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Forums – regular meetings and Book Circles – meet at 6:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room (875 Bethel Road).  Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!

Forum:  July 23, 2015 

Topic: The Future of Wikipedia: Perhaps one of the greatest social works of the Information Age – can it be sustained?

For discussion: Wikipedia began in the early days of the Internet, as a collaborative project to collect the knowledge of what has grown to thousands of contributors.  Now it is a premier reference site, and one of the top 10 Web destinations.

Can it be sustained?  In the last couple of years, Wikipedia management has been increasingly assertive in fund raising.  The service – even though supported by a large, well-disciplined group of volunteers – requires money – to run servers, communications and storage systems.  Can those needs be met?  Will volunteers still be attracted to the cause – to add and maintain content?  Will it maintain it’s cache as a go-to source of accurate information?  Writer Clay Shirkey says Wikipedia has benefited from a cognitive surplus of Internet users – will those users find other beneficiaries of their creative energies?  A current article in the New York Times breaks down the current status of the Wikipedia Foundation, and the status of the volunteer corps.

A unique view of Wikipedia has emerged from an artist who has undertaken to evaluate the scale of the site in terms of “volumes” – as if it could be printed.  According to this research, the current Wikipedia is about the size of some 7600 standard printed encyclopedia volumes.

We look forward to seeing you and pursuing a unique discussion at this meeting of the Columbus Futurists!

 

“Is Google ‘Making us Stupid?” A Deep History and Future of the Internet

David Staley, convener of Columbus Futurists, delivered an upbeat and thought-provoking presentation to The Clio Society recently.  The premise is a variation on a theme raised a few years ago by author Nicholas Carr, in his book Is Google Making Us Stupid?  This video of Staley’s talk is a compelling combination of quotes, history, examples and unique interpretations that will cause you to consider: what does the Internet really mean – to myself personally, and to culture as a whole?

The Clio Society is a group of people interested in the recovery, interpretation and implications of history – in a wide variety of forms and purpose.  A function of the History Department at The Ohio State university, attendance in meetings is free and open to all.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? A Deep History and Future of the Internet, lecture by David Staley, The Clio Society, The Ohio State University, 10/28/2014

Make note:

Scheduled meetings for 2015  (all meetings meet 6:30-8:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room,875 Bethel Road):  (Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!)

  • Jul 23, 2015 – Topic: The Future of Wikipedia: Perhaps one of the greatest social works of the Information Age – can it be sustained?
  • Aug 27, 2015 – Topic: Demographics: The last of the Baby Boomers turn 50 in 2014.  What are the implications of this – negative and positive?
  • Sep 17, 2015 – Topic: The Challenge of Science Fiction: “Where is my flying car and my anti-gravity boots??” Guest presenter – Maura Heaphy
  • Oct 22, 2015 – Topic: Economics:  What are the implications of the disappearing Middle Class?  What can be done?
  • Nov 19, 2015 – Topic: TBD
  • Dec – no meeting
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