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I came across this post, “10 Ways Social Media Will Transform Events in 2010“, and, after reading it, I was reminded of Ray Bradbury’s quote, “I don’t try to predict the future, I try to prevent it.” Anyway, the post is about how social media and other technologies will change meetings. First, some fisking. Consider…

I keep reading stories about how the iPad will revolutionize everything–or not (here’s one example). There are also lots of complaints about how the iPad is betwixt and between an iPhone (or similar device) and a laptop. But these posts are missing the point: the iPad is an attempt to sell computers to the approximately…

Over at BoingBoing, we read about the leaked version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a copyright treaty (so much for the Obama Administration’s commitment to transparency. Maybe it’s something in the White House water?). Two items caught my eye: •That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability.…

I realize that much of the political establishment, particular on the right, has adopted the Peter Pan philosophy of public policy: anything’s possible, if you wish hard enough. Consequently, too many Americans think that our infrastructure is not only fine, but the best in the world. This, I think, has made it much harder to…

One of the parts I liked about Unscientific America was the recognition that many scientists need to be trained in communication–and as importantly, this training requires funding, so universities have a financial incentive to reward scientific communication and outreach. Mooney and Kirshenbaum also think that non-profit organizations should and will play a critical role in…

The Post-Twitter Communication System

Or maybe not. By way of ScienceBlogling Ed Yong, I came across tweenbots, which are little robots that can only travel in one direction, and…well, just watch the video:

Twitter Thoughts

So I recently joined Twitter. So here’s some random thoughts about it:

To Twitter or Not to Twitter…

…that is the question–along with some thoughts about being a blogger and not a writer. I’ve been asking other science bloggers if I should start using Twitter. The answers have ranged from the formation of a blood pact sworn to never (EVAH!) use Twitter to a belief that Twitter ‘communities’ are the equivalent of a…

File Sharing and National Security

This little security breach and its cause are disturbing (italics mine):

Puzzling Gallup Poll on Internet Use

Gallup has released a poll that shows that the percentage of Americans who use the internet for more than an hour has increased to 48 percent. But some of the claims of change in use by demographic group puzzle me–I don’t think they’re significant.