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James Gleick: Bits and Bytes

James Gleick - The InformationAnother one from ABC/Fora.tv:

Former ‘New York Times’ writer James Gleick (the man who popularised “the butterfly effect” in ‘Chaos’) has produced the definitive history of the age in which we live, ‘The Information’.

In Gleick’s book ‘The Information’ he speaks about the information “flood”. He talks with Robyn Williams, presenter of ABC Science and ABC Radio National.

We are in a predicament where we have the ability to reach cheap jerseys wholesale out and get facts easily. Although we may have access this cheap nfl jerseys wholesale does not necessarily bring with it knowledge. The gatekeepers of information are more important than ever, due to our reliance on these authorities for truth.

This event was presented by Sydney Writer’s Festival 2011

James Gleick is an author, journalist and biographer whose books explore the cultural ramifications of science and technology. His books have popularised concepts such as “The Butterfly Effect” and sold bucketloads around the world. His most recent book, “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood”, is being hailed as his crowning work. Gleick is also the author of the bestselling books “Chaos”, cheap nfl jerseysGenius’, ‘Faster’ and a biography of Isaac Newton. Three of these books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists, and have been translated into more than 20 languages. James divides his time between le New York City and Florida.

Robyn Williams has presented science programs on ABC radio and television since 1972. He is the first journalist to be elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, was a visiting fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and is a visiting professor at the University of NSW.

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Length: 52 minutes 35 seconds.

Also see the Authors@Google talk.

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TED: David McCandless – The beauty of data visualization

Via TED: David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.

Nicholas Carr – What’s the Internet Doing to Our Brains?

Via the Commonwealth Club:

Nicholas Carr, Author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains in conversation with Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google

“Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” Carr uses this allegory in his Atlantic Monthly cover story “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and makes the case that the Internet has diminished our ability to think deeply. Carr, an outspoken anti-Wikipedia activist, will share his theory on the Internet as the culprit against civilization’s progress. Are our brains re-routed? What is the cost of information efficiency? Join us as this best-selling author presents his perspective on the side effects of the World Wide Web.

The original article prompted quite a few direct or indirect responses, and the book did the same:

An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness (NY Times)
Your Brain on Computers: Hooked on gadgets and paying the price (NY Times)
Your Brain on Computers: More Americans Sense a Downside to an Always Plugged-In Existence (NY Times)
Steven Pinker: Mind over Mass Media (NY Times)
Carr in turn responded to Pinker, as did Douglas Rushkoff and Evgeny Morozov on Edge

Update 20100819: The art of slow reading (Guardian)
Has endlessly skimming short texts on the internet made us stupider? An increasing number of experts think so – and say it’s time to slow down . . .