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Mandy Johnston: Technology helps us master the world, so why do we find ourselves slaves to it?

Published 20/12/2013 | 02:30

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business man digital tablet laughing silhouette

'Technology . . . the knack of arranging the world so that we don't have to experience it" -- Max Frisch.

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The warning about the discovery of cyber-security flaws at 10 hotels in Ireland by Cork-based IT security company Smarttech can hardly come as a shock following the plethora of revelations about personal security issues and computers. Whilst they may not be a shock, they should at least give us pause for thought.

Statistics outlined by Peter Fitzgerald from Google UK at its mothership in Dublin recently stopped me in my fiber-optic tracks. It seems that in terms of engaging the public for business or social initiatives in the world today, if you are not cyber-surfing on a second-by-second basis, you are simply not at the races.

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