I talk about everything from IoT, VR and cyber security to finding your joy and peace with life. I’ve been involved at various times with small business, brand design, the games industry, web and app development, VR, and writing/editing genre non-fiction… as well as full time caring for the mentally ill and disabled, and being a single parent.
I’m opinionated, sorry! They’re all mine, not my employer’s, or even my own company’s! It may shock you to know I don’t think we should all rush around in corsetry and have house staff, for instance… Miss McKeown’s would certainly disagree, if we could all only get away with it.
My mum is in a wheelchair and can't lift her drink up, so needs a bendy straw to go in her hot coffee. I'd rather they didn't ban them altogether. Disabled people shouldn't be made to feel like the bad guys.
Bluetooth is so flakey. I've reached "Argh, I don't know if I can do this" about 14 times on this project because I'm not used to doing hardware stuff and I'm out of my depth and it's all 'alpha' version/check the forums. I've never wanted to hurry on to the java stage so badly!
Star Wars was painted. Almost impossible to believe that most of the epic widescreen sci-fi images in the first 3 Star Wars films were done by 3 "Matte painting" artists. These are fake sets made with plexiglass and oil paint. Even the 100s of storm troopers were painted.
And in terms of how robots/AIs are frequently written in western SF canon, I think it's significant that their personhood - their Pure Intelligence - is so often predicated on being *better than* things like tradition, subcultural nuances, faith, whimsy, emotion.
Which means we've got this fascinating dichotomy between stories where the defining quality of humanity is our intelligence, with uniformity seen as an evolved state, versus stories where stories were we're defined by our cultures, with diversity essential to evolution.