Will the $25 Computer Change Everything?

This week, the first orders of the $25 Raspberry Pi computer began shipping. Its designers expect a plethora of new technology as a resultand a new generation of programmers.

What's the Latest Development?

This week, the first shipments of the $25 Raspberry Pi computer began leaving China for all parts of the world. Designed in England, the computer is about the size of a credit card and forms part of the open-hardware movement. Founder of Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton, explains that "it’s a Linux PC with an ARM processor instead of the x86 processor that you’d find inside most Linux desktops. ... We’ve experienced a steady decline in both the number and the range of skills of children programming computers, particularly people applying to study computer science and higher education. And this is really intended to fill that gap."

What's the Big Idea?

Beyond giving billions of people access to the hardware needed to program a computerno small feat, to be sureUpton expects a wide range of new technology to be developed using the Raspberry Pi because the tiny computer allows users to control more complex machines. "People have talked about using them in various aerospace applications: so, balloons, sounding rockets, at least one group of people talking about nanosat." Despite the computer's wide popularity, Upton is not in it for the money, and is happy not to sacrifice creating value in order to capture it at the other end. 

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Are cats jerks, or is it YOU who is the jerk?

A new study from Oregon State University makes it clear: it's you.

Photo: Wikipedia Commons
Surprising Science
  • Researchers discovered that the more attention you give a cat, the more likely they are to return it.
  • Cats are territorial; being in their home environment greatly affects their attitude.
  • The common wisdom that cats are aloof is provably false.
Keep reading Show less

Why avoiding logical fallacies is an everyday superpower

10 of the most sandbagging, red-herring, and effective logical fallacies.

Photo credit: Miguel Henriques on Unsplash
Personal Growth
  • Many an otherwise-worthwhile argument has been derailed by logical fallacies.
  • Sometimes these fallacies are deliberate tricks, and sometimes just bad reasoning.
  • Avoiding these traps makes disgreeing so much better.
Keep reading Show less
  • Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
  • Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
  • But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
Keep reading Show less