The unfreedom of filter bubbles – let’s pop the bloody things

We could see it coming. Sort of. I wrote a post titled myChannel back in 2005, a time without smartphones, Facebook, Twitter and news aggregators like Flipboard. YouTube was 17 days off launching. Reviewing the tech landscape I concluded: ... mass personalisation has become a ‘qualifying’ rather than ‘winning’ criteria. The advantages to the user […]

Introducing Google Assistant, the Surveillance Interface (SI)

A new kind of interface has surfaced over the past five years – artificial intelligence (AI) based ‘personal assistants’. Apple Siri started the ball rolling, swiftly followed by Google Now, Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa, and half a dozen others. But it now has a new apogee, a new sector defining moment, a revolution dressed up […]

Lightning – cryptocurrency and the Internet of Things

Bitcoin is an experiment. That's granted. The fact that it's trusted and actually useful is nothing short of phenomenal. Last week for example, the trade volume amounted to US$229m. Nevertheless, Bitcoin has some fundamental constraints that keep it from going mainstream: it has a ballpark limit of 7 transactions per second, and having confidence that […]

Why can’t Deezer answer simple questions about privacy?

I've just bought an Onkyo TX-8150 network receiver. Lovely. Especially because it can drive two pairs of speakers, eats so-called hi-res music (24/192 with a 32/384 Hi-Grade DAC), and comes ready to play nice with the likes of Spotify, Airplay and Deezer. Spotify tarnished its reputation somewhat with its privacy cock-up last year, and doesn't […]

On the future of manufacturing

I was invited last week to talk about the future of manufacturing at an event run by the manufacturing practice of one of the big law firms. Here's a whistle stop summary. It's a mind-blowing vista. Intro On considering political, economic, social and technological factors, it's unarguable that we're contemplating major flux in manufacturing. As […]