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Reasons to fear Facebook’s dystopian future

Reasons to fear Facebook’s dystopian future

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto, penned clearly in response to accusations levelled at the social network in the wake of the bitter US election campaign, is a scary, dystopian document. It shows that Facebook – launched, in Zuckerberg’s

Electric cars could change everything in SA

Electric cars could change everything in SA

South Africa’s energy planning revolves around two interrelated but separate processes, the Integrated Energy Plan and the Integrated Resource Plan. The IEP covers all energy, including liquid fuels/transport and the IRP

5 ways nanoscience is making sci-fi sci-fact

5 ways nanoscience is making sci-fi sci-fact

Russian author Boris Zhitkov wrote the 1931 short story Microhands, in which the narrator creates miniature hands to carry out intricate surgeries. And while that was nearly 100 years ago, the tale

Apple struggling to make big deals

Apple struggling to make big deals

“We are always looking at acquisitions,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told analysts last month. “There’s not a size that we would not do.” It’s a message he’s increasingly stressed over the past year as investors

Elon Musk’s next frontier could be underground

Elon Musk’s next frontier could be underground

Elon Musk wants to dig tunnels. Without them, he says, “we will all be in traffic hell forever”. It’s a well-timed ambition, given US President Donald Trump’s plan to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure

LSD microdosing is trending in tech circles

LSD microdosing is trending in tech circles

It may seem like a doomed attempt to mix business and pleasure. But a growing number of young professionals in Silicon Valley insist that taking small doses of psychedelic drugs simply makes them perform

Sona 2017: what’s in store for ICT?

Sona 2017: what’s in store for ICT?

The 2017 state-of-the-nation address takes place today, 9 February. In the weeks that follow, the nine premiers will deliver their state-of-the-province addresses. The purpose of these addresses is to outline government policy

Paranoia creates networking start-up boom

Paranoia creates networking start-up boom

Of all the lasting effects of Edward Snowden’s leaks, there’s one photo that leaves a particularly strong mark. In it, US federal employees in t-shirts and blue jeans are seen intercepting network equipment from Cisco at a shipping

Why tech companies are right to fight Trump

Why tech companies are right to fight Trump

Few tech workers come from the seven countries affected by US President Donald Trump’s entry ban. But the 97 US companies, most of them from the tech sector, that lent their support to the State of Washington’s lawsuit aiming to block

Hands-free calling is dangerous, too

Hands-free calling is dangerous, too

A recent police clampdown on driving while using hand-held mobile phones caught nearly 8 000 UK drivers in a week, ostensibly reflecting a widespread disregard of a law intended to protect all. But is using a handheld mobile

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