The Boundary Between Human and Digital

  This is the last part in our eight-part series on the boundary between the digital world and our own, human existence. Our goal was to show that this boundary is thin and shifting all the time. The idea that there is a “real life” that exists independently of our online digital existence is at […]

Wearing Your Digital Universe

If you can’t upload yourself into a computer, how about wrapping yourself up in one? Ever since Dick Tracy put on his two-way radio wristwatch, the public imagination has been waiting for us to wear our electronics. Fictional versions of wearable computing have evolved from the two-way communicator on a wrist to Iron Man’s JARVIS. […]

The First Question: Will Our Robots Kill Us?

Many of humanity’s creations turn out to be deadly, either intentionally or unintentionally. From fire to railroads, to cigarettes and fast food, people die from the things we make. We should also include cars, guns, and swimming pools. Now we are giving greater autonomy to at least two types of moving devices that we already […]

Revisiting Privacy and Creepiness

Last year we did a series exploring the overlapping issues of privacy, identity, and anonymity. Of course the scope of these issues is huge, far more than we could cover in a few blog posts. Also, the world keeps evolving and testing any norms we have around these issues in new and more challenging ways. […]