There is enough global evidence demonstrating the reality of ecological instability in dramatic proportions, mainly provoked by our lack of awareness about the environment and selfishness toward that which surrounds us, with the presumption that all of the planet’s resources self-reg [...]
Income inequality is one of the most dramatic and dangerous consequences of our persistent financial crisis. Although not so frequently mentioned, knowledge inequality is also climbing to unprecedented levels, and posing significant risks.
The gap between those that have a clue abou [...]
Energy is governed by the laws of thermodynamics, and is therefore not created or destroyed, merely transformed. Total energy is unvarying and originated with the birth of the Cosmos. Modern science now knows that fluctuations in the quantum vacuum gave rise to the great primordial e [...]
Ch@nge: 19 Key Essays on How the Internet Is Changing Our Lives
There has been much interest in recent years in online games as an economic and social force. Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin were first created inside online games, and have been the focus of a significant study by the ECB (2012). Many researchers and policy analysts are interested in using games for serious purposes. There are games for education, games for science, games for health, and games for public policy.1 Meanwhile, the commercial digital game sector remains very strong, even as other media industries suffer decline.2
All of this activity suggests that many observers believe that games represent a powerful cultural forc [...]
The Future of the Internet
Thomas W. Malone is one of the authors of the last OpenMind book: “Change: 19 Key Essays on How the Internet Is Changing Our Lives“.
The Internet is changing how we work thanks to the new generation of technologies and the access to a wide range of different informational sources. F [...]
Society, Community, Individuals
The political and social impact of new technologies on today’s society is one of the topics covered in BBVA’s latest book,“Ch@nge: 19 Key Essays on How the Internet is Changing our Lives.”
Linguist David Crystal is a leading authority on language, and author of many books, including Language Death, about the rapid endangerment and death of many minority languages across the world. There are some 6,000 languages in the world. And, of these, about half are going to die o [...]
What are the indispensible websites of the gurus of the Internet, those that have been the most helpful and decisive? All of us have in mind some particular Internet portals, platforms and tools that have helped to make our lives easier and more stimulating, or that have even come to [...]
We asked 17 of the biggest names connected with the internet which have been the sites, programs or applications that have changed their lives. In the infographic below you can see the profiles of these 17 voters, you can click on them to see why they voted for them, and below is the [...]
As children, we were fascinated by seemingly everyday objects that turned out to be magic. The heroes of fairytales, legends, and myths would routinely surmount the difficulties they faced with the help of some magic item whose hidden powers defied the laws of nature.
In modern popular culture this motif is perhaps best embodied in Disney films where inanimate objects become sentient beings who come to the aid of the main character. The prime exponent might be the brooms in the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” sequence in Fantasia, which sweep the floor all on their own; other examples that spring to mind are the magic mirror in Snow White or the ta [...]
The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.
This book, Ch@nge: 19 Key Essays on How Internet Is Changing Our Lives, is the sixth installment in BBVA’s annual series devoted to the exploration of the most important issues of our time. We seek out the world’s leading experts and ask them to use a straightforward approach and language accessible to laypeople to explore the best and most current knowledge on topics that matter to us all. Over these past few years, we have been incredibly fortunate to have presented the work of more than 130 authors at the forefront of their [...]
Robotics and brain computer interfaces hold the promise of making patients with paralysis walk again. Scientists and engineers are currently developing exoskeletons that respond to the patient’s brain orders and help them move their limbs. In the future, these technologies could dr [...]
Wallace Broecker Interview
On August 8, 1975, Wallace Broecker published a prophetic text in the magazine Science. The article entitled Climate Change: Are we on the brink of a pronounced global warming? warned that the temperature of the planet would increase over the coming decades [...]
The Internet is the decisive technology of the Information Age, as the electrical engine was the vector of technological transformation of the Industrial Age. This global network of computer networks, largely based nowadays on platforms of wireless communication, provides ubiquitous capacity of multimodal, interactive communication in chosen time, transcending space. The Internet is not really a new technology: its ancestor, the Arpanet, was first deployed in 1969 (Abbate 1999). But it was in the 1990s when it was privatized and released from the control of the U.S. Department of Commerce that it diffused around the world at extraord [...]
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) hosted a debate yesterday on how the Internet is changing our lives to mark the presentation of the book Change, published by OpenMind. The book contains up to 19 stories from different personalities that reflect on the influence of the Int [...]