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Many of us suffer from a sinister and often contagious disorder, something I call just-in-case disease. We own toolboxes full of tools, just in case we need to fix something. We have kitchens full of appliances just in case we want to prepare a meal. We have cars in our garages just in case we need to go somewhere. We even have closets full of clothes we know we’ll never wear just in case we get desperate. Wealthy people suffer from an even more extreme form of just-in-case disease.

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Where’s the Beef? Does Digital Humanities Have to Answer Questions? The criticism most frequently leveled at digital humanities is what I like to call the “Where’s the beef?” question, that is, what questions does digital humanities answer that can’t be answered without it? What humanities arguments does digital humanities make? Concern over the apparent lack of argument in digital humanities comes not only from outside our young discipline. Many practicing digital humanists are concerned about it as well. Rob Nelson of the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, an accomplished digital humanist, recently ruminated in his THATCamp session proposal, “While there have been some projects that have been developed to present arguments, they are few, and for the most part I sense that they haven’t had a substantial impact among academics, at least in the field of history.”

The personal blog of Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » 12 Laws of the Future 12 Laws of the Future For several decades now I have been contemplating our relationship with the future. Many of my colleagues think of me as that crazy guy who assigns human attributes to this thing we call the future. On occasion you can hear me uttering phrases like, “I know it’s going to be a great day because the future is clearly happy with me today.”

The Hedonistic Imperative The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how genetic engineering and nanotechnology will abolish suffering in all sentient life. The abolitionist project is hugely ambitious but technically feasible. It is also instrumentally rational and morally urgent. The metabolic pathways of pain and malaise evolved because they served the fitness of our genes in the ancestral environment. They will be replaced by a different sort of neural architecture - a motivational system based on heritable gradients of bliss. States of sublime well-being are destined to become the genetically pre-programmed norm of mental health. Blog Posts tagged "Douglas Rushkoff" Kitchen Table Coders Panel Discussion from Rhizome on Vimeo. Last Friday, Rhizome hosted a panel discussion on code literacy in the arts including Amit Pitaru of Kitchen Table Coders; Vanessa Hurst of Girl Develop It and Developers for Good; Jer Thorpe, artist and educator; Sonali Sridhar of Hacker School; and moderated by Douglas Rushkoff, educator and author of Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. Kitchen Table Coders workshops in the New Museum Theater Following the panel, Rhizome hosted five Kitchen Table Coders-style workshops Saturday afternoon in the New Museum Theater. Twenty-five eager coding novices came to get a crash course in Processing with some of New York City's most talented programmers; Amit Pitaru, t3db0t, David Nolen, Jer Thorp and Rob Seward.

Join the Club Print this page Email this page How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World Tina Rosenberg (Author) South Jersey Digital Looking@Democracy: A Digital Media Competition By theibauj - Last updated: Friday, January 25, 2013 If you have creative ideas on civic engagement through new media, then the Looking@Democracy contest offers a great opportunity to try them out. Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the competition will offer $100,000 in prizes to short digital media pieces that illustrate either why government is important to our lives or how to strengthen democracy in America together.

The Future of Health Care uhc_video Good afternoon. In the next couple of minutes, I hope to make you wiser, and I hope to do this without teaching you anything. I am, however, going to ask a couple of questions, and this idea is not really a new one. In fact, it’s thousands of years old. There is a famous quote from Lao Tzu, a famous Chinese philosopher, who said to attain knowledge, add things every day. Ray Kurzweil on DNA, 3D printed buildings and innovation in schools The students at the Singularity University, which was founded by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, are working on solving the biggest of the world's problems from water sanitation to lack of housing. In a talk given at Learning Without Frontiers, Kurzweil explained how it is the exponential growth in technology resources that is enabling their work; that and the fact that they are being educating in an environment in which innovation is encouraged. Echoing the words of his long-term colleague, Noam Chomsky, who gave the first talk of the day, Kurzweil encouraged the educators present to "bring entrepreneurship into schools" stating that "it should be core of education". Speaking to after his talk, the award winning author added that he learnt the most from his own projects and it is those lessons, where he was investigating something that he was passionate about, that have "stuck" with him. But what of the future?

HR pro Sharlyn Lauby on workplace issues In addition to being a published author, Sharlyn is an in-demand speaker who enjoys sharing her work experiences to HR and business audiences throughout the world. She has presented on strategic planning at the Annual Conference of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She’s been one of the top speakers at HR Southwest for three years running and was rated one of the top speakers at SHRM’s Employment Management Association conference. Her workshop on human resources metrics was one of a handful selected to be featured as an on-line learning program for SHRM.

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