Trends in Digital Tech for 2018

In this arti­cle I’m going to be talk­ing about a few cur­rent trends in dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy as we move into 2018. It’s not a pre­dic­tions piece—I’m a tech­nol­o­gist, not a futur­ist. And there’s so much to talk about that this was at risk of turn­ing into an essay, so I’ve lim­it­ed it to some of the things that are […]

Twitter Beyond 140 Characters

re/code today report­ed that Twit­ter is plan­ning to extend its char­ac­ter lim­it from the (in)famous 140, to a pos­si­ble 10,000. Quite a few peo­ple have react­ed neg­a­tive­ly to this but I think that, as long as the imple­men­ta­tion is well han­dled, extend­ing the lim­it is a good idea—because Twit­ter is about more than 140 char­ac­ters. Peo­ple con­fuse arbi­trary lim­its […]

Shame and Social Engineering

Just fin­ished read­ing So You’ve Been Pub­licly Shamed, Jon Ronson’s zeit­geisty book about social media pile-ons. There were many, many good points in the book, but I for­got to high­light them as I was enjoy­ing read­ing it so much. One thing that has stuck in my mind, how­ev­er, is an email exchange with the film-mak­er Adam Cur­tis, […]