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Geolocation Technology

The Associated Press had a nice article yesterday (reprinted here on the CNN website) about how web-based geolocation technology can figure out where you are from your IP address–at least, most of the time.Type “dentist” into Google from New York,…

The Associated Press had a nice article yesterday (reprinted here on the CNN website) about how web-based geolocation technology can figure out where you are from your IP address–at least, most of the time.

Type “dentist” into Google from New York, and you’ll get ads for dentists in the city. Try watching a Cubs baseball game from a computer in Chicago, and you’ll be stymied. Pre-existing local TV rights block the webcast.

The same technology is also being used by a British casino to keep out the Dutch and by online movie distributors to limit viewing to where it’s permitted by license, namely the United States.

Privacy advocates seem most upset that the technology will be used to mislead web visitors with different prices or specially-edited content.

Personally, I’m concerned that the widespread use of geolocation technology will fundamentally change our idea of what the web really means. I’m concerned that errors in the geolocation technology will unfairly penalize people. And I think that there should be a way to turn it off without penalizing the user.

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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…

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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
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