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is "Future Tense," a collaboration between Arizona State University, the New America foundation and Slate.com.

The reports look at the impact of technology on society. They're piecse extend beyond the gee whiz to always consider technology's political impacts as well as social justice concerns.

What initially caught my eye is their sensible assistive tech reporting. No inspirational nonsense, no "this one gadget will change everyone's life!"

For example, The best adaptive technologies are designed by people with disabilities.

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Truly revolutionary technologies require engagement with users throughout the design and development process. While it's helpful to get feedback and ideas from focus groups on users' needs, short sessions don't give us a full understanding of the challenges and opportunities in developing assistive technology solutions. It is imperative that people with disabilities play a leading role in envisioning, conceptualizing, developing, implementing, deploying, testing, and validating potential solutions, tools, and technologies.

Several years ago, an ASU student came to me asking about technology that might help him get access to the content of the blackboard in his classes. David Hayden was a freshman double-majoring in math and computer science, and he also was visually impaired. Even sitting at the front of the class couldn't get him the access to the board to understand the process being enumerated in solving math problems or designing an algorithm by his professors.
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My attention went zing! because the genesis of Raised Dot Computing, the software company I co-owned in the 80s, was a tool called "Electric Blackboard," which enabled math professor Caryn Navy to display equations on a screen, just like on a class blackboard.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/03/03/the_best_adaptive_technologies_are_designed_by_people_with_disabilities.html


One that came over the transom today was New Fabric Interfaces Weave Together Textiles and Computers in Unexpected Ways

which explores a loom-driven game controller, called Loominary. When you're done playing, you also get a tangible woven item!

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Loominary is a game system that uses a tabletop loom as the controller for the games. The games are written in Twine and the choices in the game are shown in distinct colors. The player weaves with the appropriate colored yarn to control the game, and in doing so weaves their choices into a scarf they are actively making through play. When game play is complete, the woven scarf will be unique to each player’s set of choices and exist as a more permanent record of their play session.
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http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/08/15/fabric_interfaces_allow_users_to_interact_with_computers_in_new_ways.html


The Future Tense "Citizen's Guide to the Future" blog
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense.html

I find their weekly newsletter handy, as it's got has just the right amount of teaser text plus links to the full stories.

http://link.slate.com/join/3qk/newslettersignup
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