Much of the Western world is currently aghast at China’s rollout of its very own social credit system, which from May 1 will rank Chinese citizens according to the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ actions they perform. According to preliminary reports, those who spread misinformation online or board trains without valid tickets, among other misdeeds, will receive […]

(Originally written September 3rd, 2017) Fake news is a serious problem, although not for the reasons many people seem to believe. It’s a serious problem, not just because the false beliefs it encourages can have grave consequences, but because it’s the misidentification of an even more serious problem. While the likes of Facebook, Google and […]

(Originally written March 17, 2017) Google have a longstanding and well-deserved reputation for industrial-scale data gathering, both for their own work and for aiding various government agencies. Yet last Wednesday, they went one step further in helping parents to get in on the snooping action, by releasing an app that enables Mom and Pop to […]

The Mall, Nostalgia, and the Loss of Innocence: An Interview With 猫 シ Corp. While you have a rich discography that spans many subgenres of vaporwave, one of your relatively more recent releases — Class of ’84 — seems to fit mostly in the eccojams, or ‘classic’ vaporwave mold. Could you tell us a little bit about this […]

(Originally written February 21st, 2017) Apple needs to innovate. At least, this is what countless detractors have been lining up in recent months to advise the Cupertino firm. According to their many, many warnings, Apple has lost its magic, lost its way, lost its focus, lost its edge, and lost the ability to innovate. As […]

(Originally written March 3rd, 2017) Only a month into his presidency, Donald Trump has already been called many, many things. To cite a few, he’s been deemed a bully, a racist, a misogynist, a fascist, an authoritarian, and a totalitarian, and often in the same sentence. Yet in the panicked rush to baptize him as […]

It’s almost a truism now that the advance of technology outpaces that of society. From the legality of self-driving cars to the 19th Century Luddites and their opposition to mechanical looms, history is rife with examples of how the spread of particular technologies has been slowed down by the mulishness of governments and people. Yet […]

All video game consoles have uncertain starts. When the Nintendo Wii launched in November 2006, only two games of any note were launched with it: Wii Sports and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The former was a collection of mini-games that introduced the world to the Wii’s novel motion controls, while the latter was […]

For all the expectation, excitement and energy surrounding them, autonomous cars still aren’t here. Sure, they’re being tested in almost every city from Mountain View to Bangalore, yet at the risk of pointing out the obvious, the prospect of 100% self-driving cars being sold to the public is still a long, long way off. There […]

What is responsibility? In a world where ISIS have claimed responsibility for the tragic New Year shooting at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, and where they’ve done much the same for an alarmingly long list of attacks in 2016, this question isn’t without its importance. Even if it may initially seem too simple to be […]