An alarming new report from The Economist exposes the extent to which tech companies are exploiting our psychological impulses to keep us hooked to our smartphones. It often goes over our head the influence that tech products exert over our behaviour. Former google employee and leader in promoting design ethics in tech Tristan Harris explains: “Companies say, we’re just getting better at giving people what they … Continue reading Your Phone is Designed to Control You And Your Life
What makes a video go viral? Is it a formula or is it just something elusive and unpredictable? trying to make content that will go viral can be a dangerous game for content creators, limiting their creativity or trying to tailor their talents to what they think people like, rather than just trusting their gut with what is actually good content. Unfortunately we have an … Continue reading What Makes A Video Go Viral?
Inventor, Entrepreneur and Englineer discusses what he views as the most important work to be doing if he was a young person in 2017. Musk has been at the centre of the conversation around artificial intelligence and sustainable energy consumption over the past 15 years. He is ranked the 21st most influential people in the world and his current company SpaceX are working on a … Continue reading What Would Elon Musk Be Working On If He Was 22?
Katherine Maher, executive director at the Wikimedia Foundation discusses how Wikipedia went from a site loaded with errors and false information to the world’s trusted open encyclopedia. Through the process of constant self improvement and a dedication to ensuring accurate information, Wikipedia shows that sorting fact from fiction is a much easier job than has been made out from public figures such as Hillary Clinton … Continue reading Wikipedia Proves Fake News Hysteria is Bullsh*t
In this extraordinary clip Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine reveals how social media is actually physically rewiring our brains. The addictive nature of social media has become starkly apparent as anyone who takes public transport will be aware. Yet its capacity to manipulate and reshape our brains is something not often discussed and something parents should be particularly … Continue reading How Social Media is Shaping Our Thought Patterns
Mel Robbins in this interview for Impact Theory explains why she believes motivation to be a debilitating concept which holds people back. She argues that people get fixated with the idea that “one day” they will do the things they really want to do and all that is missing is courage and motivation. In reality however, it will always be difficult to do things which create … Continue reading Stop Thinking You Need Motivation.
Gay Talese analyses whether journalism has become a failed profession. And whether journalists going from outsiders looking in to events, to partisan insiders of particular causes has destroyed the functions of a public media what at do you think? Continue reading Why No One is Reading The News Anymore
Vlogging (video-blogging) and vloggers have taken the internet by storm and garnered massive followings across social media. However this video questions whether they are both corrosive for the creator and the audience. Vlogs, while presented as organic diary entries of a person’s life are always artificial. They are edited and tailored to an audience and not an accurate presentation of one’s actual life. The danger, … Continue reading Why Watching Vlogs Can Destroy Your Mental Health
Zizek is one of the most profound and thought provoking commentators on modern issues. From Vulture Capitalism to cultural integration he attempts to tackles some of our world’s toughest problems. In this piece he discusses alternatives to capitalism and the institutions that are in place to stifle any meaningful change or improvement. Continue reading Why Are There No Alternatives To Capitalism?
Tim Wu, Professor at Columbia Law School discusses the basic biology behind social media attachment. Highlighting the psychological impulses based on the element of surprise, not knowing what’s going to happen next as well as the gratification involved with sharing and having posts ‘liked’. This is a riveting biological and psychological assessment which is important to understand in the smartphone age. A full Transcript can … Continue reading Why You Are Addicted to Social Media (It’s no Accident)