SocialMachine

WebSci16 and the art and science of the web

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  (Arthur C. Clarke) We now live in a world of magic.  One where a handful of very smart people (mostly white males), who now have very deep pockets thanks to their very smartness, are funding other very smart people (mostly white males) to create things which apparently […]

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Being Human in the Digital Age

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in the 2016 Sydney Link Festival as part of a panel facilitated by Narelle Clarke, and with Jamie Engel and Angie Abdilla. The topic we focused on was  “Our Digital Futures”, as in the future of humanity – nothing like a small challenge to cover […]

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Denial

Becoming “digitally savvy”

I found this cartoon a while ago and it perfectly resonated with some of the conversations I’ve had with people about how they are, or aren’t!, coping with life in the digital world. The plain fact is that “digital” is here to stay, it is all around us and it is how much of the […]

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HumanEvolution

Pascal’s Wager and the future of Humanity

“There is no point trying to resist technological change … or … trying to delay the process.  On the contrary, given the coming technological changes, how can we best prepare?” (Kristina Persson, Sweden’s Minister for the Future) In the 17th Century Blaise Pascal came up with his famous “wager” about the existence of God. After […]

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Digital Disruption for Good – written for NPC

Next week I will facilitate the first of our UK Digital Director workshops which will support the work being done as a part of NPC’s Digital Transformation programme. Over the past few months I have facilitated a number of pilot workshops for senior managers and directors of public sector organisations in Australia, and 2016 sees […]

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DigitalLife

Philanthropy in the quantified age

Facebook isn’t a charity.  The poor will pay by surrendering their data. In these few words Evgeny Morozov gets to heart of the digital transformation that is currently disrupting all value chains within the world as we know it.  We are all now “paying” with our data. Scientifically, information is a choice—a yes-or-no choice.  In a […]

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Don't Panic

Don’t panic!

Douglas Adams gave this wise counsel to Hitchhikers as they travelled around the Galaxy, and I would give the same advice to all those who are waking up to the need for “digital skills” in the modern economy and wondering what to do about it. Over the last few weeks I have attended a number […]

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@Optus Where are your priorities? Obviously in the wrong places

Many years ago in Australia we had only one Telecommunications provider, Telecom (later Telstra), which was part of our national infrastructure.  We had no choice until Optus came into the market and, after numerous rain incidents where Telstra refused to come and fix our leaking phone box, we switched to Optus.  I’ve been with them […]

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Hamlet

Sitting in the interstice – Mind’s Eye @BellShakespeare

What a piece of work is man!  How noble in reason!  How infinite in faculty!  In form and moving how express and admirable!  In action how like an angel!  In apprehension how like a god!  The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?  Man […]

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Digital Transformation – a 21st Century phenomenon

Thus Tweeted Aron Hausler, one of our core team on the Australian Web Observatory project. Business models are not just being disrupted, they are being totally transformed, and across all sectors.  We are only just beginning to come to grips with what this means, but we are doing it very slowly, and I believe that […]

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