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Anticipating the future through vocabulary

A new database project attempts to identify impending genocide by spotting key textual indicators.  It’s crowdsourced, called Hatebase, and a co-sponsor describes it like so: Hatebase, an authoritative, multilingual, usage-based repository of structured hate speech which data-driven NGOs can use … Continue reading

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The future of technology brought to you by the letter “S”

Maybe the long boom of technological disruption will slow down, ponders sf writer Charlie Stross. We are undeniably living through the era of the Great Acceleration; but it’s probably[*] a sigmoid curve, and we may already be past the steepest … Continue reading

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Reversing the future

John Crowley, brilliant writer of splendid speculative fiction, meditates on the future in the most recent Lapham’s. I’d like to draw attention to two main points, beyond the brooding lushness of Crowley’s prose. First, there’s a futuring method on display.  Even if … Continue reading

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Emerging technologies for education: the 2013 Horizon Report

What emerging technologies will impact academia over the next few years? Over the past several years I’ve been working on the higher education version of the Horizon Report, a New Media Consortium (NMC) and Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) project designed to … Continue reading

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