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Interpreting the future of art museums
Center for the Future of Museums
Are art museums finally catching up with trends in interpretive planning? Maybe so, as measured by the uptick in staff with the related title. How will the role of "interpretive planner" evolve in the next decade? A quartet of museum leaders tackles that question, this week on the CFM Blog.
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The unpaid internship is indefensible
Innovation Daily
A survey of about 700 employers conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media's Marketplace found that employers consider internship experience to be "the single most important credential for college graduates to have on their résumés." But the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which surveys graduating seniors annually, found this year that only 37 percent of students who had completed an unpaid internship received a job offer. At the same time, 35.2 percent of students who did not intern anywhere got an offer of their own. So what can universities do to avoid pushing students toward positions that don't offer pay or a proven leg up in the job market? ♦ This story illustrates the growing concern about unpaid internships even in settings where they are legal. Museums are grappling with this issue as well.
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Image download data reveals the global design trends of 2014 [Infographic]
Shutterstock has published its third annual global design trends infographic for 2014. The company uses data from over 350 million image downloads from its site to extract the recent and emerging trends in the field of graphic design and visual communications. Some of the trends that came out in the study include the rising popularity of video as a medium for storytellers and Instagram-inspired images as the top visual theme for the year. The infographic also shows the search terms with the largest year-on-year growth and the varying design themes across different countries in the world.
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  America's Destinations Leading STEM

The US trails many other nations in producing enough STEM talent to fill our innovation-fueled future. PGAV Destinations’ latest research investigates our society to uncover potential sources of this deficit, and offers evidence that America’s destinations may be the best incubators for STEM inspiration and cultivation. MORE

Philanthropy food fight! Has US charitable giving really exploded?
A winter storm of controversy churned through the normally placid uplands of professional philanthropy recently, pitting academic vs. academic and creating a running battle over just how much Americans gave away to charitable causes last year. This particular Comptroller Vortex brought the esoteric world of accounting, measurement, financial forecasting and algorithms into public scrutiny, touching off a running skirmish between the old guard philanthropy measurement geeks and the upstarts.
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Philanthropy trends to take advantage of in 2014
The Motley Fool
Mark V. Ewert writes: "The field of personal philanthropy is changing rapidly — just as quickly as the tech and finance sectors. As with these others, following the shifting trends in charitable giving is demanding because the sector is broad and far-reaching, operating at all levels of scale. Meanwhile, sound guidance on how to donate effectively is surprisingly hard do come by, which is my purpose in writing for The Motley Fool. Here are a few of the trends that are affecting philanthropy today and how you can use them to inform your own gift decisions."
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8 unexpected ways technology will change the world by 2020
How will technology change life by the end of the decade? That's the subject of a new book, called Shift 2020, which explores the future of everything from greentech and health care to 3-D printing and transport. Shift 2020 was edited by Rudy De Waele, a strategist and entrepreneur from the U.K., and includes predictions from more than 70 futurists, thinkers-in-residence, entrepreneurs, think-tank analysts and academics. ♦ Looks interesting. I have the e-version queued up to read on my iPad.
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Why robot sex could be the future of life on Earth
The Age
When Rene Descartes went to work as tutor of young Queen Christina of Sweden, his formidable student allegedly asked him what could be said of the human body. Descartes answered that it could be regarded as a machine; whereby the queen pointed to a clock on the wall, ordering him to "see to it that it produces offspring". A joke, perhaps, in the 17th century, but now many computer scientists think the age of the self-replicating, evolving machine may be upon us.
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5 visions of what transportation will look like in 2030
Fast Company
The United Nations predicts that roughly 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities by the year 2030. Hopefully, the 5.1 billion of us negotiating tight urban spaces by then will have figured out a better way to get around. Questioning which new, bold modes of transportation will succeed in the near future is the focus of a new exhibit at the Boston Society of Architects' gallery space, a show entitled, "Rights of Way: Mobility and the City" that runs through May of this year. Inspired by Audi's Urban Future Initiative, curators James Graham and Meredith Miller (both principal architects at MILLIGRAM-office) were tasked with selecting promising proposals that dreamt up transportation in the year 2030. They chose an array of solutions, from those dealing with the Boston-Washington corridor to a fantastic reimagining of Shenzhen, China.
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Get ready for big data heists
Bloomberg News
The theft of big data will be one of 2014's recurring themes, so protect yourself. Already there has been the massive plastic card data theft in South Korea, affecting about 60 million cards; the Target Corp. credit card disaster involving up to 40 million customers; the hacking of 16 million German email accounts; data security breaches at Nieman Marcus Inc. and Easton-Bell Sports Inc.; and a group of Russian hackers who compromised the computer systems of Western energy and defense companies, governments and academic institutions. We're still in January.
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Museum Innovations

