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A non-prophecy from ten years ago

Something I said ten years ago comes back to not haunt me: in fact, I was quite pedestrian about the whole thing.

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The mirror

The internet is just a mirror, and an amplifier

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Wikileaks as reality television

There’s something very 21st century about the Wikileaks/Julian Assange affair.  And not in a good way.

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The view of the internet, 15 years ago

I was just sent a link to an article from 1995 on how the internet is over-hyped. It’s a fascinating read, not just in terms of the things it gets wrong but also of the ways in which the views expressed were plausible at the time.

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Call for panels in integrated network management

We’re looking for expert panels to be run at the IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management in Dublin in May 2011.

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Getting rid of the laptop

I’ve been playing with evaluating two new toys important new pieces of technology: an iPad and a Pulse SmartPen. The combination almost makes we ready to ditch my netbook — or at least got me thinking carefully about why I still have one.

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The power of comics

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some of the past couple of days with a comic-writer who studies the academic experience, and who might well have a greater aggregate impact on science than almost anyone else I’ve ever met.

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Made smarter by the internet?

Over the weekend there was a fascinating exchange of viewpoints in the Wall Street Journal taking opposing sides of the argument as to what effect the internet is having on us: is it making us smarter and better-informed, or more shallow and un-disciplined compared to our book-reading days? Perhaps more importantly. is there anything we can do to leverage the internet to promote smartness more effectively?

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