Social Change

Whither the future of US science and technology?

It’s coming fast and furious these days. An article discussing the impact of offshoring in Silicon Valley (and other places I’d wager). Business types saying it’s just a normal trend; the unemployed angry, not philosophical. “I am not angry with companies for trying to conserve costs, but at the same time, we do have to acknowledge that it’s going to ...

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Blogging and building community

Wired 11.11: VIEW Here’s a column by Lawrence Lessig about the nuance of the non-control nature of blogging and it’s role, perhaps, in the next election. He says: None of this works unless the blog community is authentic. And that requires that members feel they own their gabbing space. A managed community works about as well as a managed economy. ...

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A worthy goal

The first official issue of the Public Library of Science Biology is online. This is perhaps what you’d call an “open source” approach to science publishing. Scientists with no less prominence than Harold Varmus have been trying to wrest the control of scientific publication from a small group of publishing companies that charge very high prices (exorbitant or not is ...

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The good news or the bad first?

On the matter of whether the US technical community is losing ground to international competitors, Andy Grove, long-time, now retired CEO of Intel, offered his views recently. He introduced himself by saying to his audience, “I’m here to be the skunk at your garden party.” Andy is very concerned about the software and technology industries being able to compete with ...

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