Millions of people around the world are carrying smartphones and computer tablets that keep them constantly connected to the Internet. There are now more than 400,000 apps in Apple’s online store — and 250,000 in Google’s Android market — that allow their users to do hundreds of everyday tasks, all from the comfort of their handheld devices.
Constantly having access to these hundreds of thousands of applications has far-reaching implications for our society, says technology writer Brian X. Chen.
“Millions of us are carrying these devices that have a constant Internet connection and also access to hundreds of thousands of applications of very smart interfaces tailored to suit our everyday needs,” he tells Fresh Air’s Dave Davies. “If you think of that phenomenon [of being constantly connected], everything has to change: the way we do policing, the way we do education, [and] the way that we might treat medicine.”
Two years ago, J.K. Rowling (or Jo, as we know her) sat down to figure out what she could do for the fans that was special and celebrated Harry Potter and the magic of reading. We all know what conclusion she came to, or at least we know a little bit about it. Her gift…
Remember this video of the Miss USA contestants opining on the teaching of evolution in schools? Well, the eventual champion may have gotten it right, but most of them didn’t (but some did, gotta stress it’s not ALL bad). This wouldn’t be a problem if there weren’t so many people listening to them (and others who share their mindset).
00:34.12 AL: Evolution, no, I do not believe in evolution, I do not think it should be taught in schools, and I would not encourage it.
00:47.04 AK: I think it’s necessary that evolution is taught in schools because it is part of our history and the belief system that the west has held for a long amount of time, however personally I don’t believe in evolution, I believe that each one of us were created for a purpose by god and that just gives my life so much more direction and meaning.
01:11.11 AZ: I think it’s good to provide our students with both sides of the story and let them choose for themselves. I know that some people obviously believe in evolution and some people believe in creation. I think that teaching both of those and letting the students decide, whether it be on their faith or their personal belief I think that’s the best choice.
01:30.97 AR: I think evolution…personally I never was taught evolution in school, it was never a big focal point in our studies, but you know every school is different and if that’s something that they think they need to teach their children then that’s, you know, to each his own. And I can’t argue with that.
01:51.96 CA: Well, I was taught evolution in my high school growing up, and I do believe in it, I mean I’m a huge science geek, so I like to believe in like the big bang theory, and you know, the evolution of humans you know, throughout, you know, time.
“The truly educated become conscious. They become self-aware. They do not lie to themselves. They do not pretend that fraud is moral or that corporate greed is good. They do not claim that the demands of the marketplace can morally justify the hunger of children or denial of medical care to the sick. They do not throw 6 million families from their homes as the cost of doing business. Thought is a dialogue with one’s inner self. Those who think ask questions, questions those in authority do not want asked. They remember who we are, where we come from and where we should go. They remain eternally skeptical and distrustful of power. And they know that this moral independence is the only protection from the radical evil that results from collective unconsciousness. The capacity to think is the only bulwark against any centralized authority that seeks to impose mindless obedience. There is a huge difference, as Socrates understood, between teaching people what to think and teaching them how to think. Those who are endowed with a moral conscience refuse to commit crimes, even those sanctioned by the corporate state, because they do not in the end want to live with criminals—themselves.”—Chris Hedges - Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System (via drinkthe-koolaid)