Author Archives: Simon Chandler

The Stock Market Is Divorced from the Real Economy. It’s Time to Fix It

(Written on April 10) You may have heard that 16.8 million Americans have filed for unemployment over the past three weeks. What you may not have heard, however, is that the US stock market has been steadily rising. Yes, even though America’s main stock indices – the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 – had […]

The West Already Has A Social Credit System, It Just Isn’t Centralized

Much of the Western world is currently aghast at China’s rollout of its very own social credit system, which from May 1 will rank Chinese citizens according to the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ actions they perform. According to preliminary reports, those who spread misinformation online or board trains without valid tickets, among other misdeeds, will receive […]

The War on Fake News Fatally Misunderstands Fake News

(Originally written September 3rd, 2017) Fake news is a serious problem, although not for the reasons many people seem to believe. It’s a serious problem, not just because the false beliefs it encourages can have grave consequences, but because it’s the misidentification of an even more serious problem. While the likes of Facebook, Google and […]

Google are helping parents to become their kids’ digital overlords

(Originally written March 17, 2017) Google have a longstanding and well-deserved reputation for industrial-scale data gathering, both for their own work and for aiding various government agencies. Yet last Wednesday, they went one step further in helping parents to get in on the snooping action, by releasing an app that enables Mom and Pop to […]

Full transcript of Bandcamp interview with 猫 シ Corp.

The Mall, Nostalgia, and the Loss of Innocence: An Interview With 猫 シ Corp. While you have a rich discography that spans many subgenres of vaporwave, one of your relatively more recent releases — Class of ’84 — seems to fit mostly in the eccojams, or ‘classic’ vaporwave mold. Could you tell us a little bit about this […]

Apple doesn’t need to innovate. It’s still far too profitable

(Originally written February 21st, 2017) Apple needs to innovate. At least, this is what countless detractors have been lining up in recent months to advise the Cupertino firm. According to their many, many warnings, Apple has lost its magic, lost its way, lost its focus, lost its edge, and lost the ability to innovate. As […]

Trump is giving a masterclass in media manipulation

(Originally written March 3rd, 2017) Only a month into his presidency, Donald Trump has already been called many, many things. To cite a few, he’s been deemed a bully, a racist, a misogynist, a fascist, an authoritarian, and a totalitarian, and often in the same sentence. Yet in the panicked rush to baptize him as […]

Our Lack of Preparedness for AI Will Harm Its Development

It’s almost a truism now that the advance of technology outpaces that of society. From the legality of self-driving cars to the 19th Century Luddites and their opposition to mechanical looms, history is rife with examples of how the spread of particular technologies has been slowed down by the mulishness of governments and people. Yet […]

Is the Nintendo Switch Trying Too Hard to Please Everyone?

All video game consoles have uncertain starts. When the Nintendo Wii launched in November 2006, only two games of any note were launched with it: Wii Sports and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The former was a collection of mini-games that introduced the world to the Wii’s novel motion controls, while the latter was […]

The Future of Motoring Isn’t Autonomous Cars, It’s Intelligent Road Networks

For all the expectation, excitement and energy surrounding them, autonomous cars still aren’t here. Sure, they’re being tested in almost every city from Mountain View to Bangalore, yet at the risk of pointing out the obvious, the prospect of 100% self-driving cars being sold to the public is still a long, long way off. There […]