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Many Libraries

Many Libraries

Centralization can lead to price controls, censorship without due process, lack of reader privacy, and resistance to innovators. We need lots of publishers, booksellers, authors, and readers—and lots of libraries. If many actors work together, we can have a robust, distributed publishing …Continue reading

What MOOCs Teach Us

Three years ago, several of us at Stanford launched the first massive open online courses, or MOOCs. We wanted to make the teaching of the world’s great universities accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. The company we founded, Coursera, recently passed …Continue reading

Early Intervention

We currently have no therapeutic interventions that can prevent or reverse the intellectual disability or brain pathology found in individuals with Down syndrome, which affects about 400,000 people in the United States alone. However, we may be getting closer. Some researchers are …Continue reading

Child’s Play

Computers should stop trying to act like grown-ups. Everyone knows the Turing test. But almost no one remembers Alan Turing’s statement that to achieve true intelligence, you should design a machine that was like a child. He said the real secret to …Continue reading

“Plant Lamps” Turn Dirt and Vegetation into a Power Source

Researchers in Peru have a new way to capture electricity from plants and bacteria to help rainforest communities. Researchers at the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) have developed a technique for capturing the electricity emitted from plants. Actually, to be fair, …Continue reading

Internet The Web as a Right

What we’ve been calling the World Wide Web for the last few decades isn’t actually worldwide. Four billion people, more than half the world’s population, remain disconnected. No e-mail, no Wikipedia. Six years ago I started a nonprofit called A Human Right …Continue reading

Open Letter on the Digital Economy

We are in the early stages of an era of great technological change. Digital innovations are remaking our industries, economy, and society just as steam, electricity, and internal combustion did before them. Like their predecessors, computers and their kin are engines of …Continue reading

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