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Reading Rainbow for the iPad generation from the article: “LeVar Burton, a children’s literacy advocate and a former star of Star Trek: The Next Generation, plans to make an ambitious comeback, giving the once-loved Reading Rainbow brand a 21st-century upgrade. Burton’s for-profit venture, RRKidz, plans to launch an educational iPad app that lets children explore topics of interest—such as, say space—in a multimedia-rich environment, with voice-over-enhanced children’s books, familiar videos of Burton at real-life places (like NASA), and, of course, games.”

Reading Rainbow: The Next Generation Arthur C Clarke predicting the future in 1964 (by elabjer

Arthur C Clarke predicting the future in 1964 (by elabjer)

One of my favorite pieces ever about predicting the future…as Clark points out, if you make a prediction, and it sounds reasonable, it is almost certainly wrong. And if it sounds fantastic, it will be dismissed…even though the future has consistently been more fantastic than almost everyone could realize. Clark was one of the true visionaries…he saw clearly how breakthroughs in electronics, satellites, and communications would effect the world. 

Google’s recent entry into social networking, Google+, is beloved of the technorati, but hasn’t gained a lot of ground generally. But features like this really push the service in interesting ways…Google now has sharing between Google Books and Google+, so that you can seamlessly share details, highlights, etc from Google Books into your Google+ Circles.  Very well done, and when they finally launch Google+ for businesses/organizations, the ability for a Library page to share this sort of information easily could be very interesting. Well done, G+!

Inside Google Books: Share Your Favorite Books

Interesting article about the economic changes and impacts of 3D printing. However, the quote: 
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: most households will not purchase and run a 3D printer to produce their own products,” Terry Wohlers, the president of Wohler Associates, recently wrote. Average consumers might have small inexpensive printers for making children’s toys, but he thinks most people will lack the skills, interest or financial commitment needed to routinely make their own products.
To me, that sounds an awful lot like:
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”    — Ken Olson, president/founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

3D Printing and The Replicator Economy | Txchnologist