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Profit vs problems

As part of a feature-length exploration of the regulations governing the sale of restricted products like cigarettes and guns, Courtney Devereux ran the numbers on whether these products pay for the costs associated with them.

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Reality Check: Q&As

As part of Idealog's Technology Month, we've picked the brains of some of the movers and shakers in the industry to find out their favourite tech-related things and what other companies and individuals inspire their work. But for every action, there also is an equal and opposite reaction, so we've also quizzed them on their biggest fears surrounding tech.

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Reality Check

While there have been numerous positives to be born from the creation of the internet, it's also had dangerous effects on the human population. From the influence of algorithms run by companies that hold enormous power, to the increasing threat of cybercrime, to the mental health of tech entrepreneurs, to signs of digital addiction among the general populace, to the lack of diversity in tech – technology's not all just beer and skittles. We give the digital revolution a reality check.

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Idealog #65: The Technology Issue

Reality Check: The tech sector is booming in New Zealand and new technologies continue to amaze us, entertain us and improve us. But as we step into the unknown, are we in danger of losing our humanity?

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25 things with Vaughan Rowsell

Vend's Vaughan Rowsell knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things.

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The future of finance

Seven ventures, three months and a whole lot of great ideas that have the potential to change the financial sector. We look at how FinTech is a good thing for the consumer and the New Zealand economy.

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The art of projection

No longer is the modern canvas confined to being flat. Fostered by the advent of powerful projectors and more advanced methods of mapping, large-scale walls, sharp edged buildings and peculiarly-shaped objects have all become receptacles for today’s ambitious creatives. As photographers, designers and directors increasingly dabble in the world of video projection, Jihee Junn talks to three different artists to discover their take on the intersection between technology and visual art.

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The future is clear

The best sci-fi stories tend to focus on the battle between humanity and technology and the scenes they create in our imaginations are often close enough to the present to make you feel slightly uncomfortable about what the future might hold. For our Technology Issue, we asked some talented friends of the Idealog family to examine the role technology might play in our lives. We hope their stories get you thinking.

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The great food disruption

Milk without the cow, meatless burgers that bleed, chicken and shrimp made from plant matter, and now foie gras without a force-fed goose in sight. A new food revolution enabled by science and biotech is brewing and, if it succeeds, animals will have little to do with the future of food. For some, that future looks rosy, but, as Dr. Rosie Bosworth writes, the implications for New Zealand’s agricultural sector could be less than palatable.

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Construction conundrums

What does off-site construction or prefab have in common with electricity or the Internet? Like most 'breakthrough technologies', the breakthrough can often take decades before it gets established and even longer before it shows an improvement in productivity, says Box CEO Dan Heyworth.

Design Thinking

Andy Crowe and Rui Peng love asking questions, answering problems and the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill – and they have turned all these passions into a social enterprise tackling inequality. It does this by co-creating inventive products, spaces and experiences using digital technologies while currently operating out of a low-decile school.

Idealog + Insight Creative

Like most arts organisations, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is focused on attracting new audiences. For the 2017 campaign, they acknowledged that new audiences weren’t being attracted by the traditional ways of marketing their upcoming season. Insight Creative proposed a new approach to deliver cut-through and to position a night at the NZSO as a viable arts and entertainment experience.

The world is your oyster

When you think about it, almost any job can be done remotely these days, thanks to online collaboration tools. Laura Buckler goes through some of the best ones.

Opinion

Many jobs can be stressful enough on their own, but for some people there is added stress, frustration and even depression that accompanies their employment role. There are a number of different factors that can cause workplace depression to develop, but when it's recognised and acknowledged there are effective ways to counter those feelings, says Gloria Kopp.