Author Archives: Loknath Das

‘Exciting times’? Changes in technology can boost inequality, authors say

Labor MP Jim Chalmers and former NBN chief executive Mike Quigley warn that economic gains from automation will not share themselves naturally. Photograph: Nic Delves-Broughton/PA The Labor MP Jim Chalmers was at a town hall meeting in Eagleby, Queenslandthis week when an older couple approached him. They were part of a crowd that turned up to see Bill Shorten’s “Bill ... Read More »

The Market For Ad-Tech Startups Is As Inhospitable As Ever

“Data-Driven Thinking” is written by members of the media community and contains fresh ideas on the digital revolution in media. Today’s column is written by Hagai Tal, CEO at Taptica. At the beginning of last year, ad tech saw a market correction. After several years of overvaluation, investors had finally sobered up. By late 2016, the outlook for ad tech ... Read More »

The power — and the impotence — of social media

United Airlines’ travails this week are certainly a sign of the power of social media. But other news shows the stark limit of that power: Friday was the third anniversary of the horror that launched #BringBackOurGirls, but the girls still aren’t back. In April 2014, Boko Haram terrorists abducted 276 Nigerian schoolgirls from the village of Chibok. Within the month, ... Read More »

ICYMI The story of Microsoft’s Solitaire and volleyball-blocking robots

Way back in 1988, Wes Cherry was a Microsoft intern and during his time at the company he created the biggest time waster the world has ever known: The Solitaire computer game. Cherry built the game out of boredom instead of being directed by his superiors. But he bosses — including CEO and founder Bill Gates — liked the game ... Read More »

Easing access to the US community colleges go global

And yet, only around 3% of international undergraduates in the US have attended community college – compared with 46% of students who graduated from a four-year degree nationwide in 2014. International enrolments at community colleges are eking up slowly, up 1.4% in 2013/14 and 4.2% in 2014/15 to 91,648, but this follows four years of decline. The problem isn’t with the ... Read More »

Apple considers bidding for big stake in Toshiba chip business – report

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is considering teaming up with its supplier Foxconn to bid for Toshiba Corp’s (6502.T) semiconductor business, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday – the latest twist in the sale of the world’s second-biggest flash memory chipmaker. The U.S. technology giant is considering investing at least several billion dollars to take a stake of more than 20 ... Read More »

Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

An NHS trust at the centre of an investigation into its maternity services has been accused of failing to properly investigate the deaths of at least two babies. Jack Burn and Sophiya Hotchkiss died within six months of each other. Both families say their concerns were dismissed by the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust. The trust said it investigates all ... Read More »

Six of the best chocolate gadgets for Easter

Expecting a glut of chocolate this Easter? These devices could help turn it into a new treat. By Keeley Bolger. Cookworks Chocolate Fountain — Silver, £34.99, Argos A home party staple for many years, the chocolate fountain rarely fails to delight. After all, there’s little to split hairs over when there’s an opportunity to guzzle or gape at flowing chocolate. ... Read More »

Education must not be ‘political football’

Scotland’s largest teachers’ union has said education must not be used as a political football in council elections. But the EIS said there should be a proper discussion on education. The union is publishing a manifesto and is calling on voters to question candidates about local education. Some have expressed concern local issues could be overshadowed by Brexit and the ... Read More »

Technology is a marvel – now let’s make it moral

Illustration by Jasper Rietman Illustration: Jasper Rietman Countless decisions must soon be made about how Britain navigates the world, having cut itself adrift from the European Union. And alongside the obvious things like trade deals and immigration rules, we ought too to make choices about who and how we want to be as a society. What is Britain in the ... Read More »