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Brandwatch Blog Articles by Leila Johnston

Leila Johnston

@FinalBullet

Leila is a publisher, artist, performer and writer. She's interested in putting people, tech and science out of context to highlight, and hopefully overcome, damaging assumptions and biases about what should be done - and who should do it.

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Leila Johnston

@FinalBullet

Leila is a publisher, artist, performer and writer. She's interested in putting people, tech and science out of context to highlight, and hopefully overcome, damaging assumptions and biases about what should be done - and who should do it.

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Leila Johnston on Perceptual Gaps and the Other Virtual Reality

I’ve started to see digital as a wealthy but tragic Prince roaming through the Kingdom of the old school arts – a place where things like dance, storytelling, and music have thrived for centuries. The Prince spins glorious fabrics on a magical loom and is so admired for his finery that no one minds that he […] Read more

Commentary By Leila Johnston on April 5th 2017

Message in a Bottle: Exploring What Happens When We’re Gone

Ensuring our ideas outlive us is a serious problem in the digital age. Not so long ago, we recorded our experiences on stone. We might be killed in a horrible hunting accident, but the stone went on telling our story to whoever cared to listen, for thousands of years. Our forefathers were a lot like […] Read more

Commentary By Leila Johnston on March 22nd 2017

Leila Johnston on the Beauty of Bots: Taking a Look at The Many Faces of A.I

Anyone harbouring serious worries about a machine intelligence enslaving us all in paperclip sky-prisons within the next 10 years needs to take a look at SeeBotsChat. Chances are you’ve already heard about the adorably dada livestream from early January, in which a pair of Google Home bots have a rambling conversation about love, life and […] Read more

Commentary By Leila Johnston on March 7th 2017

Making Senses: Humans as Cyborgs

What comes to mind when I say ‘cyborg’? Not the most comforting image, is it? I could give you a ‘cyborg Andrex puppy’ to play with, but you’d never be able to get past the possibility of a concealed laser canon. Cyborg puppies can’t be far off though: infrared chips are a legal requirement now […] Read more

Commentary By Leila Johnston on Feburary 15th 2017

Leila Johnston: On Exploring Fictional Data in the Real World

I’ve been listening to The Archers for three minutes, and there’s already been a Chekhov’s Cow. It’s a show of hidden depths, that’s for sure, but I’m only now appreciating the important work the UK’s favourite agri-soap does, harvesting and bundling the ideas of the moment into manageable bales. In these uncertain times, two things remain […] Read more

Opinion By Leila Johnston on Feburary 2nd 2017