Simon Chandler

Simon Chandler is a freelance technology journalist. He has written for Wired, the Verge, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and Computer Weekly. He also occasionally writes about music for Bandcamp, and about books for the Kenyon Review and Electric Literature.

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Artificial Intelligence is a marketer’s dream–will it hurt consumer choice?

Artificial intelligence and machine learning systems mean businesses know exactly what products to make and how to market them. But that sort of streamlining could have consequences for consumers.

On Aug 6, 2019 by Simon Chandler

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Tech’s dangerous race to control our emotions

The tech industry will be selling emotional technology long before anyone has a serious debate about whether such tech is desirable.

On Jun 9, 2019 by Simon Chandler

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Artificial intelligence and the death of decision-making

Artificial intelligence could weaken our ability to make decisions, to evaluate alternatives, and even to act.

On May 2, 2019 by Simon Chandler

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Virtual reality and the future of work

VR isn’t simply a collaboration tool, but rather a tool for creating shared experiences, perceptions, and even mindsets among co-workers.

On Apr 11, 2019 by Simon Chandler

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Facebook is helping husbands ‘brainwash’ their wives with targeted ads

This may seem like the rejected plot of a 'Black Mirror' episode, but we've tested it for ourselves: It's definitely real.

On Jan 22, 2019 by Simon Chandler

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The evolution of evil chatbots is just around the corner

Thanks to advances in machine learning, chatbots can now be exploited by hackers to deceive unsuspecting victims into handing over sensitive information.

On Dec 26, 2018 by Simon Chandler

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Deepfakes 2.0: The terrifying future of AI and fake news

Are you ready to meet your clone?

On Oct 5, 2018 by Simon Chandler

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Americans still prefer sex to social media

A new study says we'll willingly give up alcohol, though.

On Mar 13, 2018 by Simon Chandler

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How charities are harnessing the power of VR

VR is helping charities boost donations, but will it ever be more than a novelty?

On Jan 22, 2018 by Simon Chandler

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Facebook’s Watch will turn your friends into a TV focus group

Facebook will be watching you watch Facebook.

On Aug 15, 2017 by Simon Chandler

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Chatbots are the future of advertising

How may I help you?

On Jun 6, 2016 by Simon Chandler

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Here’s why Bitcoin-inspired tech isn’t taking over the world anytime soon

New blockchain technology forgets the essence of the blockchain.

On May 4, 2016 by Simon Chandler

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The future of TV isn’t Netflix and Amazon—it’s Facebook and Twitter

The TV in your living room is becoming more redundant with each passing year.

On Apr 14, 2016 by Simon Chandler