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Feb. 18, 2011

Could Gaming Be Good For You?

Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken, explains how to make real life more ‘gameful.’

gaming, computers, games

Feb. 25, 2011

Have We Grown Too Fond Of Technology?

Sherry Turkle discusses Alone Together, and whether our devices detract from human relationships.

turkle technology

Jan. 28, 2011

Privacy At Stake As Sites Track Online Preferences

Bit.ly's Hilary Mason talks about services sites hope to provide by collecting online browsing data.Bit.ly's Hilary Mason talks about services sites hope to provide by collecting online browsing data.

privacy, web, shortening, link tracking

Jun. 17, 2011

James Gleick On The History Of Information

Gleick writes of information sharing through the ages, from African drum languages to the internet.

information data history philosophy understanding

Feb. 11, 2011

Defining a Data Deluge

Researchers attempt to measure the amount of information humanity can store and transmit.

data, information

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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