Category Archives : Tools for Society

Unauthorized Access to Information

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Institute Intern                 As stated in the last article, with the increased use of technology comes an increased vulnerability of having one’s privacy breached. Computers (including smart phones) have become an integral part of our everyday existence. Computer networking technologies – intranet, extranet, and […]

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When Does Security Override Privacy?

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Institute Intern                  In today’s age, communication has gone from postcards and letters to posts on a virtual wall and letters on a keyboard. Texting and email have become primary forms of communication among Americans and are the two most common forms of non-personal […]

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The Possibility of Miscommunication

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Institute Intern                 One of the most prevalent obstacles standing in the way of universal communication among mankind is the language barrier. This language barrier, defined by the Oxford Dictionary as being “a barrier to communication between people who are unable to speak a […]

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The Impediment of Language Barriers

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Futures Institute Intern.                 One of the most prevalent obstacles standing in the way of universal communication among mankind is the language barrier. This language barrier, defined by the Oxford Dictionary as being “a barrier to communication between people who are unable to speak […]

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Accuracy and Precision (Part Four)

Tweet In this series we have looked at accuracy and precision with a continuing question of how much do we need.  We started with some definitions and explored randomness and the value of Pi, the ratio of a circle to its diameter. Then we looked at standardiztion of how we measure physical things, primarily in […]

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Accuracy and Precision (Part Three)

Tweet In the last post, we looked at national and international measurement systems and another brief observation of randomness, ending again with the question how accurate and precise things need to be?  If you examine a 12 ounce can of soda, it probably says 12 fluid ounces (fl. oz.) and 355 milliliters (ml).  If you […]

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Accuracy and Precision (Part Two)

Tweet In the last blog post we looked at some definitions of accuracy, precision, and randomness, ending by considering how accurately we need to know the value of Pi.  Now, let’s consider how we measure things in the world, both scientifically and in human activity.  Human activity includes the things we do in everyday life (like buying […]

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Accuracy and Precision (Part One)

Tweet This series of posts will have four parts. Part one will deal with definitions (needed for accuracy and precision) and an examination of Pi. Part two will look at our spherical universe and the fundamental units we have for measurements. Part three will consider how much is enough. And part four will look at how […]

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Cyber (Part Three)

Tweet According to Google, cyber is an adjective “relating to or characteristic of the culture of computers, information technology, and virtual reality,” while cybernetics is “the science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and human beings.” In the previous two cyber columns, warfare was examined with the conclusion that it not only […]

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Cyber (Part Two)

Tweet In the previous post we started by recalling the power outage in White Rock, noting that it was an inconvenience.  But what if it had lasted longer, significantly longer?  What if the affected area was much larger, perhaps the entire county of Los Alamos?  What other inconveniences would you have suffered?  The grocery store would […]

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