From Dead to Digital

There is something about Google's latest partnership -- the digitization of the Dead Sea Scrolls -- that says it all about the digital age. Google have taken these 2000 odd year bits of parchment and have converted them to high resolution images. Now, rather than being forced to study them in sealed rooms in Israel …

Facebook moves to secure the platform

At its F8 developer's conference this week, Facebook announced some very extensive changes. Steve Levy's write-up covers the main details. All over the place, Facebook is moving to secure itself as a platform. Deep integration with application developers: most notably, integration with music services (Spotify and Rhapsody -- where are you iTunes?), integration with news …

What CAN'T computers do?

Not too long ago, there was a relatively long list of things machines couldn't do by themselves: play chess, read legal briefs, translate poetry, vacuum floors, drive cars, etc. But that list is getting shorter and shorter every year. The latest casualty may be writing newspaper articles. Kris Hammond and Larry Birnbaum at Northwestern's Intelligent Information …