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How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real

“They seemed to reveal a world within the world: the real present” writes Masha Gessen for newyorker.com. But “Neuromancer” changed science fiction by imagining a computer-saturated world that felt materially and aesthetically real.The mid-twentieth century leaked in, like light through the blinds. “I’m convinced that it was this experience of feeling abruptly exiled, to what seemed like the past, that began my relationship with science fiction,” Gibson has written.In its uncertain sense of temporality—are we living in the future, or not?—“Neuromancer” was science fiction for the modern age.Techno-fabric and a…

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Monopolies don’t just threaten the future of America — they change how we watch TV

“He digs deeply into how invasive monopolies have become and how they’ve shifted the power balance in this country” writes Paul Constant for businessinsider.com. But as Stoller wisely points out, there are monopolies in every corner of American life.In his meticulous research, Stoller has discovered that “it’s not just the big markets where you see this. Source: businessinsider.com

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Jobs of the future are clustering in a handful of U.S. cities, study finds

“Concerns that the United States is separating effectively into two economies has sparked support for localized efforts to spread the benefits of economic growth” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Divergence in job growth, incomes and future prospects between strong-performing cities and the rest of the country is an emerging focus of political debate and economic research.Combined, these mostly coastal cities captured an additional 6% of ‘innovation’ jobs – some 250,000 positions.Muro and Atkinson propose a concerted push involving federal research grants, tax breaks, and loosened regulations to encourage research…

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Amazon Web Services pivots to the future with a flurry of features

“An extension of Outposts, AWS Local Zones, puts AWS data centers closer to their customers through local data centers in large metropolitan areas, beginning with Los Angeles” writes Senior Reporter for marketwatch.com. A series of product announcements highlighted Amazon’s intentions to weave its services more closely with on-premises data centers, an area where Microsoft is particularly strong.Whispers from analysts and not-so-subtle digs from competitors about the future dominance of Amazon Web Services, the $25 billion behemoth that he leads at Amazon.com Inc.AWS Outposts, a service that lets Amazon manage its…

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Fossil-fuel giant Repsol targets net-zero emissions in strategic shift

“Spanish oil, gas and chemical company Repsol S.A. is aiming to cut emissions to net-zero by 2050 and said it would take a multibillion euro impairment charge against its oil and gas assets” writes Max Bernhard for marketwatch.com. It now “expects a gradual decarbonization of the economy, a reduction in the expectations of future oil and gas prices and the increase of expected costs for future CO2 emissions,” it said.New businesses would take on “a more ambitious objective of low carbon power generation by 2025,” the company said. Source: marketwatch.com

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