Homo Interneticus, the final episode of the BBC World Service radio adaptation of the BBC2 series The Virtual Revolution aired this morning at 10am. It’s available to listen via podcast in the BBC’s Documentaries strand and on the Monday Documentary website. You can listen to the other programmes too: The Great Levelling, Enemy of the State and The Cost of Free.
Monday March 15, 2010 @ 12:08 PM (UTC)
Thursday March 11, 2010 @ 06:02 PM (UTC)
I am very excited to be the Festival Director of DigiFest, a series of technology-focussed events at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre between 22nd and 26th March that explore the effects new media and digital tech have on our world.
Wednesday March 10, 2010 @ 08:52 AM (UTC)
Originally published in The Observer on 7 March 2010.
Professor Vlatko Vedral is a quantum physicist at the universities of Oxford and Singapore who grapples with the behaviour of energy and matter at subatomic scales, and this has led him to ask some bigger questions including why are we here? And what does it all mean? The 39-year-old, originally from Belgrade, passionately believes units of information – not particles – are the building blocks of humanity and everything that surrounds us. Information, he maintains, is what came before everything else. It is akin to God.
Vedral has set out his argument in a new book, Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information (OUP), in which he explains faith, love and teleportation.
Monday March 08, 2010 @ 09:05 AM (UTC)
The BBC World Service’s Monday Documentary series Virtual Revolution radio adaptation continues today at 1005 GMT, with The Cost of Free, a look at the exchange we make for free services like Google and Amazon.
Monday March 01, 2010 @ 09:28 AM (UTC)
Episode 2 of Virtual Revolution‘s radio adaptation for the World Service airs today at 10:05am GMT as part of the BBC’s World Service Super Power season. This programme outlines the effect of the World Wide Web on global politics, ricochets around the Twitterverse, examines cyberbalkaniszation, prods the new digital propaganda, discusses confirmation biases and both grassroots and organised extremism and introduces the foundations of a new theatre of war.
And thank heaven’s to Betsy, the programme is available to experience globally.
Thursday February 25, 2010 @ 03:46 PM (UTC)
I’ve put together a first draft of a list of subject areas that I feel have been deeply affected by the World Wide Web over the past 20 years. I aim to investigate these on a fortnightly basis over the next year or so. I thought I’d arrange it from A to Z to get my thought-juices flowing, and to provide a structure that I can dip in and out of as events transpire over an, admittedly, long period of 52 weeks.
Tuesday February 23, 2010 @ 02:50 PM (UTC)
The University of Sussex has very kindly asked me to take part in their Enterprise Thursdays series of talks on Thursday 4 March 2010 at the Brighton Corn Exchange. These events are for staff and students of the University, and for local business folk who want to hear from entrepreneurs from different sectors about what it’s like to be your own boss. It starts at 5:30pm.
Monday February 22, 2010 @ 08:56 AM (UTC)
The first episode of the radio adaptation of The Virtual Revolution is broadcasting on the World Service this morning at 10am GMT. It’s the first time that people around the world can (legally) access the whole programme, The Great Levelling (although a short version in vision is available with the BBC’s innovative 3D Documentary explorer).
Friday February 19, 2010 @ 09:25 AM (UTC)
When we were filming for Programme 4 of Virtual Revolution, director Molly Milton and I went through the approximately 5,000 followers I have on Twitter to test (admittedly, only with a sample of me) Professor Robin Dunbar‘s oft-cited Dunbar Number theory. Dunbar proposed that the ’ideal’ number of people in a human community is just under 150. This, he has argued, is the maximum number of people with whom individuals can maintain functional and stable social relationships. The theory is based upon his work with primates, extrapolating the specific number from the size of the animals’ neocortices to ours. More information on this theory is here.
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