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The future is in interactive storytelling

We have become more aware than ever how narrative organizes our perceptions, and creates meaning...much as Joseph Campbell taught in the Power of Myth. Online learning lends itself to using a lot of narrative packages for learning activities. In the cloud, adaptive learning, and just in time...
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The Power of Digital-Comic Therapy in Schools

PSA has recognized that learning involves addressing the whole person. In some areas where children grow up under extremely stressful living conditions, such as in poverty areas, it's obvious that the needs of the whole person have to be addressed for learning to take place at all. What is less...
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Elliot Masie’s Learning 2017

Elliot Masie is a leading promoter of online learning, and hosts an annual very large conference. Here's the landing page describing the late Oct...
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NM Rising: Engaging Our Communities for Excellence in Education

New Mexico First is a non-partisan non-profit charged with supporting and developing consensus on issues and policy questions confronting the state of NM. They held a community meeting about the ESSA law, in Oct-Nov 2016 The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the primary law governing...
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The Social and Narrative Research (SoNAR) network

Another breakout session from Open Education 2016 on the importance of Narrative in learning, and how to study and research it. In a time when big data, analytics, and evidence-based practices dominate educational policy and practice, narrative research offers an important alternative...
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OER and Open Education 2016

"Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared." This Open Education 2016 conference, from last...
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Decentralized Self-Organizing Systems

During the ongoing communications revolution in the cloud, there's a strong decentralizing factor...we can connect without staying in Silos where middle-men act as gate keepers. (Unless you want to count Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat et all as Silo-ed gate keepers...they do have their own platform...
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Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America: Time Mag.

There's been a lot of smoke about how Russia has perfected social media techniques that were targeted at the US election of 2016. Researchers have been trying to find the source....where is the fire located. While  many aggressive attempts to undermine the system of government of many...
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Information Architecture Summit

Here is an opportunity to learn more about what is going on with information architecture. PSA is interested in how cognitive psychology and designing the user experience is evolving the field of designing a learning environment. How does a person process the environment and make decisions? Now in...
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Designing a website welcoming page using Hick’s Law

Hick's Law helps designers of website welcoming pages by offering a formula for the layout of a website home page that shows fewer levels making it easier for consumers to make decisions where to go.  Here is an article describing how to use the formula.   What Is Hick’s Law? Hick’s...
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Information Management

Here is a Master's of Sciences in Information Management program from the University of Washington that prepares learners for management of adaptive learning online. What is Information Management? In today’s knowledge economy, organizations that can’t properly utilize their information assets...
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MOOC teach-out to help consumers identify fake news

I completed a new MOOC, a "teach-out" to help consumers identify the range of fake news and build skills to understand how news is produced. In four hours, this MOOC helped me learn how to differentiate between fabrications and main stream news evolving in a digital world. Times have changed! How...
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Charter Schools gain advantage in LAUSD school board elections

While there are charter schools in many parts of the US, the Los Angeles Unified School District is one of the hot points where there's a very active and well funded charter school movement. Supporters and foes of charter schools in the LAUSD are engaged in a big battle over the future of...
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Embracing the M.E.T. effect

What will stand out is the significant community that’s rallied around the media, entertainment and technology industries. NAB has named it The M.E.T. Effect — calling this convergence of media, entertainment and technology a phenomenon cemented by integrated systems, internet connectivity and a...
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More on Future/ Futurism Elon Musk

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Akamai State of the Internet Q1 2017 “Security”

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Things You Should Know using Social Media in Your Course

Planning to use social media in your upcoming course?  It can be a great way to enhance social learning and improve engagement.  There are a variety of available platforms, and many creative ways that faculty are integrating social media into their teaching practice. [gview...
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Elon Musk wants to put tiny electrodes in our brains to help survive AI

Elon Musk is in the news all the time these days. Here's more about his AI insert into human brains, purported to help us survive AI. Yes, that's a contradiction, but kind of true of surviving tech...we need more of it to do so...which is where the phrase "infinite loop" came from. Just kidding....
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Why China is beating the U.S. at innovation

USA Today article on innovation in China vs innovation in USA...surprise, we're taking second place. An unfortunate trend if true...with big implications for future jobs in US. While the United States is still at the top in total investment in research and development — spending $500 billion...
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Marc Andreessen: “Take the Ego out of Ideas”

Marc Andressen, veteran of the early days of Netscape, and present VC, among other things, talks about "Ideas" in this interview at Stanford. Self-driving cars, for example, could potentially put 5 million people involved in transportation jobs out of work. And creating 5 million new jobs for them...
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NMSU’s Arrowhead Center receives $2.5 million gift

