Robots and Emotional Manipulation

Robots and Emotional Manipulation

Our relationships with robots will be as complicated as our relationships with any beings possessing a certain amount of intelligence and free will. Like cats or small children, perhaps, though it is sincerely to be hoped that the machines will be far more obedient...
The Goose Is About To Be Cooked

The Goose Is About To Be Cooked

This holiday season, the government is about to give some rich corporations a wonderful present. They are about to butcher the goose that laid the golden egg for their feast, but consumers are going to have to pay for the fat cats’ dinners again and again – from...
The Internet Belongs to the World

The Internet Belongs to the World

A quiet, but potentially revolutionary change is coming to the way the global computer network is run. In a way, this change is much like that when iPv6 was adopted. The modifications are technical, with lots of complicated entities with names made out of initials...
Facebook and the Power of Algorithms

Facebook and the Power of Algorithms

Poor Mark Zuckerberg. You’d think that being co-founder and CEO of Facebook, the largest and most successful social media empire ever upon whom billions depend, would be a pretty sweet gig. But the baby-faced billionaire gets no respect. His own page on Facebook...