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In 2007, my friends at m ss ng peces and I started work on a new Internet-television show called RESET, for the Sundance Channel. The idea was to make a show designed for computers to watch, that could teach them what it was like to be human — a show that, while ostensibly made for…

One of Buckminster Fuller‘s most interesting conceits was his dislike of specialization, which he likened to a kind of intellectual prison, restraining “bright” people from truly understanding the complex, and general, systems of which they were a part. After all, he argued, what causes extinction in the animal kingdom? Overspecialization. Of course, it’s logical, and…

Operating Environmentalism

g-speak overview 1828121108 from john underkoffler on Vimeo. In a grand new tradition of using Universe as lodging for really interesting “supplemental material,” I present to you the history (and mystery) of g-speak, an incredible new spatial operating environment, as told to me by John Underkoffler, chief scientist at Oblong Industries. Underkoffler designed the fantasy…

The Grid

The Large Hadron Collider is finally turning on. A quick step backwards: the LHC is a particle accelerator, the largest of its kind, underwritten by all the wild money in science, a ringed tunnel some 27 kilometers long, deep underground, crossing the French-Swiss border at four points. It’s been over twenty years in the making…