Scientists are on the brink of radically expanding the span of a healthy life. Author Sonia Arrison on the latest advances—and what they mean for human existence.
In America, a large part of funding for regenerative medicine comes from the Department of Defense, whose goal is to repair soldiers who come home wounded. That is an effort everyone recognizes as important. Yet, when it comes to repairing older people whose hearts and lungs are failing, society seems at peace accepting their demise because that is all humanity has ever known — a state of mind that some call the “pro-death trance.”
Kids need to be clear that logging on to services like Facebook is like walking into a public place — you can find people you know, you can see others you don’t know, and there are many whom you do not want to know. This is a basic and important lesson to learn. Regulators should focus their energy on how to make sure that kids whose parents aren’t doing their jobs can still get educated about online safety.
Like all online sites, Facebook is not perfect — and it has lost serious face after its attempt to smear Google — but it won’t be better after state bureaucrats get their hands on it. And once they do, they may not be willing to let go. Sen. Ellen Corbett’s social networking bill is not just antisocial. It’s an attack on the freedom of all technology entrepreneurs to run their businesses.
Reader’s Digest and Time magazine started out as content aggregators rewriting articles from other publications. Back then, “there was not a lot of brooding about other people’s intellectual property rights,” notes author Steven Rosenbaum. So, what has changed between then and now? If Reader’s Digest didn’t already exist, could it start in today’s environment?
America holds some distinct advantages over many developing countries, since it is a stable place where it is relatively easy to start a business and, despite flaws, its immigration policy still welcomes risk-tolerant entrepreneurs. Indeed, immigrants are responsible for starting more than half of all new companies in Silicon Valley in the past decade.
It is difficult enough to get a business running and profitable. Forcing businesses to do the government’s job is a huge additional burden that could break some companies. And of course, every time this issue comes up, it serves to remind Californians that they have the highest sales tax in the nation, not a distinction to brag about when state coffers are so empty.
By all accounts, cloud computing is the future. The market will grow at five times the rate of traditional IT products, IDC has predicted, estimating it will be worth US$55.5 billion by 2014. While the future should be rosy, some policy groups are warning that without proper protections, the sector could stumble hard. The problem is a law — the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) — that hasn’t been updated to reflect new technological realities.
so-called Facebook “privacy breach” article, it’s subsequent and curiously-timed MySpace followup, and also the New York Times’ take on the ability of Facebook advertisers to target ads for nursing schools to gay men is unwittingly creating cover for a social networking privacy issue that’s much bigger. It might be surprising to some, but it turns out that U.S. federal agents have been urged to “friend” people in order to spy on them. [...]