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July 19th, 2014
thesmithian
We’re poised at the cusp of really being surrounded by robots in daily life…
Jennifer Urban, law professor
July 4th, 2014
thesmithian

'In 2013, of the 30,000 students that took U.S. high school Advanced Placement computer science exam, less than 20% were female, eight percent were Hispanic, and three percent were black. No female, black or Hispanic students took the exam in Mississippi or Montana. The poorest communities, often the most diverse, have the most limited access to technology. According to a Pew Internet study, just three percent of teachers of the poorest classrooms feel that their students have access to the digital tools they need at home.'

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June 9th, 2014
thesmithian

That Slenderman has proliferated online is new in terms of the medium, but not the message. Nor is it new for someone to act on his or her relationship to horror folklore.

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June 8th, 2014
thesmithian

There used to be a lot of coal miners, but not any more…it’s a job that was destroyed by technology long ago, with only a relative handful of workers—0.06 percent of the US work force—still engaged in mining.

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June 8th, 2014
thesmithian

'cities…are actively exploring urban innovation districts—as opposed to suburban corridors of isolated corporate technology campuses in places like Silicon Valley—as emerging drivers of future economic growth.'

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June 8th, 2014
thesmithian

…suggests that Hillary Clinton’s main legacy lies in reorienting American foreign policy in a globalized, tech-savvy 21st century, and in helping restore the country’s image abroad in the wake of the Iraq war and the unilateralism of President George W. Bush’s administration.

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…suggests that Hillary Clinton’s main legacy lies in reorienting American foreign policy in a globalized, tech-savvy 21st century, and in helping restore the country’s image abroad in the wake of the Iraq war and the unilateralism of President George W. Bush’s administration.

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May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

'What Hollywood is to movies…what Silicon Valley is to computing, Stockholm is to the production of pop.'

 In fact, Sweden is the largest exporter of pop music, per capita, in the world, and the third largest exporter of pop overall. And in recent years, the country has seized not just the message, but the medium as well: As the industry moves toward a distribution model that relies on streaming music services, the Stockholm-born Spotify is a dominant player, with 24 million users per month.

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May 17th, 2014
thesmithian

'…history helps explain why reports of a possible Apple-Beats deal have caused a stir: It’s a reminder that another round of disruptive innovation is likely to further transform industry categories. And it may be a sign that newer offerings are beginning to hit their stride.'

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April 26th, 2014
thesmithian

A new literary diaspora has taken shape, propelled…by “immigration, technology, postcolonialism and globalization,” powerful forces that have “dissolved borders and increased cross-cultural mobility.”

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A new literary diaspora has taken shape, propelled…by “immigration, technology, postcolonialism and globalization,” powerful forces that have “dissolved borders and increased cross-cultural mobility.”

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April 4th, 2014
thesmithian

“Amazon has a vested interest in making sure it’s present at every moment of possible consumption, which is all the time…It wants to get into that television screen and start to build a relationship.”

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March 27th, 2014
thesmithian

Older men in tech are discovering the unseen work that women and people of color have done for decades. Fitting in is hard work—an additional, invisible task on the daily to-do list.

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March 22nd, 2014
thesmithian

'Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets…clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.'

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March 20th, 2014
thesmithian

'Pres. Obama may abandon his…Blackberry in favor of an Android device before he leaves office. White House officials are…testing new smartphones…'

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