July 27, 2012 |
The pinpoint accuracy of the head count conducted every decade by the U.S. Census Bureau is impressive enough, but the agency's greatest insights may come from its annual surveys, which take the pulse of Americans on topics as varied as their income, commuting habits, and home-heating setup. Data gleaned from the yearly surveys provide businesses with critical information on their markets for products and services. A retailer, for instance, might use the findings to decide where to locate a new store; a manufacturer might determine the best site for a new factory.
March 1, 2011 |
When was the Information Age - our age of Twitter, Facebook, and Google, of word processors and encyclopedias - born? a naive questioner asks James Gleick. Gleick, whose new book The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (Pantheon, $20.95) is a commanding chronicle of the information revolution, repeats the question, then pauses for a few moments to reflect. It's such a "silly cliche, the Information Age," says Gleick, who will discuss his book Tuesday night at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
January 19, 2007 |
George Miller, CEO of Central Montgomery Medical Center in Lansdale, stopped by my office the other day to take me out to lunch. As we drove to a restaurant, I had fun watching his in-dash navigation system, which operates with voice recognition. Make a right or left turn and the monitor automatically shifts to the new direction, showing a grid of named streets ahead. If George wants the shortest route to his house, he simply speaks "Best way home" into the dash. The route, mileage and estimated drive time to the house are communicated to him in seconds.
August 28, 2006 |
The conventional wisdom has it that John F. Kennedy was the first television president. Meaning not that he was president when the medium began to affect the nation - that distinction goes to Dwight Eisenhower - but that he was the first to understand its potential and exploit its power. The signature illustration is the famous debate with Richard Nixon. People who watched it on television felt that the handsome, vigorous Democrat trounced the ailing, haggard Republican. Curiously enough, many of those who only heard the debate on radio gave the edge to Nixon.
August 8, 2006 |
THE PHOTO on the cover shows what appears to be a teenager with a high-powered rifle, his mouth open in mid-scream, pointing his rifle at you, the viewer. On his back is strapped a pink teddy bear. "Killer Kids: Chilling shots of children in combat," says the caption. The title of the magazine is Shock, with a gunshot-burst pockmark blasting away the mid-sections of the "o" and "c. " The overline above the title reads, "Welcome to the Real World. " "The marketplace is different now. There are so many different outlets of news and entertainment and sports.
May 14, 2005 |
Traveling around the country promoting his book on the future of work, Daniel H. Pink employs two props - a toilet bowl brush and an empty bottle of wine. Yes, brush and bottle are related to work in Pink's latest book, A Whole New Mind: Moving From the Information Age to the Conceptual Age. Both evoke the role that creativity, design and storytelling will play in the coming world of work - a world where success will belong to the most creative, the most empathic, the most perceptive, not to the linear thinkers, the data-driven, the technocrats.
September 2, 2002 |
A major technological transformation, potentially as significant as the electronic revolution of the 20th century, is creeping up on a largely unsuspecting world. Light, in the form of tiny, weightless particles called photons, is on its way to succeeding electrons as the high-tech workhorse of the 21st century, scientists say. Practical applications of the coming photonic revolution are still a ways off, but researchers offer the prospect of much faster communications, more powerful computers, sharper display screens, more effective ways to harness sunlight for energy, and many other benefits.
December 5, 2000
Question: There does seem to be an attitude among many in the tech community that the creation of a New Economy makes the old politics obsolete. Answer: Do people really believe that?. . . When I look at people who say politics isn't relevant because other things are going to move faster, I say, "Well, wait a minute - the last time I checked, it was government that got us The Family and Medical Leave Act. " Within the software industry, people would go crazy if we didn't have family and medical leave ... Instead of just letting politics continue to lose relevance because it moves so slowly, let's figure out how to help change that process.
July 25, 2000 |
Upstairs in the cramped third-floor offices of the Belleek Shop, three young women sort through last night's Internet orders. Sales stream in, mainly from the United States: a Belleek vase for a family in the Bronx, N.Y. Waterford Crystal wine glasses for a woman in North Carolina. A Claddagh pendant for another in New Jersey. Since the Belleek Shop launched its website (www.belleekshop.com) in October, the tiny Abbey Street family retailer has made at least one online sale each day. Next year, the Internet is expected to account for 20 percent of sales, said Ronan Cahir, whose mother founded the shop 22 years ago. The Belleek Shop is just one of the beneficiaries of an interesting experiment to see what happens when a town - where some residents recently did not own a telephone - suddenly becomes wired.
April 17, 2000 |
Members of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, convening in Washington last week, heard what may be the most critical question they face in the age of the Internet-generated information explosion: How (can) the fundamental purpose of the newspaper be maintained and you still make enough money to stay afloat? Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the question is that it wasn't posed in one of the ASNE's numerous panels and workshops but by the group's Thursday luncheon speaker: President Clinton.