Holidays are the main reason why August is the month when most people take digital detox. However, now that the summer is almost over and we are back to our lives and pouring rain, how can we make sure that our digital detox results stick?
Sapiens by Yuval Harari has got a lot of (deserved) attention. Within it, Harari sketches out a number of provocative theses about what human beings have been, are and will become, and shows how they play out over hundreds of thousands of years.
Worryingly, many people use the same password and personal details across multiple online accounts, so if their details have been compromised by one attack they could find other online accounts suffer too.
The problem with almost all of these features are their expectations of us as human beings. They're hopelessly unrealistic. I, for example, do not want my family to know where I am all the time. For starters there's the basic issue of privacy, and, secondly, if they did know they'd probably start wondering why I don't have a drinking problem.
Since the start of the new millennium our exposure to chiselled arms, shaved chests and sculpted six-packs has been impossible to avoid, as marketing executives the world over latched on to this aesthetic ideal to promote products and sell services.
We have seen glimpses of innovation agility across the system - last year just 3% of GPs in England offered patients' online appointments, repeat prescriptions and access to summary information in medical records. Now this stands at 97%. A decade ago, it cost millions to sequence a genome, now it's less than £1,000.
Using all this data brings a myriad of implications, not least the increasing atomisation of voters by political parties. We have already briefly explored this. What I didn't mention was how Obama's operation would send door knockers to specific doors as the data they gathered told them how many people in a given street they needed to convince.
It's the reality that when people picture a successful entrepreneur that can build and scale a business, they picture a man. It's also the reality that women themselves often assume certain things are not achievable or possible. A British documentary maker summarised this perfectly: "If she does not see it, she can't be it."
While there may be a case for buying up some of the more likely names that have a potential to mislead or cause embarrassment, it's worth remembering that an aggressive defensive domain registration strategy across all new domain extensions cannot guarantee protection.
At the moment, any company can get hacked at any time. So it is moot whether moral or legal responsibility to protect data ultimately lies with a business. Once your data has been stolen, there's little recourse - it's going to be very inconvenient for you.
We know that many parents are digitally capable and a significant number of them are confident in parenting online - however the online world changes fast and it can be hard for parents to feel like they are keeping up.
We need a hard hitting, informative and widespread campaign on the issue not only to educate the perpetrators of revenge porn about the consequences of their actions, but also warn potential victims about the risks involved, and how these can be minimised.
Whilst these have of course traditionally been more male-dominated career areas, surely we have undergone a certain degree of evolution? Do these particular professional women feel that their career path is not worthy of an award or that their skills aren't valued?
People can be frightened of compassion because they think it is a weakness or an indulgence. This is largely because they don't understand it and don't recognise the enormous value in realising the causes of suffering, and our own fragility.
We've all got a friend who has finally found the perfect job, perfect partner or perfect home. Well if it's that fricking perfect then damn well enjoy it love, don't go banging on about it on social media. The more you boast, the less I believe you. You're the ultimate Facebook Phony.
Cybercrime is unfortunately pervasive at all levels. The only way to counterattack it is to bring security to its rightful place at the heart of every technology - as a vital piece, not an afterthought.
So, what has happened in hurricane forecasting since Katrina? The single biggest improvement has been in the weather computer models used to predict the path of hurricanes and the associated hazards such as wind strength, rainfall amounts and storm surge.
Could digital cash help a business during an economic slowdown/recession, could that in itself help shorten the downturn by keeping the economy moving? Perhaps not such an outlandish idea.