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Stav Dimitropoulos

Journalist (BBC and others). Columnist. Budding author.

 

 

  1. The world's first driverless water taxi has been built in Tennessee

    Α month ago Don Βutler hopped on board a modular pontoon boat with four other guys for a ride along the Knoxville side of the Tennessee river. It was a sweet day; cloudy, but balmy. The boat speed went up to four knots, and its passengers traveled for a total of ten minutes up the river, and then for another ten minutes back down to the marina.

    By Stav Dimitropoulos , written on

    From the Culture desk

  2. Digital churches have been thriving throughout the pandemic

    In August 2020, Mathias Melendez, 22, from San Antonio, Texas, stumbled upon a Facebook ad of Life.Church Online, the cyberchurch of the American evangelical multi-site church Life Church.

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    From the Culture desk

  3. Why gig workers are turning away from traditional banks

    162 million people, or 30% of the workforce, across the US and the EU-15 countries are gig workers. In 2018, the total spending on the gig economy around the world reached a staggering $4.5 trillion. Meanwhile in the US, 80% of large companies are planning to switch to a “flexible workforce”.

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    From the Gig Economy desk

  4. Forget computer science degrees and MBAs, social sciences are the key to success

    The last thing on Amy Golding’s mind when she left Cambridge with a degree in English literature was technology. “When I thought of people in tech, I thought of people with hoodies in dark rooms. I wanted to be a journalist,” she says.

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    From the Education desk

  5. 'Empathetic' software is set to change the way we shop

    It’s grocery shopping day and you enter your favorite big store. One of the shop’s social robots, a shiny black-and-white humanoid with a round disc with a big blue eye for a face and a cylindrical base for a body walks up to you.

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    From the Odd Futurism desk

  6. Silicon Valley capitalists are heading to Eastern Europe

    Philip Weiss, a digital nomad and travel blogger, has called Belgrade, Serbia, home for several months now. He first visited the Eastern European (EE) capital seven years ago when he was passing by en route to Croatia for the summer.

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    From the Europe desk

  7. India’s Extended Reality (XR) startups are booming

    From Vadodara, a small (by Indian standards) city in Gujarat, a state on the western coast of India, concept designer and tech visionary Ankit Patel, and software science engineer Sanket Kale launched a new app that may shake the way we share content to the core.

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    From the Startups desk

  8. Silicon Valley’s billion-dollar sextech industry is still shrouded in stigma

    Only recently did Ryan and Jenn Cmich, founders of LoveSync, a sexual communication mobile app that also allows couples to sync their moods when having sex, manage to get an ad for their product approved by Facebook.

    By Stav Dimitropoulos , written on

    From the Culture desk