Innovations in 5: The Web turns 20

April 30, 2013

Here’s what we’re reading today:

1) The World Wide Web turns 20:

“On 30 April 1993 CERN published a statement that made World Wide Web (“W3″, or simply “the web”) technology available on a royalty-free basis. By making the software required to run a web server freely available, along with a basic browser and a library of code, the web was allowed to flourish.” – CERN

Browse “the first Web site”, and read more (much more) about the history of the first days of the World Wide Web on CERN’s site celebrating the milestone.

2) Google Glass and the “creep” factor:

“The slim, thirtysomething man was sitting in a children’s chair, and I assume he was looking at something that Google Glass was showing him. But I couldn’t tell. From my vantage point, he looked like he was staring off into space, looking at some undefined ‘middle distance’ while the rest of us merely existed in the real world.”

That’s VentureBeat’s Jason Wilson describing an encounter with a Google Glass user. Read more of his take on why Google Glass “creeps” him out.

3) Is your start-up burning you out? Here’s an interesting and useful read via Hacker News from Andrew Dumont’s “Always On”:

“I remember coming home and curling up into a ball. I was so emotionally and physically exhausted, I couldn’t even move. My productivity was cut to nothing. The next day at the office, I found myself just staring into my computer, for hours. No movement, just staring.

I was shot.”

Read more of his recommendations on how to avoid burnout, and let us know, in the comments, how you avoid burnout.

4) Wired’s Joseph Flaherty has a fascinating piece on how typography is being reinvented by new technology:

“…the growing popularity of the “@font-face” tag that became formalized in the CSS3 specifications is reinvigorating typography on the web by allowing a diverse range of unique but high-quality fonts to be called onto a page from an external foundry. With it, web designers can think more like print specialists and purposefully choose typefaces rather than defaulting to system fonts. “Suddenly the number of people who are thinking about typography has exploded,” [Cyrus Highsmith] says.”

Read more from Wired on the reinvention of typography and why Highsmith is optimistic about his field.

Buzz Aldrin on the moon
Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon. (NASA / Reuters)

5) Did you ever wonder why that friend (you know which one) believes the moon landing was little more than a Hollywood stunt? Well, researchers are looking into that, according to this piece by Scientific American’s Sander van der Linden:

“Since a number of studies have shown that belief in conspiracy theories is associated with feelings of powerlessness, uncertainty and a general lack of agency and control, a likely purpose of this bias is to help people “make sense of the world” by providing simple explanations for complex societal events — restoring a sense of control and predictability.”

Read more on Scientific American.

Bonus: Let us know if any of these surprised you and, better yet, which ones are missing: “Five things never heard at the most innovative companies” (Forbes)

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