Tech

Cyborg Chess and What It Means

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen arguably the greatest chess player of all time, Garry Kasparov, was beaten by Deep Blue in 1997, some took it to mean that human intelligence had become irrelevant. For instance, Newsweek ran a cover story about the match with the headline “The Brain’s Last Stand.” However, the chess-related conflict between human and computer cognition turned out to be somewhat more convoluted than that.

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There is No Solution to the Problem of “Fake News”

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn the aftermath of the 2016 election, the term “fake news”, seldom heard previously, became ubiquitous. This was, of course, no coincidence: the unexpected victory of Donald Trump cried out for an explanation, and invoking the concept was one such attempt by the president’s many critics, who could not bring themselves to face the possibility that he won fairly […]

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Does the Future of Religion Lie in Technology?

Reading Time: 7 minutesPeople’s lives are so saturated with it that they sometimes speak of “withdrawal symptoms” on those increasingly rare occasions when they find themselves without internet access. The question then is whether religion dies out and mankind continues without it, or whether one or many new religions are born into the vacuum that will be left {…]

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What to Watch in 2018: The Biggest Tech Trends of the Year to Come

Reading Time: 3 minutes2017 has been a tumultuous year the world over – not least in technology. Between massive hacks of public and private organisations, the death of net neutrality in America, and the massive (and temporary) upsurge in the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, 2018 might have a tall bill to live up to. Here are the top five predictions for big tech trends over the coming twelve months [..]

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Google versus Amazon: Whoever Wins, Consumers Lose

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe internet has always been defined by struggles between the titans. Just think of the Browser Wars – first fought between Internet Explorer and Netscape, and later Firefox, Chrome, and Explorer. They were sources of great innovation, certainly – looking back at a browser from even the mid 2000s is like dealing with alien technology […]

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Don’t be Seduced by Techno-Optimism

Reading Time: 6 minutesThere has long been an assumption that on balance, technological advancement is always a good thing. I would like to challenge this assumption, in two ways: First, let us consider the past. In the 19th century, during the Industrial Revolution, the now infamous Luddites tried and failed to stop technological progress. They are now considered […]

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Is Facebook a Technology or a Media Company?
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Here’s a transcript of the presentation

Facebook calls itself a technology company

  • Technology companies should not have political leanings nor bias
  • Meanwhile, a media company has a communicative vision and purpose
  • They do have bias
  • This May, Gizmodo revealed Facebook routinely suppressed conservative news stories in the ‘trending’ section of your news feed
  • A former Facebook worker said:
  • “Workers prevented stories about the right wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even thought they were organically trending among the site’s users”

If Facebook workers tamper with a news feed then your new feed is biased

  • Meanwhile Facebook claims their trending topics are simply popular articles shared around the world

Why should you care?

  • A reader of traditional media can educated themselves about hte biases associated with that content
  • A readwe has no idea how to interpret the articles they read on Facebook
  • Which gives Facebook enormous influential power in how we think

Why should we worry?

  • 1 billion people log onto Facebook every day
  • 60% Americans get their news direct from Facebook
  • With a huge audience – Facebook gets a lot of money from advertisers
  • Which should be going to the publishers
  • News outlets and publishers are closing around the world because they can’t make any money

Could this be the end of an independent, open and varied web?

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Publish Directly to WordPress with Cronycle
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Cronycle WordPress integration

As you may already know, you can embed your news feeds (collections) directly to your WordPress site, which is great for having a continuously updating feed which keeps your readers informed.

Today, we are excited to announce a new integration with WordPress. You can send drafts of new articles and posts directly to WordPress from Cronycle boards.

We understand that many of our users are using Cronycle to research new ideas and find articles which give credibility and authority to their new posts. Now, when you are writing and editing a new note on a Cronycle board, you can draft a post to send to WordPress.

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How to publish to WordPress from Cronycle

When you write a note on a board, you’ll have the option to create a draft for WordPress.

Save Note To WordPress

In order to send a draft to WordPress simply enter the heading and press create note ready for WordPress. To schedule your post you should enter a desired time and date, this is optional.

Save to WordPress

Once you have hit ‘send to WordPress’ the following modal will come up:

Cronycle WordPress integration

You will have to enter your WordPress URL (remember to include the http:// or https://), and your WordPress username and password. Then press ‘Send Draft to WordPress’.

Then you’ll see the draft of the post appear in your WordPress.

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We’re really excited about getting feedback about this new integration! We’ve developed it so our users can facilitate their content production process. Please contact us with your feedback and let us know what you think!

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