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The Conversation, on Digital Hoarders

The Conversation, on Digital Hoarders

Digital hoarders: we’ve identified four types – which are you? rawf8/Shutterstock Nick Neave, Northumbria University, Newcastle How many emails are in your inbox? If the answer is thousands, or if you often struggle to find a file on your computer among its cluttered hard drive, then you might be classed as a digital hoarder. In the physical world, hoarding disorder has been recognised as a distinct psychiatric condition among people who accumulate excessive amounts of objects to the point that

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New Year? New Infrastructure – 2021

Adieu 2020! The year 2021 is only a few weeks away now and many organisations large and small are still looking to consider further digital transformation plans for next year. Old technology will still affect your performance as a business with or without Covid-19 How can you consistently and reliably transform across a distributed workforce though? Planning. Not a sexy answer, but incredibly effective. If you want to, for example, take advantage of Dell’s Financial Services offering to allow you

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The Conversation, on personality profiling using VR

How we discovered that VR can profile your personality Mark Nazh/Shutterstock Stephen Fairclough, Liverpool John Moores University Virtual reality (VR) has the power to take us out of our surroundings and transport us to far-off lands. From a quick round of golf, to fighting monsters or going for a skydive, all of this can be achieved from the comfort of your home. But it’s not just gamers who love VR and see its potential. VR is used a lot in

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The Conversation, on the Simulation Hypothesis

Curious Kids: could our entire reality be part of a simulation created by some other beings? Unsplash, CC BY-SA Sam Baron, Australian Catholic University Is it possible the whole observable universe is just a thing kept in a container, in a room where there are some other extraterrestrial beings much bigger than us? Kanishk, Year 9 Hi Kanishk! I’m going to interpret your question in a slightly different way. Let’s assume these extraterrestrial beings have a computer on which our

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The Conversation, on password breakers

A computer can guess more than 100,000,000,000 passwords per second. Still think yours is secure? Paul Haskell-Dowland, Author provided Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University and Brianna O’Shea, Edith Cowan University Passwords have been used for thousands of years as a means of identifying ourselves to others and in more recent times, to computers. It’s a simple concept – a shared piece of information, kept secret between individuals and used to “prove” identity. Passwords in an IT context emerged in the

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The Conversation, on Apple and its new privacy-centric approach to data collection

Apple is starting a war over privacy with iOS 14 – publishers are naive if they think it will back down Ten four, let’s go to war! DANIEL CONSTANTE Ana Isabel Domingos Canhoto, Brunel University London iPhone users are about to receive access to Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 14. It will come with the usual array of shiny new features, but the real game-changer will be missing – at least until January. For the first time, iOS 14 is

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The Conversation, on Robots in high-contact medical environments

Robots to be introduced in UK care homes to allay loneliness – that’s inhuman Fay Bound Alberti, University of York Some UK care homes are to deploy robots in an attempt to allay loneliness and boost mental health. The wheeled machines will “initiate rudimentary conversations, play residents’ favourite music, teach them languages, and offer practical help, including medicine reminders”. They are being introduced after an international trial found they reduced anxiety and loneliness. These robots can hold basic conversations and

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The Conversation, on Remote working and offices or city centres

Remote working is here to stay – but that doesn’t mean the end of offices or city centres Most people will return to offices but there’s no rush. Shutterstock Jane Parry, University of Southampton When coronavirus lockdowns were introduced, the shift to remote working was sudden and sweeping. Now the British government is hoping the return to the office will be just as swift – to help the economy “get back to normal”. But pushing everyone back to the office

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The Conversation, on quantum communication and hacking

Our quantum internet breakthrough could help make hacking a thing of the past Videoflow/Shutterstock Siddarth Koduru Joshi, University of Bristol The advent of mass working from home has made many people more aware of the security risks of sending sensitive information via the internet. The best we can do at the moment is make it difficult to intercept and hack your messages – but we can’t make it impossible. What we need is a new type of internet: the quantum

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The Conversation, on loss of sleep during our working lives

We lose about 30 minutes of sleep each night of the working week, new study shows It’s recommended that most adults get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Andrey_Popov/ Shutterstock Johanna Garefelt, Stockholm University For many of us, work often competes for time with sleep – which is why many of us look forward to the weekend for a chance to “catch up” on sleep. But how much sleep is lost on days when we work? Our latest

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