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technology



  • Is Email Making Professors Stupid?

    by Cal Newport

    It used to simplify crucial tasks. Now it's strangling scholars' ability to think.



  • Digital technology offers new ways to teach lessons from the Holocaust

    by Jennifer Rich

    New advances in learning about the Holocaust through digital humanities offer new ways for American students and teachers – or anyone who cares to learn more about the Holocaust - to learn about an event that took place nearly three-quarters of a century ago.



  • The Hacking of America

    by Jill Lepore

    Political and technological disruption have fed off each other since the nation’s founding. Now they are dangerously out of whack.



  • The Future of Work, a History

    by Kevin Baker

    America has a long, complicated track record of dreading that robots would take our jobs.


  • When the Robots Take Our Jobs

    by Greta de Jong

    Majoring in STEM fields might teach students how to build robots, but studying history will teach them what to do when the robots take their jobs.



  • The Technologists' Siren Song

    by W. Patrick McCray

    Tech buzzwords are a tepid substitute for robust analysis and honest critique.



  • Apps mix history with technology at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

    PHILADELPHIA — At the 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg, many Civil War re-enactors will eschew the use of modern technology, but scores of tourists will embrace it.More than 5,700 Foursquare users have checked in at sites in the historic borough; more than 16,000 Facebook users have liked it. And in the weeks leading up to the anniversary, apps that offer maps and information about key battle spots have surged in popularity.Garry Adelman has been a licensed Gettysburg battlefield guide for 19 years and has recently moved his high-energy tour into the realm of the smartphone. The project was initiated four years ago by the Civil War Trust, a nonprofit battlefield preservation group where Adelman is the director of history and education....

  • San Francisco™, Brought to You By Google

    by Rebecca Solnit

    Credit: Wiki Commons/HNN staff.Originally posted on TomDispatch.com Finally, journalists have started criticizing in earnest the leviathans of Silicon Valley, notably Google, now the world’s third-largest company in market value. The new round of discussion began even before the revelations that the tech giants were routinely sharing our data with the National Security Agency, or maybe merging with it. Simultaneously another set of journalists, apparently unaware that the weather has changed, is still sneering at San Francisco, my hometown, for not lying down and loving Silicon Valley’s looming presence.