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Computing Archive

  • Computers and Hope in an Urban Ark

    Revealing how computers can provide hope amid poverty, children in one urban community are posting their drawings, poems, and other creations on the Net.

  • Dividing the Water

    Water may seem to be everywhere, but for a rising portion of the world’s population, there may soon be hardly a drop to drink -or to use for growing food, supporting industries and cities, and preserving life-giving ecosystems.

  • Melding Mind and Machine

    The computer and the human brainwork differently. Instead of trying to force one to emulate the other, designers would do better to ensure complementarity.

  • Creating The People's Computer

    One of the nation’s foremost computer scientists, exasperated by the unfriendliness of today’s computer systems, suggests what designers can do to make machines serve human needs–rather than the other way around.

  • Electronically Implanted "Values"

    Software that renders the Internet child-safe can also screen out a wide range of legitimate information. Whose agenda is being served?

  • Winning Through Cooperation

    The head of Sematech, the pioneering joint venture created to bolster the U.S. semiconductor industry, talks about the direction of U.S. research and development and the power of collaborative thinking.

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