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Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?

New York Magazine

The best text on Facebook and its role in, well, the world, that I’ve read in a long while. It excels in that it addresses the difficulty of grasping Facebook as a company, as a community, as a phenomenon. It doesn’t try to reduce complexity, but embraces it instead. Key quote: «Facebook has grown so big, and become so totalizing, that we can’t really grasp it all at once. Like a four-dimensional object, we catch slices of it when it passes through the three-dimensional world we recognize.»

The Uninhabitable Earth, Annotated Edition

New York Magazine

The original version of this text has been read more than 2 million times and has sparked a major controversy. Which boils down to the question: Is it careless to write about climate change by assuming worst-case scenarios rather than ones that are more likely? Or is it careless not to? The autor has doubled down and delivered a heavily annotated version of the text. Excellent read.

Click Here to Kill Everyone

New York Magazine

«You can think of the sensors as the eyes and ears of the internet. You can think of the actuators as the hands and feet of the internet. And you can think of the stuff in the middle as the brain. We are building an internet that senses, thinks, and acts. This is the classic definition of a robot. We’re building a world-size robot, and we don’t even realize it.» An important text by security expert Bruce Schneier on how dangerous the internet is becoming, why markets won’t help and why regulation is needed, but hard to do.

Cuckoo

New York Magazine

Time is what you make of it? Apparently, no. Times does strange things to you. It makes you eat three times a day – even if you’re tricked into thinking one day was 48 hours. It leaves your liver over Mid-Atlantic when you’ve landed in Paris. It gives you a chronical social jetlag of two hours. This book review from the New York Magazine is a great read itself.

Published in Weekly Filet #66