Category Archives: Digital culture

Digital technology and carbon emissions

I was at the Web Summit last week in Lisbon. I’ve never seen quite so many black North Face rucksacks in one place, although black faces were almost totally absent. OK, there was some refreshing energy and optimism, but also … Continue reading

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The continued deletion of people

I know I’m not supposed to be reading newspapers, but when I find one left on a train I sometimes flick through. Anyway, I’m getting increasing concerned by the removal of people. First it was the supermarket (and what a … Continue reading

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Digital Afterlives

  “The first time I texted James I was, frankly a little nervous. “How are you doing?” I typed, for want of a better question. “I’m doing alright, thanks for asking.” That was last month. By then James had been … Continue reading

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Digital Emissions

We hear a lot about the environmental costs of air travel. Burning jet fuel currently contributes around 2.5% to total carbon emissions. Therefore, fly less or stop flying altogether we’re told. But what you don’t hear so much about is … Continue reading

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Children and screen use

On the day that a major study has found that using the internet alters our brains, in particular reducing our ability to focus, this article has been published by Dr Aric Sigman in the journal Pediatric Research. Erring on the … Continue reading

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Robots that read bedtime stories

I thought that ‘executive summary’ nursery rhymes, for time-pressed parents to read to their children, were bad enough. I think this might be worse. Not only are we removing human interaction, we are allowing Big Tech to listen in on … Continue reading

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Too Little Information

As I’ve said many times before, trends tend to bend. Counter-forces and negative feedback loops tend to build up and send things off in a direction that’s opposite to the one most people expect. Case in point – too little … Continue reading

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We learn from those we like

Great little piece in the New York Times recently, which basically says students learn from teachers they like and that emotional connection is key.

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Extractivism

Read this. It’s interesting.

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The End of Surgery?

  Spotted this the other day (London Evening Standard). Interesting, but I imagine that human input will be minimal once the robotic surgeons take over (20 years?). Longer -term I suspect that surgery won’t exist at all except for child-birth … Continue reading

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