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Per Axbom shares learnings about new technology and human rights. For everyone pursuing wellbeing in a modern society. You will hear informal thoughts, essays and observations on practicing digital care… fully.

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Per Axbom shares learnings about new technology and human rights. For everyone pursuing wellbeing in a modern society. You will hear informal thoughts, essays and observations on practicing digital care… fully.

    When your voice runs away from home

    When your voice runs away from home

    Cloning a voice can today be done with less than a minute of recorded material. But are you aware of who is using your voice and for what?
    Your daughter, on vacation, calls you in a state of panic to let you know that she and her friend are having trouble with a payment. Please can you send some money to her friend so they can pay for the hotel room. What do you do? Your safest option is to hang up and call your daughter back. It may sound exactly like Sophie but that doesn't mean it is.
    Fraud with the use of cloned voices is becoming more common. Phone calls where people are conned out of their money has been going on for decades, but the novelty today is that the voice at the other end can be a voice you know. Perhaps even a voice you share a home with.
    Blog post: When your voice runs away from home

    • 11 min
    AI responsibility in a hyped-up world

    AI responsibility in a hyped-up world

    It's never more easy to get scammed than during an ongoing hype. It's March 2023 and we're in the middle of one. Rarely have I seen so many people embrace a brand new experimental solution with so little questioning. Right now, it's important to shake off any mass hypnosis and examine the contents of this new bottle of AI that many have started sipping, or have already started refueling their business computers with. Sometimes outside the knowledgeof management.
    AI, a term that became an academic focus in 1956, has today mostly morphed into a marketing term for technology companies. The research field is still based on a theory that human intelligence can be described so precisely that a machine can be built that completely simulates this intelligence. But the word AI, when we read the paper today, usually describes different types of computational models that, when applied to large amounts of information, are intended to calculate and show a result that is the basis for various forms of predictions, decisions and recommendations.
    Blog post: AI responsibility in a hyped-up world

    • 34 min
    The sound of online trackers

    The sound of online trackers

    I can't get the noise out of my head. People who watch the video express awe and disgust. And that is why Dutch software developer Bert Hubert's experiment is so powerful. It doesn't really uncover something that we shouldn't already know. Something we often choose to ignore. The brilliance is that it makes us incapable of ignoring.
    Bert's experiment emits a scratchy beep when his computer detects information flowing from his own computer to organisations collecting information about him and his behaviour on the internet. The effect is frightening.
    Blog post: The creepy sound of online trackers

    • 5 min
    Typing reveals your identity

    Typing reveals your identity

    A rarely talked about field of research, known as keystroke dynamics, involves identifying individuals based on how they type on a keyboard. It's getting better, and also easier for anyone to implement.
    As early as 1860, experienced telegraph operators realized they could actually recognize each individual by everyone's unique tapping rhythm. To the trained ear, the soft tip-tap of every operator could be as recognizable as the spoken voice of a family member.
    Blog post: Your unique typing rhythm can reveal your identity

    • 5 min
    The ability that makes me who I am

    The ability that makes me who I am

    "But what is it you really work with, Per?"
    I get this question from time to time in the workplace. Over the years it has, contrary to my expectations, become harder to answer. Not because I do not know, but because it is not readily summarised in an easily digestible product name.
    Clients wish to purchase UX, or accessibility, or something else to do with digital design. Or perhaps a workshop facilitator, coach or course leader. Someone who fits in a template.
    My strength, and weakness, has always been that I do not fit the template. And do not wish to. I can be all the things asked for. On paper. But I also must be allowed to be something more. Maybe that's why, 13 years ago, I started my own company.
    I am a listener.
    I listen to what you say. And intensely to what you do not say. It might align with tone of voice, choice of words, or body language. But I have difficulty explaining it any other way than this: when I listen I can hear what you already know but haven't yet heard yourself say.
    Blog post: The ability that makes me who I am

    • 4 min
    Join the Journey

    Join the Journey

    Digital tools, smart devices, AI and virtual worlds are celebrated for the problems they solve, while the problems they create are concealed or glossed over.
    My name is Per Axbom and I’m a Swedish communication theorist born in Liberia. My international upbringing, my early 80s computer enthusiasm, aligned with a passion for responsible innovation, has resulted in a deep concern for human rights in a digital context.
    I want to boost general knowledge about harmful impact and encourage balanced and honest conversations about possible, plausible and desirable futures.
    After blogging for more than 25 years about the human perspective in digitalisation I am adding to my channels yet another podcast. You get brief insights in episodes around 7 minutes that can be listened to on a whim, and from time to time some longer expansions on current phenomena.
    Do use the episodes as triggers for reflection but also conversation with people in your circles of trust.
    The future is not predetermined and not something we can just leave to others to decide over. The future is something we together contribute to through our decisions. But this means we must also better understand the consequences of what we ourselves are doing today. And  right now.
    To guide the content I would love to hear from you. What makes you curious? What do you feel is hard to grasp in this rapidly changing world? What you think media is getting wrong and deserves a better explanation? How are you affected when it comes to attention, self-determination and health?
    Get in touch by emailing carefully@axbom.com

    • 2 min

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