Article from KRWG states Hunt Family Foundation has given 2.5M to NMSU Arrowhead Center to benefit entrepreneurship and innovation.  “The impact of this funding will be felt throughout the Borderplex, as Arrowhead Center works to build long-term relationships in the region and beyond,” Hansen...
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Tutor Pro v2.0

This looked interesting...just for some ideas if nothing else.
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Elliot Masse on Learning Today

Elliot Masse on Learning Today: * Learning is Amazing! What an amazing time for learning that we are experiencing now.  We can touch a glass screen and search the world for answers to our right now curiosity.  We have millions of videos to watch - on every topic - in every language....
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Beyond Video: Think Outside the 16:9 Box

This is somewhat a promo video for "Knowledge Vision", but perhaps still a useful resource...food for thought. Knowledge Vision CEO talks video online
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Learning and Jobs of Today and Tomorrow

The global economy is far beyond science to fully understand in real time, and same is true of the gigantic US economy. One of the areas of great controversy, is what will happen as automation heats up with tech AI change curve now pointing almost straight up.. Does it change what types of jobs we...
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Knowledge types & Algorithmic Learning for Healthcare

From a New Yorker Article on algorithmic diagnosis of human health. In 1945, the British philosopher Gilbert Ryle gave an influential lecture about two kinds of knowledge. A child knows that a bicycle has two wheels, that its tires are filled with air, and that you ride the contraption by pushing...
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Information Architecture Summit 2018

The Information Architecture Summit is the foremost gathering of information architects, user experience designers, content strategists, and all those who work to create and manage information spaces. This is where the community comes together to refine our craft, solve problems, and break new...
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Massage for kids using story telling

Continuing from a previous post about story telling with young children, this video describes how to use story telling to relax young children using massage. Personally, I was curious about massage with young children as a way to calm a child's body and mind.  As a grandparent, Youtube videos are...
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Congress repeals Internet privacy rules

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Las Cruces city council meetings streamed

Video streaming from FaceBook Live is a new option for the city of Las Cruces to share council meetings.  PSA is encouraged to see the city council sponsor the use of media  for community interaction. The City of Las Cruces is now streaming City Council meetings and work sessions live on Facebook....
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Creating extensions of our senses using video

The PSA website is posting the latest in learning, especially in our local community.  We are looking at what local groups need and who is sponsoring the learning environment. Creative methods are available with media to extend our senses  and brains from early childhood to  life long learning. Of...
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NM Fast Forward Content

Here is a PowerPoint showing content for NM Fast Forward, a grant program to create content for gaining computer literacy in underserved communities.   AI might be out there, but this is more likely the technology reality in underserved communities. [gview...
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Wi-fi and unlimited data plans

Wi-fi could be on the way out as discussed in this article. PSA is always looking for options that bring more internet services to underserved communities. Another technology that risks making Wi-Fi outmoded is something called CBRS, short for Citizens Broadband Radio Service. The new system lets...
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NM State Library Fast Forward

Flashing back to 2010 and wondering about outcomes for  the Fast Forward New Mexico grant.  PSA helped facilitate the stimulus grant to improve broadband access in underserved areas as well creating content at community centers, such as libraries. Beginning in the summer of 2010, Fast Forward New...
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“ELON MUSK’S BILLION-DOLLAR CRUSADE TO STOP THE A.I. APOCALYPSE”~VanityFair

As tech leaders envision where A.I. might be taking us, differing POV emerge as to whether it's a good thing for humanity, or an eventual apocalypse. At present, perhaps the scariest part of this question is that we can't really know what happens when machines (A.I.) can learn "on their own", or...
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What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing

Newly published by MIT Press, written by Ed Finn, looks promising. Ed Finn is Founding Director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is also Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering and the Department...
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HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses

Here's a summary of a report on MOOCs, and the full report as well, for years 2012-2016. Kudos to Liz Brown for the links. Isaac Chuang Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Office of Digital Learning; MIT Andrew Dean Ho Harvard University; Harvard University - HarvardX Date Written:...
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Magic Leap to Mixed Reality? (VR+AR=MR)

Magic Leap is a company working on VR, AR, and MR...that's very well capitalized, but whose product development has been secretive. Here's three articles that discuss how Magic Leap and Apple might be working together, what Apple is doing with VR and AR and "Mixed Reality" [gview...
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Learning Systems from Elliot Masie spring 2017

Perhaps nitpicking, but we tend to notice that many who are "up to date" on edTech, haven't necessarily updated their presentation technology. Mr. Masie has elsewhere described some of the new and improved mics and cameras he's using for Vimeo/ YouTube videos like this one, and we at PSA actually...
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Akamai State of Internet connectivity report 4th Q 2016

NM not in the "fast lane"for internet access speeds in the graphic above...Utah is though. Which is perhaps of note, as Utah is also a very large state in terms of land, but low in population as is NM. Which might mean it's also dealing with rural populations that are hard to serve. What's their...
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Training Students to Outpace Automation

