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Further reading (and listening) on the shrinking boundary between humans and computersFurther reading (and listening) on the shrinking boundary between humans and computers

Posted By Jessica Gross

“Throughout the history of computers, we’ve been striving to shorten the gap between us and digital information, the gap between our physical world and the world in the screen,” interface designer Jinha Lee says in today’s talk. Lee points out that the gap has become shorter and shorter—it’s now “less than a millimeter, the thickness […]

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10 places where anyone can learn to code

Posted By Jessica Gross

Teens, tweens and kids are often referred to as “digital natives.” Having grown up with the Internet, smartphones and tablets, they’re often extraordinarily adept at interacting with digital technology. But Mitch Resnick, who spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet in November, is skeptical of this descriptor. Sure, young people can text and chat and play games, he says, […]

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How you too can build your own computer

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

As computers have gotten more complex, even tech literate users have become detached from the basics of how they function. This is what Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan noticed with their computer science students in Israel. As Schocken explains in this talk from TEDGlobal 2012, the pair decided to have their students build a working […]

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Did China hack the Dalai Lama’s email? How a human-computer collaboration traced the cluesDid China hack the Dalai Lama’s email? How a human-computer collaboration traced the clues

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“Man versus machine” is not an idea that Shyam Sankar believes in. In today’s fascinating talk, given at TEDGlobal 2012, Sankar urged us to think about how human ingenuity can combine with computers’ ability to parse data to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. His point: Technology should make use of human creativity, […]