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6 months ago
The 20 year wait after Congress extended copyright protection to 95 years from the publication date is over and so today books, film, artworks, and music from 1923 enter the public domain.  For more details and a list of items entering the public domain today see this piece from The Public Domain Review. 
Students and teachers increasingly use social media to share their experiences in U.S. schools. Check out the most viral moments of 2018 in U.S. schools as collected by NPR. Although each ...
As we continue to explore ways in which voice controls might simplify user interaction in the library, it is informative to consider the most popular Alexa skills of 2018 as reported by Amazon. Check them out in this piece from Business Insider. What are some skills t...
Are we at the point where no further innovation will be introduced for the smart phone? According to this piece in TechCrunch, the days of innovation in smart phones are over and we must move on to something else. I can think of at least a half dozen capacities (some hardware, some software) that could be added to smart phones that w...
It seems that the interest in developing spaces to support active learning is becoming more widespread. According to this piece in Forbes, active learning spaces are the top trend in education for 2018. This is likely to have implic...
With growing concerns about the use or misuse of individual data by major online companies, it is becoming more challenging than ever to eliminate such companies and their applications from everyday work online.  A recent lifehacker piece discusses strategies for reducing or eliminating reliance on Google and i...
One of the challenges of implementing AI is avoiding the creation of black boxes where processes and operations become opaque, even to AI owners, let alone clients, customers, and regulators.  This is particularly important if we are to avoid bias or the perception of bias in operations and delivery of services. In this ZDNet article, Nitzan Mekel-Bobrov, the chief of AI at Capital One, argues for what he calls "explainable" AI that can be achieved by teasing apart the inner-working...
Nike has announced the second generation of self-lacing basketball shoes and this time the price is $350 or less than half the cost of the first generation. But ......the problem is that they are still missing the essential point of the original concept as shown here:
Well, it might not be for everyone, but Honda's Sound Sitter app might be number one on the list of apps for parents of young children.  The app uses the car engine sounds from 37 different cars to lull babies to sleep.  This Honda video makes it seem too good to be true -
6 months ago
The Center for Data, Media, and Society at the Columbia Data Science Institute has issued a call for proposals to support undergraduate or graduate students to work with faculty on data projects in the humanities, broadly defined. The complete call is available on the Center website.