Is technology hurting our intelligence?

Technology

We’ve all heard the stories of cars being driven into bodies of water because the driver trusted the navigation system. Could technology be making us less intelligent? Trust in tech is the topic of discussion for Arizona State University professor Katina Michael from the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Alex Halavais, an associate professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at ASU.

In this segment:

Katina Michael, Arizona State University professor from the School for the Future of Innovation in Society; Alex Halavais, an associate professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at ASU

Source: Tech episode: https://azpbs.org/horizon/2019/08/is-technology-hurting-our-intelligence/

Source: Whole episode: https://www.pbs.org/video/8-14-19-stock-market-technology-slavery-ze40pa/

Citation: Katina Michael and Alex Halavais with Ted Simons, August 14, 2019, “Is technology hurting our intelligence?”, Arizona Horizon, PBS: Channel 8, https://azpbs.org/horizon/2019/08/is-technology-hurting-our-intelligence/

Searching for the Super Human

I had the great pleasure of being interviewed today by Ms Anja Taylor in Los Angeles today. Anja works for Wildbear Entertainment that does co-productions with all the major television channels in Australia. She was formerly a researcher and presenter on Catalyst. This interview will form a part of the documentary series: “Searching for the Super Human” that will air on ABC in Australia later this year.

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Here are some of the topic Anja and I talked about:

  1. Brief discussion about the internet of things and the emergence of big data. What effect / impact this is having on society.

  2. You have mentioned “ambient intelligence” in your articles - what is it?

  3. What are “insertable chips” and what is their brief history? What types of new insertable chips are starting to emerge?

  4. Recently we have seen trials for insertable chips which can be used to open doors or pay for public transport, the trials found largely that people found them useful and painless – do you have concerns with these?

  5. What smart chips are you most concerned with?

  6. We are already being tracked with our smartphones – is this different?

  7. Our pets are now chipped as a matter of course – do you see this happening with humans? What are the implications?

  8. Can we not just opt out? Can it be done responsibly?

A special thank you to Luke for filming.

Now that Facebook have acknowledged "mistakes", what's next?

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Citation: Katina Michael with Joe O'Brien, "Now that Facebook have acknowledged "mistakes", what's next?" ABC 24 hrs: Mornings with Joe O'Brien, channel 24, 11am-11.12am.

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Joe O'Brien is the host of ABC News 24's morning news program and was previously co-host on ABC News Breakfast. Joe has more than 20 years experience in journalism and has been with the ABC since 1995. He presented the 7pm ABC News programs in both Queensland and New South Wales, and regularly presented the national Midday Report on ABC TV. Joe's extensive reporting experience covers everything from drought and floods to sport and politics. He was first based for the ABC in Rockhampton, and then in Brisbane as a reporter and presenter. Follow @JoeABCNews

Cyberstalking and Identity Hijacking

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  1. Google [name search] conducted

  2. Twitter [name search] conducted

  3. Pintrest [name search] conducted

  4. Difficulty distinguishing [true name search] with [fake name search] and real cover image with fake cover images

  5. The social media bot being used is based in Russia and/or the Middle East. Same message seems to be replicating with attached multimedia of the victim.

  6. Trolls and cyberstalkers know that when they target individuals, while there are no members to their [online social networking groups], individuals do “look-ups” on their name online. The troll knowing this has "success" in making their victim squirm and think the whole world knows personal things. This causes a "chilling effect". Fastest way to stop someone in their tracks is to actually hijack their online 'name' and therefore 'reputation'. Individuals should report these trolling behaviours to the “platform provider” and “application provider”, and to the police.

  7. Question: how were photos obtained by the perpetrator? Facebook account?

  8. Searching the IP address from where posts are being generated to confirm the individual known to the victim is a suspect.

More consultation was conducted and several email exchanges ensued with the journalist, but the story was never reported by 60 Minutes in Australia.

Citation: Katina Michael with Garry McNab, March 16, 2018, “Cyberstalking and Identity Hijacking”, 60minutes [Australia] & ninemsn.com.au, Q&A.

In My Mind

Today’s woman is sold on the idea you can have it all. But this has transformed into an expectation; you must do it all. These unhealthy expectations driving an anxiety epidemic are explored in this new series from Attitude Pictures. 'In My Mind' is a ground-breaking four-part television series that will premiere on TVNZ 1 Sunday 16th July at 8:30am, and available to watch internationally on our website AttitudeLive.com

Via raw and honest interviews with New Zealand and Australian women of all ages, alongside expert opinion, this four-part series delves into stress, anxiety and mental health. Directed by four Kiwi female directors, each episode focuses on a different catalyst including social media addiction, the challenges of motherhood, body image and burnout as well as techniques to live in these increasingly challenging times.