Part 1: Power of the Avatar- Origins and Psychology

Origins of the constructed self-image Avatars. Chances are pretty high you’ve created at least one, if not tens of them, during the span of your online life. And no, I’m not referring to those…


The Perils of Participation: how we pay for online existence with our privacy

Participation and product Participation. It’s a necessary condition for life in a connected society. But, as updates occur and new software gets released, there’s a gradual trickle towards an…


Emoji: communication with a smile :-)

The expression of emotion in the written word is quite an art. But it’s not very efficient: it takes time and energy to do it right. In the last decades, we’ve iterated through several…


Data of the Dead: What Happens to Our Data After We Die?

During our waking hours, we are more likely concerned with privacy and security as the current problems of living with the internet. But the more time we spend online, the more we scatter pieces of…


The shared history of hacking and telephony

Did you know that hacking and telephony share a fascinating piece of history? The connection between the two became very strong when telephony got more automated in the mid-1900s, making almost…


The SciFi of Now and What It Reveals About Us

Taking a quick look around at some recent harder-hitting science fiction debuts in movies and television, you’ll probably notice some bleak themes involving the future of humanity. There’s currently…


Technological Predictions of the Future-Past

It goes without saying that the invention of the telephone and its ability to allow communication over vast distances has revolutionized our global civilization. I thought it might be interesting to…