Conspiracy theories are interesting, if for the most part demonstrably false. In the integrated information environment we live in, conspiracies are the little sisters of fake news but it is all on a colourful spectrum from plausible fiction to complete and utter bullshit.
AI systems approximating human thought? It seems to me that we are quite a long way from comprehensively understanding what human thought actually is, let alone successfully simulating it.
Identity theft is so rampant now that the oversupply of data makes it quite cheap to purchase.
Social media addiction is a growing phenomenon. It is a problem-space defined by the deep irony that the more connected we all become by the putatively "social" information and communication technologies, the more isolated we all feel ourselves to be. In this context, expectation is fundamentally, foundationally discontinuous with experience.
A view from the periphery on the tribal self-validation of academic cliques.