As more jobs become automated, companies are looking for employees who can essentially manage the machines doing the work. Where an employee used to be responsible for, say, feeding a panel onto a conveyor belt, now that employee is increasingly expected to work with coworkers to solve any...
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Universal Education

Below is a video created by Lena Kahn, a Muslim filmmaker who presented her current film about Muslims in the US called "The Tiger Hunter" at the Las Cruces Film Festival yesterday. One might say this YouTube contributes to arguments why universal education is a great policy to continue in the US,...
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NM Legislature acts to improve broadband internet access

Bills to support improved broadband access are moving through NM Legislature's current session. In NM, the governor has the final say on legislation with a "line item veto", so until that process has ended after the session is over, changes to access won't be official. Padilla said there are some...
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Returning to school: Adult students pursue diplomas

Story in LCSN re adults getting needed education and training while continuing with their other adult responsibilities. Inspiring; story notes opportunities for this group made possible by New America charter school in LC, focusing "like a laser"...on the needs of adult students, especially those...
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The Future of Corporate Learning – Ten Disruptive Trends

As PSA believes, learning tools and MO, especially those based in the cloud, can apply across the spectrum of learning, from soup to nuts, if you will.  That means what works in one learning context using cloud tools can be applied to other learning environments, with of course some changes....
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Los Angeles Charter Schools

NM isn't the only place where there's an ongoing controversy over charter schools, and whether we should have more or less of them, and how they should be designed, structured and regulated. Here's an article from LA Times that goes into depth about an upcoming school board election there, with...
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Proposed charter school ban fails on tie vote in NM House

Support for charter schools in the NM  state legislature is precarious at present, as the NM House tied in a recent vote to institute a moratorium on new charter schools until 2020. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Christine Trujillo, D-Albuquerque, is a retired teacher and former president of the...
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Digital isolationism

This article from the Seattle Times shares Bill Gates concern about digital isolationism. Do we read only what we already believe?  PSA encourages digital tools as a means to help people get together. Add Bill Gates to the roster of citizens concerned about the negative effects of a digital...
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School choice a promise or a risk

During Betsy DeVos' bitter confirmation hearing for education secretary, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet pointed to Denver as a potential national model of a big city school district that's found an innovative, balanced approach to school choice. School choice is discussed as an approach to offer high...
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County urges General Assembly to pass Tennessee Broadband Access Act

Under the radar there's an ongoing battle between local governance and state governance, where Red states are fighting the Blue cities for control of legislation and initiatives. According to the Atlantic mag, the state legislatures, and the governors, have sway over the cities when it comes to...
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The Global Learning X Prize

With current governmental plans regarding support for education in the US undergoing disruption and change, we might benefit from a look at innovation on a large scale through privately funded endeavors. XPRIZE is one of those private, and sometimes public/private, organizations that shoots for...
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New America Think Tank

During a period of ongoing disruption in government, with unclear destinations ahead, having solid dependable fact based analysis, that overcomes extreme partisan blinders, is extremely valuable. One such source is an influential non-partisan research and policy generating non- profit called New...
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6 Chinese Tech Giants Are Ramping Up The Pace Of Innovation For The World

Technological change marches on, and it doesn't matter if the US was a leader in various parts of this change in the past. What matters is who is leading the change today, and tomorrow. Present conditions in China are increasingly making it hard for US to dominate tech innovation as it did...
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Spaceport America launches free virtual field trips for NM classrooms

An example of the powerful learning opportunities for kids who have affordable access at school and/or at home, hopefully both. It should also be noted that the public tax levies that support SpacePort America also contribute 25% of those revenues to STEM education in Dona Ana County. (and Sierra...
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National Center for Education Statistics

As educational policy is sure to be a hot topic going forward, resources that present actual facts as opposed to propaganda for one POV or another, become essential requirements. The National Center for Education Statistics is a part of the federal Dept. of Education, and gathers immense amounts...
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Vouchers, Charters, School Choice, Universal Public Education

Considering some of the possible changes in educational policy to come, perhaps it's useful to note that the policies for "Vouchers" and "Charter Schools" vary immensely across the states, and across regions and locales in the states. The National Conference of State Legislatures is a non profit...
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Future of Labor, Jobs, Employment, Careers

When educational theorists ponder what we have created to help our kids learn and become the adults we'd like them to become, it is often mentioned that the model used for schools has been the factory, and automatons in a system, such as the British Bureaucracy in India. If we are tying to...
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Speculation on Age of Knowledge; everyone can play

