Art and Computer Programming (8 tags)
One of the great theoretical debates in computer programming is "Is programming art?" There are creative components certainly, and aesthetic aspects occasionally, but do programming's functional concerns push it more toward craft or engineering? John Littler recently cornered several well-known hackers for their opinions on the subject.
Swarm Intelligence: An Interview with Eric Bonabeau (7 tags)
The concept of swarm intelligence is borrowed from nature, and in this interview with Eric Bonabeau, that's where the conversation begins--with ants and other social insects. Dr. Bonabeau takes us from his childhood nightmares of carnivorous wasps to applying the theories of swarm intelligence to solving real problems in the business world.
Paying Attention (or Not) to the Flickr Daily Zeitgeist (3 tags)
Perhaps the most complex operating system in the world is the human brain. In Mind Hacks, authors Matt Webb and Tom Stafford use cognitive neuroscience to present experiments, tricks, and tips related to vision, motor skills, attention, cognition, and subliminal perception. In this article, they explore how elements of web pages attract attention and influence reading. They then apply some of the ideas from their book in the examination of one such element, an animated photo-sharing widget, the Flickr Daily Zeitgeist.
An Interview with Cory Doctorow (2 tags)
Cory Doctorow fits the old adage: "Need something done? Ask a busy person." The European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a co-editor of Boing Boing, and a renowned science fiction writer, Cory is also on tap to speak at O'Reilly's upcoming Emerging Technology Conference. In this interview, Cory talks about his latest book and his work as a science fiction writer.
Beginning Python for Bioinformatics (2 tags)
Python might not be the first language that comes to mind for bioinformatics, but Patrick O'Brien demonstrates that it's well suited for the task.