Selling Sugar Water or Changing the World?

What product are you selling? I mean, really. I began to wonder. I was watching football with my brother-in-law who was commenting to me the strategic moves between players, and I started to appreciate the beauty in the game that I hadn’t seen before. So I wondered; how do you describe the game of football to an alien from outer space? Come to think of it, how do you describe anything, a car, a hard disk…? It dawned on me there were three levels of descriptions…

A Faustian Bargain

It used to start with a problem, a problem that needed to be solved. In the 16th century, for example, astronomers had difficulty seeing clearly the planets and stars they were observing. So they invented more powerful telescopes. It sounds simple enough; you are faced with a problem and then you devise a solution. Now,... Continue Reading →

Much ado about nothing?

Facebook magnificently bungled up its recent communication on WhatsApp’s new T&Cs. A pop-up appeared last week to warn users that WhatsApp will be passing private information over to Facebook, and users have until 8th February to agree, otherwise they will be shut out of the service.

But is this just a storm in a teacup?

Technology in the Time of Covid19 *

There’s nothing like a crisis to make the impossible possible.

The economy had a near-total shutdown. We learned to live socially cut off. And then friends met for virtual happy hour, pop quizzes, concerts and more. Was technology pulling people together, rather than pushing us apart? Is screen time good now?

Cybersecurity of our Minds

“Fake News” is a red herring. The digital revolution has produced something more pernicious that is tearing at the very fabric of our society.

Remember the “Dial-up Connection”? We have gone from “Always Connected” to “Always Trackable” to “Predictable” and finally to “Manipulable” in the space of 11 years. Think you have free will? Think again.

The Lost Art of Critical Thinking

We have never been more connected in the history of mankind. And yet, ironically, we have never been more polarised as a society, living in silos.

Social media ignited a volatile cocktail of our innate human biases.

In giving up our privacy we made a Faustian deal with GAFAM and we risk swapping our souls for the gain of “convenience”. But what have we lost in return?

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