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Hacking Just Got Physical: Real-World Security in a Digitally Dissolved World

I’ve not written much here for a while… hopefully people have caught up with pieces I’ve published elsewhere, and know that I’m basically head down at the moment finishing off a new book, Getting High. I’m really excited about it. You can hear me talking about it when I was over in LA in the [...]

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The Gift of Sleep | Resisting 24/7

Happy New Year people. Been on school holidays for the past couple of weeks, which has mostly meant getting my head down writing (finishing novel / working on a follow-up to Mutiny-After Magic – more news of which soon). I’ve also been reading a fascinating book – 24/7 by Jonathan Crary. It explores how 24/7 [...]

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‘Death is very likely one of the best inventions of life’

I’m aware of the cult of mac dangers of sychophancy today… but also wanted to mark the passing of someone who did have a big impact on who are and how we live today, both positive and negative. This speech, given to Stanford graduates in 2005, is moving and prescient, but what I want to [...]

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Hooked on Gadgets | Surfing the Net or the Net Serfing Us?

An excellent article in the New York Times the other day – ‘Hooked on Gadgets and Paying a Mental Price‘ – which explores the mental and relational cost of screen-addiction, plotting the story of one family who are all, in their own way, too hooked on gadgets: Mr. Campbell continues to struggle with the effects [...]

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New Apple Dates Announced | Thinking Deeply About Technology

Really pleased to announce that we’ve sorted out three new dates for Apple events over the next couple of months. The idea behind Apple is to get people thinking more reflectively about technology – whether that be digital culture or tool-use. Humans are tool-makers, and the technologies we use form us, just as we form [...]

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Albums Are Dead | Long Live the Album-as-Software

Interesting piece on the Black Eyed Peas, who are releasing their forthcoming album with a deliberate view to listeners mashing it up, uploading the results – which could then be released as an ‘upgrade’ in the future. Another example of how piracy has actually energised bands and the music industry to innovate.

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Critiquing Social Networks | Technological Bad Faith

Nic and I have been having some good exchanges recently around issues of our relationship with technology. It’s something that’s prominent in the forthcoming book, but I wanted to introduce a few of the ideas here and hopefully provoke some debate to sharpen my own thoughts. My view is that while we do create tools, [...]

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Espresso Book Machine launches in London

This could change publishing – and book selling – for ever.

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Virtual Warming

Very interesting programme on Radio 4 today about the carbon cost of our digital lives. Increased use of digital technology can have green benefits with reduced travel etc., but we what the piece uncovered so well was the huge energy draw that data centres create. Each time we upload a picture to Facebook, or request [...]

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Real Snail Mail | Slowed Down Technology

The people at ‘Boredom Research Labs’ have designed ‘the world’s first webmail service using real live snails.’ Yes you read that correctly. Actually, the thinking behind the project, or at least post-event justification, is to slow technology down, as a form of discipline or meditation. You send your email in the normal way, and this [...]

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