How Revolutionary Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Sep 12, 2019

Around 20 years into the new millennium, everything about our lives and surroundings is changing at an incredible pace. The ways we work, play, study, communicate, spend and earn are rapidly evolving to bear little resemblance to how we’ve lived through most of modern times, let alone history....

Is Technology Neutral?
Sep 06, 2019

Is Technology Neutral?

Intelligence Is Not Wisdom
Sep 05, 2019

Intelligence Is Not Wisdom

What Will It Take for Uber to Become Profitable?
Aug 24, 2019

What Will It Take for Uber to Become Profitable?

10 Physics Tricks to Recover From Digital Decalibration

10 Physics Tricks to Recover From Digital Decalibration

Aug 23, 2019

This is a list of straightforward ways to feel better in the age of smartphones. This list can serve as a companion to an earlier edition of Tech Turncoat Truths listing how screens damage the human nervous system, and also to a peer-reviewed article making the same case. Here's the gist of...

Are Electric Vehicles About to Take Off in India?

Are Electric Vehicles About to Take Off in India?

Aug 21, 2019

In April, Reuters reported that automakers are investing heavily in electric vehicles despite still-low demand. They are releasing “a flurry of new electric vehicle models” because governments are raising regulatory requirements for emissions around the world. Automakers are being pushed into...

South Asians Are Shaping the Future of Science and Technology

South Asians Are Shaping the Future of Science and Technology

Aug 17, 2019

Each year, the MIT Technology Review publishes a list of outstanding innovators under 35. They come from fields as diverse as biotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy, the web, transportation, communications, materials and computer hardware. Their innovations are...

Tech Versus Human Rights

Tech Versus Human Rights

Aug 15, 2019

Imagine that your government could identify you and track your movements digitally, solely based on your physical appearance and perceived ethnicity or race. This is not the stuff of dystopian science fiction, but is happening now due to the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools....

Giving Away Equity to Create a More Equitable Society

Giving Away Equity to Create a More Equitable Society

Aug 12, 2019

“Adam und Evelyn,” a bittersweet German love story in the summer of 1989, captures both the promise and the peril of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Adam and Evelyn are an East German couple. Evelyn yearns to flee to the West. Adam is happy behind the Iron Curtain as a dressmaker. She leaves and...

Can Technology Help China Rebuild Social Trust?

Can Technology Help China Rebuild Social Trust?

Aug 01, 2019

The world’s governments and peoples must decide how to address the increasing surveillance and data collection — and the resulting loss of privacy — that digital formats provide. In recent years, much of this attention has focused on the rapidly building surveillance and data aggregation in...

Will the Brainbelts Manage to Satisfy All Our Needs?

Will the Brainbelts Manage to Satisfy All Our Needs?

Jul 31, 2019

Almost all observers of economic transformation have recently focused on the feared (or cheered) future dominance of artificial intelligence and robotics. This week, Atul Singh, the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Fair Observer, reviews a fascinating book, “The Smartest Places on Earth,”...

Smart Brainbelts, Not Donald Trump, Are Making America Great Again

Smart Brainbelts, Not Donald Trump, Are Making America Great Again

Jul 29, 2019

In 2016, Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker published “The Smartest Places on Earth.” Van Agtmael, a personal friend and a donor to Fair Observer, asked me to review the book. Unfortunately, day-to-day writing, editorial and administrative tasks in a crazy year ensured that this fell off the...

10 Physics Reasons Why Screens Are Bad for Humans

10 Physics Reasons Why Screens Are Bad for Humans

Jul 26, 2019

Here are 10 interlocking reasons why using screens damages the human nervous system. The reasons are derived from basic mathematical principles of how matter and energy move in space and time. The gist is that the human nervous system, seen as a sensitive instrument, needs to calibrate itself using...

$5 Billion Won’t Faze Mark Zuckerberg

$5 Billion Won’t Faze Mark Zuckerberg

Jul 26, 2019

Facebook seems largely undaunted by its settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that will oblige it to fork out the modest sum of $5 billion as a civil penalty as punishment for sharing users’ personal information. Caitlin Kelly and Fred Vogelstein, writing on this settlement for...

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