Social technologies Articles

Google, Facebook and the Search for Truth

By Tim Cole* There is no doubt that false information and fake news sites on the Internet hugely influenced the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. There is no more appropriate figurehead for what the Economist in a recent title story called the “post-truth world”

How Truth was disrupted by Technology (via The Guardian)

“Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism,” Katharine Viner sub-titles her ‘long read’ on The Guardian last week. Further… “Increasingly, what

The hidden cost of free internet in South Africa

Data remains an expensive luxury in Africa but free internet may not come free Excellent insightful article from Indra de Lanerolle on The Conversation last week on the hidden cost of a free internet in South Africa. Did you know that the cost of one gigabyte of data on

Millennials will determine the future of sports

The coaches say that they have learned more about technology from players than they thought possible. The biggest advancement, defensive-line coach Scott Brown said, is that the younger players have been raised in an NFL where practice tape can be downloaded to tablets before meetings,

D-Wave Will Be Amazing Once We Know What To Ask It

D-Wave is a very exciting project, but the implications are fuzzy. “D-Wave claims that its 512-qubit D-Wave Two computer is the most advanced quantum computer in the world,” according to The Register. That sounds awesome, but what does it mean? What are the practical applications

Cars you can drive will eventually be outlawed – Elon Musk

Today, Musk noted that the hardest part of helping cars drive themselves is what happens when vehicles are traveling between 15 and 50 miles per hour. “That’s where you get a lot of unexpected things,” Musk said… Read more of Musk’s thoughts on The Verge

Buy Energy From Your Friends

The future grid could be like an “energy Internet” where the traditional hierarchies are overturned. Instead of a hub-and-spoke system of utilities to consumers, power and associated services will be transacted between individuals. Seems like simpler, cheaper solutions are emerging from this sharing economy. It’s

The Problem with Smart Homes

Like many of the coolest new technologies, sometimes the idea of a new product or concept is much better than the actual thing… This post has some good points I had never considered. What will happen if smart homes include equipment with lifespans that go