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The Automation Economy: Where We Are, Where We’re Headed, What We Might Do

Reuters recently reported Chinese company ABB is to open a new facility in which robots will manufacture---wait for it---other robots. This, naturally, might only stoke fears about the threat automation poses to individuals who would have otherwise been performing those jobs. This isn't a new concern; there's been a slow march toward increasingly automated manufacturing… Continue reading The Automation Economy: Where We Are, Where We’re Headed, What We Might Do

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On Trust and Transparency

As this partner content on Wired suggests, trust and transparency are more important than they've ever been when it comes to one's relationship with technology. This comes as no surprise amid Facebook hacks, social media misinformation campaigns, and data security issues, even in the world of credit reporting. Some folks are even questioning whether smart devices… Continue reading On Trust and Transparency

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Hacktivism IRL + Beyond

Anonymous. LulzSec. fSociety. The Merry Hacksters. Black hat or white, real or fictional, it makes no difference: hacktivism is here to stay. As we approach the end of the century's second decade, tech-based vigilantism has become entrenched in our digitally connected society, a connection that would only be furthered by the introduction of the internet directly… Continue reading Hacktivism IRL + Beyond

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Piracy, Privacy, and the Intersection Thereof

"You wouldn't steal a car. You wouldn't steal a handbag. You wouldn't steal a television." Or so begins that classic 2004 anti-piracy ad, anyway. Piracy is often viewed through a rather narrow lens, the alleged victims normally thought of as companies who can afford to absorb the losses associated with it, companies like Sony or MGM… Continue reading Piracy, Privacy, and the Intersection Thereof