Technology Will an AI Like A.I.SHA Be Our Reality Soon?
AI mines data from everywhere — including the casual sexist text messages we send, dissing Pakistanis on WhatsApp, and our porn searches. Self-learning robots can build on these same learned biases. And A.I.SHA, who displays the worst traits of humanity, is no different.Add to list
Technology Sharmaji Ke Beton, Artificial Intelligence is Coming for You
When the rise of the machines becomes a reality, AIs like A.I.SHA will be coming for every Sharmaji ka beta – the doctor, engineer, IT professional. And the creative, who was always told that he would never amount to anything in life, will have the last laugh.Add to list
Technology Buzzfeed & HuffPost Layoffs: Should We Prepare to Mourn the Death of Digital Media?
The layoffs at Buzzfeed and HuffPost – both established leaders in digital publishing – imply that the field is not in the health most people thought it enjoyed. What options are left for news companies looking to survive? Digital journalism might have been hit hard, but it is not dead – yet.Add to list
Technology “Sir, Jio Nahi Chal Raha”: How Worried Should We Be About India’s Telecom Sector?
We no longer change the topic when someone asks us for our Wi-Fi password. We are even closer to acquiring that elusive 5th G. But the truth is that behind all the rosy consumerism, there is a dark financial tale playing out with the promise of a sinister ending.Add to list
Technology “Siri, Am I in a Manipulative Relationship with Apple?” Why We’re Enjoying the Decline in iPhone Sales
Like a high-school crush, we’ve allowed Apple to set its terms, offering us very little in the bargain. So when the company announced expected decline in sales, we rejoiced. Maybe now they can start asking questions like, “Why did we laugh at that customer when he asked for a discount?”Add to list
Technology What WhatsApp Gets Wrong About Its Fake News Campaign
In the last two years, more than 30 deaths have been linked to fake WhatsApp forwards in India. After the government warned WhatsApp to "take accountability" for the unchecked spread of fake news, it set off to make amends. But are they enough?Add to list
Technology Could Censorship Spell the End of Netflix and Chill?
Netflix denied reports of self-censorship, but this may be our reality sooner than we think. Just like the free press, the free internet is also under threat. And this might deprive us of access to information and entertainment that our governments don’t want us seeing.Add to list
Technology Can Any of Us Afford to Live Offline?
Going offline is not an option. The work culture today demands that you are available 24X7 – over the phone, on WhatsApp, and email. And even if it’s not work, can you walk into a conversation if you have nothing to say about that viral tweet from @wokeboyhimtoo.Add to list
Technology Aadhaar Verdict: Time to Worry About the Ghosts of Your Data Past
The Supreme Court’s Aadhaar verdict has maintained that the database’s benefits outweigh its risks. But do they? Data is the new plutonium, a simple target that unlike our land and water, stands at a crossroads of accessibility, where it is both an asset and a threat.Add to list
Technology No Place for Aam Janta: Why You Need to Stop Believing Tech Reviews
There is no such thing as an unbiased consumer tech review in India. Every piece of news can be traced back to a prompt from a PR agency, which explains why the focus remains on high-end tech, luring consumers to purchase products they don’t really need at prices they can’t really afford.Add to list