Posted in Misc

Can’t Get Away From It All? The Problem Isn’t Technology — It’s You

From Wired.  The practice of taking an intentional break from technology and civilization is probably as old as technology and civilization. But it seems increasingly urgent now, in an era when the Internet—and thus most of the planet—is as close as an iPhone. We go to seek waldeinsamkeit, as the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson described it—the feeling of being alone in the woods.

via Can’t Get Away From It All? The Problem Isn’t Technology — It’s You | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.

Posted in Digital Puglishing

The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It

From MIT Technology Review – Look something up on Google or ask Siri a question on your iPhone, and you’ll often get back tidbits of information pulled from the encyclopedia and delivered as straight-up facts.

Yet Wikipedia and its stated ambition to “compile the sum of all human knowledge” are in trouble. The volunteer workforce that built the project’s flagship, the English-language Wikipedia—and must defend it against vandalism, hoaxes, and manipulation—has shrunk by more than a third since 2007 and is still shrinking.

via The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review.

Posted in Digital Literacy, Digital Puglishing

The Hyphen in ‘E-Mail’ Just Lost a Major Ally

From Mashable – Still use a hyphen in the word email? Mashable does not, as you can see — and as of Monday, neither does the New York Times.

\”By popular demand, we\’re going to remove the hyphen from e-mail,\” declared the Grey Lady\’s editor of \”news presentation,\” Patrick LaForge, in a post on the newsroom\’s internal blog. He later confirmed the news in a tweet, along with some other tech word style changes:

via The Hyphen in ‘E-Mail’ Just Lost a Major Ally.

Posted in New visions

Three Cognitive Traps that Stifle Global Innovation

From Harvard Business Review:  Which is the more likely cause of death — shark attack or falling airplane parts? The answer to Nobel prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahnemann’s question is surprising; falling airplane parts. (In fact, you are 30 times more likely to die from a piece of falling airplane than you are at the jaws of a shark.) We have tested this query with senior executives across multiple continents, and they inevitably get it wrong. Why does this happen? Events are perceived as more likely to occur if they are easier to bring to mind. We have the TV special Shark Week and movies like Jaws to remind us of the danger of sharks, but there is no Airplane Debris Week. With unfamiliar, low probability events,  disproportionate media coverage can lead to gross estimation errors.

via Three Cognitive Traps that Stifle Global Innovation – Simone Ahuja, Ranjan Banerjee , and Neil Bendle – Harvard Business Review.

Posted in Tech Software

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates Teach Code.org Online Coding Class

With tens of millions of dollars worth of support from all the bigwigs in tech, a new nonprofit called Code.org wants to bring computer science into schools.

Its first initiative will be a worldwide “Hour of Code” during the second week of December, with materials provided that include coding tutorials from Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

via Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates Teach Code.org Online Coding Class – Liz Gannes – News – AllThingsD.