Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

Technological advancement: one unusual case study

I wanted to share a quick book review I just wrote over on Goodreads, and for three hopefully relevant reasons. Not, not because The Red Rockets’ Glare is the second-best book title of the 21st century. First, because the book argues … Continue reading

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When Silicon Valley turns on itself

In case you haven’t seen it, this Paul Lewis article in the Guardian has attracted a lot of attention.  The theme of “‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia” concerns some Silicon Valley technologists … Continue reading

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Two powerful futures from Kim Stanley Robinson

Scenarios are useful ways to imagine possible futures.  Recently novelist Kim Stanley Robinson offered two powerful and starkly different scenarios which are both remarkably accessible and enormous in scope.  This happened on the Radio Open Source podcast, which I recommend … Continue reading

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Reading _Weapons of Math Destruction_: the plan

Our new book club reading is Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction. In this post I’ll lay out a reading agenda, along with ways to participate. The way people read along in this book club is through the web, essentially. … Continue reading

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What we’re reading next

Last week I asked you to help choose our online book club’s next reading.  Sixty-seven votes later, we have a clear winner. I’m happy to announce the book will be (drum roll, please)… Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction! This … Continue reading

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Another university to close

A small university in Nebraska will close, in yet another story about the American higher education crisis. Grace University describes itself as “a premier Private Christian University in Omaha, Nebraska.”  The institutional website carries the official announcement: Grace University will cease … Continue reading

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Taking my son to college

Last month we took our son to college.  Well, “to university”, as the Brits say, since it’s the University of Vermont. It was, and still is, a very strange experience. One reason Owain choose UVM is because he really wanted … Continue reading

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