We live in a world where everything that can be connected to the internet, will be connected to the internet. Phones, televisions and watches are only the start. The Internet of Things refers to the phenomenon of everyday objects (including people) being connected to the web. Yes, everything. You may think this is impossible. In fact, … More What is The Internet of Things?
One of the aspects of the internet that makes it work so smoothly is its system of copies. Nothing is unique, scarce or precious when it can be infinitely multiplied, yet it allows for anyone to easily access the knowledge they need. This however has a darker side… … More Malicious Activism
Hacking, interestingly, is often portrayed as a chaotic force of good rather than evil. In television shows it is (supposedly) used to locate the bad guys, disrupt television broadcasts, decrypt enemy files and save the day. In real life, however, hacking is seen as a dangerous skill to have, viewed as a chaotic disruption – for … More Bond, Hacker Bond
When it comes to social media, Twitter is in a category of its own. It’s succinct, public, instant and able to connect people around the world through hashtags, which group tweets depending on their focus. These groups can form around anything and everything imaginable – celebrities, sports and popular culture, for example. This hashtag system … More The Power of #hashtags
When it comes to data aggregation, no media platform does it quite as well as Twitter. Not only does the 140-character format force you to write a succinct summary of the main issue, its instantaneous exposure allows citizen journalists to spread informative news faster than light. Although it may be at the expense of credibility … More Internet Killed the Newspaper Star
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve argued with my friends over the superiority of Apple or Android phones. For no reason other than brand name, these two have become household names for rivalry. Now however I can say that I don’t believe this is a fair fight, as the two products could not … More The Maze Runner Metaphor
My mother is a huge internet skeptic. She’s afraid of being scammed online and having her details used without her consent. She also uses Facebook. See the problem? No? Let me explain. While it may not be scamming per se, Facebook (and many other websites) utilise a tool called metadata* to save our details and produce … More The Crown of Autocracy
Ever turned on the radio, listened to a song and thought “haven’t I heard this before?”. It’s not uncommon – after all, most modern music is a blend of four chords, a buildup to a beat drop and a generic, auto-tuned voice. If you’re wondering why record labels would continue to sign artists that sound the … More Arr me long-tailed hearties!
When our grandparents were deciding their future careers, their job was simple. Choose something you wanted to do and do it – for the rest of your life. They were teachers, electricians, miners, stay at home mothers. Nowadays, it’s not as easy to put a label on our careers. The rise of freelancers, digital nomads … More Out With the Old, In With the New
Fun fact: I cried in my tutorial this week. I was moved to tears by a video about a robot called Kara who is considered faulty because she displays traits that are considered “human”. The questions this raised for me were deep and disturbing – this robotic form of artificial intelligence was seen as more sympathetic than … More Does Code Runs Through My Veins?