Links for 18th February 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart Plugin

    "… lets you add the ‘Add to Cart’ button anywhere on any post or page. This plugin also allows you to add the shopping cart anywhere in a post or page or sidebar easily. The shopping cart shows the user what they currently have in the cart and allows them to add or remove items."

    Tagged with: pluginwordpresswebdevpaypalcart

  2. How to Use Hype That Works

    "You avoid the ad-killing claim by making it instead an unavoidable conclusion. While the following is not an inviolate rule–it’s certainly worth testing… Before making any concise and memorable claim to unparalleled excellence—prove it first. Assemble and present your credentialing elements, your evidence–your entire body of incontrovertible proof–in clear and linear fashion. Allow your proof to lay the groundwork for what is to come. Create strong and overwhelming direction and momentum."

    Tagged with: hypemarketingcopywritingPRcommunication

  3. Stop bouncing: tips for website success

    "Remember, you don't decide the homepage of your website. When people search, the engine finds the most relevant page on your site and that's the homepage. If you have 50,000 pages on your website, you have 50,000 homepages."

    Tagged with: websitestatisticsmarketingbouncetraffic

  4. Spiraling Skyscraper Farms for a Future Manhattan

    "Designed for the Hudson Yard area of Manhattan, Eric Vergne’s Dystopian Farm aims to provide New York with a sustainable food source while creating a dynamic social space that integrates producers with consumers. Based upon the “material logic of plant mechanics”, the biomorphic skyscraper is modeled after the plant cells of ferns and provides space for farms, residential areas, and markets. These organic structures will harness systems such as airoponic watering, nutrient technology and controlled lighting and CO2 levels to meet the food demands of future populations."

    Tagged with: technologyecologyarchitecturedesignfuturismbiomimicryurbanfarming

  5. Friendly AI – May I Check Your Philosophical Baggage?

    "The philosophical baggage around the possibility of self-improving Friendly AI is abundant. Even the very notion of human-equivalent AI offends human sensibilities, not to mention the idea that morality is something that can just be… programmed. To scientific materialists who believe in functionalism, many of these questions are non-issues, but Friendly AI is still subjected to scrutiny above and beyond a straightforward technical proposal, much of it justified. Ethical questions like, “would it be right to create something smarter than us?” and feasibility questions like, “can a being of intelligence N create a being of intelligence N+1?” and so on. These numerous questions make arguing that Friendly AI is feasible and a good idea very challenging and multi-faceted. A philosopher might do well to take up the issue as a challenge even if they had no personal attachment to it."

    Tagged with: AIartificial-intelligencephilosophyethicsmorality

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