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The case of Landr: will AI affect music production creativity?

The case of Landr: will AI affect music production creativity?

As AI-based technology has already slowly entered in many sectors of our digitally reshaped world, correspondingly it is increasingly being employed also in different fields of music production. (Fiebrink and Caramiaux, 2) The most popular of its applications is...
Looking behind the shiny, shiny lights – The tremendous rise of DOOH Advertising

Looking behind the shiny, shiny lights – The tremendous rise of DOOH Advertising

Looking behind the shiny, shiny lights – The tremendous rise of DOOH Advertising Imagine walking around Amsterdam Centraal Station during the day. Feel the eyes of strangers coveting you, hear the sounds of the multiple vehicles whizzing by, see...
The Death of the Meme: Article 13 and what this means for the internet

The Death of the Meme: Article 13 and what this means for the internet

On the 12th of September 2018, the European Parliament voted on a version of an EU copyright directive, namely the The European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Two articles are currently stirring up controversy, one...
Vote yay or vote nay, but you just can’t ignore micro-targeting.

Vote yay or vote nay, but you just can’t ignore micro-targeting.

“Numbers and democracy have always been linked.”John Durham Peters proclaims, giving examples from Greek political systems to modern opinion surveys. He focuses on majority – the social force through numbers, that democracy uses to establish legitimacy (434). And when...
From Cable TV to IGTV: The media might indeed be the message.

From Cable TV to IGTV: The media might indeed be the message.

Abstract –  Instagram’s new application, IGTV brings about a change in how we consume media. Will it act as a replacement for platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo or Snapchat sending them out of business? IGTV also raises questions about...
Will Elli.Q be on your Wishlist? Artificial Intelligence within Elderly Care, a Closer Look

Will Elli.Q be on your Wishlist? Artificial Intelligence within Elderly Care, a Closer Look

  As we’re zeroing in on October 1st, the International Day of Older Persons, it’s high time we turn the spotlight to our expeditiously ageing world. While healthcare professionals are tasked with overcoming staff shortages and budget cuts, new...
C´mon Apple, you as well!? – The iOS 12 Update will calculate your trust score

C´mon Apple, you as well!? – The iOS 12 Update will calculate your trust score

September has been an important month for Apple so far. The new iPhones have launched and the new iOS update has managed to overshadow the excitement of many Apple fans. One month ago, Facebook demonstrated a new way of...
Technology in the Workplace, Slack and Privacy Issues

Technology in the Workplace, Slack and Privacy Issues

(Figure 1, Screenshot of Slack website page. Source: Slack, 2018)   1)- Technology in the Workplace: “As innovations in technology continue to proliferate, employees working in the modern workplace have access to an ever-increasing number of new technologies” (Swaya...
“Can I Read Your Diary?”

“Can I Read Your Diary?”

Meditation apps, fitness apps, water intake apps, calorie count apps, menstrual cycle apps and, as of recently, journaling apps – all too popular, but the repercussions of data transparency online are rarely acknowledged.   An ongoing trend   Becoming...
The Cost of Convenience: Alexa As A Cloud-Based A.I. Smart Home System

The Cost of Convenience: Alexa As A Cloud-Based A.I. Smart Home System

Alexa is seemingly the A.I. of choice for smart home users in the current digital environment, and with the introduction of an audio assisted A.I. system into homes with more and more compatible devices released every year, what is...
How Can Art Be Subversive in a Platform System?         The Case of Benjamin Grosser

How Can Art Be Subversive in a Platform System? The Case of Benjamin Grosser

    What would happen if one morning, a morning like many others, after you got up, you discovered that your Facebook home page is completely empty, without any type of content? I’m not talking about a crash or...
Mission Control: The changing boundaries of control and ownership in the world’s biggest crowd funding success.

Mission Control: The changing boundaries of control and ownership in the world’s biggest crowd funding success.

The latest controversy surrounding the in development game Star Citizen, struck me as illustrative of the pitfalls and complexities of new forms of financing, and how they manifest the sunk cost fallacy in new, unexpected ways. It isn’t just...
Skipping the Line or Skipping Time? How Foodsy Speeds Up Life

Skipping the Line or Skipping Time? How Foodsy Speeds Up Life

The new app Foodsy is an example to show how life is speeding up and how digital media contribute to this. Foodsy is an emergent app made for train passengers in the Netherlands which allows them to order food...
Article 13: The End of Internet Freedom . . . and Memes?

Article 13: The End of Internet Freedom . . . and Memes?

Generally speaking the world of European politics and memes have very little overlap. However, a vote on the 10th of September in the European Parliament has brought together two parties that are traditionally mutually exclusive. Article 13 of the ‘European...
WhatsApp Killings: Affordances Of The Platform

WhatsApp Killings: Affordances Of The Platform

In the past year, there have been multiple mob killings in India (Vindu Goel, Suhasini Raj and Priyadarshini Ravichandran). At least 30 people have been murdered by these mobs (Michael Safi). Why are these killings happening? The answer is...
Wonder or Worry? Google has a new human-sounding Assistant!

Wonder or Worry? Google has a new human-sounding Assistant!

We can see AI at work everyday in the form of virtual personal assistants, which are embedded in almost any smartphone today. Whether its Alexa, Siri or Google Now, these virtual assistants have made our everyday lives simpler and...
Is IGTV set to tilt our perception of online videos from horizontal to vertical?

Is IGTV set to tilt our perception of online videos from horizontal to vertical?

IGTV is a new feature within the main Instagram app, as well as a new standalone app of its own, dedicated to the sharing of long-form vertical videos. What does this mean for online video-sharing platforms, like YouTube? Are...
Made in China: The Rise of the SuperBanking App

Made in China: The Rise of the SuperBanking App

Historically, the Western world has made the majority of its biggest and most innovative discoveries through travel and the colonisation of other areas and continents that took our fancy. From tobacco to chocolate, the Silk Road has long since...
“What’s mine is yours”; sharing a wardrobe with strangers online with The Nu Wardrobe

“What’s mine is yours”; sharing a wardrobe with strangers online with The Nu Wardrobe

Subletting a living space on Airbnb, sharing a car as mode of transportation with Blablacar or borrowing a stranger’s power drill for a couple of hours using Peerby has become a well-established and often used practice in 2017. Enter...
Managing the ‘self’: your DNA online

Managing the ‘self’: your DNA online

How to explore your inner self? You could go to a retreat in Thailand. You could ask your mother about your childhood. Or you could upload your DNA online. Awakens’ Genomic Explorer allows you to dissect your genetics by...
The Rise of the Emoji’s.  Final goal: World Domination.

The Rise of the Emoji’s. Final goal: World Domination.

      It seems almost impossible, a life without these creative, colourful and sometimes confusing characters. There is no easier way of texting – even for those who aren’t used to modern smartphones – and it seems like...
Discovery in a Snap

Discovery in a Snap

Imagine if I took a polaroid of myself, let you see it, and then after (maximum) ten seconds took it away from you. You might find that strange, annoying even. Then, imagine if I, or your favourite brand (Adidas)...
#CopyPaste – The battle between Instagram and Snapchat

#CopyPaste – The battle between Instagram and Snapchat

There is a battle going on between Instagram and Snapchat.. but who is on the winning hand?   A-team Instagram is a mobile phone photo-sharing, video-sharing and social network service. It enables users to take pictures and videos and...
Activism via social media is only a digital graffiti?

Activism via social media is only a digital graffiti?

Recently it has become an online trend to be socially active and involved in public issues. This kind of activism is thriving: like if you care. Immediately there are hundreds/thousands/million likes and comments under a post that suggests supporting...