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Anthem

Looking Back, Just for a Moment

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Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the premiere of “Anthem,” a modern dance I composed for the Parsons Dance Company. It opened at City Center in New York City on May 5, 1998. I conducted the London Symphony Orchestra for the performance.

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5 Things 5G Should Make You Think About

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Known simply as 5G, the next-generation wireless network has been touted as "world-changing" and a quantum leap in the evolution of communication. There’s a good reason: it will be. If you're wondering how and why, here are 5 things 5G should make you think about.

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Sex with Robots is Almost Here

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Remember that talk you had with your parents when you were just starting to notice the opposite sex? It’s time to think about how that talk is going to sound when you add loving, committed relationships with your new AI system to the mix.

Titanic Sinking

One Titanic Insight

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Edward “Ted” Smith was the captain of the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, which struck an iceberg and sank on 15 April 1912. The story is legendary, so I won’t recount it here. But I’ve often thought that if a rookie captain were at the helm that fateful evening, the ship would be afloat to this day. This is pure speculation, of course, but I know several metaphoric Ted Smiths and they are captains of industry.

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5 Things Facebook Must Do Now

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Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress on April 11. It’s going to be a big day for Mark. That said, I could not resist the temptation to imagine what I might do if I were in Facebook’s shoes. So, as a starting point for your own “If I were Facebook” fantasy congressional hearing, here’s my list of the five things Facebook must do right now.

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