Author page: Fabism

Artificial Intelligence and Automation: The Death of Low-skilled Jobs?

The digital revolution has already signaled the shift towards digital solutions to replace analog ones of the past. Unfortunately for many, this also includes the replacing of human workers with their digital counterparts. This can most commonly be witnessed in the form of self-checkout counters that are everywhere nowadays. Albert Heijn, Hoogvliet, Decathlon, Lidl and now since 2-3 weeks in Leiden, also…

Deepfake technology in the Age of Fake News

Events and information being purposely (mis)presented in misleading or simply malicious ways is no new phenomenon, however since 2016 and Donald Trump, this type of misleading information is often referred to as “Fake News”. An example of this practice can be seen in the BBC’s intentional editing out of laughing audience members originally heard in the video recording during British Prime Minister…

Social media’s instant gratification

The traditional social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are insanely popular nowadays, some more than others depending on the demographic and age group. However, regardless of background, most platforms share one aspect that establishes their tight and unforgiving grip on many of its users: likes and shares. Virtually every platform has its own version of showing one’s approval of…

Echo Chambers – The Concequence of a Customizable Online Feed

The advent of digitization and social media has allowed people to customize exactly what they see on their Twitter, Facebook, Reddit etc. front page and feeds. Inclusion does not exist without exclusion which creates a potentially problematic situation when it comes to tailoring what you are surrounded with online. Most people, myself included, exclusively subscribe to things online that they are interested…

Video games, gamers and the Revolution of our Age

Background information Blizzard Entertainment is an American video game developer and publisher based in California, most widely known for  the Warcraft and Diablo series.  Tencent is a gigantic Chinese conglomerate that has stakes in everything, including a 5% stake in Blizzard Activision.  Besides this, they are either completely or partially own: – Riot Games, the developers of League of Legends, one of…

Cyberpunk: Fiction or soon to be Reality?

Cyberpunk is a form of science fiction that plays in an oppressive dystopian future ruled by the rise of technology and the malicious ways it can be used. The most popular depictions of this in media can be seen in movies such as Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Judge Dredd and Blade Runner and the highly anticipated (and aptly named) video game…

The Internet, Foucault’s Panopticon and You: A Digitized Disciplinary Society

Have you ever wondered what internet ‘cookies’ are? Or how secure your information is online? Since the digital revolution and the advent of the internet, data, and personal data specifically, has grown and been collected in such incredible amounts that one has to wonder what how secure all of this is. One occasionally hears about certain data leaks and breaches due to…

The Rise of Analog in a Digitized World

Digital media and technology have undoubtedly streamlined many aspects of life, such as communication, consumption of media, storage and spreading of information and automation. People can set up a Spotify account in 60 seconds flat and suddenly they have access to over 30 million songs that they can listen to using their desktops/laptops at home or their phone while on the go.…