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A map showing the original meanings of place names in North America

Now this is impressive: It’s called the Atlas of True Names, and it reveals the etymological origins and translations of familiar place names whose original meanings we’ve mostly forgotten. Looking at it, you’d think North America was some sort of fantasy novel.

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via io9 http://io9.com/a-map-showing-the-original-meanings-of-place-names-in-n-514283788

x-post by Jered Higgins

How the Tech Industry Is Quietly Changing the Face of American Cities

When Steve Jobs presented the initial design for his donut-like headquarters to the Cupertino City Council, in 2011, he described the building as a reaction against suburban office parks. “We’ve come up with a design that puts 12,000 people in one building; which sounds a bit odd,” he said. “But we’ve seen these office parks with a lot of buildings, and they get pretty boring pretty fast. We’d like to do something better.” The question, though, is better for whom?

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via io9 http://gizmodo.com/how-the-tech-industry-is-quietly-changing-the-face-of-a-513266451

x-post by Jered Higgins

7 Totally Unexpected Outcomes That Could Follow the Singularity

By definition, the Technological Singularity is a blind spot in our predictive thinking. Futurists have a hard time imagining what life will be like after we create greater-than-human artificial intelligences. Here are seven outcomes of the Singularity that nobody thinks about — and which could leave us completely blindsided.

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via io9 http://io9.com/7-totally-unexpected-outcomes-that-could-follow-the-sin-512600550

x-post by Jered Higgins