Inside the Hybrid Digital-Analog Lives of Children

Kids today are voracious technology consumers for sure, but they are also active participants—creators, collaborators, and even influencers. So parents have much more to wrestle with than some broad-brush notion of “screen time.” Whatever you think of Fortnite, when children play it they are working together as a team (that’s good!), in a tech-mediated environment (is that bad?); and they’re not just playing a videogame, they’re socializing—factor that into your screen-time calculus. The youngs are also creating their own content, from unboxing toy reviews and “watch me play Minecraft” videos to DIY slime posts on Instagram, some of them attracting massive audiences and making serious money. They have agency and aspirations online, which makes them vulnerable to the same forces …

Why an artist turned tech bosses into mythological figures

Sebastian Errazuriz has funneled his fears over the increase in technological power into a series of audacious 3D printed sculptures It was 2016 when Sebastian Errazuriz first felt the fear. He was walking to the subway in Brooklyn when a chilling thought dawned upon him. It occurred to me we might be the last generation of artists, said the New York-based Chilean artist, because we might be the last generation of everything. With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), theres a decline of human control and jobs, not only within the service industry, but in the creative field, too. That was really weird and creepy, he said. Most people think: Its OK if the truck drivers lose their jobs, its …

UK online pornography age block triggers privacy fears

Government to confirm launch date of nationwide age block on pornographic content The government will next week confirm the launch date for a UK-wide age block on online pornography as privacy campaigners continue to raise concerns about how websites and age verification companies will use the data they collect. The plan for implementing the Open Rights AgeID: The problem is youre giving all your data to the pornographic equivalent of Mark Zuckerberg: This is what I like, this is who I am, and these are all of the sites Ive visited. AgeID has previously said it believes there is a market of up to 25 millions Britons for its age verification system, suggesting it believes around half of British adults …