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Marmot’s Hole Podcast: Otto Warmbier Sentenced & Korea Invests In Artificial Intelligence

Chance Dorland & Robert Koehler discuss North Korea’s sentencing of Otto Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor & the South Korean government’s new emphasis on artificial intelligence after Google computer program AlphaGo Lee Se-dol in the “ancient” board game Go.


3 Video Call Options for Travelers & Expats

Back in the days before the internet became as widespread as it is now, traveling could be an overwhelmingly isolating experience. Living abroad could be even more so. Prior to the spread of internet connectivity, the best way to stay in touch with friends and family back home was with international calling cards. Before that, it was stamps, letters and post-cards. We’ve come a long way!


Google Glass: You Are Already A Cyborg

Have you ever seen Koyaanisqatsi?

This isn’t the best pickup line, I’ll admit. Regardless, Koyaanisqatsi is this crazy “mondo movie” about how shit is fucked up. You can see it all in the first two frames of the film, if your media-addled consciousnesses crammed with the need for instant gratification can hang on through camera shots lasting far more than three seconds each: ancient, primitive people had everything right, but modern civilization is destroying the world. Okay, simple (or simplistic) enough. The director of this film, Godfrey Reggio, a former monk, said in an interview somewhere that this movie (and its sequels) are all about how evil doesn’t come dressed in the form of a monster or a two-horned devil, but instead as temptation: as flashy technology promising to make our lives easier.


Korea-related Google Plus Communities

 


I was bored so I Googled myself…

 


Bit of Literature History in a New Google Doodle

Just wanted to quickly post the Google Doodle I saw on my browser today (I assume just for Google users in Korea):


Talkin' Tech in Korea w/ Stafford, Matthew, & Jeff


45:49 minutes (20.98 MB)

Seeing No Evil

Do you have a preference in the Apple vs. Google war? Still hating Microsoft? Thomas Hazlett and Russ Roberts reveal how remarkably similar is the strategy both Apple and Google follow, to make the illusion of Apple vs. Google so compelling.

All great market innovations challenge entrepreneurs to do two things: (a) get other firms
to help create specialized products, and (b) maintain sufficient control to guide the
process while extracting a generous portion of its returns. These tasks carry obvious
tensions. Builders of complex ecosystems handle them differently.


The Correct Use of Internet Restriction

Nosiest GovernmentsThe ROK looks relatively less nosy and restrictive an internet society, at least according to The Economist‘s Daily Chart on “Governments’ Content-Removal and Information Requests?. The United States infringes liberty

on both counts, scoring badly on both counts. Brazil, however, looks positively negative, topping both, but is it?.


When Is the Palm Pre Coming to Korea?

I’m in no way tech-savvy, but I don’t like the iPhone, and somehow I’m just not optimistic about a Google phone. I want my Palm back! I’m surprised, then, about how South Korean companies are lining up behind the two rivals for combat.

KT has decided to bring the Nexus One, considered the chief competition to Galaxy S, into the domestic market. With SK Telecom recently joining hands with Galaxy S manufacturer Samsung to open an offensive on the iPhone, KT has decided to do battle with the Nexus One, known as the “original Android phone,” until the next generation iPhone is released.


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