December 26, 2014 - A recent Pew Research poll, the results released in November, paint a disturbing picture about American concerns regarding the full implications of "big data." If unfamiliar with the term "big data" it refers to collections of data sets that can be mined and analyzed for patterns and trends providing insight into human behavior.
Nostalgia is somewhat synonymous with homesickness or a yearning for what once was. But what is the word for yearning for what could be but hasn’t happened yet? Can there be nostalgia for a home we yearn for, a place we miss even though we never were there? For a reality not yet manifest or a dream still unfulfilled?
Last week the Library of Congress hosted a two-day symposium entitled "Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex, or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth." The timing seemed right with the discovery of thousands of exoplanets, some lying within Earth-like Goldilocks Zones around their parent stars, and with further evidence from Martian meteorites and discoveries made by Curiosity, the Martian rover, showing a past habitable environment on the Red Planet.
Do you control your screens or do they control you? Advertisers dive into your brain for free (to you) from the minute you begin to gurgle. In tomorrow’s digital world you’ll decide and filter what’s on your screens. One control will be a personal paywall so you can be paid for your attention. When this makes your mind into your property, you will be able to sell it as often as you like.
Look below. Have you seen this image before? It's taken from the International Space Station flying over the Earth at night. What looks like three different land areas separated by water is not. What you are seeing here is an image of the Korean peninsula with two areas of China on the left and South Korea to the right. The black area in the middle between China and South Korea is not the Yellow Sea. It's North Korea. And what appears to be an island in the middle is North Korea's capital, a solitary point of light in a sea of darkness.
I doubt that anyone is surprised that the GOP is preemptively attacking Hillary Clinton based on her age. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Karl Rove, Republican strategist, have both been busy in the media casting doubts on whether Ms. Clinton is fit to run for office based on age and health.
It’s amusing how words often mean the opposite of what they should intuitively mean. The trouble is that it isn’t just children making their own words to rebel against authority. Adults abuse language too, and in far less innocent ways. People’s minds are structured using words, and if you can bend the meaning of a word after those concepts have been assembled, all the concepts built using that word will change too.
Bigger bucks ahead …because money itself is being re-invented! But it’s not really about the money; material wealth may be a secondary motivator. The new money is 100% Internet-based. It flows free and fast like electrons, and it comes with superpowers.
In an era where the science vs. religion debate has become an increasingly polarizing issue, we see both sides using their own brand of logic as the weapon of choice to gain what they assume will be the higher moral ground.