• Understanding the social impact of new technology

    Sarah Pink     |      July 10, 2019

    Thought leaders can help make sense of the fears, hype and reality surrounding artificial intelligence and machine learning through social research.

  • Our phones leave us tired and less productive

    Open Forum     |      March 28, 2019

    ‘Technoference’ is causing an increasing number of Australians to lose sleep, be less productive at work and even try to hide their phone use, with new QUT-led research showing 24 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men can now be classified as ‘problematic mobile phone users’.

  • Will national security concerns end the globalisation of technology?

    Mark Gregory     |      March 13, 2019

    Fears about data security are prompting calls to ban Chinese technology from sensitive sectors, as state sponsored Chinese cyber-espionage and surveillance continues to menace western democracies.

  • VR thrill rides need more than technology to sell them

    Amanda Weaver     |      January 20, 2019

    If creators don’t get virtual reality right for thrill rides the concept of VR as entertainment could be set back years; mirroring its habit of riding waves of popularity before falling into obscurity over the past two decades.

  • Does China herald a grim future for technology in schools?

    Neil Selwyn     |      January 13, 2019

    The increasing use of technology to monitor students in schools abroad should give Australian educators pause for thought when contemplating its introduction here.

  • The art of avoiding technological traps

    Paul Barnes     |      December 9, 2018

    The Federal Government should create an Office of Technology Assessment to provide timely and targeted advice to Ministers, officials and public agencies to ensure they understand the risks, rewards and implications of new technology.

  • Turning our technology against us

    Cynthia Wong     |      September 23, 2018

    Public trust in digital devices has slumped due to a range of privacy scandals and the weaponisation of social media by hostile foreign governments and extremists. However last month, the Australian government proposed legislation that could make things worse.

  • A roadmap for reining in big tech

    Fergus Ryan     |      August 3, 2018

    Social media platforms have finally been harassed into actually doing something about the harmful externalities their services are creating, but what more can be done to safeguard their users and the rest of society?

  • In praise of doing nothing

    Simon Gottschalk     |      June 3, 2018

    As we race through our day, we seldom take the time to seriously examine the rationale behind our frenetic lives – and mistakenly assume that other people who appear very busy must be doing something important.

  • The potential – and perils – of ‘technological optimism’

    Max Thomas     |      May 6, 2018

    ‘Technologically optimistic’ solutions to global warming include everything from wind and solar energy to mass scale kelp farming, but will any of these strategies work?

  • If you don’t look, you don’t see

    Alan Finkel     |      April 6, 2018

    Australia’s chief scientist, Dr. Alan Finkel, argues that Australia’s innovation performance is much better than many critics assume and outlines the pursuit of new metrics to capture its true value in the economy.

  • Humanizing technology

    Kaliya Young     |      March 21, 2018

    Blockchain expert Kayila Young argues that it’s easier to turn technology in the direction of democracy and social justice when it’s developed with social and emotional intelligence.