Occasional Prescience

I remember, around 1974 or 75, going to record stores with friends to buy the latest Jethro Tull album or whatever, and telling them, some day, all the music that was ever recorded will be on a computer somewhere, and … Continue reading →

Ray Ozzie’s Talko

The first thing I saw when I sat down at my desk this morning was this email from Ray Ozzie. And then the blizzard of news stories about the launch of his product, Talko. This comes just six months after … Continue reading →

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 Mikl√≥s 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 →