There is a simple formula for the future, according to social theorist and author, Jeremy Rifkin.

(IoT x IoE) + IoI = Third Industrial Revolution

The Internet of Things, in conjunction with the Internet of Energy, with the addition of the Internet of Infrastructure and Transport, will create the Third Industrial Revolution, apparently.

Some of Jeremy Rifkin’s ideas bear fruit and some of them don’t. The economic and social theorist has worked for decades with world leaders in government, business and science to push for the preparation and formation of a new economic era, the Third Industrial Revolution (TIR).

But…


“We are almost all living in a state of constant distraction. In the meantime, our deepest feelings are being flushed out, forced to the surface, dissolved in the endless chatter of our heavily mediated environment, trampled underfoot in the rush to be heard, and seen.”

In his Quarterly Essay, Net Loss, Sebastian Smee looks at our relationship with the digital world (especially social media) and our historical willingness to compromise the idea of our inner ‘selves’ as part of this relationship. …


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A fullstack developer for Mined Minds, Heather Shockney came to coding through a bootcamp after a long career as a writer. Perhaps this is why she approaches developing from different angles than many other programmers do, and a key reason why she is a strong proponent for incorporating UX into the vocabulary and practices of a developer.

“I have always been interested in design and doing front end development is my favorite part of being a developer,” says Heather. …


Beyond data concerns, expansion goals, or VR technology, there is one major concern on Mark Zuckerberg's mind and that is content moderation. As reported in a Motherboard article last August, Facebook’s founder held a number of high-profile dinners with social media academics last year to talk about various issues facing the tech giant, but none more so than how to keep a lid on hate.

The article’s authors hint at an interesting dichotomy between Zuckerberg’s stated goal, for Facebook to be “one global community”, and reality: Facebook’s 2.32 billion monthly active users are comprised of a near countless number of…


Web designers, UX designers and developers alike have, as a whole, historically underestimated (or not even considered) the opportunities that designing for accessibility provides for their disciplines.

In a talk delivered last year in London, accessibility consultant Jon Gibbins pushed for a greater understanding and appreciation for empathy in design and development, and the fundamental role accessibility should and could play in creating digital experiences.

“My journey towards accessibility has made it as important as security or performance or writing documentation,” Jon explained. …


Freepik —an illustration of a person holding a key to a computer screen

In the tech community, there is a growing space for discussion about the very world tech is shaping.

Interestingly, the level to which attention is given to various members of society and their relationship with the tech industry seems to run parallel with their ability to be heard and their traditional visibility in the community — i.e. mentally disabled people are still given very little platform due to a range of biases against diseases of the brain, our lack of understanding, and a historical lack of visibility for these people in the community and in business. But this is changing…


It may seem a little Sci-Fi to be talking about how technology being built today is already making it possible for us to read each others’ minds, but that is exactly why this is one of the most exciting areas of tech today, and one that is attracting significant interest and investment.

You have definitely heard of biotech. You’ve seen the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey (No? Go watch) and got all reflective one night about what the movie says about our adoption of technology and what it means for our own evolution. It’s Sci-Fi at its best. …


In late 2018, Apple went on the defense in a US Supreme Court hearing which explored claims that Apple uses its iOS App Store system to keep prices high through a 30 percent commission lumped on to app developers.

Bloomberg reports that these prices were initially absorbed by app developers, but were soon passed on to consumers, resulting in app price increases.

The story attracted significant attention in the media because consumers saw this indirect subscription system to the App Store as a breach of trust. They were not made aware of this cost when purchasing their phones.

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While Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in general are often discussed in terms of their influence on consumers, businesses and the tech we use, there is less discussion on what effect they will have on the programming languages we use today and the diversity of software engineering more generally.

Languages belonging to certain paradigms, such as functional programming with Scala, or the multi-paradigm F# language, are increasingly touted as potential game changers, especially in terms of their ability to produce clean and concise code (which influences the bottom line, in the end). …


Everybody remembers U.S. President Trump promising to bring back jobs to the coal mining towns that had been hit hard by job losses. Sadly, his administration has not been able to stem the tide that was an inevitable result of shifting energy consumption towards natural gas, increased reliance on renewables, high costs for coal generation and a slow growth in electricity demand.

The U.S. has seen decades of a slowly declining coal industry. Between 2012–2017 it shut down approximately 50 gigawatts of coal-fired generation capacity. In some counties, especially those sitting deep within the Appalachian Mountains (i.e. …

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