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This week’s headline quotes Terrence Sejnowski, Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Director of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, on the growing influence of machine learning and algorithms in education (The New York Times "The machines are learning, and so are the students").

Read more | 01/06/2020 - 14:03

This week’s headline quotes Marcia Chatelain, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, on the growth of “ghost kitchens,” food establishments that make meals that can be purchased exclusively through a delivery app, and the demise of full-service restaurants that provide dining rooms for customers. Dr.

Read more | 12/30/2019 - 18:09

This week’s headline quotes William Staples, founding director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center at the University of Kansas, commenting for The New York Times’ Privacy Project report based on their receipt of one of the largest ever third-party data files obtained by journalists, containing more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans. (The New York Times "Twelve million phones, one dataset, zero privacy")

Read more | 12/23/2019 - 18:08

This week’s headline quotes Sarah Stein Greenberg, executive director of Stanford’s d.school, speaking to some of the limits of design thinking as it pivots to address issues of poverty, race, and homelessness, issues that are rooted in very deep social structures and require multiple perspectives and approaches. (The California Sunday Magazine "Stanford's d.school is redesigning the world we live in").

Read more | 12/16/2019 - 15:27

This week’s headline quotes Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, stating that the amount of time that people consume audio is about the same in the U.S. as people spend watching video, even as the audio industry is one-tenth the size of the video industry. (The Hollywood Reporter "Spotify’s Daniel Ek has a plan to harness Hollywood for podcasts and create ‘the world’s No. 1 audio platform’")

Read more | 12/09/2019 - 16:12

This week’s headline quotes Rachel Severson, an assistant psychology professor at the University of Montana, on the potential trappings of voice control technology, especially for young children who have grown up in homes with the devices. (Mashable "Does your kid think your smart speaker is just another family member?")

Read more | 12/02/2019 - 13:48

This week’s headline quotes Hans Peter Brondmo, lead for robotics at X, formerly Google[x], on the progress being made under that lab’s Everyday Robot project. (Wired "Alphabet's dream of an 'Everyday Robot' is just out of reach")

Read more | 11/25/2019 - 17:15

This week's headline quotes Lara Levin, Communications Manager for Search at Google, responding to a Wall Street Journal investigation that claims that Google has increasingly re-engineered and interfered with search results to a far greater degree than the company and its executives have acknowledged. (The Wall Street Journal "How Google interferes with its search algorithms and changes your results")

Read more | 11/18/2019 - 14:25

This post is reproduced from the ALAStore in recognition of the publication of the latest title in the Library Futures series. 

Read more | 11/13/2019 - 15:18

This week's headline quotes Mark Kraner, George Mason University's executive director of campus retail operations, where 60% of the roughly 6,200 on-campus students have ordered food from off-campus restaurants - the University leverages a fleet of 43 delivery robots that average 350 deliveries a day. (EducationDive "To feed today's 'on-demand' students, colleges turn to robots and mobile apps")

Read more | 11/11/2019 - 17:47

This week’s headline quotes filmmaker and comedian Judd Apatow, in a tweeted response to news of a proposed Netflix feature that would let viewers watch movies at up to 1.5 times the usual speed – such features have already become popular with podcasts and YouTube clips. (Bloomberg "Netflix experiment lets you watch movies at 1.5 times the speed")

Read more | 11/04/2019 - 18:26

This week’s headline quotes Jean-Paul Rodrigue, a professor of global studies and geography at Hofstra University, who sees the changes in New York City’s street congestion due to more and more delivery vehicles as just one of the trade-offs created by consumers’ growing dependence on internet shopping and immediate delivery expectations. (The New York Times "1.5 million packages a day: The internet brings chaos to N.Y. streets")

Read more | 10/28/2019 - 21:40

This week’s headline quotes Brad Hargreaves, the founder and chief executive of co-living start-up Common. Even as WeLive, the co-living subsidiary of WeWork, shifts plans in India, Israel, and Seattle, there are still signs that co-living will continue its expansion in urban areas. (The New York Times "WeWork planned a residential utopia. It hasn’t turned out that way.")

Read more | 10/21/2019 - 15:30

This week’s headline quotes San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee on the city’s new Office of Emerging Technology, where tech companies will be asked to pitch their new services so that the city can plan for and address the impact of emerging technologies that rely on public infrastructure (The San Francisco Examiner "SF to establish Office of Emerging Technology").

Read more | 10/14/2019 - 22:54

This week’s headline quotes a blog post from Starbucks announcing complimentary digital access to news sites (The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), USA Today, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, and New York Daily News) to customers through their free in-store Wi-Fi at all company-operated locations in the U.S.

Read more | 10/07/2019 - 15:37