Predict future news events with web data

Is it possible to know the future? In general, the answer is a resounding “No!” But in certain instances, tools are emerging to predict what might happen in the near future with high probability. This kind of knowledge — say, that civil unrest and violence is likely to erupt in a specific country within the…

Boulder flooding

Disaster news coverage will be much better in a few years

Boulder, Colorado, and surrounding towns were hit recently with days of record rainfall, history-making flooding, and epic damage. The destruction covered larger towns like Boulder and Longmont, and was truly horrific in mountain towns like Jamestown and Lyons. I was in the middle of this (i.e., getting rained on like everyone else), but my family’s…

Futurist Gray Scott

Futurist interview: Gray Scott on media-impacting future technologies

Gray Scott is on the younger side of the futurists spectrum; most people who carve out careers as futurists tend to be older and grayer. Scott, who calls himself a “futurist and neuro-technology philosopher,” also describes himself as one of the “most controversial futurists of our time.” He’s a speaker, artist, writer, and editorial director…

Jeff Bezos

4 things that Jeff Bezos can do with the Washington Post

Since Amazon.com founder (and multi-billionaire) Jeff Bezos isn’t talking specifically about what he’ll do now that he’s agreed to purchase the Washington Post and related properties for $250 million, it’s fair game for media pundits to speculate. And have they! Like everyone else, not having the opportunity to pick Bezos’ brain directly about his plans,…

iPad as main computing device

(Probably) my last laptop

I just bought another Macbook Pro, to replace the one that I have to give back to the University of Colorado Boulder in less than a week, since my gig working there is over. I wonder, will this be the last laptop computer I buy as my primary work machine? The answer is yes. I’m…

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Tech advances will bring more live POV news

Earlier this week on the ONA Educators group on Facebook, Curt Chandler pointed out innovative coverage of recent protests in Brazil by photographer/filmmaker Michel de Souza. The resulting video, below, is a combination of Souza’s video recording from his own point of view, plus interspersed still news shots. Like others who have experimented with this…