Colouring The Family Tree

These days, cars can drive themselves down motorways, computers can land aeroplanes, and algorithms can determine future accademic success…. and nifty little smartphone apps can add colour to your dead grandmothers’ face. The technology is there, but should we use it just because it is available? I must confess, I can’t decide: in some ways it is nice to see my grandmother Kate Beanland with a bit of colour in her cheeks, but maybe by adding colour we subtract history.

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