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John M. Eger
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John M. Eger, Director of the Creative Economy Initiative and Van Deerlin Endowed Chair of Communications and Public Policy at San Diego State University (SDSU), teaches in the School of Journalism and Media Studies, and the SDSU Honors Program. A former Legal Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Adviser to Presidents Nixon and Ford and Director of the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy, he helped spearhead the restructuring of America's telecom Industry and was Senior Vice President of CBS responsible for worldwide enterprises, which opened China to commercial television. He is an author and lecturer on the subjects of creativity and innovation, education and economic development, and formerly served as President of Smart Communities, a research and educational organization dedicated to helping local communities connect to the global economy. Recently he authored the seminal “Guidebook for Smart Communities”, a “how to” for communities struggling to compete in the age of the Internet; “The Creative Community: Linking Art, Culture, Commerce and Community”, a call to action to reinvent our communities for the Creative Age; and "Art Education and the Innovation Economy." He also served as Chair of California Governor’s first Commission on Information Technology; Chair of the Governors Committee on Education and Technology; and Chair of San Diego Mayor’s “City of the Future” Commission.

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The Truth is Out: Robots Are Us

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 4:34 PM

In the last few weeks it became clear that Microsoft's experiment in China with a so-called "chatbot" known as Xiaoice was a resounding success.

According to a report in the New York Times, folks chat with Xiaoice when they have been "dumped in a relationship, are experiencing depression...

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There Is Opera; there Is Opera Light, and Opera Without Walls

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 12:41 PM

It seems only yesterday that the San Diego Opera was shuttering its doors citing "a tough fundraising environment and weak ticket sales."

The L.A. Times said that the San Diego Opera's Board decision "shocked many in the arts world." But in fact, this shouldn't have been a surprise.

One...

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Surviving Our Robotic Future

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 9:01 PM

Robots don't take coffee breaks, or vacations or holidays, and they never get sick. It's great for employers. Not so good for employees.

In the last few weeks books, articles, a TV series, talk shows and even a theatrical film have featured Robots everywhere in our lives.

While some portrayals...

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Creativity in the Smart City Is What Makes a City Really Smart

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 2:02 PM

Cities across America are putting in place the broadband infrastructure necessary to support the new digital economy and society and looking at the Internet of Everything (IoT), where everything is connected to almost every other thing, to provide cities with the tools to ensure safer cities, better transportation,...

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A Truly Smart City Is Not a City at All

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 4:29 PM

Every city it seems, wants to be a "Smart City" by using technology to solve our current problems of water use and supply, energy consumption, transportation efficiency, mobile healthcare, police, fire, and safety; and to lay the foundation -- certainly the bandwidth -- for future savings of the city and...

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The Internet of Everything Empowers Cities as Never Before

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:28 PM

As San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said at the City Innovate Summit last week:

Cities today are the engines of the greatest surge in innovation, creativity and problem solving in human history ... and cities that think of themselves as platforms will become stronger, attract better talent...
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Choosing a Mayor May Be More Important Than Choosing a President

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:14 AM

As San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said at the City Innovate Summit last week:

"Cities today are the engines of the greatest surge in innovation, creativity and problem solving in human history ... and cities that think of themselves as platforms will become stronger, attract better talent...
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Nurturing Development of a Smart City

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 6:26 PM

Becoming a "Smart City" starts with an agreement involving elected officials, business leaders, university executives, art and cultural administrators, and, hopefully others who understand they have a stake in the future of the region, including of course, the community at large.

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The agreement...

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The Robots Are Coming

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 1:51 AM

According to a recent study by Oxford Research reported in the MIT Technology Review, we are witnessing "Tectonic Shifts in Employment (where) information technology is reducing the need for certain jobs faster than new ones are being created."

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Citing a similar...

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Smart Cities Need Smart People

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:26 AM

Almost 20 years ago, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) funded research looking for ways to keep people off the roads.

Caltrans knew that in 40 years the population of California would likely double to about 60 million people. But Caltrans wasn't at all convinced they could build...

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Obama's Broadband Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:15 PM

We know the White House's thoughts on net neutrality and Obama's message to the FCC that the Internet is something everyone needs to survive in the new economy. But less understood is the president's thinking about the rise of cities, or, more precisely, metropolitan regions and region states, and the...

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Technology Technology Technology: Get the Message

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 11:31 PM

When we are just getting used to Twitter and Facebook, Email and SPAM, along comes "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) where everything -- well almost everything -- is connected to everything else.

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Goldman Sachs calls it the 3rd wave, and points...

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The Internet of Everything: Boring, But So Important

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 10:56 PM

When we are just getting used to Twitter and Facebook, Email and SPAM, along comes "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) where everything -- well almost everything -- is connected to everything else.

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Goldman Sachs calls it the 3rd wave, and points...

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Smart Cities: It's More Than Broadband

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 8:53 AM

Last week, at the annual Broadband Communities Summit held in Austin, Texas, there was some, albeit guarded, celebration of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision regarding Net Neutrality, and their vote to pre-empt state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee, laws that have restricted expansion of...

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Congressional Art Competition Could Be Unique Effort

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 12:07 AM

Last week I picked up a copy of the "La Jolla News", a local weekly publication to learn that "Congressman Scott Peters, whose 52nd District includes La Jolla (Coronado and Poway) has launched the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for district high school students."

Given that our national economy increasingly depends...

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Finland and the Common Core

(17) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 10:54 PM

All right, it's not the Common Core per se, but it sure looks like it. And it helps confirm what most people in the U.S. are saying about the Common Core: "This could be the holy grail of education reform."

Finland changes its National Core Curriculum...

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Finland Adopts the Common Core

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 9:58 AM

All right, it's not the Common Core per se, but it sure looks like it. And it helps confirm what most people in the U.S. are saying about the Common Core: "This could be the holy grail of education reform."

Finland changes its National Core Curriculum...

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Arguing for STEAM on Arts Advocacy Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 11:44 AM

It's Arts Advocacy Day next week, actually two days (March 24-25).

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To all the artists and art organizations calling on local, regional politicians and Congress, it's time to unabashedly call for STEAM again.

Yes, yes, I know I...

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If Mayors Ruled the World Today ... They Would Launch Digital Cities Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 2:34 PM

For the first time in years, the door is now open for cities to take the lead insuring all its citizens have affordable access on a non-discriminator basis to the Internet; a broadband infrastructure that can be one of the fastest, cheapest Internet services imaginable. The policy framework for other...

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More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 9:49 PM

At the "Learning and the Brain" conference in San Francisco last week, neuroscientists and researchers explored the basic idea that "Brain Science (could be used) to Boost Memory, Thinking and Learning." Many of the speakers seemed to be saying that there are a number of ways to engage...

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