Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.
31 January 2015 12:00 AM
Passport photos were hastily ushered in 100 years ago following an incident of wartime espionage
29 January 2015 12:00 AM
The app is designed to optimise relationships by monitoring our attitudes towards each other and prioritising certain people over others
28 January 2015 06:33 PM
We have been brainwashed by the Cult Of Mac
25 January 2015 12:00 AM
24 January 2015 12:00 AM
* Shake it up and spray it all over your best mate while shouting, because today marks the 80th anniversary of the sale of the first can of beer. Laughable beer canning experiments had taken place in the USA since 1905 – usually concluding with a small explosion – but prohibition kicked the problem down the road, giving the canning industry a chance to work on a solution. By the early 1930s, the American Can Company decided that the world was finally ready.
Alex Garland's film Ex Machina explores the limits of artificial intelligence - but how close are we to machines outsmarting man?
22 January 2015 08:00 PM
22 January 2015 12:00 AM
We're all capable of missing that reminder to switch our gadgets off
17 January 2015 12:00 AM
* This weekend marks the 236th birthday of natural scientist Dr Peter Roget, a man so fond of list-making that he penned perhaps the ultimate list: the Thesaurus. It wasn't the first book to bring together English synonyms – Hester Piozzi's British Synonymy predated it by 60 years – but it would eventually become a celebrated work of linguistic reference.
15 January 2015 12:00 AM
Users' impatient gripes fail to acknowledge how far we've come
14 January 2015 11:30 PM
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
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