archive for the 'technology' Category

The intriguingly strange motor cycle product names of Pakistan

Monday, July 25th, 2016

one of the most intriguing things that i noticed during my short visit to Lahore, Pakistan last week were the product names for the local motor cycles. In Lahore the Honda 70 (and its various knock-offs from local brands) is a near ubiquitous motor cycle that seems to be the primary means of transport for […]

Berlin before the internet (part 2)

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

from a Guardian piece about digital exiles in Berlin: Another reference to post fall-of-the-wall berlin as that strange place where the internet did not exist yet: But then, it is the blink of an eye. It’s 25 years since the wall came down. And, in a strange historical collision, 25 years since the world wide […]

Online content moderators as canaries of the coming robot apocalypse

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

While running i listend to a On The Media interview with the autor of the Wired piece on content moderation that was making the rounds this week. After a while the interview addresses the relatively obvious question of why content moderation is still a task that can only be carried out by humans: Brooke Gladstone: […]

#firstworldproblems as R&D for solving real problems in the developing world

Monday, September 29th, 2014

a while ago i used this space to express my skepticism with regards to delivery drones becoming a major thing in the developed world anytime soon (and also hedged that by pointing to the fact that they may be much more useful and economically viable in developing countries). A couple of days ago i came […]

The original (fixie) hipster was a cop

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

from the amazing collection of public domain images extracted from the scanned books of the Internet Archive: Image from page 224 of “The Great north side, or, Borough of the Bronx, New York” (1897)

Imaginary suburban futures

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Friday morning when we left the cab that had brought us and our newborn from the hospital the mail carriers on their bicycles where swarming out around us (we live 3 houses down from a postnl distribution location where the mail for the neighborhood is transferred from delivery vans to bikes). Having spend some of […]

this is wrong on so many levels…

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

… that it is difficult to decide where to start. I came across this par of adds in tuesday’s paper (the smaller ad on the left hand was on the front page and the the bigger one on the right was on page 7): For those not able to decipher dutch, this is a an […]

on organisations stunning ability to absorb nonsensical claims about technology

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

So i have finally managed to finish Adam Greenfield’s Against the smart city (i had lapsed soon after this picture was taken). The book is well worth reading and contains a number valuable insights but there is one passage that stands out for me. Towards the end of the book (or pamphlet as Adam refers […]

How the Bitcoin Protocol Could Help Improve Copyright

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

couple of weeks ago i posted the observation below on my tumblr. reposting this here since i have just come across an article in Slate (‘How the Bitcoin Protocol Could Help Improve Copyright‘) that makes the interesting argument that what i characterized as an ‘evil’ property might just as well be turned into something really […]

How pushing for more copyright is harming the Internet

Monday, March 31st, 2014

over on his blog Mike Linksvayer has reviewed a new paper titled IP in a World Without Scarcity by Mark Lemley. Based on his review i will definitely read the paper (i am writing this just after take off on a 10 hour flight and i am cursing myself for not downloading the paper) and […]