Digerati, heal thyself: Blaming our shortcomings on our devices

More often than not, when you’re ignoring your friends at the table, you’re doing it to connect to someone else. Is that always good? Maybe not, but the ability to connect to people who aren’t near us is just as important as being able to connect to those around us. It’s one of the fricking […]

Tracking travelers’ phones let Cincinnati airport cut security line waits by a third

Going through airport security is a miserable experience, but airports are at least starting to figure out ways to get you through the line quicker. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport says that the median wait time in its security lines has dropped by a third, going from 13.2 minutes to 8.9 minutes, after installing a system […]

How we are becoming nation of digital makers – BBC News

There have been notable successes in helping children who might feel let down by the traditional educational system: a severely dyslexic child designed a game in Scratch to help children recognise letters and sentences a child who struggled with numeracy created a similar one about number bonds a child who had been excluded for disruptive […]

To mourn a robotic dog is to be truly human

When a Japanese pet is ceremonially cremated, the owners return after the ashes have cooled to sift through them with special chopsticks, picking out the bones one by one and transferring them to their final resting urn. This was the strangest thing I knew about Japanese funeral rites until I discovered that Buddhist priests there […]