Category Archives: Social Impact

The impact of electrical engineering on 21st century innovation (Infographic)

  Source: New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Computer Use and Internet Trends in the United States 1984-2012

http://www.census.gov/hhes/computer/files/2012/Computer_Use_Infographic_FINAL.pdf

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Al Gore Gives Birth to the Internet

Today in 1994, The Superhighway Summit was held at UCLA’s Royce Hall. It was the “first public conference bringing together all of the major industry, government and academic leaders in the field [and] also began the national dialogue about the Information … Continue reading

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Triumph of the Robots

Today in 2004, Dan Pulcrano of the Metro published “Triumph of the Robots: When Google tweaks its search rankings, whole economies tremble in fear”: The rapid ascent of invisible robots is a unforeseen twist in the sci-fi playbook. The theme of … Continue reading

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The PC: Machine of the Year

Today in 1983, Time magazine put on its cover the PC, calling it “machine of the year.” Roger Rosenblatt wrote: “Inventions arise when they’re needed. This here screen and keyboard might have come along any old decade, but it happened to pop up when … Continue reading

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Evan Williams: “The Internet makes human desire more easily attainable” (Video)

Evan Williams on the democratization of knowledge and the organizing principle of the Internet. “For the last 15 years, Evan Williams has made it easy for non-geeks to find their voice online. He cofounded Blogger in 1999, Odeo in 2004, Twitter … Continue reading

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History of Cyber Monday (Infographic)

  Source: Infographiclist.com Cyber Monday 2013 was the biggest online shopping day in history, with 18.2% increase in online sales compared to Cyber Monday 2012.  

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Robotics and the Birth of Silicon Valley

“The life of William Shockley—Nobel Prize winner, inventor of the junction transistor, and founder of the seminal silicon electronics laboratory—has been well chronicled. But recently, while digging through the Shockley archives at Stanford University, researcher David C. Brock made a … Continue reading

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Technology Making Us Antisocial

So good: “All this technology is making us antisocial. Before everyone used to talk to each other.” Via @M_Ullah pic.twitter.com/EQYS4GzLh7 — Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) November 28, 2013  

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Lifecycle of a Twitter Rumor (Infographic)

  Source: World Economic Forum

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