The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff review – we are the pawns

  The alarm beside your bed rings, triggered by an event in your calendar. The smart thermostat in your bedroom, sensing your motion, turns on the hot water and reports your movements to a central database. Tech Giants offer the benefits of faster search results and turn-by-turn directions mask the deeper, destructive predations of what …

Beyond 5G: Huawei’s Links To Xinjiang And China’s Surveillance State

There have been two separate stories doing the media rounds this week (Apr 25th 2019) relating to Chinese surveillance technology. First, the continual headlines around Huawei's battle with Washington over the security of its 5G equipment, and the news that, despite U.S. requests and CIA intelligence, the U.K. government will allow Chinese telecoms giant Huawei …

We don’t own data like we own a car – which is why we find data harder to protect

Legally data protection is complicated and our data is more like access to the commons and largely exists in a place we lease form a tech company. We own our data through copyright but it often seems more like we negotiate access rights not ownership rights. This article takes a look at who owns our …

The Evolutionary Uses of Imagination

Why are we so imaginative? What possible use is there in passing through the looking-glass with Alice or supposing that the moon is inhabited by creatures with aerials growing out of their heads? These are some of the wilder flights of our imagination and not shared by everyone. Read More...

The One Thing You Should Do to Amp Up Your Creativity

The trope of the isolated artist is all around us. From Anthony Burgess’ writing retreat in the English countryside to Dali’s hideaway in the north of Spain and more recently, the mansionof DJ and producer Deadmau5 near Toronto, artists have been seeking to get away from it all for centuries. And in many cases, solitude is an effective …

Even a small amount of creativity can help you cope with modern life, reveals new research by BBC Arts and UCL

Good news for those juggling time-pressures in today’s busy, modern life. According to ground breaking research commissioned by BBC Arts, even the briefest time spent on a creative pastime such as painting, pottery or playing the piano, has an impact on our wellbeing and emotions. In the largest study of its kind, with almost 50,000 …