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Bruce Sterling talks about that here: http://boingboing.net/2009/07/09/bruce-sterlings-clos.html It's a great speech filled with nuggets about life in the coming decade but the parts related to this starts at about 36 minutes in.

Great stuff in that video about knowing if something's beautiful or meaningful.

And some great stuff at the beginning about not wasting your time doing something you can do better when you're dead, like conserving water or electricity or reducing your carbon footprint. Flawed logic, but an interesting way to think about things.

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