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Bring on the Robots, Please!

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

John Maynard Keynes once famously said that the difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas but in escaping from old ones. And one of the oldest and most pervasive and pernicious economic ideas is that technology kills jobs.

Good News: Cancel the Obituaries -- Print Book Sales for 2015 Are ... Up

The National Book Review | Posted 12.22.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Reports of the death of print books were, it turns out, premature. Print book sales in the United States in 2015 are up more than 2 percent over last year, according to Nielsen BookScan.

What You Need to Know About Those Civilian Drones: "Flying Insects, Peeping Toms and Entitled Jerks"

Henry Tenenbaum | Posted 08.27.2015 | Technology
Henry Tenenbaum

This is brand new technology. The early automobile developed during a period without sufficient roads, training or licensing. They were operated by the chauffeurs of the wealthy or the equivalent of today's geeky hobbyists.

6 Ways to Break Your iPhone Addiction (That Actually Work)

Supercompressor | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Rule 1. Never use your phone as your alarm clock. We all know how it goes: once you're done dealing your standard wave of 20 snoozes, you flick off the alarm, and go straight to browsing: Instagram, email, videos of baby elephants.

Why Wages Are Low and Unemployment Is High - Tech vs. Toil

Bob Swarup | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

Long tech and short toil will fuel growth tomorrow, but whether we are able to stomach the journey today is far more unclear. The impact of the unfolding clash between technology and toil will be bruising in the shorter term. Its resolution will be critical to the future of economic growth.

I Fell In Love With A Man Who Refused To Text Me

TueNight | Posted 06.07.2014 | Women

He wrote my first name on a napkin, slipped it in his pocket, and asked me to meet him, same time, same place, four days later. I did. He did. No texts, alerts or mobile carriers required.

A Field Guide To Anti-Technology Movements, Past And Present

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

"Major anti-technology movements will be active in the U.S. and elsewhere by 2030," Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, predicted back ...

Why I Was Wrong About Twitter

Adam Grant | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

Admitting defeat, I was dragged onto Twitter kicking and screaming. I thought it was a necessary evil. And I was wrong. In the past year, I've grown fond of Twitter. It might be partially due to cognitive dissonance. But it's also due to six benefits that no one mentioned.

The Tea Party Luddites

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Rather than see the Tea Party's divisiveness as a sign of politics to come, it may simply be the final spasm of rage for a shrinking cohort of citizens who refuse to accept that our culture no longer resembles the "real America" embedded in their historical imagination.

Welcome to Today's Totally Modern Library: No 'Shushing' Allowed!

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.18.2013 | Books
Peter Mandel

Call me a Luddite if you like, but I keep wondering if it might not make some sense to have at least one outpost left in our over-wired world that just says no to glittering disks and glowing screens.

Jason Linkins

Welcome To The Internet, David Brooks! | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

This past weekend's Sunday shows were their typical wealth of human wreckage, what with all this stuff that happened, and also this stuff, as well as ...

I Ask Again: Is Technology Blocking the Path to Full Employment?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Is an acceleration in labor-saving technology displacing workers in a historically unique and problematic manner? Most economists say no, because they're all hung up on evidence and history -- imagine that.

The Paper Book: Destined to Become an Aesthetic Curiosity

James Berman | Posted 02.25.2013 | Technology
James Berman

The physical book will always remain in some respect, but more as an aesthetic curiosity, and a fine, curated remnant of a prior age. But reading? Whether by candlelight or halogen, that will be done by Kindles, Nooks and iPads.

My Elderly Parents' Reluctant Technological Evolution

Mary K. Moore | Posted 01.08.2012 | Technology
Mary K. Moore

They are the few, the proud, the tech hold-outs, happy to exist on a steady information diet of whatever is in the local newspaper and anything on television produced by Dick Wolf.

Texting in Theaters Is a Blight: Let's Make Smartphones Smarter With Apps to Obstruct Rude People

Michael Russnow | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I'm a fan of new technology and was among the first on my block to buy a VCR. I've also been surfing the Internet for many years and bought a cell ph...

The Luddites Revisited

Mark Engler | Posted 06.07.2011 | Green
Mark Engler

The Luddites have been slandered. They did not oppose technology per se, but rather asked some important questions about the ends to which new technological discoveries were being used and who in society would benefit from them.

Mechanical Morons Unite!

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Sigman

Penetrating the packaging of modern products has precipitated many an emergency-room visit.

China: Spirituality Or Materialism?

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arthur Rosenfeld

Stripped of their cultural heritage by the brutality of the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese seem to be in a headlong rush to what they think they want and need--the material excess of the West.

Stop The Insanity!: A Luddite's Lament

Pamela Newton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pamela Newton

Old technologies may be no better than new ones, but it's worth taking a moment every now and then to make sure we still know how to sit still and take in the life going on around us...

Luddites Live On

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

John Boehner's job is to advance policies that will make a positive difference for all Americans, not to pander to the Luddites who are fearful of new technologies and scientific development.

How Too Many Legal Contracts Are Costing Business

Charles H. Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Charles H. Green

What do work-for-hire contracts, email disclaimers and spam have in common? They are all getting ubiquitous, annoying -- and ineffective.