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Will There Be Libraries in 25 Years?  | Time

By Brewster Kahle, October 22, 2021 1:21 PM EDT
Kahle, Founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive. Member, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Internet Hall of Fame
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When I started the Internet Archive 25 years ago, I focused our non-profit library on digital collections: preserving web pages, archiving television news, and digitizing books. The Internet Archive was seen as innovative and unusual.

Now all libraries are increasingly electronic, and necessarily so. To fight disinformation, to serve readers during the pandemic, and to be relevant to 21st-century learners, libraries must become digital.

But just as the Web increased people’s access to information exponentially, an opposite trend has evolved. Global media corporations—emboldened by the expansive copyright laws they helped craft and the emerging technology that reaches right into our reading devices—are exerting absolute control over digital information.

These two conflicting forces—towards unfettered availability and completely walled access to information—have defined the last 25 years of the Internet. How we handle this ongoing clash will define our civic discourse in the next 25 years.

If we fail to forge the right path, publishers’ business models could eliminate one of the great tools for democratizing society: our independent libraries.

Source: Will There Be Libraries in 25 Years?  | Time

EarthSky | What is time, and why does it move forward?

Posted by EarthSky Voices September 19, 2021 and
By Thomas Kitching, UCL

We think of the universe as having a timeline, a point at which it began, until now. But how much do modern cosmologists really know about time? Image via Alex Mittelmann/ Wikimedia.

A bell-shaped funnel with grid lines on it and ‘Big Bang’ written at the narrow end.

Imagine time running backwards. People would grow younger instead of older and, after a long life of gradual rejuvenation – unlearning everything they know – they would end as a twinkle in their parents’ eyes.

That’s time as represented in a novel by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick but, surprisingly, time’s direction is also an issue that cosmologists are grappling with.

While we take for granted that time has a given direction, physicists don’t: most natural laws are “time reversible” which means they would work just as well if time was defined as running backwards. So why does time always move forward? And will it always do so?

Source: EarthSky | What is time, and why does it move forward?

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet Is the Culmination of a 22-Year Obsession With Time – IGN

A thrilling cinematic palindrome despite itself that circumvents dramatic inconsistencies through sheer momentum.

By Siddhant Adlakha, Posted: 1 May 2021 8:05 am

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As Tenet arrives on HBO Max, we continue our look back at filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s entire feature-length filmography. We began this series last fall, exploring each of Nolan’s films, and we conclude it today (for now!).

Warning: Full spoilers for Tenet follow.

Christopher Nolan’s eleventh feature is a rousing cinematic success, a culmination of the director’s 22-year career and his obsession with time as a moving fabric imprinted on film.

It’s a thrilling work despite itself, circumventing dramatic inconsistencies through sheer momentum. The result is a sensory experience that demands leaning forward and being constantly, actively engaged (not the least because of its overpowering sound mix).

Source: Christopher Nolan’s Tenet Is the Culmination of a 22-Year Obsession With Time – IGN

Time flies in Google Earth’s biggest update in years

Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Outreach, Published Apr 15, 2021

From article.. Google

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For the past 15 years, billions of people have turned to Google Earth to explore our planet from endless vantage points. You might have peeked at Mount Everest or flown through your hometown. Since launching Google Earth, we’ve focused on creating a 3D replica of the world that reflects our planet in magnificent detail with features that both entertain and empower everyone to create positive change.

In the biggest update to Google Earth since 2017, you can now see our planet in an entirely new dimension — time.

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With Timelapse in Google Earth, 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years have been compiled into an interactive 4D experience. Now anyone can watch time unfold and witness nearly four decades of planetary change. 

Source: Time flies in Google Earth’s biggest update in years

Our Bodies Hate Adjusting To Daylight Saving Time. Here’s How To Cope : Shots – Health News : NPR

Every cell in our bodies has a well-tuned timing mechanism. So, when we “fall back” or “spring forward,” it takes us time to adjust. We have tips that can help.

Source: Our Bodies Hate Adjusting To Daylight Saving Time. Here’s How To Cope : Shots – Health News : NPR

Humans on Earth.. how long?

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