I haven’t logged into Facebook since the end of 2018, and for Lent this year I decided to remove access to Twitter and Instagram as well. It was my default way to fill every spare minute of the day — the thought of not doing anything filled me with dread, so those gaps were filled with mindless scrolling through opinions and overly positive photographs.

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I thought banning social media would help improve my own opinions. …

What will happen to society, politics and daily life when non-conscious but highly intelligent algorithms know us better than we know ourselves?

This is how Yuval Noah Harari ends his book, Homo Deus. It’s a fascinating book that really sets the scene of how we arrived at the twenty-first century, and what the coming century may look like. A closing focus of the book is the concept of Dataism, where data and information flow is of paramount importance.

In many ways we’re already there. To the world at large, the data that I produce is likely more valuable than myself as a whole. My heart rate data sent to a researcher in Australia has more potential than my personal interactions while ordering coffee, and the collection of likes and friend requests on my [now deleted] Facebook profile tell corporations more about my lifestyle and habits than I could remember. …

I’m now into my third week as a Project Manager. Prior to this I was a software consultant and team lead, a role which encompassed a lot of the skills and requirements of a project manager without exclusively being one. …

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