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Who owns your thoughts? And other important questions raised by technology. Hands and brain via shutterstock.com

Is it time for a presidential technoethics commission?

New and imagined digital technologies have important ethical implications. We should devise relevant social norms through a high-profile, public, collaborative process.
Is this a vision of the future? Robot worker image via shutterstock.com

Are robots taking our jobs?

In the past, technology both destroyed and created jobs. Is that trend ending?
It’s stormy conditions in share markets and a competitive sector, not natural disasters, that will define the outlook for the insurance sector. KARIN CALVERT/AAP

Insurance outlook: in an era of increasing competition technology will make the difference

The outlook for the insurance sector will depend less on natural disasters and more on how the big insurers respond to smaller competitors and the use of technology in assessing policies.
Dance music, with its advanced technology and millions of fans, is the fastest-growing musical genre. Shutterstock

21st-century DJs: spinning beyond the post-capitalist dream

Thanks to technology the DJ has become a musical God of sorts. Under post-capitalism, where we’re looking for a new way of understanding cultural objects, the DJ now plays a pivotal role.
Even something as simple as a water pump might not work if it requires parts or power not readily available where it’s installed. World Bank

Where aid fails, appropriate technology can succeed

Much international aid fails to achieve its ends because the technology employed is not "appropriate" to its intended environment or culture. This needs to change.

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