A new study suggests that politics are the great divider on social media. People who think the majority of their friends have differing opinions than their own engage less on Facebook. For those who choose to stay logged in and politically active, the research found that most tend to stick in their own circles, ignore those on the other side and become more polarized.
Barbara Ericson, director of computing outreach at Georgia Tech, appeared on Weekend Express to discuss the gender gap and explains why more women aren't interested in computer science. Source: HLN TV
In the book, “Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing” by Ian Bogost, a professor of interactive computing at Geogia Tech, advanced a concept that it was possible to be a philosopher who didn’t write down ideas, but instead made objects that embodied them. Source: Boston Globe
“What we’ve already seen in 2013 is tremendous growth in the electronics sector,” says Henrik Christensen. “I think for the first time electronics was bigger than automotive. There’s no doubt that trend will continue.” Source: Robotics Online
Georgia Tech attracted attention in 2013 for creating an online master's degree program that will cost less than $7,000.
Two employees working on Google Glass gave MIT Technology Review their takes on what it was like to live with the device. Wearable-computing pioneer Thad Starner, a Georgia Tech professor and technical lead on the project, said that the device offers a “killer existence.” Source: Technology Review
Opinion piece by wearable pioneer, Thad Starner. Source: Wired
Thad Starner talks about his work with the CHAT (Cetacean Hearing Augmentation and Telemetry) project, which seeks to allow humans to communicate with dolphins. Source: Huffington Post
Speaking at the sixth international conference for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) at Cape Town University in South Africa today, Michael Best, of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, described experiences of running the SMTC during elections in Nigeria and Liberia in 2011 and then in Ghana in 2012. Source: HumanIPO
Ian Bogost’s piece in the Atlantic about hyperemployment—a tech-fueled “commitment to our usual jobs and to many other jobs as well”—has hyperemployed a lot of brain cells and Internet pixels. Source: Slate