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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

Anti-China sentiment in India bodes well for Samsung: analysts

Samsung Electronics Co. is expected to increase its sales in India due to a public boycott of Chinese-made goods. The growing anti-China sentiment in India was due to 20 Indian soldiers deaths in last months border...

US imposes 25% duties on French goods in digital tax row

The US imposed 25 percent more duties on $1.3 billion value of French imports in response to Frances digital services tax. However, it is holding off from collecting the additional duties to allow further time to...

Chinese banks brace being cut off US dollar supply

Chinese banks are preparing contingency plans if US legislation causes them to be cut off from US dollars or lose access to US dollar settlements as a penalty for serving officials implementing the new national security...

Owners of multiple homes in S. Korea to be assessed with steeper taxes

South Korea will raise property ownership tax rates on people who own three or more homes from a range of 0.6 to 3.2 percent to a scope of 1.2 to 6 percent to curb housing prices. Companies with multiple homes will be...

Chinese banks asked to prepare for sharp increase in bad loans

Chinas financial regulator warned its banks to brace for a big jump in bad loans due to the pandemics effects, resulting in sharply slowing profit growth or profits decline. According to Chinas Banking and Insurance...

Politics

Donald Trump: POTUS spotted wearing a face mask for the first time

Throughout the pandemic, Donald Trump has infamously refused to wear a face mask when going out in public. However, it appears that the president had changed his tune somewhat when he was spotted out in public wearing a...

Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in polls in Texas and Florida

Over the past few months, former vice president Joe Biden maintains a lead in public opinion polls over Donald Trump. Recent polls in both Texas and Florida have since added to Bidens lead, showing him leading by five to...

Barack Obama: Donald Trump claims ex-POTUS played golf more than him throughout his presidency

Donald Trump has often attacked his predecessor Barack Obama on Twitter and throughout his eight years as president. Recently, Trump claimed that the former president played more rounds of golf throughout his presidency...

Joe Biden reveals his plan to revive the US economy

President Donald Trump has often boasted that his administration is responsible for the so-called economic boom, a claim that may have played a part in his election in 2016. Now, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to...

Science

Iron Age crime scene discovered by scientists amidst railway project

Many archaeological discoveries over time are known to have been made by accident. In this case, in the midst of construction of a railway, workers and scientists have unearthed what appears to be a crime scene dating back...

Archaeologists discover earliest artworks of animals in Asia found in Siberia

To the earliest humans, cave drawings usually were an account of important events of their lives at the time. Recently, researchers have found what may be the first-ever animal drawings made by the earliest humans in...

NASA: Agency confirms a storm occurring in Jupiter after it was discovered by an amateur astronomer

NASA, along with other space agencies and space enthusiasts, have detected activity going on in other planets in the Solar System and beyond. Recently, the agency confirmed one amateur astronomers sighting of a storm...

Paleontologists discover pocket-sized ancestor of the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs are more commonly believed to be large living beings, from being similar in size to a child to as massive as a house or even a small building. However, paleontologists recently discovered fossilized remains of...

Technology

Pixel 4a will have a 5G model but the announcement is moved to August, reports claim

Information leaks about the Google Pixel 4a keep changing almost every week. The most recent details that surfaced will excite and disappoint fans at the same time. A potential 5G model could be in the pipeline, but its...

‘NBA 2K21’: What version of the Mamba Forever Edition should players buy

Despite the NBA season 2019-20 getting delayed due to COVID-19, the basketball league has proceeded as usual in the virtual world. As a result, NBA 2K21 is now confirmed to be launched during its usual release window....

GoPro HERO8 Black is now an HD webcam through a free firmware update

Video conferences have become an important way to communicate while following safety guidelines amid a pandemic. It is then not surprising that GoPro adapts to these changes by making HERO8 Black an HD webcam for people...

Nintendo Switch 2 won’t arrive anytime soon, here’s why

​This year marks the start of a new generation for gaming consoles, except for Nintendo. In a recent conference, the video game company reiterated its plans of prolonging the life cycle of its flagship console. This means...
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