The best data is Big Data. Societies will prosper when the data is listened too and cleverly applied, and companies can become kings if they learn how to utilize it properly.

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Art examining the internet's philosophical and social implications

Paolo Cirio

Investigating social fields impacted by the internet, through art, where technology has, and is continuing to change, how we perceive and interact in the world.

Hundreds of years old disease tracking goes digital

What is contact tracing?

When it comes to 2020 and Covid-19, tracing the path of contact with anyone who might have the virus is being used as a public health tool for controlling the pandemic.

Digitalism envisions a world where data is society's most important resource

The rise of digitalism

The rise of digitalism is unstoppable. However, as citizens, we still stand a chance to build a society that is there for us and not for corporations or dictatorial leaders.

Exploring the roles and myths of cyberspace

Do we need a State of Independence from the Internet?

How can we manage a World Wide Web that is inherently separate from reality, where our usual rules do not apply?


Inside a vulnerable network

SECURITY // Paolo Cirio is an artist, hacktivist, and theorist. His work investigates social fields impacted by the internet. In this crisis, he shares opinions and explores the vulnerability of an interconnected network, which exists not only in cyberspace, but also among humans.

new economy

The Currency of Human Data

Data is among the most valuable assets on our planet. It is more valuable than oil. The Internet’s platform monopolies suck up our personal data for their own profit. Based on the promise of “free” Internet services, a handful of companies have turned us into a product and exploited our data and attention.

10 Reflections on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence

Renaissance of Humanity

AI, with machine learning and robotics, has become omnipresent in daily life and across headlines. While innovators are ravishing that it can put an end to nearly all of humanity’s problems – with data and machines making all our decisions in the future – at the same time, the public debate about the impact of these technologies is often fundamentally pessimistic: painting a picture of superintelligent machines taking over the world to dominate and eventually eradicate the human race.

Startup Story

Tooso: Making E-Commerce Search Great Again

A conversation with Ciro Greco and Mattia Pavoni, Founders of the startup Tooso, on how when it comes to online business you should really, really care about semantics.

Innovation in Education

Exploring the Learnscape

As mysterious as it is important, developments in how we teach and learn are often blind sighted by bad data and lack of foresight – no matter how good our intentions.

The Skeptic Enthusiast

Data Whining

Can we truly understand machines if they are built on falsehoods and fallacies? Questioning the impact of biased data in image recognition.

The Long Read

What do Walmart, Amadeus and the NYT Have in Common?

Disruption, a word on the verge of becoming as overused as digitization. We have come to a point where it is almost impossible for any business person to have a debate without these words entering the conversation.

A Toolbox For The Times

This Must Be The Place

“How will our homes look and how will new technologies impact them?”, is a question that is often asked about the future. It’s a question which highlights how improperly we use the term “technology” rather than term “tool”. By talking about technology, one may be referring to both a main area of research or to a device. AI or R+ (VR/AR/MR) can be both domains and tools for example.


Opening Pandora`s Box

Kings College Professor Mischa Dohler explains how we are opening the Artificial Intelligence "black box". Why this is important, and how this will affect our lives in the future.

A Retail for the Ages

How Jack Ma Is Changing the Chinese Retail Game

Many people speculate about the future, but only a few have more than an inkling of an idea of what it is going to look like. Even less are those who are shaping it. Alibaba founder Jack Ma, however, is indeed sculpting the world of tomorrow and is better equipped to know what the future has in store than most. More importantly, this is a man who knows what is going to happen in-store.

Opening Pandora's Box

Crowdsourcing Morality

In the recent years, AI development has quickly accelerated and is finally making its way into our lives in the form of self-driving cars and smart personal assistants. As AI gets more and more reliable, people are slowly overcoming their suspicions towards it and embracing it as a part of their day-to-day lives. With adoption rates soaring, now is the correct time to switch the focus of the debate to Moral Machine Learning: which ethics do we want machines to have? And how do we bestow these values onto them?

Not So Private

Data and Healthcare: it’s time for AI to get ethical

In 1998, Yahoo! shared insightful data with two students who were working together on a thesis titled "The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine". At the time, Yahoo! could never have known that these students would later become the founders of Google – which today dominates 78% of the search market.



In 2015, Mark van Rijmenam moved to Australia to begin his PhD at the University of Technology in Sydney. By then, he had already begun to focus his dissertation on Big Data, having only heard and written lightly about the blockchain and still unable to fully grasp it entirely. However one day by happenstance, Mark joined a workshop about the blockchain: it was so eye-opening that he eventually changed his mind and decided to focus his dissertation on it.

An Apple a Day Keeps the AI Away

Would You Trust an AI Doctor?

Artificial Intelligence is already a recurring presence in our everyday lives - when we fly on a plane, perform a banking transaction, research keywords on Google or even when we drive a car (if we have a Tesla, at least) - this technology is intrinsically tied to life in the modern world.

Long Story Short

What is General Data Protection Regulation?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals in the EU. It is set to be implemented on 25 May 2018.

Revolutionizing access to brain healthcare

Bringing Neuroscience to the Masses

Just fifteen years ago, it was hard to picture the concrete and immediate impact neuroscience would have on people’s lives beyond medical applications.

The I-REACT Project

Saving lives with Social Media

Social media platforms are popular tools that are used to share information on anything going on in the world. In the emergency domain, such information can become a powerful resource for assessing the development of hazards and their impact, and how the affected population perceives them. Natural Language Processing and automatic event detection are therefore crucial in developing an effective disaster management system.

An argument for regulation

The Dangers of a 'Winner Take All' Economy

Founder of TheMarker and economic commentator, Eytan Avriel warns of the dangers of a 'Winner Take All' Economy.

Forget ICOs

Trust is Your Biggest Currency and You Should Work on it Now

Crowdsourcing Week's Epi Ludvik Nekaj delves into 2017's Trust Crisis and why trust is the most important currency for businesses today.

Unseen Forces

The Algorithmic Self

Today, technology has permeated every section of our society. Our daily life is flooded with new applications and we are as a species rapidly becoming one with our tools. Most of these developments are visible, we see them around us all of the time. But what about the technologies that are not overtly present in our lives?


Big data and Amazon's Trojan Horse

We sit down with the head of MIT Media Lab Barak Berkowitz, former CEO of Evi – the creators of the intelligence behind Alexa – to talk about Amazon's competitors and what Alexa means in an economy dominated by the few.

Long Story Short

What is Predictive Policing?

Predictive policing is the use of analytics and mathematical techniques to predict crime before it even occurs.

Long Story Short

What is Quantum Computing?

Quantum computing is the next stage in humanity's computational capability that uses the logic behind quantum-mechanical phenomena to increase our computational speeds to that which the world has never known.

New Opportunities and Challenges

The rise of "Data-First" companies

Data-intensive industries, like ones involving Machine Learning, Internet of Things, and Synthetic Biology, are all getting the spotlight in recent years for their game-changing impact on our lives. While these technologies have been evolving for decades, the rapid uptake and impact in recent years has left many industries lacking the ability to integrate and leverage data tools to stay relevant.