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Last Build Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:31:13 +0000


Take the Power Back

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:21:34 +0000

You may have heard that the best way to deal with the “information overload” is to switch off your devices. To take a break from the Internet. Go for a run. Roll out the Yoga mat. Read a book. Talk to your friends. Switching off is good advice. But eventually, you’ll be back. How about changing? Changing from passive, to active. From scroll to search, from react to rethink, from like and retweet to write and link.

Die A Little

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:31:02 +0000

Language has the power to make us understand others, to feel like others through time and space. To almost become someone else. Used as tool, computers can help us amplifying the use of language. But if we talk to them alone, they can extract understanding for commercial use and make us die a little.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto, Tell us Your Secret

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:05:19 +0000

Everybody that has an interest in influencing public opinion will happily pay a handful of Dollars to amplify their voices. Governments, political groups, corporations, traders, and just simple plain trolls will continue to shout through bot armies—as long as it is so cheap. Bots are cheaper than buying ad space, less risky than a network of spies, more efficient and less prone to failure than creating 50 fake accounts by hand. If bots could be identified and tagged,

Is Time Money?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:40:27 +0000

Bitcoin rose from 1,000 to 19,000 in a couple of months. Today it fell back to 10,000. If time is money, then what happened to people’s time? Is it lost? We hear “time is money” so often that we forget what it means. When we say “time is money” we usually mean that those who save time will save money. “Time is money” because work takes time. But if time equals money, those who own money own other people’s time.

Design is Political

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:07:42 +0000

Everything around us is designed. Design shapes cities, gives form to houses, sketches and connects spaces; designers define our environment, our things, bodies and minds. Design is political. Nine years ago, a young man walked into our office in Harajuku and presented himself as an Obama online campaign manager. “The guys on my team read your articles and follow your work. I came by to meet you and thank you.” Holy cannoli! Once in a while we learn who uses our work and this comes like an electric jolt.

Why we like distractions

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:20:06 +0000

Just when it really matters and we should really do what we are about to do we are most vulnerable to distractions. How come? And what can we do about it? Distractions allow us to delay the moment of truth where we need to show who we really are, what we can really do, where we need to expose ourselves, prove ourselves, and ultimately face the mirror of reality. That is why getting started with important matters is particularly hard.

The Ideal Paragraph

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:23:09 +0000

You may have read or heard that the ideal paragraph consists of one thought. Clearly, there are various ways to begin and end a thought. One way is to start with a claim or topic sentence, offer examples for your claim, explain how your examples support the claim, repeat the claim in the light of the examples, and build a bridge to the next thought. It is not clear if the ideal paragraph has five, six, seven, a maximum or a minimum number of sentences, as it is not clear what one thought is, where or how it begins, and where or how it ends. On second thought, one could as well argue that every sentence consists of one thought.

Who serves whom?

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 07:56:08 +0000

Artificial Intelligence is a complex riddle for all sorts of experts. It’s full of magic, mystery, money, mind-boggling techno-ethical paradoxes and sci-fi dilemmas that may or may not affect us in some far or near future. Meanwhile, it already shapes our everyday life. Things already go wrong. And no one is responsible. What can we do? Pocket calculators have been beating us at math for a couple of decades now. Bots programmed to influence human dialogue on social media are showing the middle finger to the everyday Turing tests called bot-or-not.