What is reality? How do we know?

Imagine living four thousand years ago. What would you believe about reality? You would believe that you live on the surface of a flat plain, with the stars and the sun rising and setting each day, moving predictably across the sky. Your senses would tell you this is...

In Defense of Free Speech

Why are we now, in 2019 revisiting basic human rights such as the right of free expression? How have we come to the point where our Prime Minister is having international discussions about having free expression curtailed on social media? In the same way the World...
The Engagement Maximizers

The Engagement Maximizers

Nick Bostrom described a thought experiment in 2003 about a paperclip maximizer, an artificially general intelligent system whose utility function is to maximize paper clip production. The paperclip maximizer would lack the social values of humans, and so would...

The EV Future

In November Mike Hosking published his opinion of electric cars titled ‘Environmentalists have no grasp on reality’, concluding that “no matter how hard the media, the spin doctors, and the environmentalists tell us that EVs are here and the future,...
Big Brother’s Wet Dream

Big Brother’s Wet Dream

In the book 1984, George Orwell explores pervasive surveillance and social control. Citizens in 1984 experience total surveillance, potentially monitored twenty four hours a day through cameras and microphones that are installed into all homes. Everything said and...

Artificial Intelligence Resources

Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence Why AI researchers shouldn’t turn their backs on the military The World Economic Forum warns that AI may destabilize the financial system Children ‘at risk of robot influence’ AI...