Welcome to the Digital Age

We live in the Digital Age, just as our ancestors lived in the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Industrial Age. Only this time we can write the anthropology as we go along.

Tinhat is about how much time we spend staring at screens, about social media, how technology alters the way we relate to each other, and how our brains are changing to cope with so much computer use.

This is the fastest, most radical change in the history of the human race. And you're part of it.

April 2015

Speech wreck ignition
What new digital technology is going to be as disruptive as the Internet was? The answer is speech recognition.

Counting your friends
Previously we had close friends and casual friends. Now there's a new category, Facebook friends.

A profile is a broadcast
A simple Facebook profile page is a method of broadcasting, even if that isn't its prime intention.

March 2015

Teach me something that Google can't
It's a big step to realise that we no longer need to learn how to spell or divide big numbers, but it's broadly true.

Approximate dates for the introduction of digital technology.

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We are cyborgs
How electronic devices expand human capabilities.

It's not information overload, it's distraction overload
A fine example of an Internet search turning into a scenic journey.

We communicate more
In the Digital Age, more methods, more communication.

Every imaginable peer group
In the past, if you had an oddball obsession you'd rarely chance upon somebody who shared your view. Now it's easy. You'll find them on the web.

The chances are that over half your waking hours are spent looking at a screen. We are screen-operators. This is our main function.

Just as the internet has offered new avenues for law-abiding people, it's given new opportunities for criminals.


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