High tech remainders

  • Chicago libraries are implementing fingerprint-scanning technology to prevent unauthorized visitors from using library computers. But don’t worry, it’s a confidential database. They’d never hand over your information under the Patriot Act or anything. Because — repeat after me — the government is your friend. (Right, Ms. Donadio?)
  • Britain’s leading thinker on the future believes that “realistically by 2050” technology will allow you “to download your mind into a machine, so when you die it’s not a major career problem.”
  • Several publishers participating in the Google Print project are less than thrilled with the direction it’s taking.

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