Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Integration - to some it's already happened

Washington Post tech writer Robert MacMillian asked a pertinent question recently: When will we stop using the word "digital" to describe cameras, when the type that uses pixels instead of film already outsold its predecessor in 2003. Good question. Come to think of it, I just put my "film" camera up for sale on eBay, and am looking forward to buying a new camera.

This runs parallel to today's NYT article A Techie, Absolutely and More describing how Jamika Burge is heading back to Virginia Tech this fall to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science, but she is really there to explore sociology, psychology, psycholinguistics- on an electronic basis.

"'If you have only technical knowledge, you are vulnerable,' said Thomas W. Malone, a professor at the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of "The Future of Work" (Harvard Business School Press, 2004). 'But if you can combine business or scientific knowledge with technical savvy, there are a lot of opportunities. And it's a lot harder to move that kind of work offshore,'" the Times said.

'"Computing has become the third pillar of science, along with theory and experiment,' observed Daniel A. Reed, director of the Renaissance Computing Institute, a collaboration of researchers from the University of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State University," the article said.

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