Technology

Why Are You Ignoring My iMessages?? | PBS Idea Channel

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Why are you ignoring my messages? Are read receipts amazing or infuriating? When you check iMessage on your iPhone, iWatch, iMac, or iPad and see a little note that says your friend saw your message, but they aren't responding, don't you wonder why they're ignoring your texts? 

LITERALLY OUR MOST AMAZING EPISODE EVER!!! | PBS Idea Channel

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"This is literally the best episode of Idea Channel EVER." Is it? Or are we just continuing the cultural trend of hyperbole? (side note: the episode is pretty gosh darn enjoyable) It's like EVERY SINGLE THING people describe is AWESOME and AMAZING and THE BEST. We're all seemingly competing to have the ultimate meaningful experiences, so how are we supposed to articulate genuine sentiment? I mean it's THE WORST I cannot even. Literally, I can't even find words to accurately describe the limits to our vocabulary and our ability to express true enthusiasm. So where does our vernacular develop from here? 

Adults You Know and Trust Can Help You

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Sometimes we see something on the Internet that makes us feel uncomfortable. When this happens, you need to tell an adult you trust. An adult you trust might be your mom and dad, guardian, older brother or sister, teacher, school counselor, principal, police officer, grandparent, uncle or aunt. But, even people you trust can do something that could make you feel uncomfortable. If this happens, you need to talk to another trusted adult.

Is Buying Call of Duty a Moral Choice? | PBS Idea Channel

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Can the choice to engange in video games be compared to the use of firearms? Many action-oriented games include the use of weapons, and of those digital objects, many are in fact licensed by real-life arms dealers. Which means that when you buy a video game, you're also putting money in the pockets of those gun manufacturers. That's fine and dandy if you're a fan of guns, but if you are someone who considers themselves anti-gun, this creates quite the moral quandary. 

E-Business | The Dos and Don'ts of E-Business

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Hear about the “do’s and don’ts” of doing business on the internet, from a representative of Microsoft Great Plains. The rise of the Internet has provided a new market for North Dakota businesses. With shopping at a store now being as easy as typing in a web address, distance from consumers is becoming less of an issue in the business world.

Digital Nation | The Digital You: Attention, Multitasking and Addiction

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It's becoming harder to imagine our lives without digital technology. But do we use it too much? Watch Multitasking at M.I.T. from FRONTLINE’s Digital Nation and explore the contrast between students' and teachers' views on laptops in the classroom. Are they a massive distraction, or a valuable tool for a generation of multitaskers?

Learn more about Multitasking on FRONTLINE Digital Nation workshop Web site.

Global Transportation | Humanity From Space

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Humanity's ability to easily traverse the globe is a modern wonder of our interconnected society. After thousands of years of innovation in transportation technology, we are connected like never before.

When Will We Worry About the Well-Being of Robots? | PBS Idea Channel

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Do you worry about your vacuum? Not in the way you're concerned about breaking a valuable object - but in an emotional, empathetic concern for its being? If so, then you're primed for our discussion about the wellbeing of robots! We can personify objects, assigning them human qualities, but will technology get to a point where it deserves these moral concerns? Can you imagine a day when you will empathize with your computer or care whether it lives or dies? 

The Upside of Social Media Narcissism | BrainCraft

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Could a slight rise in narcissism from increased use of social media actually make us better, more self-aware people?

How Hackers Are Making the World Safer | The Good Stuff

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Is hacking good or bad? Can hackers make us safer? In this episode, we talk to two good hackers who find the flaws in products before the bad guys do.

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