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                        Technology and Human Responsibility
    Issue #87      A Publication of The Nature Institute        March 30, 1999
                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
                         On the Web: http://netfuture.org
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    Editor's Note
    Quotes and Provocations
       I Think I'll Take Just One More Computer
       Virtuality and the Atomization of Experience
       Will Media Lab Chefs Some Day Become Intelligent?
       When Faith in Computers is Boundless
       Open Net, Padlocked Libraries
    The High Stakes of Standardized Testing (Edward Miller)
       Even sound test results can be mis-used
       Shovel This, Microsoft (Michael Gorman)
    About this newsletter
                                  EDITOR'S NOTE
    The piece I wrote in NF #78, "Who's Killing Higher Education?" has been
    reprinted (with a new concluding section) in the March/April issue of
    Educom Review.  You might be interested to know that the material you read
    here is increasingly finding its way into the "mainstream press".  For
    example, Educom Review is also preparing to reprint Lowell Monke's essay
    on the Net and multiculturalism (NF #49); my piece, "Why is the Moon
    Getting Farther Away?" (NF #70) appeared in The Internet and Higher
    Education, as well as Orion; and Wired has asked permission to
    reprint the Marcelo Rinesi - Muktha Jost exchange (NF #85).
    Of course, NETFUTURE also gets widely circulated to various online forums,
    email lists, and private distributions.  This, in fact, is a practical
    (non-monetary!) way you can help.  To what degree NETFUTURE will fulfill
    its potential depends a great deal on the initiative readers take in
    bringing it to the attention of those who should know about it.  I could
    attempt this myself only through the kind of general advertisement I find
    repugnant.  (See "Cluttering Our Lives for Profit" in NF #86.)  The key is
    word of mouth, via a far-ranging network of people who care, penetrating
    into many corners of society.
    Speaking of circulation, Ed Miller's article on standardized testing in
    this issue deserves the widest possible distribution.  The National
    Research Council study he describes has been under-reported, perhaps
    because of its revolutionary, common-sense conclusions.  (Yes, common
    sense tends to be revolutionary whenever you're talking about education
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                             QUOTES AND PROVOCATIONS
    I Think I'll Take Just One More Computer