To many people who have never done it, computer programming, aka “coding”, seems like a magical and impossible task. Any time we release a new book, video, or class about programming, we hear the all too familiar groans: “I could
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Garry Shandling, the comedian who died recently, got his first big break in 1981 as a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. After this appearance, he told his agent that appearing on The Tonight Show was great, but
Are we on the brink of intelligent machines?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has its roots in ancient myth and the study of logic and formal reasoning. In the 20th century, AI first became plausible, and scientists as well as science fiction writers began to explore the possibility that machines could one
Education is the Safeguard of Democracy
For the wellbeing of our planet, our country, ourselves and all people, education must do more than just prepare people to have jobs. In places where citizens have the right and responsibility to vote, it’s imperative that they understand what they’re voting
The Rise and Fall of Yellow Marketing
In the early 20th century, when William Randolph Hearst was building his media empire, access to information about the world was controlled by a relatively small number of media outlets. Hearst’s newspapers were able to influence public opinion and world
Giant Little Mistakes
Shortly before ending his campaign for the Republican nomination for President, Jeb Bush’s staff made the biggest mistake you can make as a web publisher. They forgot to renew one of the campaign’s internet domain names, jebbush.com. To make matters worse,
Do We Need IoT?
Ever since the beginning of the Internet, people have been connecting ordinary household objects to it. In the early days of the Web, webcams were extremely popular. The first webcam was the Trojan Room coffee pot, which was pointed at a
Computer Science is a Liberal Art
There is a tendency today for people who aren’t programmers or IT professionals to joke about their lack of computer skills. It is not uncommon to hear an otherwise brilliant person remark something about not being able to figure out their iPhone
Is this normal?
Our society tends to see artists or writers and people who love what they do as “different”. We often label these people as insane or wild exceptions to the “rule” (partly based on whether or not they’re successful). If you
What is “The Cloud”?
You hear a lot about cloud computing and things being ‘in the cloud’ these days. It’s become a magical term to describe just about everything having to do with computing. But, what do marketers and computer people mean when they