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.


An Atom Bomb in the Making...

“The huge majority do not understand the historical significance of the moment. I wonder am I mistaken or not?” — Vladimir Vernadskii, diary entry, July 12, 1940 “They did not see it until the atomic bombs burst in their fumbling hands.” — H.G. Wells, The World Set Free, 1914 One of the longest running jokes about AI is that it is always only twenty years away. Its advocates swear that it will be a game-changer, that it will alter the world as we know it and in ways that we can hardly imagine. Others say that these prognoses are mislead, that the technological difficulties involved in emulating human-like intelligence are far too big to solve, and that it’s never going to happen. The history

On Whistleblowers and... Democracy

Christopher Wylie and Shahmir Sanni are two rather remarkable whistleblowers. One is a gay coder with a Canadian accent rocking a pink hairdo, the other is a muslim who was last week outed as gay by 10 Downing Street. Both of them voted Leave and yet here they are, outside Parliament on a rainy Thursday afternoon, talking to a crowd of lefties about why they came out. "Oh that was a bad choice of words" Shahmir coyly reprimands himself. Shahmir, who had worked on the BeLeave and Leave campaigns, has now had to deal with the government's fury for having gone public with allegations of cheating and misappropriation of funds - ultimately undermining the Brexit referendum. "I've worked in politi

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