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It’s so easy to fall in love with technology—the gizmos, the gadgets, the elegant lines of the latest smartphone. I confess I’m not immune to the attraction: I won’t go out on a morning run without my GPS watch.

In this issue of USC Trojan Family Magazine, you’ll see a lot about technology. You’ll learn about USC’s Interactive Media Building, where our students, faculty members and inventors are creating the high-tech tools we’ll use to communicate in the future. There’s also the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive, where researchers developed special video restoration software to restore some of the 52,000 recorded testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses. These just scratch the surface of what’s underway here.

USC is committed to investing at least $1 billion in support of digital knowledge and informatics over the next 10 years, and part of that is devoted to the digital humanities: the use of technology to help us understand history, language, our collective and unique stories, and more. As the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs put it, “[T]echnology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”

Yes, we are creating new tools, but it’s what we do with these tools that matters. Be sure to use your electronic gadgets to share your thoughts and memories with us at