Tech during lockdown

During lockdown Facebook changed direction to virtual reality, saying their communication had been poor, and the internet experienced a  few wobbles. WhatsApp’s plans to change its privacy policies to make it easier for people to message businesses faced a backlash as millions downloaded apps from its competitors, worried that the plan would make large amounts…

Alexa tells a 10-year-old girl to touch live plug with penny

    When a 10-year-old asked Alexa for a “challenge to do”, Alexa challenged her to touch a penny coin to the prongs of a half-inserted live plug. Amazon has since updated its Alexa voice assistant  the error as soon as the company became aware of it. The girl’s mother, Kristin Livadhi, described the incident…

Spotify follows TikTok’s successful design

  Spotify is the latest app  following TikTok’s successful design  with a vertical video feed, a new feature in an early test build for iPhone reveals a new Discover tab being added to the app’s front page. It has vertical music video clips that users can swipe through rapidly, similar to TikTok’s interface.  The feature…

Vision for New Economics

Diane Coyle, distinguished academic economist with Harvard PhD, Cambridge Chair, and professional, ex-UK Treasury, CBE, explores enormous problems but also opportunities and explains how economics needs to change to keep pace with the twenty-first century and the digital economy – Digital technology, big data, big tech, machine learning, and AI are revolutionising both the tools…

Accelerated tech innovations and its future shocks

We are in the Exponential Age between the faster computers, better software and bigger data, amid accelerating climate change, a deadly pandemic and unravelling global supply chains are critical. Ours is the first era in human history in which technology is constantly accelerating without breaks empowered by our compulsion to innovate. Azeem Azhar, writer, a…

Incisive portrait of a big tech tycoon

Entrepreneur, Peter Thiel, a right wing student at the Stanford University in the 1980 as a burgeoning conservative, and a tech investor from Silicon Valley over the past two decades, became the ardent backer of Donald Trump. The Contrarian is the biography of venture capitalist Peter Thiel, the enigmatic, controversial and hugely influential power broker…