One of my closest and oldest friends is a Catholic priest. He’s pretty confident that he has a job for life. I hope for his sake he’s right, but computers and the internet have disrupted a lot of industries and I wonder if the Church might also be vulnerable to change. Continue reading
I just got this creepy message from Goodreads.com in my Facebook feed:
“Goodreads added something in the past to your timeline.”
How sinister is that? How can something have been added just now but in the past? Continue reading
I don’t mean the kind of people who will follow you back if you follow them. I’m not talking about “Get 500 followers in 24 hours or your money back!” I’m not asking for any money in return for revealing the “secrets”.
I’m talking about real people who follow you because you have something interesting to say to them. Continue reading
If you pay attention to the news you will be told that the current generation of young people faces far greater barriers than the baby-boomers who grew up in the 1950s. Social mobility is in decline, inequality is rising and big corporations increasingly run our lives.
Really? Let me give you an alternative perspective on reality. Continue reading
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Tagged Blogging, Computers, Creativity, Equality, Freedom, Happiness, Internet, Self-publishing, Technology, Twitter, Work, Writing
So I was just reading about a goldfish that can drive a car and I wondered, what if animals could talk?
What’s that? You want me to explain about the car-driving fish? Oh well it’s all here. Continue reading
My wife bought a shiny new laptop. Windows 8, lots of new buttons to press, yay!
But there’s a problem. She can’t print anything on her old laser printer. She gets the message, “Cannot find driver for HP LaserJet”.
“What now?” asks my wife.
“Call the tech support guy,” I tell her. Oh, wait. I am the tech support guy. Continue reading
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES2014) currently taking place in Las Vegas is packed full of smart glasses, like Google Glass.
Wearable tech is poised to transform the way we interact with technology. With a pair of smart glasses, you can begin to feel like superman, taking photos and recording videos of anything you see, and with the almost telepathic ability to interact directly with the internet and with your own automated personal assistant.
Don’t doubt that this will happen, just so long as the cost is affordable and the tech works in a convenient way. After all, just a few years ago, how many people would have imagined that we would be carrying smartphones everywhere and that email, Facebook and other social media would be just as important as face to face communication?
Smart glasses are just the latest in a long history of creeping augmentation of our abilities by technology. Observers of technology call this transition “Transhumanism” and predict an inevitable and exponential increase in how this impacts on our lives. Continue reading
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Tagged Computers, Creativity, Facebook, Google, Health, Internet, Longevity, Prediction, Science, Technological Singularity, Technology, Twitter
So, you start a blog, learn all that WordPress stuff, write a few posts, get some likes (wow!), attract followers (how is that even possible?), get into your stride, and then suddenly after a year of blogging, something completely unexpected happens. You get Freshly Pressed, which means that a WordPress.com editor has selected your blog article to be showcased to the world.
Next thing you know your stats counter explodes and your email inbox goes into meltdown with all those likes, follows, comments and even reblogs.
Here are my stats after my last post got Freshly Pressed: Continue reading
Facebook knows me intimately. It knows where I live. It knows what I say. It knows what I like. It knows more about me than any other advertising agency in the history of the world.
And yet, this is Facebook’s data model of me: Continue reading
The internet is full of pithy facts, many of them incorrect or misleading. And if you present a fact as a cool infographic, it will go viral whether it’s true or not. Especially if it involves a cat. Continue reading
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Tagged Belief, Blogging, Computers, Democracy, Environment, Facebook, Health, Humour, Internet, Politics, Twitter, Words, Writing