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    • Virtual World Ethics

      Virtual World Ethics

      Our lives are increasingly a blend of real and virtual. We do much of our communication, socializing, shopping, work and entertainment in what is essentially a virtual world. What makes what we see and hear from this virtual world meaningful and relevant is that it represents something in the real world. Sometimes those are real

    • An Introductory Guide to Bitcoin

      An Introductory Guide to Bitcoin

      Bitcoin enthusiasts believe it could change the way we think of money, and severely disrupt the existing financial infrastructure centered around banks and government issued fiat currencies. We will talk more about the potential and impact of Bitcoin in another article, but in this one the idea is to explain, in a nutshell, what Bitcoin

    • Top 10 Things to Look for When Buying a Smartphone

      Top 10 Things to Look for When Buying a Smartphone

      If you’re buying a smartphone you’re probably making a choice that you will live with for at least the next two years. So it is important to make an informed decision, taking into consideration your needs and desires as well as the basic characteristics that differentiate between a good smartphone and a bad one at

    • In Defense of Technology Lock-In

      In Defense of Technology Lock-In

      I’m going to do the unthinkable. I am going to actually defend the practice that many consider “anti-competitive”, the practice of so called “vendor lock-in” often employed by technology companies such as Apple and Microsoft. In a nutshell the practice of lock-in involves building pieces of technology that work only in certain predefined circumstances and

    • Is Transhumanism Building a Dystopian Nightmare?

      Is Transhumanism Building a Dystopian Nightmare?

      Transhumanism is a movement that typically both predicts and advocates the evolution of human beings beyond our current biologically determined limitations whereas humans gradually transcend into what can be termed “transhumans”. It deals with research and development of technologies which could augment human capabilities, but also technologies which indicate the advent of intelligent machines whose

    • 10 Tiny Gadgets that Pack a Huge Punch

      10 Tiny Gadgets that Pack a Huge Punch

      Wise men sometimes say that “less is more”, and looking at technological developments it would appear that one of the main goals is exactly that; to enable a lot more with a lot less. There’s one obvious example of a small gadget that packs a huge punch. It is your smartphone. It’s as powerful a

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