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Not even our imagination will manage to keep up with technology’s pace.

Martha called his name again, “Ash!” But he wasn’t listening, as always. His eyes fixed on the screen while he uploaded a smiley picture of a younger self. Martha joined him in the living room and pointed to…


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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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In 1956, the Nobel prize in physics went to William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain for their work on silicon transistors. Shockley, a Bell Labs alum, had already gone to work commercializing this invention, moving from New Jersey to Mountain View, California and founding Shockley Semiconductors, the first “silicon”…


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“While no one wants to see two trillion-dollar companies having a knife fight,” read the internal strategy document drafted by Facebook executives, “we need…


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I don’t care about Former President Donald J. Trump’s new social media platform TRUTH Social. It’s built on a false premise: that you can build a social media network and people will come.

Some will, especially like-minded Trump fans, but most will not, meaning TRUTH Social won’t be any more…


When the free software movement started to make headway, proprietary software companies like Microsoft went to war against it, describing the licenses at its core (like the GPL) as “viral licenses” to scare companies off from using free software.

The GPL is a software license that coders add to their…


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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…

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