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Has Reality TV Made Us Numb To Constant Surveillance?

It’s easy to call reality TV stupid. Or inane. Or just boring. But could it be nefarious? Could it actually making us all way too accepting of perpetual surveillance? Maybe.


No, Children Of 1990, Computers Are Not The Devil

Computers may be ubiquitous now, but they were just beginning to enter the mainstream in 1990. Like any revolutionary technology, the desktop computer was viewed with more than a little scepticism by the average person. Luckily, David Neil of PBS’s Newton’s Apple was there to explain to a group of dubious high-schoolers that computers are not inherently evil. And he brought a two-storey exhibit to help illustrate.


Wait A Minute, Does Maths Actually Exist?

If you’re studying for the algebra test tomorrow or thinking about how little you use maths now after you failed it a million times in high school, here’s something to melt your brain with just a tad: maths might not actually exist. It’s not an actual thing of the universe, it’s just something humans invented. Or is it the other way around?


How Tech Made The Boston Bombing Manhunt Possible

The chaos of the Boston Marathon bombing is a few months behind us now, but the mechanics of the high-tech manhunt it inspired are no less awe-inspiring than they were the day they happened. PBS’s fantastic NOVA series took a deep dive into the technology that went into tracking down the suspects, and it’s now available to watch online for free.


How Great Data Graphics Tap Into Your Caveman Brain

Your brain isn’t designed to digest a big matrix of numbers and then just burp out knowledge. It is designed to spot and recognise patterns, and it’s been trained to do that over thousands of years.


What The Future Of Wearable Technology Will Look Like

It’s going to look silly! More seriously, it seems like we’re all going to have to accept that wearing technology is going to be the real future and not just the imagined future of science fiction movies.


Photoshop Has Changed The World

Can you imagine a world where Photoshop doesn’t exist? A world where we can take every picture at face value and believe that there was no airbrushing, no retouching, no nothing? I can’t. Photoshop has made it impossible for me to not question what I’m seeing and at the same twisted time has also redefined my image of what things are supposed to look like.


Are Hackers Heroes?

“Hacker” is one of the most loaded internet words getting thrown around these days. To many (hi, TV news networks), the label is inherently malicious, and goes hand in hand with threats to blow up the interwebs. Others who self-identify as such, will never ever stop whining about how it means just the opposite. But are hackers of either flavour heroes? Can they be?


How The Internet Changed Comics

Things that have changed because of the internet: newspapers, magazines, porn, dating, shopping, television, movies, video games, lunch, cooking, cats, weather, pictures. Ah, you get the point. The internet has changed pretty much everything. And sometimes it creates stuff too. Like the rise of web comics.


Why Is The Sky Any Colour?

You probably think the sky is blue because of the ocean and air and reflections or something like that. But how does it turn red sometimes? Or orange? Or, rather, why does the sky have to be any colour at all? PBS explains it so you can explain it to your future kid.