LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 148 (19 January 2011)


1. Salmon, Felix & and Stokes, Jon, “Algorithms take control of Wall Street,”
Wired vol. 19, no. 1 (January 2011).

Dow Jones launched a new service called Lexicon last Spring to send real-time financial news to professional investors. However, many of the professional investors subscribing to Lexicon aren’t human. They are in fact algorithms making the investment decisions.

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2. Wallich, Paul, “The lightbulb that really is a better idea,”
IEEE Spectrum vol. 48, no. 1 (January 2011): p. 20-22.

Five years ago they were still in the lab, now you can buy LED lightbulbs at a hardware store. Compare with incandescent bulbs, they produce as much light for less than a fifth the electricity and heat with much longer life span – up to 20 years.

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Yellow future : oriental style in Hollywood cinema / Jane Chi Hyun Park
(PN1995.9.A78 P38 2010)

This book examines the emergence and popularity of techno-oriental representations in Hollywood cinema since the 1980s, focusing on the ways East Asian peoples and places have become linked with technology to produce a collective fantasy of East Asia as the future.


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