All that glistens: Silicon Valley lights up as night descends.

Plutocrats and paupers

If job-killing robots will play a big role in our future, inequality could get turbo-charged. The counter-proposals on the table barely scratch the surface, argues Nick Dowson.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
China leads in industrial robots. Estimates for select countries/regions, in thousands of units.

When the Foxbots muscle in

Industrial robots are being put to work on a massive scale in China. Taking the case of electronics giant Foxconn, Jenny Chan considers what an automated future holds in store for human workers.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
Woof in boots: a robotic dog provides diversion and companionship to a woman in a nursing home.

Building the future, living in the past?

Robots aren’t likely to replace postal workers in Japan, but they may soon be looking after grandma – or sharing the bed. Christopher Simons explores some of their unique impacts.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017

Killer robots

We urgently need to slam the brakes on automated violence. Noel Sharkey dispels some myths about the newest arms race. Illustrations by Simon Kneebone.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017

Audrey Watters: ‘AI is ideological’

Think of computer code as a new and powerful accomplice to legal code – the rules by which society finds itself governed. Who gets to enforce it? asks Audrey Watters.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
Robocop for real, a police robot makes its debut in Dubai, May 2017. It will help citizens report crimes and answer parking ticket queries, rather than make arrests. 25 per cent of the Dubai police force will be robotic by 2030.

The age of disruption

Technology is changing society at breakneck speed but considerations of human impacts lag far behind. Dinyar Godrej sketches out some of the key political battles ahead.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
Arun Ghandi.

‘When people are tired of exploitation, they resort to violence’

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi, speaks to Danielle Batist about technology, Trump, and anger as a gift.

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NI 506 - Brazil's soft coup - October, 2017

Blinded by 'technology'

For all the fancy packaging, many of our gadgets have nothing to do with capitalist success stories. Bob Hughes explains.

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NI 497 - Peace in Colombia? Hope and fears - November, 2016

Beating the digital titans

You can take action at a practical and technological level – and a political one.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016
An SMS alert tells recipients of aid – in countries like Kenya – to collect the cash donated from a local mobile money agent.

Helping in two clicks

Why bother with aid agencies? To ‘do good’ all you need is a phone and Google Maps. Amy Hall takes a closer look at the rising trend in ‘direct giving’.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016
Students in Hyderabad protest against Facebook. The yellow sign reads: ‘Defend net neutrality’.

No, Mr Zuckerberg

Few can resist the tech titans. Prabir Purkayastha tells the story of Indians who went into battle against Facebook, for freedom – and won.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016

Can search engine rankings swing elections?

Research psychologist Robert Epstein on how the new technologies invisibly shape public opinion – and what we must do about it.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016
Whether it's done by secret police or computer algorithms, being stripped of privacy is fundamentally dehumanizing.

I spy with my little algorithm

Everybody wants your private data. Bruce Schneier on how surveillance has become the business model of the internet.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016

FACTS – Internet giants

This month's fact spread presents details about the internet and the corporate giants who monopolize it.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg  (centre) and friends play with virtual reality gear at a high-level gathering earlier this year.

Smiley-faced monopolists

Does it matter that Google, Facebook and Amazon are so successful? Vanessa Baird examines what their domination means for all of us.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016
Semantically engineered crops

Semantically engineered crops

Louise Sales reports on word games in the GMO industry.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016

The Disrupted

Jim Thomas on the winners and losers of emerging technologies.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016

Switched on

Technology, whether low or high, needs to be appropriate and within reach to make a difference.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016

Facts - Mind the technology gap

Technology can be a big enabler – yet the difference in terms of what’s available to rich and poor is vast.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016
Women of the Nicolás Bravo community demonstrate their methods of selecting corn plants for seeds during an agroecology training course, Chiapas, Mexico.

'Because the river told me'

Peasant farmers resisting the violence of agribusiness. By Nils McCune.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016
Charge your phones here: this man displays the board of sockets which helps him earn his livelihood in Nigeria’s Katsina city. Many vendors invest in small solar units to generate the power.

Technology as if people mattered*

The world's poor are still losing out. They need a better deal, argues Dinyar Godrej.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016

Net gains for politicians

Steve Parry explains why politicians and the internet don't get on.

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NI 491 - Last stand - Saving the world's forests - April, 2016
New app could help Iranians avoid morality police

New app could help Iranians avoid morality police

Hazel Healy reports on an innovation that could help women in Iran.

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NI 491 - Last stand - Saving the world's forests - April, 2016
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now running for the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nomination, stopped by the Googleplex for a 'fireside chat' with Eric Schmidt, July 2014.

If Google and Facebook can flip elections does code now rule the real world?

Internet users used to be worried about government control of the web but the opposite may be true, writes Chris Spannos

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NI 490 - Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West - March, 2016

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Humans vs robots November, 2017
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Brazil's soft coup October, 2017
Peace in Colombia? Hope and fears November, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Last stand - Saving the world's forests April, 2016
Last stand - Saving the world's forests April, 2016
Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West March, 2016
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