Monthly Archives: October 2012

The 5,000-Day-Old Web

When episodes of the “The Jetsons” aired in 1962, I would watch a silly cartoon that predicted a future of flying cars, moving sidewalks, robotic maids, speaking watches, video phones, and a morning alarm that folded up a bed like … Continue reading

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President Abraham Lincoln and the Telegraph

President Abraham Lincoln’s embrace of new technology—the telegraph—offered swift communication with soldiers in the battlefield during the Civil War. His use of the 19th-century telegraph offers a comparison to the 21st-century Web: the single machine through which we all connect … Continue reading

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The Democracy of Technology

Disease triggered Dr. Elaine Smokewood’s fall from the safety of the academic womb. She’d once disparaged technology but after the life-altering diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease, she was forced to embrace 21st-century gadgets that enabled her to continue her passion … Continue reading

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The White Cap

There are many important moments I had with my father. You could call them early-childhood leadership workshops without much exaggeration. The image of a Heinz ketchup bottle always returns me to my family kitchen where I sit at the table … Continue reading

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