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Futurist and Wired founder Kevin Kelly has famously observed that with the current structure of humanity’s practical knowledge, there isn’t a single person on Earth who can make, say, a computer truly from scratch — from the mining of the metals for its motherboard to printing its circuit boards to designing its interface to programming the complex software that runs on it. But RCA design graduate Thomas Thwaites has orchestrated a commanding counterexample, while at the same time illustrating Kelly’s point in a visceral way.

The Toaster Project chronicles his nine-month mission to build an electric toaster from scratch — no small feat, given the £3.94 toaster Thwaites dismantled was made of 404 separate parts and given also that plastic is almost impossible to make from scratch. But Thwaites persevered, from mining the iron, copper, mica, nickel and crude oil to learning how to smelt metal in a fifteenth-century treatise to creating a crude foundry in his mother’s backyard.

Via BrainPicking

Kevin Slavin é foda!!

Kevin Slavin argues that we’re living in a world designed for — and increasingly controlled by — algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can’t understand, with implications we can’t control.

Economics writer Tim Harford studies complex systems — and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were built through trial and error.

Puta projeto! Já conhecia, mas com a palestra de um dos responsáveis fica ainda mais foda.

DIY rullez!!

Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that’s only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).

Uma paulada atrás da outra. São muitas, e olha que a palestra dura apenas 7 minutos.

Metáfora pancada! Ele cita uma frase do Hayek foda: “There is no substitute for the particular knowledge of time and space“.  Top -Down sucks!

A história do Donald Rumsfeld no aeroporto é deliciosa.

Me amarro nela.

Projeto revolucionário e transformador. O mundo precisa de mais pessoas como Salman Khan. E quem não for Salman Khan tem que aplaudir de pé.

O cara fala uma parada muito foda. A escola do futuro vai ser mais ou menos assim: o dever de casa serão as aulas, em vídeo. E na escola os alunos farão o que hoje é o dever de casa.

Ah, e a piada em 5’10” é sensacional.

E como um sujeito desse não merece só 20 minutos, segue um vídeo mais longo de uma palestra que o Salman deu no MIT.

Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds.