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Below the Surface [Picnic, Rio de Janiero]

The prioritization of growth above all else, coupled with the belief that technology can (or even should) solve all our problems, has led us to some pretty unsustainable places – individually, socially, economically and politically. Taking a bit of time and digging deeper to understand the less obvious patterns and movements at work in our… Continue Reading

Being Human in a ‘Smartified’ World [IoT Asia, Singapore]

The Internet of Things has the potential to bring humans closer to each other and to the places where we live and visit, yet a lot of the projects undertaken, especially on the public side, don’t take humans into account much at all, except as something to be managed. To get the full benefit of… Continue Reading

Tiny Gods & False Idols [Data Natives, Berlin]

We have an expectation management problem with technology – there is a big gap between what we expect, hope and believe and what it can actually do. In order to not fall into that gap, we must put people first, rather than machines. Only then can we make technology that’s holistic, helpful and humble instead… Continue Reading

The baby and the bathwater [post 46/100]

Another reader-suggested topic today… Here’s the question as it came in: “how is the art of ad making getting disrupted by the ‘skip this ad’ on YouTube – i.e. what message can you get across in 5 seconds to make people watch 30s?” I know I come down on advertising rather often and rather hard.… Continue Reading

Conversing with ghosts [post 45/100]

Maybe I’m a little old-fashioned sometimes. A friend who’s got teenage daughters tells me that these days it’s considered ok (by some) to carry on a conversation while fiddling with one’s mobile. This still is definitely not ok in my circles, and no matter how much I apologise I always feel terrible when something comes… Continue Reading

FOR SALE: Me. Good condition. Convenience ONO. [post 42/100]

[This article was written for Prophecy and is cross-posted here with permission.] We are addicted to technology. Literally. Cognitive scientists have found the same kind of dopamine response in smartphone users checking Facebook as in gamblers pulling the handle on a slot machine, or junkies getting high. And we know it. We now have resorts… Continue Reading