It’s a mess, but is it all bad?
New technologies and services aren't creating irreversible damage, even though they do generate some harms. Preemptive bans would stifle innovation and block potential solutions to real problems.
Facebook and Neuralink are developing interfaces to link our brains to computers, with serious ethical issues.
The founding partners of the Libra Association.
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Alarm bells should ring over a global currency that is run by an exclusive club that serves its investor-owners, not the public good.
Google’s size isn’t the only reason way it exerts market power.
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US lawmakers and regulators are beginning to investigate big tech's growing power, but they need to look beyond size and into their very natures.
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Astronomic valuations for non-profitable companies are popular in Silicon Valley but how are they calculated and what do they reflect?
Elizabeth Holmes conformed to a myth of entrepreneurial success. This was ultimately her downfall.
Despite the growing role of data and technology in the world economy, there are very few rules to govern digital trade.
The end of the era of self-regulation for big tech companies is nigh.
Protesters fill the streets outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
This year, The Conversation celebrated the 50th anniversary of 1968 with its first podcast, 'Heat and Light.' These are some of the most interesting stories we uncovered – ones that still resonate in 2018.
It's been 50 years since the first prototype for the mouse was demonstrated in San Francisco. This the story of how it changed Silicon Valley – and the world.
gilets jaunes “yellow vest” protester on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris takes a photograph using his mobile phone (December 8, 2018).
There’s an orderly fashion to so-called disruptive "manifestations", as they’re called in French. But the "gilets jaunes" didn’t follow the rules. So who exactly broke the rules?
Long read: How nature is fighting our attempts to use biohacking to live forever.
Research shows that so-called angel investors who write cheques to startups have a much bigger and more positive impact than governments providing ‘founding’ help to entrepreneurs.
New research shows supporting angel investors, rather than giving startups 'founding' help, fosters entrepreneurship.
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Who would you rather work for: Apple or Domino's Pizza?
Google employees protest outside the Google Corporate Campus Headquarters in Mountain View, California on November 1, 2018.
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Industrial action by Google workers shows collective representation is needed even in what is meant to be the best company in the world.
Google employees protest outside the Googleplex HQ in Mountain View, California.
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At a time when discussions about tech companies revolve around algorithms making automated decisions, the walkout gives Google a thousand human faces.
‘Computer, compose tweet.’
Our 'Tony Stark' image of tech moguls is obscuring the talent and toil of ordinary workers, and inflating the egos of the bosses.
Google needs to stop relying on just advertising if it wants to be successful in the next 20 years – but that is proving difficult.
Elon Musk has spoken to Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund about taking Tesla private.
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Talk of Saudi Arabia helping Elon Musk take Tesla private is the latest example of a long line of sovereign wealth fund investments.
We urgently need to contemplate the myths we tell about ourselves and technology as a way of evaluating the relationship between the two.