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Technology and Love

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Great article from last year, but I just stumbled upon it today: Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts. by Jonathan Franzen (New York Times, May 28, 2011) Love is hard-won and difficult and involves pain, but is rewarding and totally worth it. On the other hand, “our technology has become extremely adept at […]

To fix government, call in the geeks

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

This article and TED Talk call to mind my Dec 2009 article for Comment Magazine, Whither Democracy 2.0?. The concept behind Code for America, kind of a Peace Corps for computer programmers, is using technology to empower citizens to solve problems that government isn’t capable of solving or isn’t solving fast enough. Here is a […]

Homeless hotspots

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

There’s a bit of controversy surrounding this idea that a marketing firm had of turning homeless people into wireless hotspots during the SXSW technology conference in Austin. They go around selling wi-fi access to attendees of the conference, techies who can’t stand to be away from the Internet. [Image source: The Daily What] Some folks […]