Facebook and the Humanities

I strongly think this aspect of Facebook's leadership, and leadership in Silicon Valley in general, is an important piece of the current trend in tech and politics. There's a reason the "Titans of Industry" in the 20th century placed such an emphasis on the liberal arts and libraries... "That’s because it was based in the … Continue reading Facebook and the Humanities

Google To Start Marking Sites Without HTTPS as Not Secure in July

If your nonprofit, church, or business website isn't https:// with a reputable SSL certificate, Google's Chrome browser update will start showing a warning message when visitors arrive. This will affect your site's trustworthiness. Get in touch if you need help or what to know more. You can also read a great take (and much needed … Continue reading Google To Start Marking Sites Without HTTPS as Not Secure in July

A brief history of the internet

The existing national defense network relied on telephone lines and wires that were susceptible to damage. In 1962, J.C.R. Licklider, a scientist from ARPA and MIT, suggested connecting computers to keep a communications network active in the US in the event of a nuclear attack. — Read on sciencenode.org/feature/a-brief-history-of-the-internet-2018.php

Microsoft and Apple helped build new braille display standard

It's really nice to see traditional rivals like Apple and Microsoft working together on something as important as accessibility. Hopefully this partnership is fruitful and the two companies (along with other tech industry leaders) continue to work to make computers and technology more accessible for those with different kinds of impairments. — Read on www.engadget.com/2018/05/31/microsoft-apple-usb-if-accessibility-braille-display-standard/

Most People Don’t Want Privacy

The broader question is the tradeoff between privacy and advertising. While a tempting noun, most people don't really *want* privacy, let alone understand what that means. It's definitely not an unattainable goal, but it does require work... which is something many of our fellow citizens are reluctant to pursue when it comes to such technological conditions. Third, … Continue reading Most People Don’t Want Privacy

Anil Dash: 12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech

Good read: So many of us who create technology, or who love the ways it empowers us and improves our lives, are struggling with the many negative effects that some of these same technologies are having on society. But perhaps if we start from a set of common principles that help us understand how tech … Continue reading Anil Dash: 12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech

Artificial Intelligence Opens the Vatican Secret Archives

Like all artificial intelligence, the software will improve over time, as it digests more text. Even more exciting, the general strategy of In Codice Ratio—jigsaw segmentation, plus crowdsourced training of the software—could easily be adapted to read texts in other languages. This could potentially do for handwritten documents what Google Books did for printed matter: … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence Opens the Vatican Secret Archives

10 most downloaded iPhone apps in the world

It might be surprising to Americans, but neither Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube is the most downloaded app on the iPhone anymore. As we continue to move into the 21st Century, we're seeing the rise of Chinese apps and companies. This will only escalate in the coming years, especially as the US seems more preoccupied with … Continue reading 10 most downloaded iPhone apps in the world

Computational Explosion

Sergey Brin, President of Alphabet (Google's parent company), on the computational explosion over the last few years and near-future possibilities of quantum computing in the annual Founders Letter: The power and potential of computation to tackle important problems has never been greater. In the last few years, the cost of computation has continued to plummet. … Continue reading Computational Explosion