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Editorial Cartoon: Servers Have Feelings, Too

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
7/31/2013 10:37:11 PM
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Re: Maybe we don't need the soda machine, either
I'm a Vonnegut fan -- who isn't? I was talking with a librarian in my neighborhood about how thrilling it is for her to introduce young adults to Vonnegut. I'm jealous that she gets to literally activate dormant minds. 

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Shepy
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7/31/2013 5:35:15 PM
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Re: Maybe we don't need the soda machine, either
Are you familiar with Kurt Vonnegut? His analysis of the human condition and the evolution of man is very similar to that presented of the geek and tech world in RPO

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Michael.Steinhart
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7/31/2013 5:26:35 PM
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Re: Maybe we don't need the soda machine, either
Does the book address the shut-in geek archetype? It's interesting to see how different authors and thinkers take different directions with these technologies. Gary Shteyngart is known primarily as a humorist or satirist but his vision of 3D projection devices displaying their owners' health and financial information in the air, constantly rating them against everyone else in the room and issuing 'hotness' and 'dateability' rankings in real time, etc, sounds pretty close to accurate. He also sees paper-bound books and literacy going away by 2020 or thereabouts :).

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Michael.Steinhart
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7/31/2013 5:22:42 PM
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Re: Maybe we don't need the soda machine, either
Thanks for the recommendation, Chris. I had not heard of it before. I'm adding it to my reading list now.

In terms of interesting geek culture and 'maker' ethos, I like Corey Doctorow. Are you familiar with his work?

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Shepy
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7/31/2013 2:02:06 PM
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Re: Maybe we don't need the soda machine, either
Aye, there is some really interesting insights of the withdrawl from every day life and 'technological progress'

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Chris B
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7/31/2013 12:36:27 PM
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Re: Maybe we don't need the soda machine, either
@Shepy Yes, yes I have read that one, I picked it up last year just after it came out.  Aside from being packed with 80's geek nostalgia it does have some interesting ideas on one path society could take.

So everyone else out there, I concur, it's a great book, go and read a copy.

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Shepy
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7/31/2013 11:15:55 AM
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Re: Maybe we don't need the soda machine, either
"Well decent 3D printers are well on their way, just a few more technological leaps till we end up with a food replicator a la the USS Enterprise.

When that happens we won't ever need to leave our houses."

Have you read "Ready Player One" - some iteresting concepts along those lines. Great for geeks born / living through the 80s, if you havent, do so!

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Michael.Steinhart
Michael.Steinhart
7/28/2013 12:20:10 AM
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Re: Maybe we don't need the soda machine, either
I'm looking forward to that, Chris. Healthy foodstuff that looks and tastes like whatever you want? I'm in.

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hash.era
hash.era
7/28/2013 12:08:18 AM
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Re: Maybe we don't need the soda machine, either
@Rich: Yes the names make it look yummy. Hope the service too is yummy as the name.     

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Chris B
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7/27/2013 11:31:22 PM
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Re: Maybe we don't need the soda machine, either
Well decent 3D printers are well on their way, just a few more technological leaps till we end up with a food replicator a la the USS Enterprise.

When that happens we won't ever need to leave our houses.

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