The invisible network that keeps the world running – BBC – Future.
To find out more about this huge, invisible network, I accompanied a group of architects and designers called the Unknown Fields Division for a rare voyage on a container ship between Korea and China. The aim of the trip was to follow the supply chain back to some of the remotest parts of China and the source of our consumer goods – and what we saw as we travelled through mega-ports and across oceans looked closer to science fiction than reality.
If I ever change to a new career it just might be container shipping.
The inventor’s real genius was not to build a chess-playing machine. It was to be the first to notice that, in the modern world, there is more mastery available than you might think; that exceptional talent is usually available, and will often work cheap.
And there lies what I think of now as the asymmetry of mastery – the mystery of mastery, a truth that is for some reason extremely hard for us to grasp. We over-rate masters and under-rate mastery. That simplest solution was the hardest, partly because they underestimated the space inside the cabinet, but also because they overestimated just how good the chess player had to be.
A Point of View: Chess and 18th Century artificial intelligence – BBC News
“The Magazine’s recent piece on Americanisms entering the language in the UK prompted thousands of you to e-mail examples.” Picky picky.
Americanisms: 50 of your most noted examples – BBC News
Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats – BBC Four. Showing the world’s progress along the axes of lifespan and income. Fascinating data and a wonderful narrator/performance. (via)
Amazing! Bird sounds from the lyre bird – David Attenborough – BBC Wildlife. When the lyre bird sings, it copies other birds like kookaburras, and even human things it hears like camera shutters, car alarms, and chainsaws (!!!).