Future Computing: Incredibly Powerful, Incredibly Cheap, Incredibly Small, and Everywhere

Stanford engineering professor Jonathan Koomey points out that computing efficiency – the number of computations completed per kilowatt-hour of electricity used – has doubled about every 18 months ever since the 1940’s. It’s analogous to Moore’s law, which says that … Continue reading

The Curious Evolution of the Typewriter, in Pictures

From Vincze Miklós on io9: The first commercially produced typewriter: The Hansen Writing Ball The pincushion-like Hansen Writing Ball was invented in 1865 by Rasmus Malling-Hansen, the reverend and principal of the Royal Institute for the deaf-mutes in Copenhagen. It … Continue reading

Alive Enough? Reflecting on Our Technology with Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle directs the MIT Initiative on Technology and the Self. She has published several books, including Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. She was recently interviewed by Krista Tippett on American Public … Continue reading

Buckminster Fuller: Leadership by Design

“I always say to myself:  What is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment?”       – Buckminster Fuller Buckminster Fuller used the phrase “comprehensive anticipatory design science” to describe his work and research. … Continue reading