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Blade Runner 2019

It is November 2019. This is when the classic 1982 film Blade Runner takes place. For over three decades I’ve wondered what the year 2019 would really be like. Blade Runner has become a moody detective story about a gumshoe tracking down a group of murderous illegal immigrants. That’s it! Continue reading

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The fall of walls

It was thirty years ago today that the Berlin Wall fell. The Iron Curtain had been breached, the Eastern Bloc was beginning to crumble. This most cruel of social experiments had finally run its course. A peaceful revolution was under way, and there was no stopping this tide from turning. The world was evolving. Even in a country as far away as South Africa, the developments made headlines. Continue reading

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Something is weird about YouTube

“YouTube’s algorithm is easy to game. It’s a system that rewards creators for figuring out what works, and then doing that same thing over and over again.” Continue reading

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The Matrix remembered

2019 rings in yet another anniversary. The Matrix movie is twenty years old. Had the film been released now, in 2019, it would still be a terrific actioner and perhaps even more relevant than it was then: the matrix will be instantly recognised as an obvious allegory to the always-connected, domesticated, utilitarian social media of today. Surveillance by machines is a pervasive theme, and much of the computer jargon that would have befuddled viewers two decades ago has since entered mainstream speak. Continue reading

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A decade at Twitter

Today marks my 10th year on Twitter. Like most first-time users, I had absolutely no idea what to do with it nor what to expect of it. In its early days, micro-blogging was as confusing as it was innocent. Continue reading

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Rewind: 2016

2016 is one of those years that shouldn’t have been. It’s a leap year we could rather have skipped over entirely. The world changed for the worse. Quite frankly, 2016 can fuck right off and die. A few glimmers of hope aside, it was wrought with death, shocks, disappointments and technical failures. Even circumstances at work are getting progressively intolerable. Continue reading

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Rewind: 2015

What an eventful year. Marred by the wilful decimation of fellow human beings, this year has once again shown how adept the human race is at causing its own demise. We love harming one another. France was a particularly popular place for getting executed by people of Arab origin who take their religious beliefs way too seriously. Continue reading

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Being Human

Today I learnt a very valuable lesson about humanity. We need not fear machines. We need to fear those who steer them because those who control the machines pursue not death and mayhem but, rather, take aim at commercial targets. And what’s more human than greed? Empathy. Continue reading

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