Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones

Sometimes our smart phones are our friends, sometimes they seem like our lovers, and sometimes they’re our dope dealers. And no one, in the past 12 months at least, has done more than Tristan Harris to explain the complexity of this relationship. Harris is a former product manager at Google who has gone viral repeatedly [...]

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Even a mask won’t hide you from the latest face recognition tech

Ditch the hat and scarf – it’s not fooling anyone. Face recognition software can now see through your cunning disguise – even you are wearing a mask. Amarjot Singh at the University of Cambridge and his colleagues trained a machine learning algorithm to locate 14 key facial points. These are the points the human brain [...]

Tech Feudalism

The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the rise of a vigorous ethnic nationalism in Europe and America. This nationalism makes skillful use of online tools, tools that we believed inherently [...]

Most Adults Spend More Time on Their Digital Devices Than They Think

A recent national survey conducted by Common Sense Media, which included nearly 1,800 parents of children aged eight to 18, found that parents spend an average of nine hours and 22 minutes every day in front of various screens—including smartphones, tablets, computers and televisions. Of those, nearly eight hours are for personal use, not work. [...]

Encrypted Email Service Once Used by Edward Snowden Relaunches

In 2013, Ladar Levison, founder of the encrypted email service Lavabit, took the defiant step of shutting down the company’s service rather than comply with a federal law enforcement request that could compromise its customers’ communications. The FBI had sought access to the email account of one of Lavabit’s most prominent users — Edward Snowden. [...]

What you should know about the cobalt in your smartphone

Cobalt is used to build lithium-ion batteries found in mobile technology. Much of it comes from Congo, where men, women, and children endure dangerous and unhealthy conditions to satisfy our hunger for new devices. It's time we paid attention. You are probably reading this article on a tablet, smartphone, or laptop computer. If so, your [...]