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Automation’s Bumpy Impact on Social Reality

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by Gabriel Zech An imminent, large-scale decrease in full-time employment means that we need to think beyond the noncomprehensive policies of income compensation.   The many ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) could drastically change our lives is a theme that the film industry is increasingly delving into. Whether they conceptualise human-like robots, machines capable of developing relationships with people or computers loaded with a person’s consciousness, pondering upon futuristic…

A.I. and the Job Sector: Demon 2.0?

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By Philip Apfel  In the 18th century, when the industrial revolution meant that newly created machines were bound to render obsolete or at least fundamentally redefine many jobs, developments in the world of machinery were often met with borderline apocalyptic cris de coeur by the anxious citizen. Thomas Carlyle, a well-known satirist, philosopher and historian at the time, spoke of the “demon of mechanism” annihilating the modest workman’s source of…

No More Blues for the Gay Men of China

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By Perdita Blinkhorn Dating apps seem to be all the rage in today’s smart-phone centred world with everything from Tinder to Gindr, each claiming to hold the key to happiness be that through a chance at a long-term relationship or a one night stand. One new app that is taking China by storm is called “Blued” but the difference is that this app is playing matchmaker between gay men and…

Back to LSE: Technology Guide

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A new year at the LSE brings the need for new technology to keep up with our demanding academic lives, as well as activities to take our minds off work. Here is our guide to the best technology for your student life in London. Laptops: A laptop is vital for most students, for independent study in the Library, taking notes in lectures and doing readings. MacBook Pro with Retina Display…

Projected Play

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BY GILLIAN CAFIERO MotoHelmet with Built-In SatNav: Safety Augmented The Russian startup Livemap is developing a motorcycle helmet with built in GPS system that will allow drivers to navigate foreign streets safely. The helmet, inspired by fighter pilots’ head-ware, will use the Android operating system and be controlled with Nuance-based voice control. This 1.4kg harness will enable motorcycle enthusiasts to roam streets without ever letting go of the handlebars or…

Programming 2 with Michael Gallo

Programming 2 with Michael Gallo

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BY MICHAEL GALLO Now the fun can begin. Before break, this column introduced the basics of computer programming — what programming is, how to set your computer up for it, and what a basic program looks like. It was good background. But it didn’t let the computer flex its muscles. This week that changes with the if-then structure. Computer circuits are packed with electronic “logic gates”. It might make sense…

Tech Beau Monde

Tech Beau Monde

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By GILLIAN CAFIERO Few would consider Harrods, the renowned up-market department store, to be a techie’s paradise. Surprisingly, hidden in the midst of Prada bags, charming food courts and personalised dog biscuits is an area dedicated entirely to shiny luxury tech products. Inaugurated in 2012, Harrods Technology showcases anything from 007-style spyware to ultimate design massage chairs. Amongst the many treasures on display is the Hasselblad H4D-40 Ferrari Limited Edition…

Novice Programming with PartB’s Michael Gallo

Novice Programming with PartB’s Michael Gallo

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By Michael Gallo It’s learn to program week in the Technology Section. For all of you stuck on a beach with nothing but a laptop and a New Year’s Resolution, this guide is for you. As you’ll see, it takes about a minute to write, compile and run simple a computer program (especially if you have a Mac). Once you’ve done that, the world is your oyster. First, some background….

Alumni Interview: Joe Cross

Alumni Interview: Joe Cross

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By MICHAEL GALLO TransferWise is a London-based start-up that allows consumers to exchange currencies at effective rates very close to the spot price, even for small transactions. Two Estonians, including one who was the first employee at Skype, founded it in 2011. TransferWise has since been named one of London’s hottest start-ups and has received funding from significant investors, including early Facebook investor Peter Thiel. According to the company, they…

Claudio Guarnieri, hacker – letter

Claudio Guarnieri, hacker – letter

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‘We’ve been building technology that should have had a positive impact on our lives, and now we got to know that it has been silently and actively subverted to exercise control over everyone’ Claudio Guarnieri is a core member of The Shadowserver Foundation and the Honeynet Project, two of the longest-living non-profit organisations dedicated to making the Internet a safer place. In this exclusive letter to PartB, he shares his…