Technology

Cyber threats: 2018 and beyond

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Hackers using technology with behavioural insights pose a greater threat than ever to cyber security. What do consumer credit reporting agency Equifax and ride-hailing company Uber have in common? Foo Siang-tse and Shashi Jayakumar The Straits Times One would imagine that as large enterprises, they would check the boxes for good cyber-security practices: a healthy security budget, deployment of leading-edge cyber security technologies, and round-the-clock monitoring by well-trained cyber professionals. Yet they were revealed last year to have been successfully ... Read More »

China and India dominate planned pipelines additions

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GlobalData’s latest analysis of global planned trunk/transmission oil and gas pipelines for the period 2018 to 2022 shows that the Xinjiang–Guangdong–Zhejiang SNG gas pipeline in China is the longest planned pipeline globally with a length of 8,972 kilometres (km). By GlobalData Energy Hydrocarbons Technology The onshore pipeline is expected to start operations in 2022 China Petrochemical Corp has 100% equity in the pipeline while China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation is the operator. The pipeline has a… The second longest planned ... Read More »

Insight: The Scots investors in the Bitcoin boom

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Some Scots investors in the cryptocurrency can barely believe their luck, writes Dani Garavelli Around 18 months ago, Norman, a pensioner from Inverness, was contacted about an investment opportunity: bitcoin. Dani Garavelli The Scotsman A financial dabbler, he had once been defrauded out of quite a large sum of money, so he was reticent about getting involved. But eventually he was persuaded to take the risk. He bought just over six bitcoins at just under £500 each, through a London-based ... Read More »

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

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More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. JEAN M. TWENGE The Atlantic One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with ... Read More »

How emojis can help children learn and communicate

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For young children, emoji can aid inclusion in aspects of society previously closed to them, such as active participation in increasing knowledge of childhood well-being, and being heard in educational and care settings. Jennifer Fane ABC Emoji can also support children’s learning in areas of health, well-being, safety and diversity. These are key… How emojis can… Read More »

Enter the Matrix: ‘Humans are transforming into a new technological species’

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Humans and computers are going through a transformative time, but there are still many more questions than answers. Nick Bostrom, Oxford Martin Programme Founder, and Gray Scott… RT Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, is backing a new idea that seeks to explore the possibility of connecting the human brain with artificial intelligence (AI). Not everybody agree… Enter the Matrix… Read More »

Brexit brings nuclear (con)fusion

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The world’s biggest active nuclear fusion project could lose EU funding just as it gears up for its grand finale. Sara Stefanini Politico CULHAM, England — Just as European scientists here gear up to put decades of experiments to the test and try to bottle up the nuclear reaction that powers every star in the universe, Brexit is… Brexit brings nuclear… Read More »

How to make an Internet of Intelligent Things work for Africa

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Late in 2016 Senegal’s Banque Regionale De Marches announced the launch of the eCFA Franc; a cryptocurrency for the countries of the West African Monetary Union – Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea-Bissau. Martin Hall The Conversation This and similar innovations mark the coming of age of a new generation of applications – an Internet of Intelligent Things – that could provide a new infrastructure for economic development across Africa. The Internet of… How to ... Read More »

Technology-facilitated abuse: The new breed of domestic violence

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Domestic violence is a serious issue in Australia and globally. Hadeel Al-Alosi ABC It is an inherently gendered crime. Research consistently shows… Technology-facilitated abuse… Read More »

Why It’s A Problem That Reading Is At 30-Year Lows, And How ‘Digital Temperance’ Can Help

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Americans’ interest in literature has dropped to a three-decade low. Gracy Olmstead The Federalist The fact is, many don’t know what they are missing—and they don’t care. I could spend… Why It’s A… Read More »

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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 »