New York Times: Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite. “As fake and illegitimate texts proliferate online, books are becoming a form of misinformation. The author of ‘1984’ would not be surprised.”
DigitalNC: The Philanthropy Journal of North Carolina is now online. “Thanks to our partner the Government and Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina in Raleigh, issues from 1993 to 1998 of the Philanthropy Journal of North Carolina are now on DigitalNC. The Journal has been published since 1993. Todd Cohen, an adjunct instructor in writing at William Peace University in Raleigh, launched a weekly philanthropy column for The News & Observer in 1991 as the newspaper’s business editor. In 1993, through The News and Observer Foundation, he created the Philanthropy Journal, the first statewide paper in the U.S. to report on nonprofits.”
Lifehacker: Find Hundreds of Science Experiment Ideas in ‘Scientific American’. “A big part of being a kid is building things, deconstructing things and, in general, discovering how things work—that’s why we buy those starter science experiment kits and toy microscopes to encourage their curiosity. But it’s easy to run out of ideas to keep them interested in science, especially as they get older. Luckily for parents, Scientific American has for years been developing an archive of hundreds of science experiments for kids ages 6-12 to conduct with their parents.”
Engadget: Hitting the Books: How big tech might monopolize AI. “From telecommunications to transportation, medicine to aerospace, the accelerating advancement of artificial intelligence has proven a boon for humanity and the public good. However the same ability that allows them to learn from past experience can and likely will be leveraged for underhanded purposes like stifling commercial competition. In the excerpt below from Who’s Afraid of AI? author Thomas Ramge examines feedback loops’ impact on automation and how controlling the data generated by them could enable companies to unfairly influence the market.” The excerpt available is frustratingly short!
DigitalNC: More issues of The Chatham Record are now available on DigitalNC!. “Over four hundred issues of The Chatham Record were recently digitized from their microfilm formats and added to DigitalNC. These new issues range from 1923 to 1929 and supplement those from 1878 to 1904 which were already available. Printed in Pittsboro, North Carolina, The Chatham Record provided weekly news to the people of Chatham County.”
Gas Compression Magazine: Fully Searchable Digital Archive. “Gas Compression Magazine’s online archive is now fully searchable. Can’t remember which issues we featured company XYZ? See them all with a single search. Don’t recall when we ran the article on that new 123 technology? Find it with a single search. Want to find a specific data point from a past ‘Forecast For Compression?’ You guessed it. It’s searchable.”
The Register: Linux Journal runs shutdown -h now for a second time: Mag editor fires parting shot at proprietary software. “First published in March 1994, Linux Journal was founded by Phil Hughes and Bob Young, the latter being the co-founder of Red Hat. The first issue, which you can read online, includes an article by Linus Torvalds where he talks about the imminent release of Linux 1.0, remarking that ‘1.0 has little “real meaning”, as far as development goes, but should be taken as an indication that it can be used for real work’.”