Between November 1936 and November 1937, H.G. Wells gave a series of lectures in Great Britain, France, and the US about the world’s impending problems and how to solve them. The lectures were first published under the title " World Brain" in 1938, and they’re sweeping in scope. Wells argued for rearranging both education and the distribution of knowledge and thought we should probably get rid of nationalism while we’re at it. MIT Press has just issued a compendium of these lectures , along with related material Wells presented as magazine articles and radio addresses. The collection also includes a foreword by the science fiction writer Bruce Sterling and an introduction by Joseph Reagle, an associate professor of communication studies at Northeastern who writes and teaches about popular culture , digital communication , and online communities . Unequal information Humanity had all of the information necessary to live together in peace … [Read more...] about H.G. Wells’ “World Brain” is now here—what have we learned since?
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Data models and query languages are admittedly somewhat dry topics for people who are not in the inner circle of connoisseurs. Although graph data models and query languages are no exception to that rule, we've tried to keep track of developments in that area, for one main reason. Graph is the fastest growing area in the biggest segment in enterprise software -- databases. Case in point: A series of recent funding rounds, culminating in Neo4j's $325 million Series F funding round , brought its valuation to over $2 billion. Neo4j is among the graph database vendors who have been around the longest, and it now is the best-funded one, too. But that does not mean it's the only one worth keeping an eye on. AWS entered the graph database market in 2018 with Neptune , and it has been making lots of progress since. Today, AWS is unveiling support for openCypher , the open-source query language based on Neo4j's Cypher. We take the opportunity to unpack what this means, and how it's … [Read more...] about AWS Neptune update: Machine learning, data science, and the future of graph databases
During a summer of deadly heatwaves, Democratic senators are pressing for a bigger federal response to the danger posed by extreme heat. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Preventing Heat Illness and Deaths Act today. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) will introduce similar legislation in the US House of Representatives. They are pushing for its measures to be included in either the bipartisan infrastructure or budget reconciliation package that Democrats are scrambling to advance. “We’ve heard that extreme heat is among the White House priorities in the climate space, and I am fighting to include provisions of my bill,” Markey said in an email to The Verge . The bill would create the first federal financial assistance program to fund community-based projects that are specifically focused on extreme heat, according to Markey. It would also formalize and expand the National Integrated Heat Health Information System … [Read more...] about Extreme heat is on Democrats’ infrastructure agenda
Our Google IO 2021 keynote live blog is now over, but we've left everything together below so you can see how the event unfolded as Google revealed new upgrades such as Android 12 , tweaks to Wear OS and a variety of other new software reveals. Android 12 is perhaps the most exciting addition with a whole new look for smartphones, plus the company confirmed a variety of new changes to Google Maps as well. We were gearing up to see the Google Pixel 5a , Pixel Buds A and Pixel Watch , but there wasn't any hardware at the event. It may be that Google announces this at a later date, but that's currently unclear. Below you'll find our commentary of what happened at the keynote, but before that we have specific articles on a variety of announcements and details about the upcoming Google IO show that lasts until May 20. Android 12 release date, features and which phones will get it Google wants to help you learn languages, athletics and more Google is … [Read more...] about Google IO 2021 event recap: Android 12, Wear OS tweaks and big Google Maps changes
Up until spring of 2021, only two of our leading password managers offered free service tiers that allowed you to synchronize and use your password manager across multiple devices. So when LastPass restricted its free service to use on only a single device in March , Bitwarden -- the only other app with the same offer -- sealed the deal and became the de facto champion of the free password manager game. But what do we know about Bitwarden? Is it as safe to use as LastPass? Is it as convenient and user-friendly? Is it as compatible across platforms, and packed with as many features? You bet your login it is. Bitwarden's open-source code base creates a transparent security foundation beneath its otherwise streamlined and designed-for-simplicity interface. This -- combined with its hyperflexible platform and browser compatibility and its feature-rich premium options -- push Bitwarden ahead of its competitors. My once long-held love of LastPass notwithstanding, I … [Read more...] about Bitwarden review: The best free password manager for 2021