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These days wire-tapping, or its new modern version, the “tapp” (sic) regained popularity.

In the good ol’ days of rotary phones, the wire-tapping sport was true to its name: you would find the wire leading to a phone and you would “tapp” it with some physical device that lets you listen to any conversation traveling the wire.
Pretty basic stuff, actually.
Things got more complicated, men like Jason Bourne and James Comey pushed the boundaries of secret investigations, and wire-tapping became as easy as hitting the right keys on a computer keyboard.

How does it relate to my life?


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Isaac Asimov being eaten by Pac Man
  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

If you haven’t read any of Isaac Asimov’s stories involving robots, these are the three commandments for our artificial friends.

Save a few cases where things went wrong, those three rules work pretty well to avoid scuffles between us and…


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Author’s artwork — sort of

Me and you, we have probably shared the same feeling, if you happen to work with your creativity.
Being torn about whether to look for inspiration inside or outside our head.

In 20 years earning my daily pizza with creative work, almost every project inception felt like a visit to the dentist — painful but necessary.
Until 5 years ago.

I lived times when I wouldn’t open a new browser tab or leaf through a book because I thought I would end up stealing someone else’s work. …


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source images https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonibirrer/3326410957 & https://www.flickr.com/photos/mares87/5943681577

You don’t have to answer if you’re in the army.
(By the way, I don’t envy you).

But would you, sitting at your office desk or thumbing this article on your commute back home?
No, you wouldn’t. You would not press that button.

It turns out some evil nerdo came very close last Friday.
With the grand goal of making a lot of easy money, they programmed a virus–thing that renders your files useless.
The only way to recover your precious work is to pay a ransom using Bitcoin (read: untrackable electronic money), hence the “Ransomware” label.

The outcome of…


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The Motorola StarTAC – Status symbol of the mid 90s —edited from https://www.flickr.com/photos/rosenfeldmedia/7668810962

“I sent you a picture of Tina building our IKEA bed on WhatsApp, but it looks like you never got the message.”
“I don’t have WhatsApp, sorry.”

— cinematic strings vibrato and timpani —

This was a true story.

My friend didn’t have WhatsApp on his phone.
Well, he actually couldn’t, as it was a good old Nokia feature phone, where Snake was the most sophisticated “app”.

Five years ago he would have been called a dinosaur.
Today he’s a pioneer.

Rock stars and VIPs are sporting flip-phones. …


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Louvre Museum — Two women talk. Author’s photograph

I bet you’ve stumbled upon the word “storytelling” at least once during the last month; it became a ubiquitous buzzword for a reason.
Marketers and psychologists studied and recognized the superior power of delivering a message by telling a story, not only in a movie theater.

Professor Paul J. Zak points out how our brains love to hear stories, and that’s no surprise if we think of how helpless we are when binge-watching our favorite TV series (no, really, I can’t wait until next Wednesday).

Apart from being a vehicle for savvy marketers and screenwriters, which role are stories playing…

Fabio Fidanza

creative designer, artist, engineer— www.fabiofidanza.com

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