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  • Why Computers (and Doctors) Need Narratology

    The analysis by Peter Kramer @PeterDKramer in the New York Times story “Why Doctors Need Stories” points, in part, to the challenge faced by clinical decision support systems (CDSS) — and the use of artificial intelligence in health care more generally. While CDSS adoption lags far behind its apparent value, it is true that CDSS is weak… [Continue Reading]

    Why Computers (and Doctors) Need Narratology
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction: Long Overdue in Overburdened STEM Classrooms

    What happened to CAI? Computer-Assisted Instruction is long overdue in overburdened STEM classrooms, dooming novice teachers to years of frustration & failure.

    Computer-Assisted Instruction: Long Overdue in Overburdened STEM Classrooms
  • Book Review: Business Storytelling for Dummies

    Homer’s Odyssey was preserved through an oral tradition of storytelling. NPR listeners are familiar with StoryCorps, a show that features some of the 45,000 interviews recorded by the organization of the same name, and The Moth, another show that features unscripted storytelling. At the opposite end of this humane tradition is “Death by PowerPoint.” This… [Continue Reading]

    Book Review: Business Storytelling for Dummies
  • Feedspot: RSS Reader for Google Reader Diaspora

    Software review: Feedspot is one of several browser-based Really Simple Syndication (RSS) readers that offers features similar to Google Reader, and — this was critical for many users — includes Outline Processor Markup Language (OPML) import.

    Feedspot: RSS Reader for Google Reader Diaspora
  • Analyzing the Beast that is Cybersecurity

    What sort of beast is “cybersecurity” anyway? Failure Analysis Is it simply a variation of software failure?  According to this analysis, a security lapse is a software engineering failure, not technically different from an unintended “404” error or an “uncaught” exception. Protection Analysis Is it simply a failure to implement corrective measures? This analysis likens… [Continue Reading]

    Analyzing the Beast that is Cybersecurity