When machines need help

Image of a Go Board
Image courtesy of an edit of Donar Reiskoffer’s original image by Fcb981 on English Wikipedia

The following is a work of fiction

The CEO of ThinkWell resigned this morning after coming under mounting pressure regarding a string of identity fraud cases traced back to the company. Specifically, the crimes have been connected to the IP address associated with Xena the world beating Go machine. Continue reading When machines need help

Autonomous Cars: A Rawlsian Solution

Picture of a autonomous car
Image courtesy of Michael Shick

In the months following the September 11th attack on the twin towers, Americans took to the roads. As passenger air miles fell, the freeways buzzed. Sadly the risk of dying in a hijacked plane was at worst 1 in 540,000. The risk of dying in a car accident? 1 in 7,000. People’s attempt to avoid flying in the 12 months after the attack has been estimated to have caused another 1,595 deaths. Continue reading Autonomous Cars: A Rawlsian Solution

Facebook Launches ‘Facebook 365’

A lot of facebook thumbs up
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Zuckerberg released his own personal statement this morning.

“From day one my goal has been to connect people, to break down the barriers between us and this is really just an extension of that. Up till now we’ve been forced to spend 6 to 9 hours a day locked away from our friends and family in our own little bubble. Continue reading Facebook Launches ‘Facebook 365’

Is there a human right to broadband?

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When I first heard about the idea of access to affordable broadband being a basic right, I’ve got to admit I thought it sounded a bit daft. More recently, I’m inclined to think that it was this immediate brain jerk of a reaction that was daft. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense. Continue reading Is there a human right to broadband?

Social Media and Isolation

Faced with another article on technology and isolation, my hands run down my face. It has become tiresome.

Person in a buble
image via dingatx on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/dingatx on creative commons

The idea that we are more connected and yet more alone than ever perhaps reached its zenith with the video “Look up”.


It engaged a lot of us and I’ll admit to being one of those who originally shared it. I’ve since regretted that. Continue reading Social Media and Isolation