Tag: Techno utopians

  • The BBC struggles with the concept of ‘tech bubble’

    The BBC struggles with the concept of ‘tech bubble’

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    The BBC has a real problem with social media. It’s delighted when something new appears. It slips into the patrician role that comes naturally to broadcasters – and especially the BBC. It can express childlike wonderment – Wow! – at something new and amazing. Getting beyond that though, is where the trouble starts.

    Perhaps the BBC is haunted by the idea that people simply get on and use new communication tools without “Auntie’s” assistance. The viewers typically also have much … Read More

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  • Nathan Barleys to fill Olympic chasm – PM

    Nathan Barleys to fill Olympic chasm – PM

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    Prime Minister David Cameron has cast his gaze east across to Essex – and dreams of a landscape filled with social media marketing consultants and SEO boutiques as far as the eye can see.

    In the aftermath of the Olympics, Cameron wants to put the land and property on the Lea Valley to private sector use, and his Big Idea is to “nudge” the Shoreditch and Hoxton crowd eastward.

    “Our ambition is to bring together the creativity and energy of … Read More

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  • A brief keynote to Westminster Digital Forum

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    My name is Andrew Orlowski from The Register, I was looking for an illustration to try and bring a very old debate to have a fresh perspective, and I came across this in my library, which is an extraordinary book written by a gentleman called Yoneji Masuda. The book was written in 1980 and it was the Japanese plan to computerise Japanese Society on Cybernetic lines.  It was a very modest project. It would have cost about $65 billion … Read More

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  • Hypnotic illusions at the Wikileaks Show

    Hypnotic illusions at the Wikileaks Show

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    There’s a theatrical quality to the publication of the Wikileaks Afghan logs that’s quite at odds with what they contain. You’ll recall that Wikileaks obtained a large number of classified field reports from US forces in Afghanistan and gave three media outlets, the New York Times, Der Spiegel and the Guardian, advanced copies of a small portion of the material, before publishing on Monday.

    We’re told that they’re sensational, but this mundane and arcane collection of scraps of … Read More

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  • Mrs Brin’s Medicine Show

    Mrs Brin’s Medicine Show

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    Companies selling DNA kits have been deceiving customers with “fictitious” and “misleading” medical advice, an undercover sting operation by Congressional watchdog the GAO has discovered. One of the companies, 23andMe, was co-founded by Mrs Sergey Brin – Anne Wojowcki – and boasts veteran Silicon Valley socialite Esther Dyson as a director. All the companies investigated have been referred to the Food and Drugs Administration and the Federal Trade Commission for “appropriate action”.

    The GAO investigation [summarytext]Read More

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  • Tim Kring

    Tim Kring

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    The audience are the actors in writer Tim Kring’s latest adventure. In his famous creation, the TV show Heroes, people discover they have superhero powers, and go off and battle Evil. In his latest, people go and battle Evil, and discover they have been given Nokia smartphones.

    The ambitious, Nokia-sponsored interactive extravaganza began this weekend, and it’s an interesting experiment. In Kring’s own words, this series of events, called Conspiracy For Good, is “not quite a drama, not … Read More

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