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November 26, 2006

Hello Boston Globe readers!

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A quick "Hello!" to those of you who have reached this blog via my piece in the Ideas section of The Boston Globe.

I'll be writing from time to time for the Globe, presenting trends in the worlds of technology and design that I find particularly significant or interesting. (Today's piece is on the rise of Intelligence Augmentation...computer programs that use actual human intelligence).

Here on my blog, I discuss many of the same types of issues, plus point out art, design and science items that just strike my fancy. Hope you enjoy it!

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at November 26, 2006 12:04 AM


Welcome to virtual Boston. I find your ideas intriguing and would like to subscribe to your newsletter. . .


Jason Pramas
Media Policy Doctoral Student
UMass Boston

Posted by: Jason at November 26, 2006 10:09 AM

Thanks Jason!

I don't have an email newsletter, but you can subscribe to the RSS feed for this blog (RSS feeds work with the Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 7 web browsers. They also work of course with any RSS newsreader).

The URL for the RSS feed is http://www.spurgeonworld.com/blog/index.rdf

Posted by: Chris Spurgeon at November 26, 2006 01:34 PM

Good piece - I just wish you hadn't picked up O'Reilly's misuse of the term "Intelligence Augmentation." That already means something importantly different - see

Posted by: Tim van Gelder at December 6, 2006 04:10 AM

I see your point Tim, and I know about Engelbart's use of the term intelligence augmentation. It was Tim O'Reilly who used the term in the meaning I described during the keynote at last spring's Emerging Technology Conference in California, putting out there before several hundred pretty influential people.

The guy from Amazon who described The Mechanical Turk project suggested the term "artificial artificial intelligence." Maybe that would be a good term to use?

Posted by: Chris Spurgeon at December 6, 2006 09:08 PM