Watch Your Mouth! The Age Of Personal Black Box Is Already Here

(A flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder installed on their mounting trays in the rear fuselage of an aircraft. Image from YSSYguy/Wikipedia) Everytime a plane crashed, it ended up in few small pieces. But two equipments which supposedly can stand a high G-force of impact, survived to tell the story of what, how and why a that particular plane crashed. Yes, there are other source of data available to help identify few important events in proving an aviation disaster (like ACARS data in the case of MH370) but…

When Silicon Valley* Shapes Our Social Culture

(Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition. Image from Amazon.com) Back in 2015, I was working as a technical consultant with an IT company. As a consultant, my job is filled with writing proposals, filling the Statement of Compliance, drawing up some IT architecture diagram, carving out the Gantt Chart of the project management and most importantly, submit it before the deadline. Usually 12 p.m. Submit at 12.01, you might as well throw it into some big garbage bin because it won’t be accepted, no matter what’s your excuse. So after one…

The Next Threat of Automation – Part-time and Summer Jobs

(A KFC outlet in Bandung, Indonesia. Image from Wikipedia) I used to work at a fast-food restaurant. It was KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). For about 3 months*. My first role was ‘buzzer‘. Yes, because the counter girls would actually hit the buzzer for me to pick up the food at the counter and sent it to the right table. Apart from that, I need to clean up the floor, the tables and chairs (not fun if there are customers still lingering around although it’s closing time, so we have to…

Smartwatch – Amazon’s Next Battleground (Part 1)

(Michael Knight and his (smart) watch) High five if you’re Gen-X like me, where we think (and still think) that the drama series of 80s like Transformers are still the best, landline phone meant we need to memorise the phone number that we need to dial to, but the rise of Internet means we were not able to do it because our little bratty brother is IRCing with his fellow chatters somewhere in Tokyo. All.Night.Long. And Knight Rider. Which Gen-Xers can claim they lived in 80s, watched the popular drama…