Computers do only what they're told. But we've passed the point where any one person can explain what exactly any computer is doing... the behaviors have become so fast and so rich that we are effectively witnessing the dawn of a new era of intelligence, one that we can only study, not fully comprehend:
Yep, this just about nails it:
From a friend of mine, lamenting (celebrating) moving on past a relationship that has run it's course:
But the other day I realized I hadn’t opened OneNote for a while. It wasn’t just the bulging notebook full of years of notes and actions that was keeping me away either – OneNote had lost some of it’s magic. It hadn’t kept up with what I needed it for. This has become starkly evident as I plan a trip taking just my iPad, not my laptop.
Eli Pariser talks about "filter bubbles", or how the algorithms Google et al. use affect our worldview:
In the same way your phone is associated with a unique number, your computer is assigned a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address when you connect to the Internet. The current protocol, IPv4, allows for approximately 4 billion unique addresses—and that number is about to run out.
The App Store, which any iPhone or iPod Touch user is familiar with, has now been released for Mac OSX. Briefly, this means you can install software using the same simple paradigm you are familiar with on your mobile devices. The App Store application keeps all your software up-to-date, taking away some of the biggest hassles around software: managing the software itself.
Is this a good thing?
Thirty years is, like, forever in geek years:
I heard recently that 20% of all internet traffic is on Facebook. Number two on the list is Amazon at 2%.
It used to be the military was the strongest driver of technological advancement... not any more. Now video games and in-home entertainment industries are the primary movers of progress: