more and more things can be done practically for free, if only it weren’t for those people who want to be paid. People are the flies in Moore’s Law’s ointment. When machines get incredibly cheap to run, people seem correspondingly expensive.

— From Jaron Lanier’s new book, “Who Owns the Future?” excerpted on Wired.com

WordPress’s Matt Mullenweg Talks About Future of Blogging in a SXSW Pedicab

Rolling through the analog streets of Austin on a digital day.
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YESS: Yahoo HR Exec Loses Mayer’s Survey Contest, Gangnam Style

But not so Oppa GS: A stock downgrade.
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The Future, Until Then

iPad Mini is the future … it’s the future until May, at least. Probably more like the end of May. Or, more than likely, June. iPad Mini is, now, the future, until then.

— From John Elerick’s BANNED iPad Mini promo (spoof video)

Mayer to Yahoos at Not-So-Radical Confab: Personalization, Mobile, Rule of 100 Million and — Most of All — the Four C’s!

It was big picture all the way from the new CEO at the employee gathering, with a lot of small details.
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CEO Thompson Tells Yahoos “Real Change Is Coming” (It’s Exclusive Internal Memo Time!)

The new leader addresses the nervous troops: Once more unto the breach, dear possibly laid-off Yahoos, once more …
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Voices

Captain Michio and the World of Tomorrow

By 2020, the word “computer” will have vanished from the English language, physicist Michio Kaku predicts. Every 18 months, computer power doubles, he notes, so in eight years, a microchip will cost only a penny. Instead of one chip inside a desktop, we’ll have millions of chips in all our possessions: furniture, cars, appliances, clothes.

What Happened to the Future?

To many investors, visionary entrepreneurs come off as naïve or worse — isn’t it safer/easier/more profitable to create a(nother) social network for cat fanciers than to try to cure cancer, defeat terrorism, or organize the world’s information?

Bruce Gibney, in a post on the Founders Fund Web site entitled “What Happened to the Future?”

Magnum P.I. Can See the Future, and We’re Living in It Right Now

A nearly 100 percent accurate view of the present tense, forecast back in 1993.
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Apple Shares Down, but for How Long?