Betsy Masiello and Derek Slater (Google): Embracing an Innovation Stimulus Package. Benoit Dupont (Montreal): Skills and Trust: A Tour Inside the Hard Drives of Computer Hackers. Silicon Valley’s sought-after Y Combinator is where kids with start-up dreams can vie to become the next Dropbox, Airbnb, or OMGPOP. The internet has created a new industrial revolution: An excerpt from Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson. Justin Fox on why data will never replace thinking. Interstellar Hard Drive: Giles Turnbull on the search for storage beyond the cloud. The myth of technological progress: The history of technology holds some salutary lessons for anyone who blithely believes there is a high-tech fix for all our 21st-century problems. Failure is a feature: Ben Popper on how Google stays sharp gobbling up startups. Roberto Baldwin on 12 of the world’s most annoying technologies. Could the Internet ever “wake up”? Dan Falk wonders. Empowering “things” for our Internet of things: In much the same way that we now expect every child’s toy to talk, in the future, we will expect virtually everything we own to be connected to the Internet.
John H. Morgan (GTF): The Personal Meaning of Social Values in the Work of Abraham Maslow. Jack El-Hai on Joseph Jastrow, America’s first pop psychologist. Michael Barker interviews Kees Van Der Pijl on foundations of social change. From Liberty, Andrew Ferguson on the Intelligent Person's Guide to Presidential Politics. Mission accomplished for Big Oil: Greg Muttitt on how an American disaster paved the way for Big Oil’s rise — and possible fall — in Iraq. The problem with hook up culture, then, is not that people are friends with benefits — it’s that they’re not. Felix Salmon says CEOs’ deficit manifesto is “gross self-interest masquerading as public statesmanship”. A mapmaker takes on the world: Connie Brown's personalized maps are celebratory "portraits" painstakingly plotted on canvas. When Aaron Blaisdell is not organizing the biggest event in the Paleosphere, he can be found at UCLA where he applies his background in Biological Anthropology and Behavioral Neuroscience to study the relationship between associative and cognitive processes in animal models. Frederick Clarkson on Rev. Samuel Rodriguez: Not so moderate.
A new issue of Griffith Review is out. Timothy M. Devinney (UTS) and Pat Auger (Melbourne): What Matters to Australians: Social, Economic and Political Values. Has any country ever been so kind? The measure of any country is its compassion, and Australians have shown we've got bucketloads of the stuff. The discovery of a swivel gun on a Darwin beach has resurrected claims that the Portuguese reached Australia in the 16th century — does the hypothesis stand analysis, or is it a tantalising myth? Australia creates world's first continental-scale mineral maps. James Rose on Australia’s immigration battle. Why Australia’s Security Council bid was a mistake: Starved of funds, Australia’s foreign affairs department has spread itself far too thinly since Kevin Rudd launched the bid, writes Danielle Cave. Tales of colonial blackbirding have led to renewed ties between Australian South Sea Islanders and Pacific communities. Myths, markets and moral panics: Tony Smith reviews Larrikins: A History by Melissa Bellanta. Coal-fired Australia, buffeted by climate change, enacts carbon tax. Sex Down Under: Zora Simic reviews The Sex Lives of Australians: A History by Frank Bongiorno.
A special alcohol consumption issue of the Annals of Improbable Research is now online. "We always hoped our daughter would not marry outside of our race": Diane Farr on confronting racism in surprising places. Angela Cirucci interviews Terence P. Moran, author of Introduction to The History of Communication: Evolutions and Revolutions. If massacres like Cromwell's avert suffering, perhaps they can be justified. Clelia Delbarre, Erdal Kaynar, and Marc Aymes review Ataturk: An Intellectual Biography by M. Sukru Hanioglu. Four decades after break-in, Watergate investigator James Hamilton talks about his role. Steven Levitt says that he has a “good indicator” that Aaron Edlin, Noah Kaplan, Nate Silver, and Andrew Gelman are “not so smart”. No habla espanol: Ruth Samuelson on how the new Latino media universe is young, political, and all-American. An excerpt from The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies by David Thomson. How history shaped Barack Obama’s view of national identity: Robin Lindley interviews Ian Reifowitz, author of Obama’s America: A Transformative Vision of our National Identity (and more).
From The Conversation, Clive Phillips on animal welfare: an urgent issue with a long, slow solution; and think humans are special? Like the animals we eat, we’re meat too. William A. Searcy reviews Calls Beyond Our Hearing: Unlocking the Secrets of Animal Voices by Holly Menino. Animal intelligence: Edward A. Wasserman and Leyre Castro on how we discover how smart animals really are. Wild justice: A bull burned at the stake, a swarm of locusts excommunicated — animal trials were once surprisingly common. A review The Primate Mind: Built to Connect with Other Minds, ed. Frans B. M. de Waal and Pier Francesco Ferrari. Do animals get depressed? Primates, rodents may show signs of sadness, study suggests. Can technology help us put an end to animal experimentation? Laura Kiesel on why environmentalists should care about pet euthanasia. What do animals think of their dead? Tuomas W. Manninen reviews The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics. How do we judge nonhuman beings’ personhood? Jonathan Lyons investigates. Morgan Pettersson interviews Becky Crew, author of Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals.