The October Reading List

Some of the things i particularly enjoyed reading in the last month:

  • How Elon Musk Turned Tesla Into the Car Company of the Future: The story of the car start-up that jump-started the electric car revolution. The Model S looks great.
  • Dawn of a New Day: Ray Ozzie bids good bye to Microsoft. It’s funny how whenever someone talks about the future of cloud computing i can’t shake the feeling that Larry Ellison was just way ahead of the times in the mid-nineties.
  • A Tech World That Centers on the User: Adapted from Nick Bilton’s new book “I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works”. “When people want to know how the media business will deal with the Internet, the best way to begin to understand the sweeping changes is to recognize that the consumer of entertainment and information is now in the center. That center changes everything. It changes your concept of space, time and location. It changes your sense of community. It changes the way you view the information, news and data coming directly to you.”
  • The Most Popular Phone in the World: Hint: They are not talking about the iPhone.
  • 3-D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution
  • The Story So Far: Indie game developer Matt Rix on the making of his game Trainyard.
  • Visualizing the Creative Process: Brilliant illustration of the creative process by Dan Cook.
  • The State of the Internet Operating System: This one’s old, but i had not gotten around to reading it until now.
  • The Web Means the End of Forgetting: I’m not quite convinced that the loss of “forgetting” is an inherently bad thing, but i’m sure it will take some time to adapt, both as individuals as well as a society.
  • Why Warhammer Failed: The title says it all.
  • Scholars Test Web Alternative to Peer Review
  • The Data-Driven Life: The article presents an interesting argument that data analysis can be a viable alternative to psychoanalysis when it comes to making well considered and measured decisions in our life, without trying to understand ourselves. “When we quantify ourselves, there isn’t the imperative to see through our daily existence into a truth buried at a deeper level. Instead, the self of our most trivial thoughts and actions, the self that, without technical help, we might barely notice or recall, is understood as the self we ought to get to know.”
  • A chat with Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton: Part one, two, three.
  • Tuning Canabalt: Some good advice on being lenient toward the player that i completely agree with.
  • What is data science?: Nice general overview of the field and its tools.

Previously & previously.