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The Sniffer, June 2nd, 2013: Trends in Books, A.I., Tree-houses, and Data

This time around, we do a bit of a debrief about Cathi Bond's book launch. Nora Young talks about an upcoming episode of Nora's show Spark, on the future of work, and wonders what are the jobs that humans - for sure - can do, that A.I. programs can't down the road. She mentions this New Scientist article on A.I. taking on some functions traditionally performed by judges. You can find some of Spark's past coverage on this issue here and here. So, what do you think? Based on how A.I. is progressing, what would you advise young people to go into as a career? Cathi's obsession with nests, cocoons, and tree-houses continues. This time it's a model rainforest in Cornwall that includes a very cool tree-house where you can stay over amongst the trees! (Via Gizmag) Nora's obsession with data continues as well. This time, it's a neat project launched by Intel's R&D wing and some TED fellows: We The Data is a platform for thinking up democratic approaches to data use (via Technology Review) Along the way, Nora refers to research at MIT, and practical uses of feature phone data.

The Sniffer, April 28th, 2013: Trends in Books, Bars, and Cathi!

9781927403624-Perfect.indd Big news! Cathi Bond's fabulous novel, Night Town, is coming out! It's a wild ride that tells the story of Maddy, a teenager from small town Ontario who finds herself in the exciting, but seedy and scary, mean streets of Toronto. You can find out more about the book at Cathi's author page, here. Cathi's official book launch is May 13th at the Imperial Pub from 6:00-8:00 pm. Please come and say hi if you're in the Toronto area! More importantly, buy the book here or here. Further to the future of publishing, Cathi and Nora talk about APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. That's Guy Kawasaki's take on the future of publishing, where a self-publishing author also takes on the role of entrepreneur. It's part of a write-up on self-publishing over at PSFK. And where do you like to have coffee in the morning? How about a public toilet? Attendant is a new coffee house in London created from a refurbished Victorian public lavatory. Nice porcelain! Check out the pictures over at Inhabitat