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Garfield Benjamin

Garfield Benjamin

Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Media Arts and Technology, Solent University
Garfield Benjamin's research spans cultural theory and creative media practice, focusing on the relation between humans and (digital) technology. Their work emphasises the future of society, whether that be distant or imminent, in order to inform our understanding of the present. Garfield's creative media practice includes web-based media, computer-generated images/film/sound, interactive and game-based works, augmented reality, and avatars.

Garfield's research interests include:
Media theory
Digital culture
Online privacy
Posthumanism
Utopia
Science fiction
Computer games
Digital art
Literature
Psychoanalysis
Quantum physics

Facial recognition is spreading faster than you realise

Mar 01, 2020 13:15 pm UTC| Technology

The UK is currently witnessing a tug of war over facial recognition. On the streets of London and in South Wales, live systems have been deployed by the police, supported by the UK government. But in the Scottish...

Amazon Echo’s privacy issues go way beyond voice recordings

Jan 21, 2020 01:39 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Amazon Echo and the Alexa voice assistant have had widely publicised issues with privacy. Whether it is the amount of data they collect or the fact that they reportedly pay employees and, at times, external contractors...

Social media: should you share pictures of your children online?

Apr 03, 2019 10:28 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Gwyneth Paltrow who has 5.3m Instagram followers reportedly ran into a spot of trouble with her daughter, Apple Martin, recently when the 14-year-old called out her mother for posting a picture of her on social media....

Can Britbox beat Netflix? It will need to adapt to changing viewing habits

Mar 06, 2019 14:02 pm UTC| Insights & Views Entertainment

The BBC and ITV recently announced a new joint venture to create a streaming service that they have called Britbox. The focus for Britbox will be to sell British television programmes, old and new, to the UK public, for a...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Deepfake videos could destroy trust in society - here’s how to restore it

Feb 10, 2019 10:57 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

It has the potential to ruin relationships, reputations and our online reality. Deepfake artificial intelligence technology promises to create doctored videos so realistic that theyre almost impossible to tell from the...

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Economy

The drop in GDP rankings came as South Korea posted a nominal economic growth rate of 1.4 percent in 2019

South Korea produced a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) valued at US$1.64 trillion in 2019 to rank 10th globally, down two spots from 2018. The data was based on the Organization for Economic Cooperations (OECD)...

Migrant workers make up over 90 percent of Singapore's COVID-19 cases.

Industry groups in Singapore warned that a reduction in foreign workers would have numerous implications on the economy. They were reacting to a call for a change of policies with migrant workers making up over 90...

The drop was attributed to the lockdown-generated decline in the number of outbound travelers.

Overseas card spending by South Koreans reached US$3.6 billion in the first quarter, plunging 23 percent from the $4.68 billion expenditures in the same period last year. It was the sharpest year-on-year drop in...

The country's car production plunged over 90 percent duirng the pandemic.

The French government is infusing over $8.8 billion to save the countrys car industry from huge losses brought about by the lockdowns. The countrys car production plunged over 90 percent duirng the pandemic. French...

The surge in net income was due to increased interest income

South Koreas 79 savings banks reported a combined net income of 246.3 billion in the first quarter, rising 19.4 percent year-on, according to the data from the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). The surge in net...

Politics

Why is there so much furore over China's Belt and Road Initiative?

There were certainly questions asked when Victoria first signed a memorandum of understanding to join Chinas Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2018, but it wasnt until the past week that the criticism reached a fever...

Melania Trump criticized for attending POTUS' meeting with VP and Homeland Security

Melania Trump attended the briefing for the 2020 hurricane season on May 28. It was attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Homeland Security agency, Emergency Management office, and NOAA, but some people raised their...

Melania Trump reportedly warned husband Donald Trump to take coronavirus seriously

Over the past several weeks and months during the coronavirus lockdown in the United States, First Lady Melania Trump has taken a more serious approach in getting Americans to comply with CDC guidelines to slow the spread....

US President Donald Trump tweets his condolences to over 100,000 coronavirus victims

The United States is the country that has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic the hardest. As the death toll has reached over 100,000, President Donald Trump tweeted out his condolences to the loved ones of the...

Science

New study suggests asteroid collision did not cause extinction of the dinosaurs

It is widely believed that an asteroid collision on Earth was responsible for the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. However, a new study seems to suggest that it was not the case at all. Express reports that researchers...

Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin reveals how they planted the US flag on the Moon

The historical Apollo 11 mission took place in 1969, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin becoming the first men on the Moon. In uncovered interview footage, Aldrin reveals something about the flag they planted on the...

NASA: Rocosmos says Russia is to begin work on new space station

As NASA and Elon Musks SpaceX program are to make their first-ever launch on American soil, this would mean NASA would no longer rely on Russian space agency Rocosmos for launching its astronauts into space. Rocosmos chief...

Asteroids: Asteroid-comet hybrid spotted by NASA's asteroid warning system

Hybrids of objects seen in space are very rarely sighted, until recently. NASAs asteroid warning system in Hawaii recently spotted one hybrid of an asteroid and a comet known as Trojans. Express reports that astronomers...

Technology

Pixel 4a XL would have had two cameras, leaked phone case suggests

After months of the rumor mill churning plenty of details about the still unannounced Pixel 4a, smartphone fans seem to be in unison now in no longer hoping for a Pixel 4a XL. The bigger version of the mid-range device,...

iOS 14 could finally allow movable widgets on the home screenshot

Many loyal iPhone users would say the one reason they choose this device is because of the iOS operating system. However, they can also not deny that iOS has been restrictive when it comes to how users can customize their...

AirPods could monitor health conditions in the next 1-2 years, report claims

Apple is known for going big on adding health-focused features to its hardware and software products. Recent reports have it that the tech giant is planning to do the same for future iterations of AirPods. Future...

The coronavirus pandemic is boosting the big tech transformation to warp speed

The coronavirus pandemic has sped up changes that were already happening across society, from remote learning and work to e-health, supply chains and logistics, policing, welfare and beyond. Big tech companies have not...
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