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Schools are facing accelerated COVID-19 pressures to integrate technology into children’s education, and how they do has far-reaching implications. (Shutterstock)

Machines can’t ‘personalize’ education, only people can

Insights of neuroscientist Ian McGilchrist, philosopher Nel Noddings and physicist Ursula Franklin help centre students and our collective future in debates about education and technology.
Is there still time to reach the ‘off’ button? Raul Topan/Shutterstock.com

Bring on the technology bans!

Legal bans and moratoriums on other emerging technologies need not be permanent or absolute, but the more powerful a technology is, the more care it requires to operate safely.
Once lauded for their vision and promise, Silicon Valley giants have made life so hard for locals that residents regularly protest the companies, including their amenities like charter buses to save workers from the region’s terrible traffic. AP Photo/Richard Jacobsen

Silicon Valley, from ‘heart’s delight’ to toxic wasteland

Big technology firms are becoming known for mistreating workers, customers and society as a whole. Is an economic powerhouse about to collapse like Detroit did years go?
What will he decide to do? AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

How Facebook could reinvent itself – 3 ideas from academia

Facebook says it’s going to continue to respond to widespread concerns about its practices and role in society. Researchers of privacy and online trust offer ideas for immediate action.
Each has its own merits, even in a technology-centric world. The Conversation from Shutterstock images by heinsbergsphotos, jannoon028, Troy Kellogg

Resisting technology, Appalachian style

People in Appalachia are skeptical and cautious around technology – and how they think can be useful and instructive for living in a tech-centric world.
What these people are seeing isn’t real – but they might think it is. AP Photo/Francisco Seco

Think Facebook can manipulate you? Look out for virtual reality

As the internet-connected world reels from revelations about personalized manipulation based on Facebook data, a scholar of virtual reality warns there’s an even bigger crisis of trust on the horizon.
Kids shouldn’t be expected to self-regulate the amount of time they spend on the device. And parents are finding it tougher and tougher to impose limits. Vitalinka/Shutterstock.com

Does Apple have an obligation to make the iPhone safer for kids?

The problem isn’t kids owning smartphones. But when daily use exceeds two hours a day, mental health issues start to crop up.
Surgeons in Switzerland use the robot da Vinci to aid a hernia operation. Over a third of US hospitals have at least one surgical robot. AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi

Young doctors struggle to learn robotic surgery – so they are practicing in the shadows

There are more robots than ever in the operating room – but that’s led to fewer opportunities for surgical trainees. Now, some new doctors are teaching themselves in secret.

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