David Orban

Lexical analysis of debates lets the memes shine through

The Osservatorio of Pavia publishes the report of a lexical analysis of the US Presidential debates (pdf), that represents the words used on a very clear graph of Simple-Complex and Rational-Emotional axes. The frequency of the words used, and their grouping into clusters of meaning let the authors of the report show the main themes …

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Soon a Creative Commons based broadcast content in the Netherlands?

Coverage by Alex Steffen at WorldChanging of an article by Figueiredo in DMeurope.com of a conference involving Creative Commons, and future proposals by Dutch parlamentarians for the release under CC licenses of all publicly financed broadcast content in The Netherlands. Public creativity leveraging content produced with publicly financed projects is appropriate, and overdue. Will joint …

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Unbounded memetic landscape

John Battelle is asking for comments on his vision of a world with Perfect Search. Well, the world of the Perfect Search would not be interesting. Asimov was great in exploring in his “I Robot” short stories the shortcomings and unintended consequences of his own laws. I can much more easily imagine someone building a …

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Fiction is not science

I would be surpised if Asimov thought his laws could become the basis of the real science of AI or sentient robots. The fun of his short stories, and probably of writing them as well must have been been also coming from the quirks of the interactions of the laws with the real world, and how their …

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Playing with wikis

I was waiting for an opportunity to start playing with wikis, and Joi Ito’s blog gave me the start with his public Socialtext wiki, where I quickly created a page of my own. So far so good…

For the record

I like Archive.org a lot, but their choice of what to save sometimes differs from mine: I’d rather take a snapshot of what the homepage of robocup.org looks like right now… robocup-homepage Originally uploaded by david.orban.

Playing with Flickr

“This is a test post from , a fancy photo sharing thing.” says the test post generated by Flickr itself. Maybe they are a bit too sticky, requiring registration for the most basic display of photos, too? The flash based photo roll thay I inserted in the right hand column of the blog is really …

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