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Submission + - Jobs' Unintentional Legacy: Consumerization of IT (

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Lisa Schmeiser touches on Steve Jobs's unintentional legacy: The consumerization of IT, in which consumers began to carry lofty, Apple-nurtured expectations into the workplace, forcing a change in how tech was deployed to workers. 'Two Apple innovations that pried open the door to the enterprise: the iPod (released in 2001) and iTunes (launched in 2003). The first trained consumers to expect intuitive and accessible mobile technology in their everyday lives, while the second laid the foundation for cloud computing,' Schmeiser writes. 'Steve Jobs may have never intended to change the enterprise, but he altered the behavior of the people whom the enterprise serves. His accidental legacy in the enterprise is a high-tech version of the spandrels in the cathedral.'"

Submission + - Scientists:Artificial life likely in 3 to 10 years (

CapedOpossum writes: Let the voices chanting apocalyptic visions once again be heard! Playing God? Hell, we're re-inventing the concept! From the article: "Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer. Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of 'wet artificial life.' ... 'It's going to be a big deal and everybody's going to know about it,' said Mark Bedau, chief operating officer of ProtoLife of Venice, Italy, one of those in the race. ... Bedau said there are legitimate worries about creating life that could 'run amok,' but there are ways of addressing it, and it will be a very long time before that is a problem."

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