In a great TED talk – short, funny and sharp as a tack – comic author Rob Reid reveals the maths behind claims made by the copyright lobby – figures which are being used to justify SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and their stripe.
The brilliance of Reid’s talk is that he thoroughly skewers the content industry’s dubious appeal to quantitative reasoning. We’ve all see the headlines proclaiming huge numbers of dollars, jobs, and patents lost to piracy. The appeal to quantitative measures is supposed to undermine counterarguments by doing two things: slyly stepping into a (pretend) world of objectivity, and raising the alarm with big, scary numbers. It’s hard to look at those kinds of headlines in the same way after Reid’s elegantly hilarious skewering.
The crowd at TED got a glimpse into the upcoming Ridley Scott sci-fi film Prometheus on Tuesday, in the form of a video of a TEDTalk that takes place in 2023.
Although not a clip from the movie itself, the futuristic talk is given by Guy Pearce, who stars in the film, and offers some clues to the plotline. At one point, Pearce, who plays CEO of the fictitious Weyland Corporation in Prometheus, says, “At this moment in our civilization, we can create cybernetic individuals, who in just a few short years will be completely indistinguishable from us.”
Have to say, have been a bit baffled about the content of these proposed Bills, and I’d say a lot of your readers are too, or at least don’t understand the consequences even for us Irish people. Found this TED talk (by Clay Shirky)
which encapsulates it pretty well:
Precision-edited time-lapse whiteboard illustration by UK animators Cognitive Media – based on a 4-minute excerpt from a TED talk by US author, web-innovator, pop-culture champion and all-round big-brain, Stephen Johnson back in July.