Future Shock Term Toffler argued that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a "super-industrial society". This change overwhelms people. He believed the accelerated rate of technological and social change left people disconnected and suffering from "shattering stress and disorientation"—future shocked. Toffler stated that the majority of social problems are symptoms of future shock. In the introduction to an essay entitled "Future Shlock" in his book, Conscientious Objections, Neil Postman wrote: "Sometime about the middle of 1963, my colleague Charles Weingartner and I delivered in tandem an address to the National Council of Teachers of English. Development of society and production Alvin Toffler distinguished three stages in development of society and production: Agrarian, Industrial and Post-industrial. Toffler proposed one criterion for distinguishing between industrial society and post-industrial society. Reprints
NRAO Very Large Array L'Observatoire des Tendances 12 Must-See Skywatching Events in 2012 | 2012 Skywatching Events Guide & 2012 Venus Transit | Amateur Astronomy This story was updated on Jan. 2. As the year 2011 comes to a close, some might wonder what is looming sky-wise for 2012? What celestial events might we look forward to seeing? I've selected what I consider to be the top 12 "skylights" for this coming year, and list them here in chronological order. Hopefully your local weather will cooperate on most, if not all, of these dates. Jan. 4: Quadrantid meteor shower peaks This meteor shower reaches its peak in the predawn hours of Jan. 4 for eastern North America. From the eastern half of North America, a single observer might count on seeing as many as 50-to-100 "Quads" in a single hour. The first major meteor shower of 2012 takes place on the night of Tuesday, Jan. 3 and the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 4. Feb. 20 to March 12: Best evening apparition of Mercury In February and March, the "elusive" innermost planet Mercury moves far enough from the glare of the sun to be readily visible soon after sunset. March 3: Mars arrives at opposition
The Great Debate Contributors: Matt Ridley The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves Matt Ridley turns from investigating human nature to investigating human progress. In The Rational Optimist Ridley offers a counterblast to the prevailing pessimism of our age, and proves, however much we like to think to the contrary, that things are getting better. Over 10,000 years ago there were fewer than 10 million people on the planet. The availability of almost everything a person could want or need has been going erratically upwards for 10,000 years and has rapidly accelerated over the last 200 years: calories; vitamins; clean water; machines; privacy; the means to travel faster than we can run, and the ability to communicate over longer distances than we can shout. In this original, optimistic book, Matt Ridley puts forward his surprisingly simple answer to how humans progress, arguing that we progress when we trade and we only really trade productively when we trust each other. Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code
The Nine Planets Solar System Tour Fracture numérique : 25% des Français n’ont pas accès à Internet L’Observatoire des Inégalités, organisme indépendant d’information et d’analyse sur les inégalités, a mis en ligne début mai 2012 un dossier sur la fracture numérique en France intitulé Technologies de l’information : des inégalités qui se réduisent avec des données, chiffrages et pourcentages issus du dernier rapport annuel du CREDOC : La diffusion des technologies de l’information et de la communication dans la société française (2011). L’organisme souligne des points-clés sur l’équipement et l’accès français à l’informatique, à l’Internet et aux outils connectés. Diminution des inégalités d’accès 85 % des Français possèdent un téléphone portable, 78 % ont un micro-ordinateur et 75 % sont équipés d’Internet à domicile. La situation s’améliore pour les populations les moins diplômées : entre 2001 et 2009, le taux d’accès à Internet à domicile a été multiplié par 6,8 passant de 8 à 54 % chez ceux qui ont un diplôme inférieur au bac. Des disparités persistantes Licence :
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Stand Up for Owners' Rights If you buy something, you can do with it—and do away with it—as you want. Right? The digital age is challenging this most basic of expectations in a few ways, and EFF and its allies are on the lookout. The Supreme Court will soon review a court decision that, if upheld, could put handcuffs on our ability to sell digital goods, or even physical goods with copyrighted logos or artwork, simply because the goods were manufactured outside the U.S. EFF has signed on to the Citizens' Petition for Ownership Rights, urging the U.S. government and the courts to protect our basic assumption that if you buy it, you own it, and can dispose of it as you please. The petition was prompted by Kirtsaeng v. In Kirtsaeng, the U.S. This decision gives copyright owners the ability to shut off markets for used copies, just by moving physical manufacturing abroad. The defendant (and EFF) asked the Supreme Court to review the case, and the Court agreed.