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Usually related to education, philosophy or society, I write these to give form to some of things I grapple with. If they can spur on debate and reflection so much the better.

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Homo Sapiens or Homo Deus?

What will happen to society, politics and daily life when non-conscious but highly intelligent algorithms know us better than we know ourselves? So ends Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus, his most challenging book to date. In fact, it was so challenging that a few chapters in I had to put it down. It laid there beside my bed for a good few months until I decided to give it another go. Thinking about how science and technology might look like in the future isn’t really my cup of tea you see. There seem to be more pressing issues in the world - global warming, Brexit, the war in Syria, the rise of Marine LePen to name but a few. Yet somehow these all pale in comparison to what might be coming. A v

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