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What will blow our minds in the *next* 30 years?

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Predictions are a mug’s game. If they come true, you likely didn’t push your thinking hard enough. If they don’t come true, you risk looking like an idiot. Nonetheless, many speakers at the annual TED conference have taken the plunge and proffered thoughts of what the future might look like. The video above takes a quick spin through just some of them, with thoughts from tech pioneers including Nicholas Negroponte, Rodney Brooks, Jeff Han and Pattie Maes.

Below, we asked many of the attendees and speakers at this year’s just-wrapped TED to riff off the conference’s theme (“The Next Chapter”) and tell us what they think might radically change society, life, technology and so on in the *next* 30 years. From funny and wry to deeply insightful, the answers will surprise you.

“One of the things about learning how to read — we have been doing a lot of consuming of…

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Shelf Series Volume 2: Grace O’Connell

Originally posted on D.D. Miller's Book Shelf:

Grace O’Connell’s novel Magnified World  (Random House 2012) lives on my fiction shelf, tucked between a couple of notorious Can Lit’ers. Canadian publisher, critic, and writer Hal Niedzviecki’s novel Ditch is on one side and Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero is on the other.

Magnified World CoverHER NOVEL

Magnified World is Grace’s first novel, published by Random House Canada in 2012 under its “New Faces of Fiction” imprint. In the novel, the protagonist Maggie begins to have unexplainable blackouts after her mother’s suicide. This eventually leads to an investigation of her mother’s past. But, of course, it’s about much more than that and not quite as straight forward as it sounds. It’s about grief at its heart, and the blackouts enhance that off-kilter, foggy feeling it causes.

But it’s also very much a novel about, or at least very much in, Toronto. The settings are so clearly Toronto and the people are beginning…

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Vladamir Nabokov

Originally posted on D.D. Miller's Book Shelf:

All eight of my Nabokov books.

I have seven books by Vladamir Nabokov in my fiction section and one (Speak, Memory–a memoir) in general non-fiction, all of which were purchased during a Nabokov-obsessed period in the early 2000s. All of my editions are pocket book editions and were purchased in the book-loving towns of Victoria and Sydney, British Columbia. I have the Viking Portable Nabokov Reader too, which includes essays and poetry as well as excerpts from novels and some short stories.

Lolita Crest Giant Edition Nabokov is best known for Lolita (1955), a masterpiece of a novel. Along with being extraordinarily written, it is nearly undefinable as a genre; it’s a road book, a melodrama, a comedy, a story of abuse that borders on horror and, of course, a first-person confessional with the most unreliable of unreliable narrators. One of the most remarkable things is that it was one of the first books he wrote in English…

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