Category: Science and Technology

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 […]

When technology ceased to be local

If there is one form of technology which I still fail to understand despite numerous readings, it has to be the concept of cryptocurrency. Not only understanding how it works is still vague to me, I do not quite understand what good it does — people keep telling me “because it’s decentralised!” — I still […]