Could government agents really get access to all your private data in less than a minute? Experts say no but warn we are moving in that direction.
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Data we voluntarily provide online — such as on dating websites — may not stay with that site. While not always obvious, websites commonly allow other companies to track user behavior.
NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting are documenting just how vivid the typical person’s digital picture has become — and how easy it can be for others to see it.
Back in 1984, technology leader Nicholas Negroponte was able to predict, with surprising accuracy, e-readers, face to face teleconferencing and the touchscreen interface of the iPhone.
A report from the Brighton Digital Festival explores how designers illuminate invisible technology, such as wifi; news of a virtual firework display and a 3D printed Bill Thompson
Aleks Krotoski discusses her new book about how the web has turned our social and family lives inside-out, and what it has done to our privacy and our concept of celebrity
Jaron Lanier is a technology inventor and philosopher who has been dubbed the prophet of the digital age. He coined the phrases ‘Virtual Reality’ and ‘digital Maoism’. His last book, You Are Not A Gadget, was a hugely influential and hotly debated critique of the ‘hive mind’. Here he talks about his new book, Who Owns the Future?, with artist and writer James Bridle.
Digital technologies dawned with the promise that they would bring us all greater economic stability and power. That utopian image has stuck. But, Lanier argues, the efficiencies brought by digi-techs are having the effect of concentrating wealth while reducing overall growth. He predicts that, as more industries are transformed by digital technologies, huge waves of permanent unemployment are likely to follow those already sweeping through many creative industries.
But digital hubs are designed on the principle that people don’t get paid for sharing. Every time we apply for a loan, update Facebook, use our credit cards, post pictures on Instagram or search on Google, we work for free says Lanier. He argues that artificial intelligence over a network can be understood as a massive accounting fraud that ruins markets. Past technological revolutions rewarded people with new wealth and capabilities. He will explain why, without that reward, the middle classes - who form the basis of democracy as he sees it - are threatened, placing the future of human dignity itself at risk.
Lanier discusses his analysis of the deep links between democracy and capitalism, and shares his thoughts for how humanity can find a new vision for the future.
This event was part of The School of Life’s ‘In Conversation’ series and took place at Conway Hall on 6th March 2013.
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Journalist and academic Aleks Krotoski presents the second of her three guest curated events on the theme of ‘Connections’.
James Burke takes a sideways look at the connective nature of innovation and its social effects. Two ideas come together to produce something that is greater than the sum of the parts. The result is almost a surprise (in the way, for instance, the first typewriters boosted the divorce rate!).
Innovation has usually attempted to solve some aspect of the problem with which we have lived for two million tool-using years: scarcity. As a result, our institutions, value systems, modes of thought and behaviour have all been shaped by the fact that there’s never been enough of everything to go around.
However, thanks to the internet and a radically-accelerated rate of connective, inter-disciplinary innovation, we may be on the verge of solving the problem of scarcity once and for all. In ways that may really surprise us. What will abundance do to us? And how should we prepare for it?
On this week’s Science Weekly podcast, Guardian science correspondent Ian Sample and Guardian digital correspondent Jemima Kiss meet scientist, musician and web guru Jaron Lanier to discuss his new book Who Owns The Future?
Alok Jha discovers the lesser known role of Isaac Newton as radical historian when he meets Jed Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold, authors of Newton and The Origin of Civilization, about Newton’s Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended, published in 1728, one year after his death, which unleashed a storm of controversy.
Plus, Ian is joined by Observer science editor Robin McKie to discuss this week’s science news, including evidence of water vapour on exoplanets and the bicentenary of the father of epidemiology John Snow.
This week’s edition of the podcast is dedicated to the Sense About Science Lecture 2013, given by the sci-fi writer and web activist Cory Doctorow.
Cory’s lecture was entitled "We get to choose: How to demand an internet that sets us free" and was delivered to an invited audience at The Institution of Engineering and Technology on 13 May.
To find out more about Cory Doctorow’s writings go to his website craphound.com.