Nick Clegg is right. Even Bhutan’s fledgling politics feels baleful effects of tech

by Rashmee

Posted on October 22, 2018


After he took a job with Facebook, former UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg explained his decision as prompted by a desire to “build bridges between politics and tech” because the two worlds “too often speak past each other”. He’s right on that count. Politics is increasingly affected by the data-driven technological revolution, sometimes for … Continue reading “Nick Clegg is right. Even Bhutan’s fledgling politics feels baleful effects of tech”

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Deepfake technology could create huge potential for social unrest and even trigger wars

by Rashmee

Posted on August 1, 2018 / The National


True or false? In Washington, the president of the United States and the prime minister of Italy jointly express scepticism about non-European migration to the West and decide to set up an action taskforce on the issue. Four million Bengali-speaking Muslim residents of the northeastern Indian state of Assam are asked to prove their right … Continue reading “Deepfake technology could create huge potential for social unrest and even trigger wars”

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Apple’s magic key problem, the dungeons and dragons fairytale solution

by Rashmee

Posted on February 24, 2016


Is it just me or does Apple seem to be on the wrong end of the argument? Tim Cook has said he will challenge a judge’s order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot dead 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December. Mr Cook, … Continue reading “Apple’s magic key problem, the dungeons and dragons fairytale solution”

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Facebook vs Apple: A contest in immersive virtual reality, in reverse?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 31, 2015


In the span of a couple of weeks, both Facebook and Apple have suffered the consequences of success. Both reported high revenue and profits but failed to exceed expectations in the way everyone had hoped. As a result, their shares actually went down. Not up. So far, so similar. But here’s the main difference between … Continue reading “Facebook vs Apple: A contest in immersive virtual reality, in reverse?”

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Not an April Fool joke: This tiny device is like a hi-tech Jeeves

by Rashmee

Posted on April 1, 2015


A projector that looks like a lightbulb and can be screwed into a lamp? That’s about the size of it. Beam screws into any standard light fixture, can project a hi-res image up to 120 inches in size and doesn’t need the tangle of power cables. If all goes well, they should be available from … Continue reading “Not an April Fool joke: This tiny device is like a hi-tech Jeeves”

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Will Apple be making hip memory chips for humans in 2080?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2015


It’s hard not to be fascinated by the thought of a memory chip for the human brain: get a 16 gig and remember events, facts and people from 10 years previously. A 64-GB one would be a bumper number taking you all the way back to your mid-20s. Like eugenics, brain implants seems to be … Continue reading “Will Apple be making hip memory chips for humans in 2080?”

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The inconspicuously smart home can be very clever. Read on

by Rashmee

Posted on January 14, 2015


Is the smart home a dumb thing to have? Not the sort that Selena Larson saw at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ms Larson, a self-confessed non-believer in  smart homes and the internet of things, is now firmly convinced that some really smart homes work very well. So long as the fridge doesn’t … Continue reading “The inconspicuously smart home can be very clever. Read on”

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The next big thing is not here yet. It would have to de-clutter or simplify daily life

by Rashmee

Posted on January 13, 2015


What is the next big thing? In terms of technology and devices that enhance our lives, reducing everyday complexity, de-cluttering our personal social and cultural wealth, organizing everything slightly better into portable chunks of stuff that we read, listen to, watch, enjoy or learn from. The laptop. The iPod. The smartphone. They did all of … Continue reading “The next big thing is not here yet. It would have to de-clutter or simplify daily life”

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Apple sells 9m phones in 3 days. Change shareholders can believe in?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 24, 2013


I’m not a neo-Luddite by any means but I was a late adopter of the iPhone. When I did make the change, I was childishly thrilled by the ease and simplicity with which I could carry the world (or my world at any rate) in my bag. The cloud made life so much easier too … Continue reading “Apple sells 9m phones in 3 days. Change shareholders can believe in?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK