-Context 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 9.3 Internet Issues: Ethical and Political Dilemmas

Your Brain on the Net

Most of us inhabit two worlds: the analog world where our physical bodies live and the digital world where our minds spend hours every day. As our digital reality demands more and more of our time and attention, how do our brains change? This sobering Newsweek article summarizes the latest research about the impact of the Internet on the human brain. After you read it, you may want to switch off your smart phone and go for a walk with a friend in the woods….

-Updates 11.3 Automation, Globalization, and Outsourcing 3.2 Output: From Pulses to People 3.5 Inventing the Future: Tomorrow's Peripherals

Print a Burrito For Me
3D printers are used to create plastic prototypes and parts for machines, among other things. But this is the first burrito printer we’ve seen. How long will it be until the global taco chains replace people with printers?

-Context 9.4 From Cyberspace to Infosphere 9.5: Inventing the Future: The Invisible Information Infrastructure

A New Age of Collective Intelligence
It’s easy to get lost in the details of our increasingly netcentric lives and forget about the big picture. In this inspiring TED talk, Don Tapscott explains with concrete examples and beautiful analogies how the Internet is helping create a new age of openness and collective intelligence.