In the 1980s, genres such as cyberpunk began to express writers’ fascination with the nascent internet, and wonder how much further it could go. “It was the best we could do at the time,” laughs Bruce Sterling, a US science fiction author and futurist whose Mirrorshades anthology defined the genre for many. Ideas about putting computer chips, machine arms or chromium teeth into animals might have been very cyberpunk, Sterling says, but they didn’t really work. Such implants, he points out, aren’t “biocompatible”. Organic tissue reacts poorly, forming scar tissue, or worse, at the interface. While science fiction pursued a Matrix-style vision of metal jacks embedded in soft flesh, reality took a different path. … [Read more...] about Part human, part machine: is Apple turning us all into cyborgs?
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Lloyds Banking Group directed us to industry trade body UK Finance. Its executive chair, Bob Wigley said: “As supervisor of the financial system, it is understandable that the Bank of England would want to confirm firms’ operational readiness in the event that negative interest rates are implemented. … [Read more...] about Martin Lewis warns savers worried about negative interest rates to lock into fixed rates
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While it might not seem a financial tragedy given that her son has officially been named as the UK's richest musician under the age of 30 in recent weeks when he saw his wealth soar by another £40 million in 2019, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, making him worth over £200 million, Imogen was not in it for personal gain. … [Read more...] about Ed Sheeran’s mother Imogen is forced to close down jewellery business based on her famous son amid COVID-19 crisis