NFT Devil in the Details

Wikipedia editors recently voted against classifying NFTs as art, but they shelved the issue for another vote at a later date. The question: is an NFT "art" or a "token representing the art"? You may think this is a distinction without a difference, but I assure you it is not. Continue Reading →
Wikipedia Zero, a project launched by the Wikimedia Foundation to offer free mobile access to Wikipedia in emerging countries, has officially arrived in India via a partnership with Aircel, India’s seventh largest mobile network operator (including GSM and CDMA). Even with a market share of only around 7%, given that India is among the world’s Continue Reading →
It’s been a long time coming, but the Wikimedia Foundation is finally on the cusp of rolling out its visual ‘WYSIWYG‘ editor for all Wikipedia users. Back in December, Wikimedia explained why, after all these years, Wikipedia still relies on Wikitext, a markup code that precludes many people from actively contributing to the world’s biggest Continue Reading →
Wikimedia Foundation, the charitable organization behind Wikipedia and other online collaborative projects, has introduced a new Nearby page as it looks to surface articles based on a user’s location. Back in January, the Wikimedia Foundation announced a new GeoData extension for MediaWiki, which promised to provide a “structured way to store geo-coordinates for articles,” this Continue Reading →
Over the past three years, Wikipedia member West.andrew.g bas been analyzing the weird and wonderful data traffic on the English-language Wikipedia. In the the latest edition of Wikipedia’s community-managed newspaper, The Signpost, he’s revealed the biggest traffic spikes on the site within that time—in the process proving that we’re all morbid sports fan. Excluding duplicate Continue Reading →
Are you old enough to remember when doing research at school meant opening up incredibly boring encyclopedias or, even worse, flipping through your library’s card catalogue? Well, American kids these days don’t have to put up with such indignities as they’re turning to more modern tools to help them write research papers. The Pew Internet Continue Reading →
Despite carrying user-generated content, Wikipedia has often been criticised for being tough to edit – even by its co-founder Jimmy Wales. But researchers have found another way in which the Web 2.0 wonder might leave people gnashing their teeth: it’s much harder to read than that old favourite of doorstep salesmen, Encyclopedia Britannica. The news Continue Reading →
Social Web
(This content was originally posted on Keller Fay.) “Dark Social: We Have the Whole History of the Web Wrong.” That’s the provocative headline of Alexis Madrigal’s fascinating story in The Atlantic. The premise of the piece is that most marketing people assume that the social web equals Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. This assumption Continue Reading →
I’ve been thinking about the future of robotics, artificial intelligence (also known as A.I.) and the future of sports. I’m a futurist and can’t help it. When I talk to people about the future of these things, people are pretty fearful of it. They worry that robots will take our jobs and that A.I. will Continue Reading →
The White House
Agile is a framework for software development defined as: “…  a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery, a time-boxed iterative approach, and encourages rapid and flexible response to change.” Wikipedia Which Continue Reading →