John Havens: Forget Killer-robots, we’re losing the generation that needs to save the planet to suicide

My planet hopping book project 100.000 Miles brought me to New York, where I had the tremendous pleasure to talk to John. John C. Havens is the Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. He was at the very beginning of podcasting, and was one of the first …

Nonny de la Peña: the incredible power of immersive storytelling

A line in the news. As an ex-journalist, I experienced the terrible and bitter agony of losing the crucial part of a story in translation. No matter how good you can write, your words will never be able to capture the feeling you experienced. The sense of danger, the fear trembling in the voice of …

The Internet of broken things

We saw it coming. It was long overdue. It was whispering in the shadows, so ready to break out… Our computers got smaller. Our phones: cordless, mobile. Home computers sneaked into houses, offices and bedrooms.  We were there when the first hesitant steps on the social web were set. We met in the BBS hot …

Ray Kurzweil: we can reprogram DNA

I can remember it as if it was yesterday. My first interview as a young journalist with a real international celebrity. I can still picture myself on the train to London, nervous as hell, on my way to interview Ray Kurzweil for Meridien News Services. Trying to think down at my level I can remember …