1) breakingsmart.com: A New Soft Technology
Software eating the world is a story of the seen and the unseen: small, measurable effects that seem underwhelming or even negative, and large invisible and positive effects that are easy to miss, unless you know where to look.
This has happened before of course: money and written language both transformed the world in similarly profound ways. Software, however, is more flexible and powerful than either.
Am looking forward to more.
1) voxeu.org: The myth of Europe’s Little Ice Age
It appears instead that the European Little Ice Age is a statistical artefact, where the standard climatological practice of smoothing what turn out to be white noise data prior to analysis gives the spurious appearance of irregular oscillation – a Slutsky Effect.
This is interesting because many historians base some events and junctures on the effect of the little ice age in Europe (as they mention in the article).