Category: Technobabble

Can blockchain, a swiftly evolving technology, be controlled?

The headlong pace of technological change produces giant leaps forward in knowledge, innovation, new possibilities and, almost inevitably, legal problems. That’s now the case with blockchain, today’s buzziest new tech tool. Introduced in 2008 as the technology underpinning Bitcoin, a...

/ May 3, 2017

Japanese space agency’s mission aims to uncover how moons of Mars formed

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced a mission to visit the two moons of Mars and return a rock sample to Earth. It’s a plan to uncover both the mystery of the moons’ creation and, perhaps, how life...

/ May 1, 2017

Facebook’s new anti-fake news strategy is not going to work – but something else might

Have you seen some “tips to spot fake news” on your Facebook newsfeed recently? Over the past year, the social media company has been scrutinized for influencing the US presidential election by spreading fake news (propaganda). Obviously, the ability to...

/ April 27, 2017

Why we don’t trust robots

Robots raise all kinds of concerns. They could steal our jobs, as some experts think. And if artificial intelligence grows, they might even be tempted to enslave us, or to annihilate the whole of humanity. Robots are strange creatures, and...

/ April 13, 2017

Confused by data visualisation? Here’s how to cope in a world of many features

The late data visionary Hans Rosling mesmerised the world with his work, contributing to a more informed society. Rosling used global health data to paint a stunning picture of how our world is a better place now than it was...

/ March 30, 2017

The world’s first glow-in-the-dark frog found in Argentina

Scientists in Argentina have discovered a frog that glows in moonlight and at twilight. Fluorescence in terrestrial environments had previously only been traced to a few species of insects and birds and had never been scientifically reported in any of...

/ March 30, 2017

Latin American presidents love Twitter – and that’s not a good sign

Leer en español. The Conversation Global’s series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Latin American democracy was born with an original sin: income inequality – the...

/ March 23, 2017

A scientists’ march on Washington is a bad idea – here’s why

The April 22 March for Science, like the Women’s March in January 2017, will confront United States President Donald Trump on his home turf – this time to challenge his stance on climate change and vaccinations, among other controversial scientific...

/ March 8, 2017

Fly me to the Moon? Why the world should be wary of Elon Musk’s space race

Want to fly to the moon? Well, now you won’t have to bother with all those years of rigorous astronaut training – all you need is a huge wad of cash. Elon Musk, technopreneur, has built a small spaceship called...

/ March 6, 2017

From travel bans to alternative facts: the dangerous descent into irrationality

Donald Trump has signed a new executive order preventing citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for the next 90 days. The decree covers Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen, but it will not apply to visa...

/ March 6, 2017

It’s our Solar System in miniature, but could TRAPPIST-1 host another Earth?

Scientists have discovered seven Earth-sized planets, so tightly packed around a dim star that a year there lasts less than two weeks. The number of planets and the radiation levels they receive from their star, TRAPPIST-1, make these worlds a...

/ February 24, 2017