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Compare and contrast this approach toward "interactive publishing" with
other approaches, notably D3E used by Fleabyte ( www.fleabyte.org ).    (01)

Would someone on this list care to do a proper comparison, do an
articler on pros and cons, and make recommendations for Fleabyte?    (02)

Henry    (03)

P.S. We are trying to form a team of qualified people and just attracted
an expert in the use of Linux and who is a system administrator at
Montreal's McGill University. This ought to free up time for editorial
work.Knowing that most talented people have other commitments we are
aiming for short-term assignments, the query above being an example.    (04)
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Title: TQ Dialogue from Economist.com

From: Nick Valéry, Editor, The Economist Technology Quarterly

Subject: TQ Dialogue

Dear Economist.com reader

cover image The latest issue of The Economist Technology Quarterly (TQ) has just been published. For the first time you will be able to discuss the articles online at Economist.com in our TQ Dialogue. This issue of TQ has articles on:
  • The loss of diversity
    The broad diversity of technological design appears to be narrowing. Is innovation running out of big ideas?
    Read full article | Discuss

  • Speech recognition
    After a number of false starts, speech recognition is finally becoming an important interface between man and machine. In the process it is helping to slash costs in business, create new services on the Internet, and make cars a lot safer and easier to drive. Where else will the technology lead?
    Read full article | Discuss

  • Deep-water oil exploration
    The world's apparently unquenchable thirst for oil is fuelling a boom in exotic kinds of exploration technology for use in much deeper waters. Will this just accelerate depletion?
    Read full article | Discuss

  • IBM and the hard-drive business
    The innovation of the "giant magneto-resistive" head—the breakthrough that boosted the capacity of hard-drives from a few gigabytes to 100 gigabytes and more—came from chance observation, basic research and a vast, painstaking search for the right materials. But is GMR merely a stop-gap solution?
    Read full article | Discuss

  • Virtual organs
    Better tools, and more data, mean that creating virtual organs by computer is no longer a pipe-dream. How will this help the drug industry and surgery?
    Read full article | Discuss

  • Designer plastics
    After years of development, a new breed of catalysts called metallocenes is shaking up the plastics business, rapidly penetrating commodity markets and promising a new age of cheap designer plastics. Are they the revolution proponents claim?
    Read full article | Discuss

  • The wireless pen
    With 5,000 years of continuous development and billions of satisfied customers to its credit, the pen may not seem like a product in need of radical improvement. Yet plans are afoot to overhaul the humble writing instrument completely. With children learning to use computers before learning to write, is this a solution in search of a problem?
    Read full article | Discuss

  • Agricultural innovation
    Richard Jefferson wants to change the face of agriculture by putting innovation back into the hands of farmers. How will he overcome the intellectual-property problems that have tied up much of the genetic material needed?
    Read full article | Discuss
We also write about the new crop of video-game consoles, Infiniband servers, the aerodynamics of F1 racing-cars, automated e-mail replies, ultrasound surgery and wind-up cell phones.

As you read these articles, we hope you will want to discuss them with us and with each other. Go to http://www.economist.com/forums/tq, where you can post your thoughts and read other people's.

Please remember that this is intended as an online forum for genuine discussion, and the bigger the differences in opinion the better. It is not a place for offensiveness or shameless self-promotion, corporate or personal.

The next TQ in print will take the best of the threads that have evolved in the TQ Dialogue since the previous issue and discuss them. The current TQ has an analysis of readers' responses to the question of what will be the technological drivers of the next Schumpeter wave of economic activity.

So, let the heated arguments begin.

Yours sincerely

Nick Valéry
Editor, The Economist Technology Quarterly

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