Reality Check

While there have been numerous positives to be born from the creation of the internet, it's also had dangerous effects on the human population. From the influence of algorithms run by companies that hold enormous power, to the increasing threat of cybercrime, to the mental health of tech entrepreneurs, to signs of digital addiction among the general populace, to the lack of diversity in tech – technology's not all just beer and skittles. We give the digital revolution a reality check.

Reality Check

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When the World Wide Web was first ushered into existence by founder Tim Berners-Lee in 1991, he and many others envisioned it as the dawn of a new era. For the first time in human history, people would be more connected than ever, while information would be free from corporate and government powers and democratically accessible to all. More than 20 years later, the world and everyone we know within it can be found at our fingertips. Of course, technology is much bigger than the internet, but this development has arguably been the most influential in terms of the impact on society in recent decades. While there have been numerous positives, his vision for an egalitarian free-for-all hasn’t quite panned out the way he’d hoped. Here's how tech has been designed to become so addictive.