Thursday, 23 January 2014

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Robo-ankle helps strengthen foot muscles

A robotic ankle with artificial muscles that use compressed air could help people with cerebral palsy or ankle injuries to walk.

Monday, 20 January 2014

The end of anonymity

From Popular Science

Technology that matches faces to names can already single out criminals. What happens when it can identify anyone?

Friday, 17 January 2014

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The grim future of a world without net neutrality

Wikimedia Commons

From Gizmodo

A federal court dealt a deadly blow to net neutrality on Tuesday by striking down the FCC's open Internet rules and practically inviting broadband providers to offer preferential treatment to companies willing to pay for it. It was a deadly blow, but did it really kill net neutrality dead?

Monday, 13 January 2014

The truth about technology’s greatest myth

From BBC

Many optimists believe that technology can transform society, whether it’s the internet or the latest phone. But as Tom Chatfield argues in his final column for BBC Future, the truth about our relationship with technology is far more interesting.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Fred Turner: How Silicon Valley became The Man

Fred Turner
From Harvard Business Review

An interview with Fred Turner, a professor of communications at Stanford and the author of the book From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Cory Doctorow: We are Huxleying ourselves into the full Orwell

From Mostly Signs (Some Portents)

Try as I might, I can’t shake the feeling that 2014 is the year we lose the Web. The W3C push for DRM in all browsers is going to ensure that all interfaces built in HTML5 (which will be pretty much everything) will be opaque to users, and it will be illegal to report on security flaws in them (because reporting a security flaw in DRM exposes you to risk of prosecution for making a circumvention device), so they will be riddled with holes that creeps, RATters, spooks, authoritarians and crooks will be able to use to take over your computer and fuck you in every possible way.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Monday, 6 January 2014

RAF jets fly with 3D printed parts

SAC Scott Ferguson / Wikimedia Commons
From BBC

RAF Tornado fighter jets have flown with parts made using 3D printing technology for the first time, defence company BAE Systems has said.