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Michael Connor on Twitter: "I show my students Negroponte’s robot-controlled mouse maze from 1970 as a symbol of sinister, American-style militarized cybernetics. Always gratifying when bad people also make bad art" / Twitter
"I show my students Negroponte’s robot-controlled mouse maze from 1970 as a symbol of sinister, American-style militarized cybernetics. Always gratifying when bad people also make bad art"
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2 days ago by gohai
RT : The choice is simple: don't do business with pedophiles.

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MarvinMinsky  Negroponte  from twitter_favs
7 days ago by kohlmannj
The Epstein scandal at MIT shows the moral bankruptcy of techno-elites • The Guardian
Evgeny Morozov:
<p>There was no better original exponent of the “third culture” than Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of the MIT Media Lab and a new kind of applied intellectual, full of big ideas on technical subjects. The lab was ahead of its time in understanding that the industry and the government alike needed cooler, more interactive technology that was not provided by the traditional cold war contractors.

Everything else followed suit. Thus, Negroponte became a speaker at the very first Technology, Entertainment, Design conference (the famous Ted Talks) in 1984, which, a few decades later, emerged as the pre-eminent promoter of the “third culture”: no politics, no conflict, no ideology – just science, technology, and pragmatic problem-solving. Ideas as a service, neatly packaged in 18-minute intellectual snacks.

“Third culture” was a perfect shield for pursuing entrepreneurial activities under the banner of intellectualism. Infinite networking with billionaires but also models and Hollywood stars; instant funding by philanthropists and venture capitalists moving in the same circles; bestselling books tied to soaring speaking fees used as promotional materials for the author’s more substantial commercial activities, often run out of academia.

That someone like Jeffrey Epstein would take advantage of these networks to whitewash his crimes was almost inevitable. In a world where books function as brand extensions and are never actually read, it’s quite easy for a rich and glamorous charlatan of Epstein’s stature to fit in.

One of Brockman’s persistent laments was that all the billionaire techies in his circle barely read any of the books published by his clients. Not surprisingly, his famed literary dinners – held during the Ted Conference, they allowed Epstein (who kept Brockman’s Edge Foundation on a retainer) to mingle with scientists and fellow billionaires – were mostly empty of serious content.

As Brockman himself put it after one such dinner in 2004, “last year we tried ‘The Science Dinner’. Everyone yawned. So this year, it’s back to the money-sex-power thing with ‘The Billionaires’ Dinner’.”</p>

All is ruination. This isn't quite a comeuppance for Negroponte, but it further devalues his legacy.
culture  corruption  ito  negroponte 
8 days ago by charlesarthur
Brain Simulation Promised a Decade Ago Hasn't Succeeded - The Atlantic
. In his closing words, he claimed that in 30 years, “we are going to ingest information. You’re going to swallow a pill and know English. You’re going to swallow a pill and know Shakespeare. And the way to do it is through the bloodstream. So once it’s in your bloodstream, it basically goes through it and gets into the brain, and when it knows that it’s in the brain, in the different pieces, it deposits it in the right places.”

Over my left shoulder, a hushed voice whispered, “Wow.”
brain  neurology  simulation  bullshit  science  negroponte 
7 weeks ago by yorksranter
Huawei CEO: U.S. ban chews into company's revenues | FierceTelecom
During an on stage presentation with U.S. technologists George Gilder and Nicholas Negroponte that was held Monday at Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China, Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei said his company had reduced its revenue forecast for the year.

During the close two-hour presentation, which Huawei streamed, Ren said that Huawei's revenue would be down 30%, and that revenue would come in at an estimated $100 billion.
huawei  gilder  negroponte  ovum 
june 2019 by yorksranter
OLPC retrospective
Utopian project to give laptops to kids in poor nations did not end well
medialab  negroponte  olpc  education  laptop 
april 2018 by nelson
Nicholas Negroponte: 'Disband the United Nations' - The Atlantic
The One Laptop per Child founder argues for using technology to lift individuals out of poverty, with or without government help
february 2018 by mjb
Nicholas Negroponte says Apple is not helping the tech industry
The co-founder of MIT Media Lab and One Laptop Per Child has once again hit out at Apple for not coming to the table in regards to research and participation
negroponte  apple 
june 2016 by gdw
Wired 3.02: Being Digital - A book (p)review
The result is that sooner rather than later, we will have a growing population of machines with solid-state television cameras at the top of the screen and built-in microphones at the bottom. While this design has been conceived to pass your voice and a picture of your face to a remote and similar machine, it could serve handsomely as a direct feed into your computer - not a teleconference but a local conference with your machine. So please, Intel, make sure that audio and video are processable, so my machine sees my face and hears my voice. On occasion, I really do want to be in a society of one.
negroponte  digitalculture  interface  from delicious
june 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Nicholas Negroponte: Beyond Digital - The Long Now
extrapolating on what was happening in the MIT media lab to talk about the future - history of how his predictions came to be digital media.. Negroponte starts around 6 minute mark. talks about history - atoms to bits - interview starts at 48 mins. how long it takes to jump to a new medium at 72 min.
negroponte  beyond  digital  video  comm208 
january 2014 by sandra_rru
Negroponte Prediction: Swallow Pill to Know English: Video - Bloomberg
brief int with negroponte - one laptop.child; at 3:25 talks about future - not likley to be in telecommunications computer space, but in biotech, silicone. in 20 years should be able to swallow a pill and learn english
video  negroponte  comm208  to_watch 
january 2014 by sandra_rru

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