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Didn’t you hear? Facebook is more than a social media company; it’s a Metaverse company. If you’re confused by the term, join the club. The metaverse is best described as a virtual-reality space where users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users, but how others will interpret this…

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Would you pay $5,000 for a laptop? Apple is betting that some of us will. The company unveiled its new MacBook Pros on Monday, and the starting price is a whopping $1,999. With some customization, you can easily work your way up to double that number — or even more.

Could artificial intelligence ever have passion, originality, sophistication?
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How do we look at art? What are our expectations around it?

Perhaps we think that a work of art was made to express a set of emotions or as a subjective response to a situation?

If so, are you willing to look at a painting made by a computer…

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In an ideal world, I’d be writing about all the reasons things are going to be fine, how the sun will come out tomorrow, how it’s going to be all music and rainbows from here on in.

It’s not happening.

YouTube Kids is not only bizarre, it’s often chaotic, pointless…

“Toboganning”, by Mike Dunens

When people worry about the impact of a new technology, often they worry it’ll set us on a path to ruin.

Sometimes they’re freaking out for no good reason. New technologies — particularly ones that affect communication, or give young people new abilities — unsettle people all the time, but…

Atomic and molecular configurations come in a near-infinite number of possible combinations, but the specific combinations found in any material determine its properties. Graphene, which is an individual, single-atom sheet of the material shown here, is the hardest material known to humanity, but with even more fascinating properties that will revolutionize electronics later this century. (Credit: Max Pixel)

Almost everything we encounter in our modern world relies, in some way, on electronics. Ever since we first discovered how to harness the power of electricity to generate mechanical work, we’ve generated devices large and small to technologically improve our lives. From electric lighting to telephones to computers and much…

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I have just finished reading the book “To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death” by journalist Mark O’Connell. I started it on our honeymoon in Santorini where the cyborg-tech-bro narrative felt at odds with my rosé fuelled post-marital euphoria.

Picture from Tesla.

Tesla is not a car company. Instead, it’s “arguably the world’s biggest robotics company,” as Elon Musk said. “Our cars are semi-sentient robots on wheels.”

Every Tesla has a brain of its own, allowing it to self-drive, filter the air you breathe, protect itself from robbers, and keep your dogs…

Magic Leap 2 AR headset (Credit: Magic Leap)

What is it about certain companies and sectors that make investors pour endless funds into them? Is it the story? The leadership? I’m not talking about places with a history of popular products and track records of solid, even inspired leadership.

I’m thinking about the ill-fated Theranos, the still-breathing WeWork

Every issue is easy — if you just ignore the facts. And Glenn Greenwald has now given us a beautiful example of this eternal, and increasingly vital, truth.

In his Substack, Glenn attacks the Facebook whistleblower (he doesn’t call her that; he calls her a quote-whistleblower-unquote), Frances Haugen, for being…


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