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Q (Frank Staplin) BS: Have you a TED idea or wish? (21) RE: BS: Have you a TED idea or wish? 25 Sep 14

The first paragraph of a blog in The New Republic, by Evgeny Morosov:


"The new pamphlet- it would be too strong, and not only quantitatively, to call it a book- by Parag and Ayesha Khanna, the techno-babbling power couple, gallops through so many esoteric themes and irrelevant factoids (did you know that "58% or millennials would rather give up their sense of smell than their mobile phone?) that one might forgive the authors for never properly attending to their grandest most persuasive and almost certainly inadvertent argument. Only the rare reader would finish this piece of digito-furturistic nonsense unconvinced that technology is- to borrow a term from the philosopher Harry Frankfurt- bullshit. No, not just technology itself; just much of today's discourse about technology, of which this little e-book is a succinct and mind-numbing example. At least TED Books, the publishing outlet of the hot and overheated TED Conference, which brought this hidden gem to the wider public- did not kill any trees in the publishing process."

In another article noted by googling, the TEDDIES suggest that non-technical employees of a company gather together and throw out ideas for discussion- I remember some 50 years age, this was encouraged in some of the major companies- a laughable bit of folderol perhaps worth a footnote in corporate histories.

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