2018: The Year Climate Chaos Showed

2018 is, world-over and hands-down, the year anthropological climate change began to actually show. The thought of people in New Delhi facing 50°C got me revisiting my personal carbon footprint. According to carbonfootprint.com, and including my own personal calculation, the annual average carbon footprints at the level of individuals are as follows: Industrial-world: 11 tonnes Me: 9.6…

Tracking-free Internet is Possible

sun setting

Update: Watch Tim Cook's Keynote where he mentions the "data industrial complex". Searching for tracking-free, track free, cookie free, no-track Internet didn't bring up a strong list of useful websites. What it did bring up, when I searched, was advice from big Internet companies on how to track customers! So I've decided to create my…

AI product equals evil AI. Discuss.

Sunset, beach, horizon

AI Product Equals Evil AI. Discuss. The wrong AI debate is about whether to have it. I studied AI philosophy at MA level (for a bit) and it concerns me that a lot of the “AI ethics” discussions are framed around “should we have AI, or not?” Today a reader of my Brobots science fiction trilogy asked…

We Can Stop Feeding the Data Monsters

Street art of two people talking in Dozza, Italy

At the close of his latest book The People Vs Tech (Ebury, 2018), Jamie Bartlett declares, “we can stop feeding the data monsters”. He’s talking about certain social media sites; and I agree with him.   The Vice Chancellor of a world-famous university, in 2006, asked for my advice as to whether one such platform (guess…