Inside Cuba’s D.I.Y. Internet Revolution

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  Source: Wired Magazine Date: October 10th. 2017 Link: https://www.wired.com/2017/07/inside-cubas-diy-internet-revolution/ Discussion 1) “Every week, more than a terabyte of data is packaged into external hard drives known as el paquete semanal (“the weekly package”). It is the internet distilled down to its purest, most consumable, and least interactive form: its content. This collection of video, song, photo, and text files… Read more »

ReMarkable digital notepad ‘feels like real paper’

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A Norwegian start-up is developing a digital paper tablet it hopes will appeal to “paper people”. The device – called ReMarkable – can be written on using a stylus and is textured to feel like real paper. Source: BBC Technology News Date: May 31st, 2017 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-40107097/remarkable-digital-notepad-feels-like-real-paper Discussion 1) The idea and development of electronic paper… Read more »

Wireless technology trades one cord for another

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As I add more cordless, smart and rechargeable stuff to my life, I’ve run more into a mundane but real issue: I still have too many cords to deal with when it’s time to charge them.  And there’s no good solution. Source: Toronto Star / Washington Post Date: May 18th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/05/08/wireless-technology-trades-one-cord-for-another-analysis.html Discussion 1) This is similar… Read more »

Barbie Careers Game Developer Doll

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Open young techies to the world of game development with the Barbie game developer doll! She wears an industry-inspired outfit with graphic decal t-shirt, faded denim pants, a dark green jacket and white sneakers Bright red hair and eyeglasses are fashion-forward with techie style! Accessories — a laptop, a tablet with picture of a game… Read more »

Facebook’s ‘Town Hall’ is probably the best thing the social network has ever done

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Like it or not, Facebook has an impact on politics. The social network contributed to President Donald Trump’s successful election, as much as CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to lessen the blame on the rise of fake news. More recently, Zuckerberg started to acknowledge Facebook’s role in politics, and on Monday the social network introduced its… Read more »

Is robotics a solution to the growing needs of the elderly?

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The receptionist at the Institute of Media Innovation, at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, is a smiling brunette called Nadine.  From a distance, nothing about her appearance seems unusual. It’s only on closer inspection that doubts set in. Yes – she’s a robot.  Nadine is an “intelligent” robot capable of autonomous behaviour. For a machine, her… Read more »

Robots to affect up to 30% of jobs, says PwC

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Robotics and artificial intelligence could affect almost a third of UK jobs by the 2030s, according to a study.  However, the report from accountancy firm PwC also predicted that the nature of some occupations would change rather than disappear.  It added that automation could create more wealth and additional jobs elsewhere in the economy.  Jobs… Read more »