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All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines - Nicholas Carr

All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines - Nicholas Carr
We rely on computers to fly our planes, find our cancers, design our buildings, audit our businesses. That's all well and good. But what happens when the computer fails? On the evening of February 12, 2009, a Continental Connection commuter flight made its way through blustery weather between Newark, New Jersey, and Buffalo, New York. As is typical of commercial flights today, the pilots didn’t have all that much to do during the hour-long trip. The crash, which killed all 49 people on board as well as one person on the ground, should never have happened. The Buffalo crash was not an isolated incident. The first automatic pilot, dubbed a “metal airman” in a 1930 Popular Science article, consisted of two gyroscopes, one mounted horizontally, the other vertically, that were connected to a plane’s controls and powered by a wind-driven generator behind the propeller. And that, many aviation and automation experts have concluded, is a problem. Who needs humans, anyway?

The Glass Cage | Nicholas Carr “Essential … Read it yourself. Read the whole book.” —New York Times Book Review “The Glass Cage should be required reading for everyone with a phone.” —Jonathan Safran Foer “Carr’s prose is elegant, and he has an exceptional command of the facts. What kind of world are we building for ourselves? Digging behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, Carr explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure. Drawing on psychological and neurological studies that underscore how tightly people’s happiness and satisfaction are tied to performing meaningful work in the real world, Carr reveals something we already suspect: shifting our attention to computer screens can leave us disengaged and discontented. Buy the book: IndieBound : Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Powell’s : 800ceoread : iBookstore Praise for The Glass Cage: “Nicholas Carr is among the most lucid, thoughtful, and necessary thinkers alive.

The Biggest Misconception About Community College | Isa Adney Community college is not a second-class education. It's a first-class opportunity. Are there a lot of things community colleges could improve? But I think what we've done, and what we've got, in community colleges, is still pretty dang special. Community colleges don't accept just "anyone." But it's worth doing. Just because they don't require a particular SAT score for admission does not mean that classes aren't hard or that getting a degree isn't going to take a tremendous amount of effort and sacrifice. Community college is hard. If it were so easy, the graduation rates would be higher. But as a close friend and long-time beloved community college professor once told me, "I tell my students, there's no such thing on a transcript as 'community college Algebra.' Community college is hard work. But it's also a lot of work. Many appreciate community colleges for their flexibility, as there are many students who have to balance school with work and family obligations.

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All - Anne-Marie Slaughter The culture of “time macho”—a relentless competition to work harder, stay later, pull more all-nighters, travel around the world and bill the extra hours that the international date line affords you—remains astonishingly prevalent among professionals today. Nothing captures the belief that more time equals more value better than the cult of billable hours afflicting large law firms across the country and providing exactly the wrong incentives for employees who hope to integrate work and family. Yet even in industries that don’t explicitly reward sheer quantity of hours spent on the job, the pressure to arrive early, stay late, and be available, always, for in-person meetings at 11 a.m. on Saturdays can be intense. Indeed, by some measures, the problem has gotten worse over time: a study by the Center for American Progress reports that nationwide, the share of all professionals—women and men—working more than 50 hours a week has increased since the late 1970s. Revaluing Family Values

5 Skills for Time Management for Students Everyone knows that good time management skills are important for students if you're going to do well in school. But what skills are needed for good time management? The 5 skills listed below just might be the most important time management skills you'll learn during your time in school. The 5 Most Important Skills for Time Management for Students 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

MLA Format - MLA Guidelines .:. MLA Format on Microsoft Word 2013 This tutorial will guide you through the process of setting up Microsoft Word 2013 for your MLA Format paper. It is very easy and we are going to accomplish the following settings: I. How to Set the Font and Size: When you first start Word 2013, you are placed under the Home tab (like in the image below), if not, click on the Home tab. Click on the font and select Times New Roman.Click on the size and select 12. Note: If you already typed your text, you need to select all your text before you select the font in order to apply the text to the new font. II. Click on Page Layout => then click on Margins. III. To create a header with your last name and automatic page numbering, click Insert => Page Number => Top of Page => then click on Plain Number 3. IV. Click on the Home tab.Click on the Line Spacing button.Click on 2.0. V. VI. Follow this how-to when you are ready to work on your Works Cited page. A heading “Works Cited” centered one inch below the top edge of a new page. Sample:

Implied Subject Determines Comma | Zen Comma I believe education organizations (e.g., schools, districts, state departments of education) have an obligation to model correct English. Among other responsibilities, they are charged with helping children become successful, contributing members of society, and this means teaching children to communicate well. For this to happen, educators, at all levels, need to demonstrate the highest standard of language use. Children not only learn what they are formally taught but also learn what they observe. The Sample With this in mind, I found the following misuse of commas on a school district website. Once logged in, highlight the Grades menu, and choose Grades to view your student’s current grades. This has two commas. First Comma: CORRECT The first comma follows the introductory phrase Once logged in. Second Comma: INCORRECT Now look at the second comma. When we put the subject in the sentence, we get this: Now that the subject is in place, we see that the sentence has a compound predicate.