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ORIGINAL

Privacy and power in the digital age

5 minutes

The information age traffics in speed. To adapt to it wisely, we must slow down

Wrenching us out of the ‘age of anonymity’ brought about by urbanisation and industrialisation, the information age has profoundly diminished privacy as we increasingly share our personal data in exchange for a vast array of services. With the loss of privacy has come a new kind of power broker: tech leaders who control the flow of information and, increasingly, influence world leaders. In this Aeon interview, the UK-based Italian philosopher Luciano Floridi examines how the power paradigm is shifting in the 21st century, and suggests that rushing to answer questions about privacy and policymaking is exactly the wrong way for society to best adapt to the precipitous change of the times. 

Producer: Kellen Quinn

Interviewer: Nigel Warburton

Editor: Adam D’Arpino

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Neuroscience

Psychiatry is due for a revolution in diagnosis and treatment through brain science

4 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Video/Agriculture

One man’s quixotic quest to bring American bison to his Scottish homeland

16 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

The bit bomb

It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return

Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Video/Making

How to build a no-frills protected bed in the wild, from top to bottom

7 minutes

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/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock