Virtual reality adds to tourism through touch, smell and real people’s experiences

  Virtual reality can bring historical sites to life. Back in 2001, an acquaintance who worked for Lonely Planet told me about a surprise discovery. The travel guide business had an audience of people who would buy their travel books, but never travel. Lonely Planet...

Your car is more likely to be hacked by your mechanic than a terrorist

Lego Mechanic might look sweet and innocent, but what’s that smile really hiding? Flickr/Jeff Eaton, CC BY-NC-SA When it comes to car hacking, you should be more worried about dodgy dealers than one-off hackers with criminal intent. Hollywood would have us believe our cars are extremely vulnerable...

Don’t click that link! How criminals access your digital devices and what happens when they do

A link is a mechanism for data to be delivered to your device. Unsplash/Marvin Tolentino Every day, often multiple times a day, you are invited to click on links sent to you by brands, politicians, friends and strangers. You download apps on your devices. Maybe...

Flying taxis within five years? Not likely

The Bell Nexus is a full-scale vertical-takeoff- and-landing air taxi vehicle, powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system.  Bell/Cover Images When the American aerospace company Bell Nexus unveiled an air taxi at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this month it breathed new life into conversations...

The ‘sharing economy’ simply dresses up our consumerist tendencies in a more palatable ideology

Studies have shown that people perceive, select and evaluate shared experiences in a similar way to commercial offers.Shutterstock The scope and scale of the so-called “sharing economy” has increased exponentially over the past decade, to the point where it affects almost every aspect of...

To protect us from the risks of advanced artificial intelligence, we need to act now

What would Artificial General Intelligence make of the human world?  Shutterstock/Nathapol Kongseang Artificial intelligence can play chess, drive a car and diagnose medical issues. Examples include Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo, Tesla’s self-driving vehicles, and IBM’s Watson. This type of artificial intelligence is referred to as Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI) – non-human...

Australians lost more than $10 million to scammers last year. Follow these easy tips to avoid being conned.

Scammers impersonating the Australian Taxation Office have fleeced Australians of more than $830,000. Shutterstock Many of us start a typical day by checking our phones to read emails, social media posts and the weather. Our phones are trusted devices we use constantly throughout the day to...