We can be a bit hard to please. We all want our devices to do more and more while consuming less power and taking up less space. And of course, they should look beautiful. But how often do we stop to think about how these incredible machines get built? The unsung heroes of these devices … Continue reading Breakthrough will help keep making smaller, smarter phones
Note: This is a version of a previous post that has been updated with additional commentary.
It is increasingly clear to me that our institutions of higher learning are addicted to money, and they are more desperate for it than they are concerned about raising capital from those whose values don’t align. For example, MIT took funds from dubious Saudi Arabian donors despite persistent opposition from within the institution. “MIT’s continued collaboration with the Saudi government sends the message that human rights violations can be overlooked in favor of financial considerations,” a group of students wrote in a letter to the university.
Of course, it would be unfair to focus only on one school. Tufts University, for instance, has had a hand-in-pocket relationship with the Sacklers, the family behind Purdue Pharma, the largest opioids maker. And it’s not just universities — whether it is museums, hospitals, or tech startups: many organizations are happy to overlook the provenance of the money that supports them. Continue reading “The Company You Keep”
Mike Foster of MIT Urban Studies and Planning has put together a great slide presentation around cartography, its evolution and how it is changing and adapting for the 21st century. What does a modern cartographer do, and how do they compare to those in the past. The presentation is packed with wisdom. I love Foster’s succinct and presicent … Continue reading What is Cartography in the 21st Century