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Season to Believe

Women’s new basketball coach Joanne Boyle restores winning attitude It is eloquent of her resiliency and steely resolve that Joanne Boyle says she’s tired of talking about the event that could have killed her, or at the least left her impaired forever. It’s not that she no longer recalls the surprise and suddenness of the searing pain […]

Year 4702: A Reunion Like No Other

Locke, California was a town like no other. Nestled behind levees 25 miles south of Sacramento, in its heyday from 1915 to 1952 America’s last rural all-Chinese town had a wild vitality. It boasted four restaurants, half a dozen markets, five whorehouses (staffed by white women), a Chinese school, two slaughterhouses, a flourmill, shipping wharves, […]

Open Source: A Double Bind

In so-called democratic systems, who can you trust? Once upon a time, in a land far away, a wizard gave to the people of her village a magic parchment. Although it was covered with written wisdom from top to bottom, anyone in the village could change the words or add their own ideas to the parchment, and […]

Mitch Kapor Loves Wikipedia

An interview with technology entrepreneur and internet visionary Mitch Kapor Mitch Kapor has been a commercial disc jockey, Transcendental Meditation teacher, mental health worker, and computer programmer. He bought an Apple II personal computer in 1978 and, four years later, founded Lotus Development Corp., creating software known as Lotus 1-2-3, which enabled personal computers to be deployed […]

The New Argonauts

Leaving Silicon Valley for the future of home A small but meaningful proportion of individuals who left their home countries for better lives abroad have reversed course, transforming a brain drain into a brain “circulation,” AnnaLee Saxenian, dean of the School of Information Management and Systems,* writes in her new book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in […]

Can We Know Everything?

Search Engines lead us into new information frontiers. But will we ever find what we’re really looking for? When my son was young, he trembled in fear and joy. Like all of us, he arrived incomplete, and the neurons in the limbic system of his toddler’s brain were still growing. The limbic system is the seat […]

Government versus Google

An analysis of what’s at stake in the controversial case. In January, Google splashed across the headlines when it opposed a Department of Justice demand for one million website addresses and one week of search queries. The government says it needs the data to argue its case before a federal court in Pennsylvania to revive the 1998 […]