Social Change

A couple of l-o-o-o-n-g term items

Something you tend to wonder about when thinking about the future is: how many people will be around and for how long? According to the latest UN projections the world population will reach 8.9 billion folks by 2050 and top-out at 9 billion around 2300. The US will reach about 500 million. Fewer kids and more AIDS will put the ...

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Cancer Patients and Internet Use.

In this Journal article The author distinguishes four areas of Internet use: communication (electronic mail), community (virtual support groups), content (health information on the World Wide Web), and e-commerce. It provides some insight into what could be with regards to the possible use of the internet to create online and real life support groups and patient services.

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Future employment

The Silicon Valley 40 miles south of the CA Div Office seems to me a kind of fishbowl for the future, especially regarding jobs and business change. I think what’s happening in the information technology sector is a harbinger of things to come in many parts of the economy, i.e., we’re seeing before our eyes the materialization of 21st century ...

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New social architecture

Social software is changing the way that we structure our social frameworks. The architecture of our social networks is starting to morph because of the extensive use of internet technology. This article looks at Danah Boyd’s PhD research on the societal implications of systems such as Friendster, yafro, and others. The key is to identify the value of each system, ...

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