The Tools Behind the Game: Making of Second Life  

  Picture 1: Symbol of Second Life. The eye that sees, the hand that makes. Technological advances create new digital forms and things that challenge what we know about our reality. Video games, as they come to realistically simulate our real lives more and more, hold an essential position in this controversy. Here, I would like to look at one of… Continue reading The Tools Behind the Game: Making of Second Life  

Locheilnet – the expectations of a community broadband initiative

Cover photo: https://www.locheilnet.co.uk/ The recent Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband plan aims to supply 95% of the country with fibre broadband by 2020 (https://www.scotlandsuperfast.com/). But what does this mean for the 5% of the population not covered by this scheme? By omitting some citizens who have just as much right to fast broadband, the main infrastructure… Continue reading Locheilnet – the expectations of a community broadband initiative

Decoding Algorithmic Bias

“Engineering is about universalizable things like effectiveness, rationality, and algorithms, while culture is about subjective and particular things, like taste, creativity, and artistic expression” (Seaver 2014) What happens, however, when culture and engineering are conflated without regard to potential subjective biases? In line with the view that the natural sciences constitute an objective discipline, we… Continue reading Decoding Algorithmic Bias

The Internet of Things and Fitness Technology

  The Internet of Things has penetrated many aspects of our lives, from our home thermostats to automobiles to mobile devices.  The ability to send and receive data has proved to be extremely valuable for many objects on the market today and has revolutionized the way we perform many everyday activities.  One of the areas… Continue reading The Internet of Things and Fitness Technology