Category Archives: Digital culture

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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Stupid Britain

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Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance

I’ve been in Bangkok for a while and for no conscious reason decided to take along an old copy of Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, which rather charmingly has a paper till receipt inside dated the 10th March … Continue reading

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Is Facebook like a disease?

I knew I’d read something else rather relevant to the whole Facebook fiasco – the thought that the decline of Facebook could act like the spread of a virus (the explosion of inactive or deleted accounts being akin to the … Continue reading

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