It was only a matter

It was only a matter of time before the Media Lab did something with blogs. blogdex is that something. It’s a sort of meta-blog zeitgeist filter. Punchline: if it appears on a lot of blogs, it must be cool. It’s a good idea, but only just now getting off the ground.

Darwin in a test tube:

Darwin in a test tube: Avida is an artificial life software package from the Digital Life Laboratory at Caltech. Computer simulations are now able to hit “magic thresholds” of complexity that allow them to model something that looks an awful lot like life. We’re going to be learning a lot from artificial life in the near future.

Jorn Barger, of Robot Wisdom

Jorn Barger, of Robot Wisdom fame, has a pet project (he has a bunch of pet projects, actually) called the Internet Timelines Project. I find the concept intriguing. I’ve often thought about how I would construct a lifeline hypertext construct. It reminds me of David Gelernter’s Scopeware concept, where time is the predominant organizing force. Speaking of Gelernter, here is his keynote address (PDF) to the PCExpo in New York, along with a very fond piece by the New York Times (PDF) on the same topic. Interesting stuff.