Category: Science and Technology

New kind of poorly paid hell

Edited FoodPanda logo with angry eyes and a hand balled up in a fist as a counter-narrative to the company’s initial logo (‘mogok’ stands for ‘strike’ in Malay) In this week’s We’ve Had Enough of Greedy Employers Who Overwork and Underpay People, and in today’s extension of how much you should care, as Malaysian FoodPanda […]

On technocolonialism

I read this very brilliant paper on technocolonialism, essentially the idea that the current digital and data practices are complicit in reinvigorating and reshaping colonial relationships of dependency. The scope within this paper revolves around the humanitarian work in response to the recent refugee and migration crisis. I have always been interested in the sorts […]

The dangers of playing God

Frankenstein observing the first stirrings of his creature. Engraving by W. Chevalier after Th. von Holst, 1831. Featured as frontispiece to the 1831 edition of Shelley’s novel — Source: Wellcome Library via Public Domain Review On Mary Shelley’s birthday today, I am currently reading the annotated edition of Frankenstein, 22 years after reading it for the […]

On borders and digital agency

Been researching on borders, immigration, and digital agency since last week and felt compelled to share some resources I came across in today’s post: The very insightful book Violent Borders, of which I tore through in two days. The book posits the idea that borders are inherently violent constructs, and that they are “a governmental […]

You no longer own your face

Quite aghast to chance upon this article the other day. Granted, judging from the article’s leisurely tone, it is addressed towards audience who are not informed in the many ways a facial recognition system could harm everyone. It is said to be ‘brilliant’, it can ‘help’ track student’s attendance, it can ‘help’ eliminate the archaic […]

More than biases

When I first enrolled in grad school to read Science and Technology Studies (STS), I learned about how machine intelligence picked up data loaded and generated by humans which are filled with our stereotypes and decisions internalised by our own ignorance (whether we are racists, xenophobic, homophobic etc. etc.) — essentially our own human imprints […]

Robots are not coming for your job

I had been watching this anime series on Netflix called Aggretsuko, which tells of Retsuko, a seemingly timid office worker (anthromorphised by a character of a red panda) who goes to karaoke after work to belt out metal songs out to her heart’s content whenever she’s stressed. She briefly dated a tech mogul (anthromorphised by […]