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Of Fossil Fuels and Climate Change

I am not an energy or climate expert by any means. I guess I would call myself a reasonably intelligent layman with good education and experience in the scientific method and interpreting experimental results. 519 more words

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A Youth Guide to Digital Privacy

I’m an old(er) guy. I was well of age when Tim Berners-Lee published his seminal work on hypertext, and was probably on the leading edge of non-academic users when I loaded a third-party TCP/IP package (NetManage) onto my Windows 3.1 installation and connected to an Internet provider and connected to the World Wide Web (hint: It wasn’t easy, and I know you just take this for granted today). 381 more words

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Do We Really Hate Science?

Despite the provocative title, the March cover story in National Geographic magazine, entitled The War On Science, is a well-conceived and thoughtful feature (in fairness, the website uses a much less controversial title – … 528 more words

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Who is the Bad Guy?

I’m not a conspiracy person. I don’t think governments, evil corporations, or anyone else have banded together to rob, cheat, or steal from me. It’s simply too difficult to keep such things a secret from the outside world. 479 more words

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We Have to Start to Choose Our Technologies

I’m not a Luddite. I grew up with The Jetsons (which is now the brand of tire on my ancient Subaru), Lost in Space, and Star Trek. 460 more words

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My Fitbit and I Are Headed for a Split

My motivation for physical activity over the last half-year has been largely driven by the acquisition of a Fitbit, the simple yet effective activity tracker that is almost always fastened to my belt except when I’m taking a shower. 287 more words

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Algorithms Are Thoughtless

I’m reminded of the movie I, Robot. Will Smith (as Del Spooner, but it certainly should have been Elijah Baley) distrusts advanced, human-like robots because he came to experience that while they make rational and largely correct decisions, on occasion the logically right, but humanly wrong determinations could be life or death under critical circumstances. 374 more words

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