What is missing?

One in five mammals, one in three amphibians, one in eight birds and one in three fish of those so far assessed are under threat of extinction. The assumption that we in the developed world are doing a better job at conservation is also shaken by the ‘What is missing’ initiative.

Vintage: Incredible pictures of people and places from another age

This collection is from various sources but is united by the overarching theme, Vintage London. The images here range in time from the start of the 1920s to 1945. Looking back at cityscapes reminds us how human in scale our cities once were. The clothes, well, that’s a matter of opinion . . . I’mContinue reading “Vintage: Incredible pictures of people and places from another age”

How algorithms control online information

It may sound unexciting, but the transition from human editors and curators to algorithmic engines powering the likes of Google and Facebook is changing what we see, when and how. These developments pose ethical questions – we should be worried. Ethical considerations, while flexible, are necessarily human decisions.   The mechanised approach to managing online dataContinue reading “How algorithms control online information”

How we use mobile phones

Mobile phones are everywhere, I have three for some strange reason. The first practical mobile phone was produced by Motorola in 1973 and cost about a million US dollars to produce. The costs of producing and distributing mobile phones and provided connectivity have mercifully dropped since then, hence the ubiquity that we have today. ThoughContinue reading “How we use mobile phones”