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August 18, 2014

Wikipedia, Cybersecurity, and Aspen Forum This Week

Events on Wikpedia, cybersecurity, startups, and government use of technology to lower costs are on tap this week and the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum in Colorado continues early this week.

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August 6, 2014

No Consensus Among Experts on the Net Job Cost of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence

Technology experts and industry executives are almost evenly divided on whether advances in robotics and artificial intelligence will cause a net loss of jobs in the next decade, according to a report from the Pew Research Center and Elon University in North Carolina. Many of those who responded to a canvass on the future of the Internet did agree that the advances in those technologies would have a broad effect on daily life and that the nation’s educational system isn’t up to the challenge of preparing workers for the altered world.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 11:32 a.m.
Ideas, Uncategorized

July 18, 2014

Sizing Up the National ‘Research Enterprise’

Is the U.S. measuring its “research enterprise” well enough?

At a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing Thursday, Stephen Fienberg, a statistics and social science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, talked about some findings in a report the National Academy issued last month:

We found that current measures are inadequate to guide national decisions about what research investments will expand the benefits of science. Moreover, we noted that the U.S. lacks an institutionalized capacity for systematically evaluating the nation’s research enterprise taken as a whole and assessing its performance and developing policy options for federally-funded research.

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3D Printing in Space: There’s Much to Learn, Report Says

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This 3D printer creation by Joshua Harker, shown in Paris in November, was not printed in space. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

Three-dimensional printing has been a hot topic lately, with Home Depot even starting to sell the machines in some stores and the National Institutes of Health maintaining an exchange for 3D printer files. What about using 3D printing in space? There are potential benefits, but we still don’t know the full scope of this technology, and its capabilities in the short-term have been exaggerated, says a new report by the National Research Council.

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July 14, 2014

Unauthorized In-App Charges: Questions About Parents’ Role and the FTC’s Approach

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit alleging that Amazon on numerous occasions billed customers for unauthorized “in-app” charges made by children, but several writers are raising questions about whether parents should take more responsibility in choosing what games their children have access to, and how the Federal Trade Commission should go about addressing such issues.

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July 9, 2014

Facebook News Feed Filtering: Beyond the Emotion Study

Among the flood of writing that’s emerged after news of Facebook’s controversial changing of users’ News Feeds for an emotion study involving more than 689,000 users, a number of articles point out that even the News Feeds that users see outside of such an experiment don’t fully reflect all of their friends’ activities on the site.

For example, Vox’s Nilay Patel writes that “manipulating the News Feed is Facebook’s entire business” and lays out how it works with advertising.

So, what’s the response to the idea that everything’s filtered, whether it’s for a study or not? David Weinberger, a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society in his piece in CNN raises concerns about commercial objectives of entities making decisions about what people see.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 10:28 a.m.
Ideas, R&D, Social Media

July 7, 2014

MIT’s Joi Ito on ‘Stodgy Institutions’ and Innovation

The world is changing — that’s nothing new. But what about innovation itself? MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito  says in a newly posted TED Talk that there’s a fundamentally “new way of thinking” about it, and that “stodgy institutions” need to embrace it.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 2:50 p.m.
Ideas

July 3, 2014

What Do the Experts Fear About the Future of the Internet?

Will the way people access and share content on the Internet be significantly worse in 2025 compared to now? And what are the “most serious threats to the most effective accessing and sharing” of content online?

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June 30, 2014

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky on Regulation

“I think that we want to be regulated [because] to regulate us would be to recognize us,” says Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky in a recent video from the Aspen Ideas Festival talks. “What we don’t want is a blanket prohibition.”

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 1:25 p.m.
Ideas

June 23, 2014

Reps. Bucshon, Gibbs to Talk Driverless Car Ride on Facebook

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Gibbs (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are slated to take to Facebook on Wednesday to talk about what it’s like to be in a driverless car.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 11:27 a.m.
Ideas

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