Being alone, together

According to the New York Times, US Americans spend more time than ever consuming media – alone. The US census bureaus 2007 statistical abstract says that time spent with information and entertainment media increased to 3,543 hours last year from 3,340 hours in 2000, and is projected to rise to 3,620 hours in 2010. The…

Simulating future happiness

Interesting quote on The Edge about simulation and happiness. Daniel Gilbert says: “For the last decade Ive been obsessed with one problem: How well can the human brain predict the sources of its own future satisfaction? If the answer were “Very well, thank you,” then Id be out of a job. Research suggests that I…

The sheep market and database art.

OReilly Radar mentions a thesis by Aaron Koblin which used the Mechanical Turk to produce a work of art and sociology. Great idea, interesting background, sad comment on our age. Using Mechanical Turk, Koblin invited people to draw up to 5 sheep for $0.02 each. He received 10,000 drawings, which he assembled into an internet…