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technology April 22, 2017

Data analysts Cambridge Analytica

At a plush lounge in Melbourne’s Sofitel hotel, the data guru behind Donald Trump’s election campaign is pitching his company to Australian political operatives. Dressed in jeans, a thin check shirt and a brown suit jacket, Matthew Oczkowski, head...

technology October 29, 2016

Whistleblowing to The Saturday Paper via SecureDrop

In an office a few doors from mine, two laptops sit with the batteries broken out of their backs. The cavity around both screens has been jimmied open and the cameras and wi-fi smashed out. The microphone and speakers are gone...

technology July 23, 2016

IFTTT technology and the Oticon Opn hearing aid

Aneta Gorelik’s hearing began to deteriorate in her early 20s. The loss was not severe, but it was significant enough to be discernible. She would struggle to make out what was being said on lengthy conference calls at work...

technology October 15, 2016

Virtual reality sex therapy

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a bedroom that was not my own. I appraise my surroundings: a bed, a couple of bedside tables, a couch in the far corner. The aesthetic is minimal rather than minimalist. The lighting is...

technology June 4, 2016

AGWA launches Aggie, the humanoid robot gallery guide

When I first heard an art gallery had planned to introduce tours led by robotic guides, I was sceptical. But my scepticism gave way to affection as soon as I met Aggie, the robot in question. She tilted her head and blinked as...

technology May 14, 2016

On-demand service app Jarvis

Matthew Vethecan has had four hours’ sleep. When I greet him at my house at nine in the morning, he is both affable and apologetic; any visible signs of exhaustion seem to be masked by the boundless reserves of energy people...

technology April 9, 2016

Computer coding for the future

Apple and the FBI are fighting. Last month, the intelligence agency tried to force the computing behemoth to write software that would disable the security features of an iPhone belonging to a terrorist who killed 14 people...

technology March 26, 2016

Virtual and augmented reality at SXSW

The first time I experienced virtual reality, I felt a frisson of excitement – the kind that occurs when the distinction between reality and fantasy has disintegrated. I knew the objects that materialised in front of my eyes...

technology February 13, 2016

3D printing for surgery

At a restaurant in Youngstown, Ohio, a couple are enjoying one of their first meals out since having a baby six weeks earlier. Suddenly their newborn boy, tucked up in a portable cot next to them, turns blue. The father...

technology January 23, 2016

China's digital natives behind with the Great Firewall

In a gleaming China Mobile store in Hong Kong, a floppy-haired sales assistant who looks as though he belongs to a boy band replaces my SIM card with a flick. I’ve been told this new SIM will circumvent China’s notorious Great...

technology December 5, 2015

History lives on through interactive holography

Pinchas Gutter gazes at you with arresting blue eyes as he describes how his family was destroyed in the Holocaust. “My parents, my mother, my father and my sister – my twin sister – they were murdered the same day, when we...