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Who Will Prosper in the New World

By TYLER COWEN August 31, 2013, 2:05 pm NYTimes elf-driving vehicles threaten to send truck drivers to the unemployment office. Computer programs can now write journalistic accounts of sporting events and stock price movements. There are even computers that can grade essay exams with reasonable accuracy, which could revolutionize my own job, teaching. Increasingly, machines […]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Privacy

MEGAN GARBERJUL 26 2013, 11:43 AM ET The Atlantic Long before Edward Snowden made his revelations about the workings of the NSA, privacy was a source of anxiety to many Americans — and to many people around the world. Most of us have a sense that our privacy is something to be protected. Most of […]

Enjoy the Rules

By FREDDIE DEBOER The New Inquiry A review of Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future? What becomes of America when the social contract can no longer be fulfilled? Generations of parents taught their children about deals that they thought were immutable aspects of the American condition; they now watch their adult children struggle in a […]

Will synthetic biology become a GM-style battleground?

David Shuckman BBC 11 July 2013 Last updated at 21:08 ET Will the emerging science of designing and engineering new forms of life receive the same hostile reception as genetically modified food and crops? This is the question facing the growing community of academic and commercial researchers exploring the potential of synthetic biology. For those […]

Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

Published on Jun 20, 2013 Andrew McAfee TED Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXQrbxD9_Ng&feature=youtube_gdata  

How patent trolls hijacked the building blocks of life

by NEUROBONKERS JUNE 27, 2013, 11:48 AM BigThink There were three great scientific horse races in the last century. The first two, the race to the moon and the race to split the atom have been widely reported. The race to sequence the human genome seems to remain slightly less well understood by the public, […]

Medical research: Cell division

26 June 2013 Meredith Wadman Nature The woman was four months pregnant, but she didn’t want another child. In 1962, at a hospital in Sweden, she had a legal abortion. The fetus — female, 20 centimetres long and wrapped in a sterile green cloth — was delivered to the Karolinska Institute in northwest Stockholm. There, […]

Education technology Catching on at last

Jun 29th 2013 | CHICAGO AND NEW YORK | The Economist IN A small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom. In front of each of them is a computer running software called Reading Eggs. Some are reading a short […]

NY Court: Computer Searches Can Threaten Privacy

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK June 25, 2013 (AP) A federal appeals court warned Tuesday that authorities may have gone too far in their search of an ex-convict’s computer, saying the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures is irrelevant if every hard drive search is a green light to look at […]

Daily Report: ‘The Scariest Threat Is the Systems Administrator’

By THE NEW YORK TIMES JUNE 24, 2013, 6:16 AM Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details about American surveillance, personifies a debate at the heart of technology systems in government and industry, Christopher Drew and Somini Sengupta write in The New York Times on Monday: Can the I.T. staff […]