bittorrent

Poor countries download movies. Rich countries download music

Professors at Northwestern University have just published a study that looked at the download habits of internet users, particularly as it relates to peer-to-peer file sharing. “The researchers analyzed 10,000 anonymous BitTorrent users from around the world during a typical month using data reported by users of the BitTorrent plugin Ono. File content types shared by […]

Tim Berners-Lee

Jobs will disappear…

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Income Inequality

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Income InequalityI’ve been talking about income inequality over the last couple of weeks. In a previous post, I noted that many jobs will become automated and no longer needed. At the British paper, The Telegraph, the inventor of the internet – no, not Al Gore, […]

Solving the Income Inequality Problem

This entry is part of 6 in the series Income Inequality

This entry is part of 6 in the series Income InequalityIn the previous post, I noted that one of the major causes of income inequality was the rise of technology. In fact, it may be the primary cause of an increased income inequality here in the US. Today, Computerworld.com published an article with this headline: […]

A bell and a well: the curving jobs economy in the 21st century

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Income Inequality

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Income InequalityWhile doing my doctoral work, my faculty mentor, Leonard Sweet, introduced me to the Well Curve. The Well Curve is the inverse of the Bell Curve, The bell curve defined “normal distribution” – and it became a fundamental law of natural science, an elementary […]

Income Inequality: How does the U.S. stack up globally?

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Income Inequality

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Income InequalityAmerican Inequality in Six Charts, an article in The New Yorker, looked at income inequality in the U.S. and did so using a set of charts put together by the Center for American Progress, the center-left think tank founded by Bill Clinton’s former chief […]

I dream of Gini or How is income inequality defined?

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Income Inequality

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Income InequalitySimply put, income inequality refers to the difference in income distribution. Income, in this particular case, is not simply the difference between the paycheck between the richest and poorest, but income (or lack thereof) derived from rental income, stock gains, interest on savings accounts, and […]

Income Inequality

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Income Inequality

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Income InequalityRecents events, such as the border crisis in the Southwest and the Israeli/Hamas outbreak in the Middle East, have taken over the 24/7 new cycle. But lingering in the background, and being written about in many of the major papers and talked about on […]

Beautiful Questions

Four things questions expose

Always the beautiful answer / who asks a more beautiful question – E. E. Cummings To get to our answers, we must formulate and work through the questions ourselves. Throughout his life Einstein saw curiosity as something “holy,” and American painter Chuck Close notes, “Ask yourself an interesting enough question and your attempt to find […]

Thursday Technology Links

Here’s some technology links that might pique your interest: Light Can Be Converted Into Matter In 1934, two American physicists theorized that if one could make two photons collide, the collision would produce two positron-electron pairs—and thus convert light into matter. If proven in a lab, the process would be a pure demonstration of Einstein’s […]

Veterans Affairs Hospital

Is it time to dismantle the VA medical system?

Reports emanating from Washington regarding the mess at the Veterans Affairs healthcare system keep coming. Late Tuesday, the Veterans Affairs department announced that it launched a program last Friday “where staffers will try at least three times to reach new VA patients and ask how soon they want to be seen. If the patients cannot be […]