Monday, May 30, 2016

Episode 55: Weaving Threads From Carved Chunks

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People should talk to each other. That way, information flows from person to person, and eventually, perhaps someone says something that finally penetrates the thick skull of the listener, which leads the listener, perhaps someone like myself, to realize something very, very important.

In this Episode 55: Weaving Threads From Carved Chunks, listener L33tminion provided a bit of a progress report on a technology I covered in Episode 53: The Fails of Past Futures. This update penetrated my obstinate nature enough for me to realize something I had kept comfortably buried in a thick swaddle of denial for years, even after people have been telling me about it for about forever.

In this episode, I read once again from John Maynard Keynes' "Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren," as far as I know the original source of the term "economic unemployment;" from a couple of Wikipedia entries, one on Thomas Savery, the other on William Lee's stocking frame; from William Rosen's The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention (Random House, 2010); and from William Gibson's The Peripheral (Berkely, 2014). I play Jazzhar's "Reflections," and open the show with Tim Bousquet and KMFDM.

NB: With all the content penned by people named William, I inadvertently added another, misspeaking Thomas Savery's first name as another William. I regret the error.

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