Technology & the Self


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Agriculture
Automation & Robotics
Biotechnology
Computing & Artificial Intelligence
Data & Information
Energy, Resources, & Sustainability
Engineering
Future of Technology
Geoengineering
History of Technology
Internet & Communication
Making
Space Exploration
Surveillance
Technology & the Self
Transport
Virtual Reality

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Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Had a good think lately?

Not busy-work, ticking off to-do lists or keeping-up-with-stuff. Just sitting. And thinking. Is it so hard?

André Spicer

Essay/Technology & the Self

Natural, shmatural

Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us

Molly Hodgdon

Idea/Ethics

Why I am not going to buy a cellphone

Philip Reed

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Essay/Economics

The great cryptocurrency heist

Blockchain enthusiasts crave a world without bankers, lawyers or fat-cat executives. There's just one problem: trust

E J Spode

Idea/Technology & the Self

Why upgrading your brain could make you less human

Michael Bess

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Idea/History of Technology

What the teleprompter tells us about truth, Trump and speech

Nana Ariel

Essay/Progress & Modernity

The makeover trap

From transgender celebrities to fitness fads, pop culture loves reinvention. But the drive to ‘find yourself’ has a dark side

Michael Lovelock

Video/Mind & Body

On the run from the electromagnetic fields of everyday technology

14 minutes

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Idea/Consciousness & Altered States

Embedded beings: how we blended our minds with our devices

Saskia K Nagel & Peter B Reiner

Video/Neuroscience

What will we do when neuroimaging allows us to reconstruct dreams and memories?

4 minutes

Essay/Internet & Communication

The world wide cage

Technology promised to set us free. Instead it has trained us to withdraw from the world into distraction and dependency

Nicholas Carr

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Getting smarter

Brain-training games won’t boost your IQ, but a host of strategies can improve your cognitive abilities one piece at a time

Jeffrey M Zacks

Video/Technology & the Self

Can you get to know someone through visualisations of their personal data?

3 minutes

Idea/Digital Culture

Why watching people take selfies feels so awkward

Emmanuel Ordóñez Angulo

Essay/Stories & Literature

Silicon phoenix

A gifted child, an adventure, a dark time, and then ... a pivot? How Silicon Valley rewrote America’s redemption narrative

Kat McGowan

Idea/Progress & Modernity

Why does air conditioning make people blow hot and cold?

Salvatore Basile

ORIGINAL
Video/Automation & Robotics

If we are what we do, how can we stay human in an era of automation?

7 minutes

Video/Work

From life hacks to listicles, focusing on ‘productivity’ misses the point

6 minutes

Video/Digital Culture

We need interactive media not for more thrills but to grasp our world better

6 minutes

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Essay/Internet & Communication

User behaviour

Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?

Michael Schulson

Video/Neuroscience

How perception leaves the door open for augmented reality to transform our world

4 minutes

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Essay/History of Technology

The hand-held’s tale

For centuries, the powerful would never hold anything useful for themselves. How did devices become universal luxuries?

Joyce E Chaplin

Essay/Digital Culture

Humanist among machines

As the dreams of Silicon Valley fill our world, could the dowdy historian Arnold Toynbee help prevent a nightmare?

Ian Beacock

Video/Automation & Robotics

How the world’s first ‘recognised cyborg’ senses colour through sound

4 minutes

Video/Personality

A street magician’s tricks make everyday technology magical and mysterious

4 minutes

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Hive consciousness

New research puts us on the cusp of brain-to-brain communication. Could the next step spell the end of individual minds?

Peter Watts

Essay/Data & Information

Fast-world values

For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?

Judy Wajcman

Essay/Food & Drink

Freedom from food

It takes time to plan a meal, to say nothing of cooking and eating it. What if we could opt out of food altogether?

Nicola Twilley

Video/Love & Friendship

A tour through the history of time in cinema, guided by Richard Linklater

8 minutes

Video/Film & Television

Inventive video technology transforms a child’s street into its own tiny planet

1 minutes