New fellowship aims to diversify museum curatorial ranks
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is making a start with a new fellowship that seeks to diversify the curatorial field, specifically at major art institutions around the county. A two-million-dollar grant from the Mellon Foundation supports the initiative, the first of its kind in the U.S. The program connects college sophomores from marginalized backgrounds with curators at the five participating museums. Over four years, the students will receive professional mentoring and paid fellowships in an effort to make art museum curatorial offices as diverse as the communities they serve. The five participating institutions are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the High Museum in Atlanta.
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Museum's orbit expands with 3rd satellite
Richmond BizSense
Children's Museum of Richmond announced recently that it will open a satellite branch in Fredericksburg this spring. The branch, dubbed Children's Museum of Richmond Fredericksburg, will occupy 12,000 square feet in a mixed-use development about 60 miles north of Richmond, Va. CMOR has raised about $455,000 of the $635,000 needed for the new facility, which will be the Richmond-based museum's third satellite branch, said president and chief executive Karen Coltrane. Its other locations are in Short Pump and Chesterfield.
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ASU collaborates on 'American POP!' comic book, sci-fi exhibit
ASU Center for Science and the Imagination
The popular culture we love — movies, TV, literature, video games — can have an enormous impact on the way we see the world, and it feeds our passion to learn about new ideas and imagine the world differently. This is especially true for science fiction: Many scientists and engineers can trace their interest in science back to a moment in their past when a fictional universe like "Star Trek" or "2001: A Space Odyssey" inspired them to learn more about the world around them. From Jan. 17 through June 8, the Tempe Center for the Arts presents "American POP! Comic Books to Science Fiction ... and Beyond," an exhibition that explores the transformative effects that science fiction and popular culture have on our everyday lives and the technology that surrounds us.
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Tools for the Future

Computers know what you're thinking with emotion recognition algorithms
Impact Lab
A handful of companies are developing algorithms that can read the human emotions behind nuanced and fleeting facial expressions to maximize advertising and market research campaigns. They've all developed the ability to identify emotions by taking massive data sets — videos of people reacting to content — and putting them through machine learning systems. With the ability to capture, in video freeze-frame, fleeting expressions that are too quick for a human to definitively identify, the algorithms may already be smart enough to provide more information on what people are thinking than has ever before been available.
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Crowdsourcing a living map of world health
What if by collecting data from mobile medical apps on cell phones around the world, we could map significant problems and see the flu coming like a giant whirling hurricane? A team of engineers, biologists and medical researchers at the University of California, San Diego wants to leverage the widespread use of smartphone technology and cloud computing to build maps of large-scale health problems or environmental damage such as the concentration of heavy metals in drinking water. The idea is based on the principle that health, including infectious disease and environmental pollution, is a trackable geospatial event.
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LinkedIn opens a volunteer space
NonProfit Quarterly
LinkedIn's new volunteer marketplace at launched with searchable postings for unpaid volunteer positions around the world. More than 330 of the initial postings were for positions at U.S.-based, 501(c)(3) organizations, with 22 of the postings for positions in the United Kingdom. Potential volunteers can search for opportunities based on keywords, organization, position title and location. Volunteers can even "Apply Now" for positions. The focus, it appears, may be on professional-level volunteer activities.
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Coming soon: Free access to half of publicly funded US research
In addition to the recent big news that the U.S. Congress actually got something done with the passage of a $1.1 billion budget, advocates for open access to publicly-funded research received some significant news. Inside the $1.1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2014 is a provision that requires federal agencies under the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education portion of the bill with research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to the research that they fund within 12 months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal. With these changes, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition — an advocate for open-access to publicly-funded research — says that more than $31 billion of the total $60 billion annual U.S. investment in taxpayer-funded research will soon be available to the public for free.
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The flood next time (The New York Times)
Renwick Gallery's 2-year renovation will craft a cutting-edge Grand Salon (The Washington Post)
Slow down, you're goin' too fast (Center for the Future of Museums)
The PC's death might also mean the Web's demise (WIRED)

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