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  • An Artist Explores the Lab

    A recent photography exhibit goes behind the closed doors of major laboratories to shed fascinating light on the research shaping modern life.

  • Bringing High Tech to Low-Income People

    From Seattle to Newark, nonprofit community-based organizations are now teaming up with high-tech companies to reinvigorate inner-city economic life.

  • 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.

  • From Here to Eternity

    Digitized memorabilia such as home videos and family photograph albums can last forever. But they may well drown our descendents in accumulated megabytes

  • Defusing Airline Terrorism

    A variety of high-tech bomb detectors are under study, but certification, cost, and privacy dilemmas could keep them from your local airport.

  • 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.

  • Paint the Town White--and Green

    Urban heat islands are not inevitable, but the product of dark roofs, black pavement, and loss of vegetation. A “cool communities” approach would lower air-conditioning use and make the air healthier.

  • 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?

  • It's Morning in American Industry

    As business and government have responded to change and adopted new technology, declining competitiveness among U.S. companies has become a dim memory.

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