"cause if we just told them, we can kick anybody's asses, they wouldn't buy us all the stuff we want. So we say 'area denial anti-access asymmetrical strategies' and their eyes glaze over, and they say 'will you build it in my district?' "
Great thread. I really liked the human computation talk; it's a simple idea that has profound implications and that are only really just being realised.
__________________ The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve. -Eugene Wigner
Also on Google video. See this thread for links. (ETA: On second thoughts, don't bother with that thread - the embeded google vids seem to be broken now. ) But do please watch "The Secret Life of Machines" in whatever format you can.