Disruptions: Life's Too Short for So Much E-Mail Tony Cenicola/The New York TimesRoyal Pingdom, a Web site that monitors Internet usage, said that in 2010, 107 trillion e-mails were sent. Corporate employees sent and received 105 e-mails a day. Just thinking about my e-mail in-box makes me sad. This month alone, I received more than 6,000 e-mails. That doesn’t include spam, notifications or daily deals, either. Children’s privacy rights are prominent in the Data Protection Bill but there’s many a slip… Last week, the UK government announced its plans for a new Data Protection Bill that would give people “more control over their personal data” and enable them to be be “better protected in the digital age.” LSE’s Sonia Livingstone looks the implications of the Bill for child rights and highlights areas that might need more work. Unexpectedly for many interested observers, in these slow days of summer, the government has suddenly announced its statement of intent regarding the Data Protection Bill that will bring the European General Data Protection Regulation into UK law by next year.
Science fiction: How not to build a future society Science fiction films have many warnings for us – not least, how the road to a perfect future society is fraught with peril. Quentin Cooper loads up the DVD player to see what lessons we can learn. Science-fiction films sometimes offer us a future so bright we’ve got to wear shades. But mostly we’re deluged with visions of tomorrows far bleaker than today, from wildly unlikely “what if?” disaster scenarios through to entirely plausible but still scary extrapolations of the present.
Don't turn your back on science Your Royal Highness, Your Reith lecture saddened me. I have deep sympathy for your aims, and admiration for your sincerity. Introduction to Digital Humanities As primary sources of information are more frequently digitized and available online than ever before, how can we use those sources to ask new questions? How did Chinese families organize themselves and their landscapes in China’s past? How did African slaves from different cultures form communities in the Americas? What influences informed the creation and evolution of Broadway musicals? How can I understand or interpret 1,000 books all at once?
‘Mind uploading’ featured in academic journal special issue for first time (Credit: stock image) The Special Issue on Mind Uploading (Vol. 4, issue 1, June 2012) of the International Journal of Machine Consciousness, just released, “constitutes a significant milestone in the history of mind uploading research: the first-ever collection of scientific and philosophical papers on the theme of mind uploading,” as Ben Goertzel and Matthew Ikle’ note in the Introduction to this issue. “Mind uploading” is an informal term that refers to transferring the mental contents from a human brain into a different substrate, such as a digital, analog, or quantum computer. It’s also known as “whole brain emulation” and “substrate-independent minds.” Serious mind uploading researchers have emerged recently, taking this seemingly science-fictional notion seriously and pursuing it via experimental and theoretical research programs, Goertzel and Ilke’ note. For example, Neuroscientist Randal A.
The Radicalization of Utopian Dreams When you listen to people in tech talk about the future of labor, they will tell you that AI is taking over all of the jobs. What they gloss over is the gendered dynamics of the labor force. Many of the shortages in the workforce stem from labor that is culturally gendered “feminine” and seen as low-status. There’s no conception of how workforce dynamics in tech are also gendered. Furthermore, anxieties about automation don’t tend to focus on work that is seen as the work of immigrants, even at a time when immigration is a hotly contested conversation.
3 Types of Invisible Things You Do To Hinder Your Performance AUTHORED by Flip Flippen | Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 IN THIS VIDEO:00:02 An Unforgettable Outing With My Boys 01:08 One Balloon That Simply Can’t Get Off The Ground 01:53 I Know What It’s Like To Be That Balloon 02:46 Why You And I Can Feel Tied Down 03:39 The One Question You Need to Answer 04:14 How Talented And Capable People Are Short-Circuiting Their Success 05:38 Having Constraints Is Part Of Being Human, But You Don’t Have To Stay That Way 09:01 What Are Your Critically Impacting Personal Constraints 09:35 You Have More In You, So I’m Making A Personal Investment in You A few years ago I took two of my boys, Matthew and Micah, on our annual guys’ outing: a grueling, six-day, backpacking trip in the mountains of Colorado. The morning after we arrived in Beaver Creek, we went to the ski area where we would begin our hike. We put on our packs and began to head toward the lift that would take us up to our starting point. One balloon caught my eye.
Science should be on the journalism curriculum 'Traditionally, journalism was learned on the job, but there’s been a steady shift to academic training, and journalism courses have blossomed across the UK even in the face of a contracting industry.' Photograph: SuperStock/Getty "What I want to know," said the voice on the other end of the phone, "is how many more students would have passed this year if the grade boundaries hadn't been changed." It's a good question, and it strikes to the heart of last year's GCSE fiasco. After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses Ángel Franco/The New York TimesA set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica on the shelves of the New York Public Library. After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print. Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered reference books that were once sold door-to-door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed as proud fixtures in American homes will be discontinued, company executives said.
The Neutrality Network – Words That Matter As I write these words, the FCC has just issued draft regulations abolishing the rules meant to secure “network neutrality” on the internet. Those regulations themselves were a surprising victory in the second term of the Obama administration. Obama had made neutrality a critical part of his first campaign. But it was a former industry lobbyist turned FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, along with an extraordinary deputy, Gigi Sohn, who finally pressed a constitutionally resistant FCC to adopt a substantial body of federal regulations that would go a long way toward securing for the future of the internet the kind of competitive platform that defined the very best of its past. Those regulations were astonishingly popular — with the users of the internet and those who developed content and applications.