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RIP: George Carlin

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Great US comedian, author and actor George Carlin died yesterday evening in Santa Monica of heart failure. Thanks for all the great time you have given us. (6 video links)…

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Data-Visualization: Visualizing Corporate America

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Based on data from the SEC for 60,000 directors or high-level employees, Toby Segaran created this graphical network of major US companies that share board members or CEOs. A bit like a social network graph for companies.

Besides the relationship between the companies the diagram also visualizes…

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Quote of the day: The difference between an idealist, cynic and realist

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A quote from one of America’s best columnist:

“An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run. “

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Image: Why choose if you can combine?

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The best two versions we found of the more and more popular Barack O’Clinton images on the web.

Why choose if you can combine ?

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Joseph Weizenbaum is dead

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Joseph Weizenbaum died yesterday in Berlin as a result of a stroke at the age of 85.

Throughout his life he has provided many outstanding contributions to computer science and AI. After he created the first banking computer in the world while working for General Electric he took up a position at the MIT as professor for applied and political science. In 1966 he published “ELIZA” – his best know work – and the first computer program demonstrating natural language processing. His academic contributions include the creation of the SLIP (symmetric List Processor) programming language and research on pointers, list structures and garbage collection schemes.

Over the years he also became one of the strongest critics of computer science and a society that blindly believes into technology. His influential book “Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment To Calculation” displayed his grown ambivalence towards computer technology. Many concepts from this book have by now become common understandings like, for example, how programmers are seen by society or his critics of the promises by AI.

In one of his last mails “Joseph Weizenbaum” wrote: (translated from German)

…our death is the last service we can provide to the world: Would we not go out of the way the following generations would not need to re-create human culture. Culture would become fixed, unchangeable and die. And with the death of culture humanity would also perish…

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Design: Web site and visual design by girls and women

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These web sites have no girlie design – these web sites are made by girls and women and their design rocks

The “list” was put together by Pedro Reis a visual and web designer himself. …

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