Zoe Keating

Technology and the arts: a recipe for a party, not a wake

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Steve Jobs made a habit of proclaiming that Apple stood “at the intersection of technology and liberal arts”. Yet in recent years, the worlds of the arts and technology have too often been at – or at least been seen at – loggerheads. From the long-running rows over online piracy through to the current arguments about Amazon bullying book publishers …

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Why Europe’s Startups & tech companies rival Silicon Valley’s

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How many times have you heard the bullish claim that ‘[Place That Isn’t Silicon Valley] is the new Silicon Valley’? Or seen new variants on the phrase used to imply a similar idea? Here in the British Isles alone we’ve had Silicon Fen (Cambridge), Silicon Glen (Scotland), Silicon Docks (Dublin) and Silicon Roundabout (London) even if the latter was originally …

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Stuart Dredge: Algorithms: Today’s trusted News provider?

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Who’s your trusted news gatekeeper? For centuries, this question has governed our media habits, from rabble-rousing pamphlets in the 1600s to the newspapers and broadcasters that held sway in the 20th century. It’s been a long run for journalists as the pre-eminent media gatekeepers, then, filtering the world for their readers, listeners and viewers. But in the 21st century, there’s …

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Stuart Dredge: Digital fitness will boom, but don’t forget the ethics

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In tech circles, fitness-tracking devices are already a common sight, from Fitbits peeking out of pockets to FuelBands dangling from wrists. So common, in fact, that it’s tempting to think these devices are already mainstream. They’re not, but that’s exactly why this is such an interesting time for this area. A study published by research firm NPD Group in January found that 32% …