Can Humanity Withstand the Assault of Deepfakes?

Nov 05, 2019

In early 2019, Foreign Affairs took a detailed look at the social and potentially political implication of the emergence of a phenomenon called “Deepfakes,” the result of recent advances in digital technology. The article describes the kind of manipulation of images and sound that now...

Facebook’s Flawed Business Model for Free Expression
Oct 23, 2019

Facebook’s Flawed Business Model for Free Expression

Elon Musk’s Symbiotic Marketing Intelligence
Oct 08, 2019

Elon Musk’s Symbiotic Marketing Intelligence

What’s Next for the Digital Living Room?
Oct 05, 2019

What’s Next for the Digital Living Room?

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

Oct 01, 2019

With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the potential to integrate technology into the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is reaching new heights. According to Klaus Schwab, Founder of the World Economic Forum, 4IR is “blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and...

How Revolutionary Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

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?

Is Technology Neutral?

Sep 06, 2019

At the climax of a “60 Minutes” segment on ethical technology design, host Anderson Cooper demanded suspiciously of Tristan Harris, “Is technology neutral?” While Cooper made the word “neutral” seem like a loaded challenge, the truth is that “neutral” is as neutral a word as can...

Intelligence Is Not Wisdom

Intelligence Is Not Wisdom

Sep 05, 2019

At the end of August, two prestigious names in the technology and business world graced the stage of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai. The Chinese television station that broadcast the debate between Jack Ma, (CEO of Alibaba) and hyperreal hero Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla,...

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....

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,”...

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