Our volunteers Dave, Panda and Andrew run the show, discussing the hype about the Internet of Things (IoT) and ‘smart’ homes, and related issues of security.
Every year, “Earth Overshoot Day” is an awful day on the Anthropocene calendar. It is the day in the year by which humans will have taken more from the earth than the planet can naturally renew. This year, Earth Overshoot Day coincides with World Wide Web day.
We respond to a mini documentary about ‘Dr. Tesla Frankenstein’ who shares the obstacles to DIY repairs of Tesla cars. He is a firm believer in the right to repair and poses very important questions about ownership and the future.
We interview technologist and researcher Felipe Fonseca. We discuss the role of improvisation in problem-solving and repair, and we learn from Brazilian approaches to repurposing discarded technology.
The company asked people to queue in Soho for the opportunity to smash up their existing mobile phone, and win a new mobile. We immediately shared our disgust with this spectacle, which seemed to promote destruction of functioning mobiles, that could have second and third lives.