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83. Uncharted Territory

11/29/2011
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Although they might bring great utility to the world, innovations always involve fundamental challenges to the way we think.

Duration: 00:18:21


81. The Habit of Change

9/21/2011
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As technology has changed, the fundamental way of extracting meaning from data has also changed.

80. Leisure Science

8/31/2011
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While it might seem otherwise to most individuals, we live in an age of leisure as much as we live in an age of information or industry or globalization.

79. The Chicken Bus

8/3/2011
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As with all engineering problems, we need to balance the twin factors of stability and control and do so in a way that doesn't damage either of them.

78. Experienced Hands

6/24/2011
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Social networking has neither altered the way that technical knowledge is presented nor has it dislodged computer science from its central place in the technical canon.

77. Dumb Grids and Smart Markets

6/10/2011
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The task of building a smart grid requires us to solve two kinds of problems: technical and social.

76. Not For All Markets

5/13/2011
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Crowdsourcing is one of the more intriguing forms of computation that employs markets.

75. Where Are You From?

4/27/2011
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In the Internet's artificial geography, an organization is identified by what it can do rather than by where it's located.

74. The Voice of Wisdom

2/25/2011
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In most circumstances, computing has faded into the background of our lives as part of the global infrastructure. However, it still has the ability to remind of us its presence.

73. A Very Bad Idea

1/31/2011
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The grand ideas that led to the 1991 High-Performance Computing Act shaped the modern Internet only as they sifted through layers of the vertical division of labor.

72. The Migration to the Middle

1/3/2011
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As we look to the future, we must not only anticipate a year of innovation and progress but also a migration of labor that will remake the field of digital technology.

71. Investing in Ignorance

11/29/2010
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The task of navigating the information hierarchy is harder than we would like to think and involves more uncertainty than we care to admit.

70. Sabotage!

11/2/2010
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The idea that an organized team of computer scientists might have created a major worm comes at an uneasy time for engineers.

69. The Confident and the Curious

10/4/2010
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Activities that attempt to coordinate the contributions of the general public with the Internet have a way of disciplining work and overcoming gross inefficiencies with mass labor.

68. Finding What You Want

9/2/2010
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When we adopt augmentative technologies, we usually find that we have to adjust our ideas, goals, and habits to fit our new tool.

67. Mental Discipline

8/2/2010
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The practices of engineering and computer science are influenced by the same forces that shape manual labor and office work. Occasionally, it’s useful to reassess our skills and question the value of our training.

66. The Spirit of Combination

6/16/2010
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Games on the internet, Wikipedia, and Diderot, and the structure of knowledge. Article link: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2010.210

Duration: 00:20:18


65. The Value of a Good Name

6/1/2010
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In the modern age, identity may not be a name or a number. It's a story. And the question may be "who owns it?" Article link: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2010.181

64. The Age of Accountability

5/2/2010
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The failure of a complex product tells just as much about how the organization operates as it does about the skill of individual workers. Article link: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2010.144

63. Utter Chaos

3/19/2010
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No matter what we may believe, scientific practice often begins with a season when we don’t know what we know.
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