Sunday, January 1, 2012

Apple, apes and the future of computing

Three news stories that interweave neatly:

1. Apes now using iPads

So amazing it makes me feel like buying the Steve Jobs biography.


"The orangutans loved seeing videos of themselves – so there is a little vanity going on – and they like seeing videos of the orangutans who are in the other end of the enclosure [...] So if we incorporate cameras, they can watch each other."
- Richard Zimmerman

2. Industry to discourage use of general purpose computers


The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race.

3. People will be apes

Review 1. and 2. again if in doubt.

Please do not scorn your friendly neighborhood or classroom geek for assembling his or her choice motherboard, CPU, RAM and hard disk drives for installing his or her favorite linux distribution on. These (us) geeks are tech wilderness guardians keeping the techsphere alive, resilient and healthy. The security activists, hobby hackers and unwieldy anonymous masses are the Matrix' Neos of reality. Give them a retweet.

Owning an iPad does not make you a geek or a tech savvy trendy person. It puts you on level playing ground with orangutangs. It puts you in a cage.