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AuthorBot December 10th, 2007

So let’s say that you take the sum of all human English literature, and feed it into a computer program. Would that computer program, if properly written, be able to make judgments about the nature of literature? My guess is yes. The tricky part is the “if properly written” clause. When we talk ...

Future Shock December 06th, 2007

I’ve been rereading Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, and it seems odd how much of it is still relevant and how much falls flat. This won’t be a critique of the predictions made by a book that’s now 37 years old*, don’t worry about that. What interests me more is how little of the ...

I Call It “Technovulsion” December 01st, 2007

So many of my friends are something that there’s not a real good term for. I would call it technophobia, except that word has the implication of current technologies. It also has this connotation of ineptitude and foolishness. Maybe that’s just my take on it. Regardless, it just doesn’t feel right ...

The Future Is Now December 01st, 2007

Why don’t we see the marvels of human engineering? I guess you could ask the same about the natural world, but human engineering has, to me, a sort of immediacy to it, a sense of pride and promise, especially when you look at everything that has yet to come. A quick peek at what life ...

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