Jennifer 8. Lee (watch her TEDTalk) and our friends from Reddit hosted a reading in New York tonight for one of the geekiest comics on the web: Randall Munroe’s xkcd. It’s a comic that once, we’re proud to say, namechecked TED; now the strip has been compiled into a printed volume. Aside from all the TEDster connections, though, the event is neat because of the beneficiary: Room to Read, a nonprofit that builds libraries and supports education in the developing world. The New York benefit sold out, but if you’re in the Bay Area, you might try for tickets to readings in SF (on Sept. 21, benefitting the EFF) or Silicon Valley (on Sept. 22, benefitting Room to Read) to check out the book — which we can only hope contains xkcd #541.
One might ask Nate Silver, the data whiz behind FiveThirtyEight.com, which shot to prominence after providing eerily accurate forecasts of the 2008 election, what makes for good predictions. His answer will come as a surprise. In his new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don’t, Silver explains the […]
It’s a complaint we’ve all heard about the internet: all the cat videos and incessant celebrity gossip sites are making us, as a culture, stupider. However, digital community expert Howard Rheingold, doesn’t think that’s the case. In fact, he believes that both designing and using digital media can actually improve our intelligence. As Rheingold sees […]