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Why Reality Is Not a Video Game — And Why It Matters

In his latest post for "13.7 Cosmos & Culture," Marcelo Gleiser, the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy, discusses a satirical essay written by Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker, in which he wondered whether the strange reality we live in could be some kind of computer game played by an advanced intelligence. "It seems to me that being so advanced they would have collected enough knowledge about their past to have little interest in this kind of simulation," says Gleiser. "But a full-fledged, resource-consuming simulation of an entire universe?

Inside the Anti-Science Forces of the Internet

Quotes Brendan Nyhan, professor of government, on why people reject vaccines. People Googling health information "might be distrustful of a website they just found on the internet," said Nyhan. "But if a friend shares a story with you and says, 'This is really important,' you might be more likely to believe it."

Read the full story in this 3/7/17 Buzzfeed post.

Facebook's Fake News Tag Is Here. Who Is Charged With Flagging Hoaxes?

Quotes Brendan Nyhan, professor of government, in an article about how Facebook quietly rolled out its 'disputed news' tag Friday, allowing certain users to flag false reports on the platform. Nyhan is quoted from an article published earlier this year, where he commented on how the trend of fake news reflects the divisive political climate.

Read the full story in the  3/6/17 of the Christian Science Monitor.

Uber Used Secret Tool, Extraordinary Measures to Sidestep Government Officials

Quotes Paul Argenti, professor of corporate communications, about the reputation of Uber—the ride-hailing service that has become one of the tech industry's most emulated companies—after it was discovered that the company has taken extraordinary measures to evade government officials in places where the service was restricted or banned. Though Argenti and other experts suggested the company could recover its momentum with better management, "Ultimately, your reputation is a complex thing," he said. "There has to be a lot of bad stuff going on for this to make a difference.

Snap, Money, and EdTech

In his latest blog post for Inside Higher Ed, Joshua Kim discusses if IPOs should matter to higher education professionals. "We might not have any expertise in investing, but we do know technology companies," says Kim. "We partner, collaborate, and depend on companies in the technology ecosystem to run core campus services. We need to evaluate the financial health of our edtech partners along with the quality of their technologies." Kim is director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).
 

The Irrational World of Mixed-Format Digital Book Pricing

In his latest blog post for Inside Higher Ed, Joshua Kim discusses how the combination of technology and pricing changed the process of how people borrow and purchase books. Kim is director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).

Read the full story in the 2/28/17 issue of Inside Higher Ed.

Dartmouth's Hany Farid Builds the Tools to Tackle Society's Ugliest Problems

A feature story about Hany Farid, the Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professor of Computer Science and chair of computer science, who developed digital forensics techniques to verify image authenticity, track and remove child pornography across the internet, identify license plate numbers in photographs at extremely low resolution, and identify and remove extremist content from the internet.

Digital Apps and Subscription Boxes Put Books by Black Authors in Readers' Hands

Quotes Kaya Thomas '17, who created the mobile app We Read Too to help young readers access books by and about people of color. We Read Too is designed as a discovery platform for children and young adult fiction readers, who can search for a specific title or receive suggestions for books. The app has a directory of 650 titles — with 1,000 expected by the end of the year — and has been downloaded from iTunes approximately 15,500 times. "I think it's so important for young people to be exposed to stories that are representative so they know that they're not invisible," says Thomas.

6 Young Black Women Making a Difference in Tech

Highlights Kaya Thomas '17 as one of the young black women of today pioneering advancement in the tech industry. Thomas made a name for herself when she was honored as a M.A.D. girl at BET's annual "Black Girls Who Rock" award show. The recognition came in part for her work in developing the We Read Too app, which lists children's and young adult titles by writers of color.

Read the full story in 2/24/17 issue of New Relic.

'Progress' and the 'Rational Optimist' Genre of Nonfiction

In his latest blog post for Inside Higher Ed, Joshua Kim discusses the book Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future by Johan Norberg. Kim is director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).

Read the full story in the 2/23/17 edition of Inside Higher Ed.

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