Tag: Digitalization

The environmental cost of the internet

Past weekend I had a discussion with my father about the climate march of the preceding Friday, I was talking about how the size of the march was simply impressive, and how it was quite inspiring to see so many people actively standing up to demand action on climate change. My father and I started to discuss what factors influence climate change…

Double-keying

Computers can do anything or almost anything. They can even read books with the help of Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Images from printed pages are converted into searchable and editable digital text. OCR has become better, that is: more accurate, over the years. Text collections like Google Books (over 25 million book titles), Project Gutenberg (57.000 free eBooks) and Delpher (in the…

The future of the historian

May 2 1968 riots broke out in France. Demonstrations started at Paris University and soon spread all over the country, drawing in more students, factory workers, left-wing political parties and artists. Protests, occupations, strikes, barricades and marches against The Establishment and dominant ideologies like capitalism lasted for the rest of the month and had a major impact on French society. Maybe it…