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OPLIN 4Cast #739: Robot overlords? Not yet, but robots continue to integrate into human society

Posted in 4cast, and robotics

“I, for one, welcome our robot overlords.” This is a line used by many of the geek persuasion, any time that significant strides are made…


OPLIN 4Cast #697: How is the pandemic affecting edtech?

Posted in 4cast, and education

There’s little doubt that things are unlikely return to exactly as they were before the pandemic. And it made me wonder about the general state of education technology (AKA “edtech”). As it turns out, the path ahead may an interesting mix with some potholes.


OPLIN 4Cast #614: Will California’s daring net neutrality bill change the landscape?

Posted in 4cast, and net neutrality

[Guest post from OPLIN’s intern, Eric Vescelius] On December 14th, 2017 the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality laws introduced by the Obama…