Facebook ‘delusion’ can’t replace religion, says Church of England bishop as social network’s numbers surpass Christianity

The idea that Facebook can replace religious communities is “a delusion”, a Church of England bishop has said, as the social network surpasses global Christianity in numbers.   Source: Facebook ‘delusion’ can’t replace religion, says Church of England bishop as social network’s numbers surpass Christianity Advertisements

The Meme – Will we awake from our zombie sleepwalk?

The idea of the meme was introduced in Richard Dawkins’ book The Selfish Gene (1976).  Adapted by the philosopher Daniel Dennet and the psychologist Susan Blackmore,¹ the theory took off with the notion of the internet meme–-that is, anything on the web that replicates like a virus. The term “viral” itself is a meme. Essentially, a meme is a… Read More The Meme – Will we awake from our zombie sleepwalk?

No more guessing and groping in the dark – Google Translate now at Earthpages

Technology can be a pain in the neck when it comes to pollution, job loss and social alienation but it’s also a wonderful thing with so much potential. It just depends on what level you approach it, I guess. This morning I came across a delightful blog called Book Worms which, initially, I thought was… Read More No more guessing and groping in the dark – Google Translate now at Earthpages

Detecting ‘deepfake’ videos in the blink of an eye

It’s actually very hard to find photos of people with their eyes closed. Bulin/Shutterstock.com Siwei Lyu, University at Albany, State University of New York A new form of misinformation is poised to spread through online communities as the 2018 midterm election campaigns heat up. Called “deepfakes” after the pseudonymous online account that popularized the technique… Read More Detecting ‘deepfake’ videos in the blink of an eye

Marshall McLuhan – Yesterday’s media guru still has something to say

Hardly mentioned today, there was a time when the cultural theorist Marshall Herbert McLuhan (1911-80) was a big deal among academics and savvy media pundits. One could say he was the Jordan Peterson of the 60s, 70s and early 80s. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, McLuhan founded the University of Toronto‘s Centre for Culture and Technology… Read More Marshall McLuhan – Yesterday’s media guru still has something to say