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Cryptography pioneer Marty Hellman calls for compassion in personal, cyber, and international threats

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Six Transformations From 2015 That Will Reshape The World

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With $50 Million Edison Nation Looks To Back A New Generation Of Inventors

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How Pixar Solves Problems From The Inside Out

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A Wave Crests: Silicon Valley, Postsecondary Education And A Half-Trillion Dollars

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Swatch’s Sistem51 Rethinks The Mechanical Watch

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TC Makers: Check Out The Georgia Tech Invention Studio Where Students Build The Future

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When you give Dr. Craig Forest an inch, he takes a mile. The mild-mannered Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Georgia Tech helped set up the Invention Studio on the first floor of a nondescript engineering building at the heart of the university’s verdant campus. Founded in 2009, the 3,000 square-foot space grew and grew, eventually taking over the entire lobby and multiple workshops. The… Read More

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Media Queen Gerry Laybourne Joins Betaworks Board

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Betaworks’ John Borthwick has today announced, via the company blog, that Gerry Laybourne will be joining the board of directors.

Alongside co-founding Kandu, a betaworks-backed technology company for kids, Laybourne is also known as one of the most powerful women in television.

She started out at Nickelodeon in the 80′s and 90′s, conceiving of classic children’s shows such as Rugrats, The Secret World of Alex Mack, and Pepper Ann.

After more than a decade at Nickelodeon, she founded Oxygen Media in 1999 and served as Chairman and CEO until she sold the company to NBC Universal in 2007.

Her latest venture, Kandu, lets people build their own games and software applications without any knowledge of how to code. It hasn’t launched yet, but we can glean a bit from the company’s about page:

It’s not okay that only a small number of people can make software. It’s as if only a few could write at a time when reading was taking off — precisely the situation in the 15th century when the moveable press was first invented. After the invention of the book, it took hundreds of years for literacy to spread. At Kandu, we don’t think it should take hundreds of years for people to become literate in the creation of software.

betaworks has always been focused on media of all shapes and sizes, whether its Digg or Dots. Most recently, the New York-based company hired Branch Media founder Josh Miller as a part-time venture partner. Laybourne, on the other hand, brings more traditional experience to the team.

Laybourne joins current betaworks board members Mike Buckley, Ken Lerer, Paul Cappuccio, Stu Ellman, Eric Martineu-Fortin, John Drizik, and John Borthwick.

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Google’s Cerf Says “Privacy May Be An Anomaly”. Historically, He’s Right.

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One of the original architects of the Internet wants to remind us that privacy is a relatively new concept. “Privacy is something which has emerged out of the urban boom coming from the industrial revolution,” said Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist and a lead engineer on the Army’s early 1970′s Internet prototype, ARPANET. As a result, ‘privacy may actually be an anomaly,” he told a gathering of the Federal Trade Commission.

Looking back at history, Cerf is mostly right.

Up until the 19th century, most houses had few or no internal walls. Bathing was a public act. For most of the post-Roman era, the very concept of “solitude” was limited to clergy, who dedicated their lives to private worship. “Intercourse, birth, death, just about every aspect of the life cycle plays out with some sort of audience,” architectural historian Bernard Herman explained to me.

An expert in early American housing, Herman found that the average home was about 16

This Comic Is An Awesome Checklist For All Future Anti-Tech Hysteria

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Will tomorrow’s groundbreaking gadget solve world hunger, while destroying art and prompting teens to fornicate like bunnies? No, no, And yes.

The ever-savvy web comic, XKCD, hit another one out of the park with this handy checklist for all future anti-tech hysteria.

For references, here are links to every single one of the items

Dear XKCD,

We love you.
Sincerely,
The Internet

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