State of Surveillance

State of Surveillance

In George Orwell’s 1984 the state had something like a TV in every room that was two way. There could be someone watching or listening to you at any time, and therefore you could not assume that it was safe to talk about any critical views of the state without...
AI Storming Medical Image Analysis

AI Storming Medical Image Analysis

The days of highly trained specialists being required to perform analysis of medical images is coming to a close. There is an avalanche of neural networks trained by deep learning with large medical datasets performing analysis and categorization of images which once...
Should We Develop Autonomous Weapons?

Should We Develop Autonomous Weapons?

The coupling of artificial intelligence and weapons is well under way. Any military strategist will tell you that technology is a huge tactical advantage on the battlefield. At Agincourt it was the longbow, and in World War II the nuclear weapon. Deciding not to take...
Dying to Choose

Dying to Choose

When terminal illness robs people of a long and happy future, leaving them only with the ashes of suffering and decline, who would say that we should refuse to end their suffering should they openly request it? Those that propose we deny people the right to choose an...
Convergent Lines of Evidence

Convergent Lines of Evidence

If you listen to those whose theistic belief causes them to question Evolution through Natural Selection you might be expected to believe that the evidence is incomplete or weak. You might hear about how radiological dating can be inaccurate. Dawkins has spent a...
Religion as a Weapon

Religion as a Weapon

Last year we saw Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) begin a deliberate campaign of terror. While countries like Saudi Arabia have used beheading as a execution method what they didn’t do was film it and use the material in a public relations campaign....