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The Future Is Almost Here

Yes, the title is a little bit of a play on words, since we know that as Annie sings, tomorrow is always a day away. Still, reading this article (HT: Gene Rohrbaugh) about autonomous cars made me feel a little like the futuristic self-driving car is not that far off anymore. A new law in […]

An OPEN Alternative to SOPA/PIPA?

Interesting post from PCWorld about an alternative to the tabled (though not defeated) SOPA and PIPA legislation. SOPA and PIPA may have been put on hold — thanks to possibly the most contentious uproar seen on Capitol Hill and in the tech world ever — but other legislation was introduced this week to combat online piracy. Rep. […]

Teaching Part 3: Dangerous Social Networks

This post relates less directly to teaching, but I know that many of us are interested in what effect social networking may be having on our students. As kids spend more time developing friendships in the age of MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter, what will they be like when we see them in class with all […]

Managing Search Engines

A couple of interesting posts today about search engines. (HT: Messiah College librarian Beth Transue) The first from the back end/business side, trying to optimize their placement in search results. The second discusses how Google’s search engine essentially filters the results we see, and so reinforces our current beliefs, rather than exposing us to a […]