PSA, along with everyone else, struggles to get a clear view of where the future of the communications revolution is taking us, with VR, and AI and automation, and a host of other changes. Crystal Ball malfunctions are frequent. Here's one taste of a comprehensive speculation about where we are...
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CreativeLive classes online

Came across CreativeLive as a "featured app" on the AppleTV streaming device. Sort of a combo of web based learning, and streaming on your TV learning. Covers a lot of fields related to creativity, including a ton of stuff useful for video production, a field PSA believes will continue to grow,...
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Top 20 Fields for Internships: Get Your Skills On: NYTimes

As concepts evolve as to what a 21st century job, or employment, will look like in a time of communications revolution, AI, and automation, we are all best served to keep informed on how employment fields are changing. A recent NYTimes article (below) discusses what current summer internships look...
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“Zero to Five Connection” for Parent/ resources online

Ngage NM unveiled a new website EarlyChildNM.org that uses a survey to connect parents  with young children with resources online. Some of those services include Avance, Head Start, First Teacher parenting classes, La Clinica de Familia’s Healthy Start program, home visits by CHI St. Joseph’s...
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DACC & Virgin Galactic team up to explore virtual reality (VR)

This is an example of a synergetic effect on the local community that was hoped for when Spaceport America was created through public levies. DACC has been moving ahead with VR on other fronts (see article) too, which is definitely part of creating 21st century capable graduates, and in turn,...
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DAC HS graduation rates on the rise

Story in LCSN about fascinating increase in HS graduation rates in Dona Ana County, and PSA would really like to understand what's working better now than a few years ago. Obviously the early college HS program is working well in terms of graduation, but what's helping the other schools?? LCPS...
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DIY healthcare model is modeled for skin cancer

As Bucky Fuller said, create new models to make the old models obsolete, if you want change. It's happening right now, another huge story for the future of the world that's at least partly moving in a different direction than current politics. This story has many elements of the new model for...
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NEA president visits first Las Cruces community school

Interesting story about an innovative school in Las Cruces, supported by Ngage, and other groups. The idea, often heard around PSA website, is that the schools are natural community centers and hubs for access to cloud tools, video production, adult learning, and other uses presently limited....
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FCC to be led by Ajit Pai, staunch opponent of consumer protection rules

Mr. Pai is a former attorney for Verizon, and has talked about taking a weed whacker to the previous protections for net neutrality and other pro consumer, and pro small business regulations currently in place for the internet and media access and use. Mr Pai's appointment to the leadership...
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Factories of the World, redux

One of the way change occurs, is that what exists is incorporated into new forms, and new functions. New technology enfolds old infrastructure, somewhat like the new parts of the brain, enfold the old parts through evolution. Old media is repurposed as part of new media... This article discusses...
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“The largest internet company of 2030 will be an online school”

Perhaps sooner than that... Various technologies are converging into ever more practical and capable platforms for learning...and that may create great leaps forward that are hard to envision and predict. "Nobody has quite cracked the code for the future of education," Frey contends. [gview...
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New America student’s community service on MLK Day

As we know, the phrase "charter school" conjures up a wide spectrum of opinions as to whether they are a good thing, or not so good. Theoretically charter schools are one way to explore innovative strategies to improve public school education. The idea is to experiment on a small scale with...
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NM high school graduation rate hits all time high

There's two parts to the graduation puzzle. One is the rate of graduation, or put another way, the rate of "fail to graduate". Which is presently at 29% in NM which seems pretty high for an institution charged with preparing citizens to take their place as productive and responsible adults in US....
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Public Libraries Can Boost American Innovation

"The government needs to think of creative ways to provide resources to the innovators ... across the country"   Lujan advocated for establishing maker-spaces in public libraries, potentially outfitting them with small-scale manufacturing equipment such as 3-D printers, that are accessible to...
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Technology to heart

Creating the learning community, is a key focus for PSA.  This opinion by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times talks about how the innovations in technology will create value. The knowledge economy was about hired heads. The technology revolution is thrusting us into ‘the human economy,’ which...
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Tech manufacturing today: China and the iPhone

Do you know where your iPhone comes from? There's a good chance it's from Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou China where half a million iPhones are manufactured every day...in a city of newly trained and housed workers in the hundreds of thousands. An arrangement where Foxconn works closely with Chinese...
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“Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World”: Werner Herzog

Intrepid documentary and fictional film maker, Werner Herzog, has produced a film about sort of "the history of the internet"...called "Lo and Behold". Werner is a world class filmmaker, and visionary with insatiable curiosity, and his films are generally worth paying attention to. Says here...
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Canada Decides Broadband Internet Access Is a ‘Basic Service’

Canada is an interesting alternate model for telecom in US, although most of us in US are probably very ignorant about "how they do it up there". Canada shares with US the problem of extremely spread out populations over a large land mass, which makes broadband access solutions over land lines...
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