For the last six months I haven’t written anything. During this thrilling, terrifying, exciting and nerve-wrecking journey I haven’t read any thought-provoking books nor have l listened to any mind-blowing podcasts or engaged in heated debates about inequality and injustice (as I used to). So I simply no longer knew what to write about. I was blocked.
Did you know that the only people who refer to their customers as “users” are drug dealers and technologists. Dopamine plays a role not only in sex and drugs, but also in swiping and tapping the way we do on our smartphones. Changing our online behaviour and getting bored is the way to generating bigger and better ideas, writes Manoush Zomorodi.
“Design my Privacy” by Tijmen Schep turned out to be a fascinating reading about how to design services and products to make sure that they strive to make our environment both smart and privacy friendly. Design has to be safe, privacy aware, ethical and socially responsible. If not, big data can be misused to carry out crimes or to discriminate.
Did you know that one of 60 million Europeans have never used the internet, and 45% of Europeans don’t have enough digital skills? This made me think about the fact that I take for granted both internet connection and my digital literacy. It also made me reflect on how much my offline life is a result of my online communication and activities.
Half of the world’s population use the internet. More than 200 billion emails are being sent each day, but very few understand how they reach their destination. Most of us are afraid of complicated technical language and do not realise the issues at stake. Edward Lucas tackles this ‘cyberphobia’ in his recent book, which made me both more aware and interested.
Listening to podcasts about odd topics have made me realise its rare ability to surprise and enlighten me when I least expect. If you, like me, is intrigued by peculiar and ground-breaking tech and science you don’t want to miss out on these five great pods: Note to Self, Chips with everything, the Naked Scientist, Freakonomics and Radiolab.