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Technology’s Uncle Walter

If the TV news business has a guiding patriarch, it’s Walter Cronkite. If the consumer technology business has one, it’s Walter Mossberg. Wired Magazine’s May issue has an illuminating profile on Mossberg, whose Personal Technology column in the Wall Street…

If the TV news business has a guiding patriarch, it’s Walter Cronkite. If the consumer technology business has one, it’s Walter Mossberg. Wired Magazine’s May issue has an illuminating profile on Mossberg, whose Personal Technology column in the Wall Street Journal is without doubt the most influential and widely-read source of commentary on new technology products. No other technology journalist has Mossberg’s clout or his power to influence technology design itself; the Wired piece, for example, relates episodes like Microsoft’s decision to drop Smart Tags (a feature of Windows XP that would have allowed Microsoft to insert links to its own websites or sponsors’ sites into any other Web page) after Mossberg attacked it as an abuse of power.

Like many people, I’d think twice about buying any product that Mossberg panned. He’s gained this kind of sway through a combination of approachable writing, brutal honesty, and unquestioned objectivity – all characteristics I have to admire deeply as a fellow technology writer.

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Five poems about the mind

DREAM VENDING MACHINE I feed it coins and watch the spring coil back,the clunk of a vacuum-packed, foil-wrappeddream dropping into the tray. It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.Hardboiled caramel dreams to tuck in your cheek,a bag of orange dreams…

Work reinvented: Tech will drive the office evolution

As organizations navigate a new world of hybrid work, tech innovation will be crucial for employee connection and collaboration.

lucid dreaming concept
lucid dreaming concept

I taught myself to lucid dream. You can too.

We still don’t know much about the experience of being aware that you’re dreaming—but a few researchers think it could help us find out more about how the brain works.

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panpsychism concept

Is everything in the world a little bit conscious?

The idea that consciousness is widespread is attractive to many for intellectual and, perhaps, also emotional
reasons. But can it be tested? Surprisingly, perhaps it can.

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