John Havens: Forget Killer-robots, we’re losing the generation that needs to save the planet to suicide

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My planet hopping book project 100.000 Miles brought me to New York, where I had the tremendous pleasure to talk to John. John C. Havens is the Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. He was at the very beginning of podcasting, and was one of the first to see the potential of augmented reality. A former actor and Broadway artist, he devotes his many talents now on ethics and […]

Nonny de la Peña: the incredible power of immersive storytelling

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A line in the news. As an ex-journalist, I experienced the terrible and bitter agony of losing the crucial part of a story in translation. No matter how good you can write, your words will never be able to capture the feeling you experienced. The sense of danger, the fear trembling in the voice of your interviewee, the misty tear in an eye that tells you tons. Words have their […]

The Internet of broken things

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We saw it coming. It was long overdue. It was whispering in the shadows, so ready to break out… Our computers got smaller. Our phones: cordless, mobile. Home computers sneaked into houses, offices and bedrooms.  We were there when the first hesitant steps on the social web were set. We met in the BBS hot tub, our modems were zooming and rattling. We attended internet billboards. By the end of […]

Ray Kurzweil: we can reprogram DNA

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I can remember it as if it was yesterday. My first interview as a young journalist with a real international celebrity. I can still picture myself on the train to London, nervous as hell, on my way to interview Ray Kurzweil for Meridien News Services. Trying to think down at my level I can remember his soothing voice, his haltering way of phrasing his ideas. To me, it looked like […]

Kahn holds social networks responsible for death threats

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To say that president Trump and Sadiq Khan like each other, would be a lie. The American president repeatedly hate-tweeted the Mayor of London, criticising the way Sadiq Khan dealt with terrorist attacks on London.   Sadiq Khan delighted the world with a swift uppercut, making sure that Trump understood that the Mayor of London does not have to take shit from anybody, no, not even from Trump. The tension […]

Elon Musk: “Earth is the cradle of humanity. Staying in the cradle forever is plain stupid.”

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Well, there you go. What started like a small whisper through the back alleys of the SXSW Austin convention centre, roared into a giant excitement tsunami: Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, The Boring Company, Solar City and SpaceX is in town!  He crashed the Westworld panel at SXSW on Saturday, invited by Jonathan Nolan the co-creator of one of my favorite series: Westworld.  Musk rocked the stage with the charisma […]

Dear Donald, you might have a big, big problem

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Sometimes you just know you’re at the right place, at exactly the right time. You feel that a shimmering energy dips its pen in red ink, and writes history. You’re witnessing an event that will shift the status quo. That will cut the universe in a before and an after. When the charismatic Roy Spence, co-Founder of GSD&M, CEO of the Purpose Institute and Advertising Hall of Famer, kicked of […]

Your phone is the most powerful weapon you’ll ever have. Use it. Dammit.

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French girls. They have this je-ne-sais-quoi. Flair. Attitude. This aura of pure feminine invincibility. I know what I’m talking about, I’m married to one. When Joséphine Goube, the CEO of Techfugees -a non-profit based in London – took the stage to kick off SXSW, she did it the French way: with a spring in her step, a twinkle in her eye, and a smile in her voice. But her joyful […]

My SXSW 2018 preview

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As I slowly get mentally prepared for smoked Texan BBQ and out-of-this world’s Taco’s, it’s time to throw the dice, and predict what the buzz at this year’s SXSW conference is going to be. Two years ago, the Austin based conference was a happy, boiling tech and new media happening, chaperoned by president Obama himself. Last year we experienced the backlash of an industry that did not see Trump coming, […]

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If Facebook is prepared to shrink, you should be prepared to rethink

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Facebook’s News Feed vice president Adam Mosseri threw a nuclear bom, announcing that the Facebook algorithm is changing to give more room to posts that spark conversations and meaningful interactions between people. Mosseri, and Mark Zuckerberg made it also clear that the algorithm will favor posts from friends and family over public content, and content coming from publishers and news sites: “Pages may see their reach, video watch time and […]