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Race Against The Machine

Erik Brynjolfsson’s Race Against The Machine

What do you do in your daily and weekly routine to go beyond the usual and continue lifelong  learning?

Below is an aggregation of what I enjoyed through the week to keep me thinking about the bigger picture or to get my mind out of the daily routine of things.  It consists of my usuals (GeekBeat.TV, This Week in Tech (TWiT), MacBreak Weekly (MBW)), my broadening (Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED)), and some things I’m specifically interested in learning (This Week in Photo (TWiP)).  Who knows, maybe I’ll get better at this photography and video thing.

I thought that TED released an interesting pair in the first two videos.  They seemed to compliment each other as one challenged the innovation and growth occurring and what is the true race in competition (against the machines).

For the above reason Erik’s video was the one I most enjoyed this week.  I’ve discovered his book, Race Against the Machine, which discusses the how the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy.  No small set of feats, right?  Anyway - enjoy my wrap up!


What are the keys for Control Alt Delete for a Mac (Keys for Ctrl Alt Del Mac)?

Use these keys to do a Force Quit - or Ctrl Alt Del for Mac.


Option Command Escape will bring up the Force Quit menu.


Force Quit Menu for Mac

submarine fiber optic cable map 2013

Image via TeleGeography

TeleGeography’s Submarine Cable Map 2013 shows the massive amount of submerged fiber optic cable which support the global internet architecture.  The latest edition depicts 244 cable systems that are active or due to enter service by 2014.  From this submarine cable chart it is clear there are still vast portions of the globe that are not afforded the broadband benefits which come with a terrestrial based internet connection.

Combine this information with Akamai’s State of the Internet report and you start to see the planning and investment that true long-haul communication requires, via submarine cables, to affect major improvements in global network connectivity.

Alexandria Submarine Cable BreakThe next time your network provider or technical network expert tells you what sounds like an “off the wall” reason for degraded network performance which is interupting your connection to the internet you might want to cut the individual some slack and point them toward the submarine cable map.  It might have been caused by some lazy mariner anchoring where they shouldn’t and breaking a submerged cable.

What do you believe is possible if there were deeper and faster internet penetration to the areas without submarine cables?


[via TeleGeography - check out the large Interactive Map]

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