When this site was first launched in 2003, two brief monthly essays were included. With the 2004 and 2005 articles, however, an overall theme for the section developed. Each summer the essays focus on some aspect of technological
change, usually with a consumer bent. To the extent possible, the essays provide information on subjects with relevance to your daily lives now and in the near future. The 2007 esssay series is "Putting the Pieces Together: Where We've Been, Where We're Going, and a Brief Introduction to the Future."
Last year essay archives were added to the site. The archives now contain all essays which have appeared on the
site from 2003 to 2006. The 2004 series, "Genes, Beans and Greens," examined issues concerning genetically modified foods. In 2005, the series "Blue Roses, Green Cars and More: What Color is Your Future?" took a look
at a variety of issues including "green" cars and the transition to digital television in the U.S. Last year's series, "Digital Sunrise, Analog Sunset," continued the discussion on digital television and also included the
topics of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). Essays for 2007 will be added to the archives after the month in which they appear in the "This Month's Essay" section.
• THIS MONTH'S ESSAY
• ESSAY ARCHIVES