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Sander Hofman

🚨Nerd alert! Communications at ASML. Fascinated by the now, how and wow of science + tech + chips. Curious and creative since 1982. 🇳🇱🇪🇺🇺🇸

40 posts / 57 following / 186 followers

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TikTok is a new type of superweapon

The ultimate ‘weapon of mass distraction’ is considered by some to be a Chinese bioweapon, aimed at steadily reducing the West’s average IQ through smartphone addiction. 😳 “If we continue along our present course, the resulting loss of brainpower in key fields could, years from now, begin to harm the West economically. But, more importantly, if it did it would help discredit the very notion of Western liberalism itself, since there is no greater counterargument to a system than to see it destroy itself. And so the CCP would benefit doubly from this outcome: ruin the West and refute it; two birds with one stone (or as they say in China, 箭双雕: one arrow, two eagles.)”

January 29
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The ultimate ‘weapon of mass distraction’ is considered by some to be a Chinese bioweapon, aimed at steadily reducing the West’s average IQ through smartphone addiction. 😳

“If we continue along our present course, the resulting loss of brainpower in key fields could, years from now, begin to harm the West economically. But, more importantly, if it did it would help discredit the very notion of Western liberalism itself, since there is no greater counterargument to a system than to see it destroy itself. And so the CCP would benefit doubly from this outcome: ruin the West and refute it; two birds with one stone (or as they say in China, 箭双雕: one arrow, two eagles.)”

Could ultrasound replace the stethoscope?

Interesting piece that shows the power of cross-pollination amongst the sciences + a good pinch of engineering to get to a completely new application. “Miniaturization, experimentation, and A.I. have unlocked revolutionary potential in an old technology.”

January 29
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Hoe de loopgraven doorwerken in J.R.R. Tolkiens ‘Lord of the Rings’

Journalist Peter van der Ploeg (NRC) beschrijft wat de schrijver Tolkien meemaakte aan het front in de Eerste Wereldoorlog en hoe je dat terug kunt lezen in De Hobbit en In De Ban van de Ring. 👌

December 21
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Donald Trump’s final campaign (New York Magazine)

Wat een HEERLIJKE longread over de kleine wereld van Donald Trump. Verbazing-, ijzing- en meelijwekkend! “It was in that optimistic spirit, 28 days ago, that the former president, impeached and voted out of office and impeached again, amid multiple state and federal investigations, under threat of indictment and arrest, on the verge of a congressional-committee verdict that would recommend four criminal charges to the Feds over his incitement of a mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol and threatened to hang his vice-president in a failed attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 election results, announced his third presidential campaign.”

January 4
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If— by Rudyard Kipling (1943)

”If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim.” Eén van mijn favoriete gedichten om 2022 af te sluiten en vooruit te kijken naar het nieuwe jaar. 🥂🎆Proost Mohicanen!

December 31
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De 25 beste films over journalistiek (volgens journalisten)

En ‘All the President’s Men’ staat niet op de eerste plek. 👀

December 27
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Gereedschap voor 2023: bentoïsme!

Een bredere blik op eigenbelang, zo kan ik deze tool het best omschrijven. ‘Bentoïsme’. Klinkt zweverig, is meganuchter. Kickstarter-founder Yancey Strickler bedacht deze methode om op een multidimensionale manier te reflecteren op een vraag, worsteling of situatie. In de 4 kwadranten van een ‘bento’ (als in bento box) reflecteer je op wat je ‘huidige ik’ zou willen, maar denk je ook na over wat je ‘toekomstige ik’ nodig heeft—hetzelfde doe je voor het ‘huidige wij’ (jij en je familie, of je vrienden, of je partner, je werk, de maatschappij, etc) en het ‘toekomstige wij’. Deze brede blik kan heel beschouwend, verhelderend en balancerend werken. Maak daarom eens een bento van 2023. Wat vind je belangrijk en wat heb je nodig? De website bentoism.org helpt je op weg.

December 26
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Hoe maakt viruscriticus Nadia Duinker het in Portugal? (De Groene Amsterdammer)

“Als medeoprichter van Moederhart en activist voor Vrouwen voor Vrijheid, twee organisaties met felle kritiek op het coronabeleid, stond ze meermaals op het Museumplein en het Malieveld. ‘Liefde, vrijheid, geen dictatuur!’ scandeerde ze. Gelijkgestemden roemen haar welbespraaktheid en wilskracht; tegenstanders zien haar als een symbool van ‘wellness rechts’ of ‘verwende yogamoeders’, die bijdragen aan een normalisering van uiterst rechts.”

December 24
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A drone flew a human lung across Toronto for emergency transplant

Flight time was 5 minutes. 🚀🫁 “The drone they used was an M600 Pro, made by a Chinese company called DJI (this model is no longer in production). The team modified it to remove its original landing gear and payload rack so that the team could install a specially-designed lung transport box. They also modified the drone’s electronic systems for better connectivity to make sure it wouldn’t get thrown off track by interfering signals, and added safety features like a parachute recovery system, cameras, lights, and GPS trackers.”

December 22
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Bruce Sterling: ‘Artificial Intelligence is de tulpenmanie van nu’

“Je hond denkt, je computer niet.” 🐶

December 4
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