It started out a little slow, but there are a lot of good articles in this month’s issue. Like:
– Mind vs. Machine, an article about the Loebner Prize (i.e. Turing Test) written by one of the people trying to convince the judges he was human. Particularly topical now that Watson is playing Jeopardy…
– How Skyscrapers Can Save the City. High density development=good in my book!
– Inside the Secret Service – unprecedented access gives a good view how the Secret Service protects people. Also: I forgot President Bush had a live grenade thrown at him in 2005, and Clinton may have been almost assassinated in 1996. Scary stuff!
– When Freedom Is Bad for Business – remember when President Bush said that invading Iraq would help them rebuild their economy? Yeah…not so much. Iraq is currently 174th out of 183 countries for “ease in starting a business”.
– The Moral Crusade Against Foodies – pretty hard hitting piece.
On to non-Atlantic links!
* Apparently Palm is giving away Pre 2’s to “all qualified developers”. They’re certainly supporting their developers, almost to a comical extent at this point 🙂
* A fancy treemap view of Obama’s 2012 budget proposal. Always good to remember where we spend most of our money, and why cutting earmarks to balance the budget is patently absurd.
* Speaking of Iraq, remember “Curveball”, the source who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons program? He now admits that he made it all up. Whee!
* Neil deGrasse Tyson on why science should invest for the long-term and not just on practical problems: basically, because we’ve gotten a lot of practical use out of long-term ideas.