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Is Technology Making Us Stupid?

Is Technology Making Us Stupid?

Moral panics over new technology are as old as recorded history. Socrates railed against writing. In Plato’s Phaedrus, he feared that if people relied on the written word they would “cease to exercise their memory and become forgetful.” Printing triggered its own panic. The fifteenth-century abbot Johannes Trithemius, author of De laude scriptorum manualium —

Disrupting The Class Room

When a friend suggested in 2006 to Salman Khan that he record the tutorials he prepared for his younger cousins on YouTube so Khan wouldn’t have to repeat the same lessons over and over, his response was: “No! YouTube’s for dogs on skateboards, it’s not for serious learning.”Fortunately for the six million students who visit

Building Bigger Businesses: The Medtech and Edtech Opportunities

Health Analytics, a Cambridge company started in a garage by two software engineers, is leveraging big data to give Britain’s National Health Service a big-picture view of patients in its care.The challenge facing the NHS is how to improve patient care while reducing costs. The answer may lie in connecting the millions of pieces of

Democratizing Higher Education

Imagine if higher education was instantly attainable to anyone, anywhere in the world, and economics and societal constraints were no longer a barrier. That future is already here, thanks to the University of the People, which is being billed as the world’s first tuition-fee, non-profit online academic institution. “The idea is to open the gates

Transforming The Classroom

Esther Wojcicki, known as “Woj” to her students, has never been interested in convention. So, when she left a career in newspapers to teach journalism at California’s Palo Alto High School in 1984, one of the first things she did was to discard all of the traditional text books in her classroom. Since then her

Industry Icon Irwin Jacobs on Qualcomm and What’s Next for the Industry

When the industry’s 60,000 executives depart from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, an era will be about to end. Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm’s co-founder and founding CEO, plans to retire from the board in March, marking his final separation from the San Diego wireless technology giant he built from scratch.   Qualcomm, the company

A Digital Operating System For Schools

Israeli start-up Time To Know is out to revolutionize education by building a common operating system and digital core curriculum for schools, radically changing the way teachers and students interact. The company, which has so far won contracts with schools in Israel, Texas and New York, has raised $60 million in funding thanks to one