Cellular Automata in Google Sheets

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I’ve been exploring binary with Year 8s and thought they might like to have a look at the weird world of Cellular Automata. There are lots of resources out there but I couldn’t find one that helped them create their own easily. So I made this in Google Sheets. It’s pretty simplistic but essentially there are 2 steps. Step 1) … Read More

Where’s the bottom-up brilliance?

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… Having it coming from a true believer like Rushkoff I find myself thinking on it with added attention. He suggests that open source efforts are hamstrung by the act of replication that is at the heart of its activity. The best open source efforts essentially copy existing artifacts (so Linux mimics Unix, Wikipedia does Britannica, Firefox carries on the … Read More

Where’s the bottom-up brilliance?

Piers YoungAsides1 Comment

… Having it coming from a true believer like Rushkoff I find myself thinking on it with added attention. He suggests that open source efforts are hamstrung by the act of replication that is at the heart of its activity. The best open source efforts essentially copy existing artifacts (so Linux mimics Unix, Wikipedia does Britannica, Firefox carries on the … Read More

The Road to Serfdom

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Following up on the Orwell quote in the last post, here’s a 5 minute video of Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom” based on the 1950’s cartoons Look magazine developed and General Motors championed. [Thanks zubadubop for this] Wikipedia, as ever, has a nice starter point: “Hayek’s central thesis is that all forms of collectivism lead logically and inevitably to tyranny, … Read More

Signs of the times

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I love this! A recent article from Wired called Roads Gone Wild talks about a Dutch gent called Monderman. Worth reading the article in full but some selected quotes: “The trouble with traffic engineers is that when there’s a problem with a road, they always try to add something,” Monderman says. “To my mind, it’s much better to remove things.” … Read More

Stupid question #15324

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Going to wear my ignorance on my sleeve here, so answers on a postcard would be great… 15324. What’s the correlation between complexity theory and size of network? i.e. does emergence etc apply to groups of 12, 50, 150 etc?