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Ian Leslie is a writer, author of CURIOUS: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, and writer/presenter of BBC R4's Before They Were Famous.
Perhaps there were relatively few hoarders in the past because not many could afford the space. These days, everyone with broadband is a potential hoarder.
The social network makes MPs do their jobs differently: they commit to views more hastily, burn relationships and shun nuance.
The problem is not “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)”, as Bruce Springsteen put it, but the opposite: there is too much on.
It’s only when thoughts are allowed to wander that they become interesting.
Since the washing machine and the dishwasher, engineers have had a hard time realising the perennial dream of a “smart home”
We knew her name, the number of times her services had been engaged, and of a few short testimonials, apparently from real people, though who knows?
The technology benefits everyone, which then erodes the advantage of controlled thinking – for instance, by the over-consumption of food.
Achieving “good sleep” is becoming a new source of stress, which has been termed “orthosomnia”.
Advertising, once a creative industry, is now a data-driven business reliant on algorithms. The implications are deeply sinister – not only for the consumer but for democracy itself.
From Harvey Weinstein to Taylor Swift, celebrities have become their own PR agents – and we are following their lead.