Technology

Democracy at risk: the terrifying power of ‘big data’

Opinion

The ‘digital revolution’ continues to change the world in profound ways. Samuel Alexander On Line Opinion Everyday computers and other information technologies reach further into our lives, often in subtle ways, reshaping global society so swiftly that the deepest impacts can easily escape notice. But whereas the… Democracy at risk… Read More »

The futility of secrets in the age of technology

Tech - Al Jazeera

The latest CIA leak proves that state actors no longer get to decide who can be privy to information stamped ‘secret’. Andrew Mitrovica Al Jazeera News One of the jobs of so-called intelligence officers is to collect and carefully consider the facts and to offer sound, sober advice, devoid of hyperbole. This is the… The futility of… Read More »

How Aristotle Created the Computer

Aristotle - The Atlantic

The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world. Chris Dixon The Atlantic The history of computers is often told as a history of objects, from the abacus to the Babbage engine up through the code-breaking machines of World War II. In fact, it… How Aristotle Created… Read More »

Financial technology making app-based banks the future

Asia Times

The world is changing rapidly. Nigel Green Asia Times This is primarily because of new technologies becoming ever more integrated into our lives. Perhaps this is… Financial technology making… Read More »

No space is safe when even our TVs are spies

Tech - The Guardian

‘I’m in a Guildford hotel room, afraid, at 5.45pm. There’s a smart television mounted on the wall behind me’ Stewart Lee The Guardian I only got a “smart” television set 18 months ago, so I have already avoided years of covert surveillance by the CIA, the FBI, MI5, CI5 and NWA. No one is… No space is… Read More »

Drivers of change

Women - Asia Times

Asia Times chats to industry leaders, Katryna Mojica and Tan Le, on their perspectives on gender in the workplace, and what is needed to improve lives for all Liu Hsiu Wen Asia Times For International Women’s Day this year, Asia Times interviewed two women leaders who have blazed trails in different fields – public relations and telecommunications. Katryna Mojica, Chief… Drivers of… Read More »

Europe’s Silicon Valley problem

Tech - AEI

Why doesn’t Europe have its own Silicon Valley? Dalibor Rohac AEI After all, the old world has plenty going for it: good universities, a large talent pool and lots of startups. Many important innovations… Europe’s Silicon Valley… Read More »

A guide to humanity’s greatest challenges

World - BBC

Over the next month, BBC Future Now will explore the biggest issues of our age – informed by a panel of 50 experts. Douglas Heaven BBC News What’s the biggest challenge facing the world today? In many ways… A guide to… Read More »

How smartphones and social media are changing Christianity

Christianity - BBC

Many Christians are turning to apps and memes to express their faith instead of churches – and it’s raising intriguing questions about the future of the world’s largest religion. Chris Stokel-Walker BBC News When the Reverend Pete Phillips first arrived in Durham nine years ago, he was ejected from the city’s cathedral. He had been… How smartphones and… Read More »

The tech solutions to end global hunger

Famine - CNN

(CNN) – What do you do when you see or hear something strange and want to learn more? Meera Senthilingam CNN Perhaps no one around you knows, so you go online or turn to social media. Within minutes, you… The tech solutions… Read More »

Why algorithms won’t necessarily lead to utopian workplaces

Algorythms - The Conversation

Using computer algorithms to make decisions about employees might seem like an objective management strategy, but it could actually give an inaccurate picture of productivity and compromise employees’ rights in the process. Uri Gal The Conversation Many businesses are turning to algorithms to make decisions about hiring and firing employees, assessing their performance and enhancing their productivity. This practice, known… Why algorithms won’t… Read More »

Struggle over Aleppo’s story takes to the skies

Aleppo - Al Jazeera

How citizen journalists used drone technology to challenge the Assad regime’s narrative of the Aleppo’s plight. AlHakam Shaar and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick Al Jazeera News New technologies open new windows for political action. They give new… Struggle over Aleppo’s… Read More »

Can’t unplug? Here’s how to navigate your digital anxiety

Distant couple having dinner together

We know it’s unproductive to waste time online, but the problem is growing. Alina Dizik BBC News Disconnecting completely, even for short periods, can help you build better habits. When David Erickson… Can’t unplug? Here’s… Read More »

Facebook Plans to Rewire Your Life. Be Afraid.

Facebook - Bloomberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto, penned clearly in response to accusations leveled at the social network in the wake of the bitter U.S. election campaign, is a scary, dystopian document. Leonid Bershidsky Bloomberg It shows that Facebook — launched, in Zuckerberg’s own words five years ago, to “extend people’s capacity to build and maintain relationships” — is turning into something of an extraterritorial state run by a small, unelected… Facebook Plans to… Read More »

In an age of robots, schools are teaching our children to be redundant

Education - The Guardian

A regime of cramming and testing is crushing young people’s instinct to learn and destroying their future George Monbiot The Guardian In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are… In an age… Read More »

She’s two years old, works in restaurant – inexperience shows

Robot - Asia Times

Jie Jie’s flashing eyes and can-do attitude belie the fact that she’s quite possibly the worst waitress in the world Johan Nylander Asia Times Her name is Jie Jie, she is two years old and works in a suburb of the city of Guangzhou in southern China. She’s mostly dressed in… She’s two years old, works in… Read More »