Monthly Archives: January 2016

Brainmail # 100

I’m planning a series of drinks parties to celebrate the 100th issue of brainmail in a few months time. Likely locations are London, Sydney and New York. Register your interest below using the comments section below – I don’t especially … Continue reading

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If something works, you’re not trying hard enough

I should have posted this a few weeks ago. There was a widely accepted story at my secondary school that this person had carved their original name into a school desk. Some people claimed to have found it. I never … Continue reading

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Quotes about Technology, Computers, AI, Robots and humans

Some quotes lifted from my forthcoming book Digital Vs. Human, including a great quote that didn’t quite make it. Opening quotes ‘The real problem of humanity is the following: we have palaeolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology. And it … Continue reading

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Solipsism in pop music

  Interesting, perhaps, that Love Yourself by Justin Bieber has been number 1 in the UK music charts and has been 1 or 2 for the last 10 weeks. Does this tell us anything? (cue endless Bieber jokes I’m sure…). … Continue reading

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When science and fiction collaborate

                I’ve been thinking about the science and fiction map again, and about a possible event looking at the connections between imagination and invention – and who exactly is influencing whom here? Is … Continue reading

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Digital vs. Human – who has the upper hand?

                          Here, at last, is the cover for my new book Digital vs. Human. The debate we’ve been having is who has the upper hand – the humans … Continue reading

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An emerging inactivity crisis (with no real friends)

              Spoiled for choice today. First, a study by Oxford University suggests that the average Facebook user has 155 friends (close to the ‘Dunbar number’ of 150, which anthropologists suggest is the maximum number … Continue reading

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Digital vs Human – early testimonials

  Here are the first testimonials for my new book Digital vs Human.We are in the process of editing these down so they can be used on the cover, which I’ll be sharing with you shortly. “A highly readable, witty … Continue reading

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In a crisis would you be prepared to deal with a smart machine over another human being?

Over Christmas I unfortunately had to call the emergency services at a friend’s house. Suffice to say that I was somewhat anxious. The operator on the end of the telephone was wonderful. She had one of those slow silky voices … Continue reading

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Digital vs Human (final fiddle)

Back page text It’s hard to believe, but the book goes on. Days away from printing now, but still trying to get the cover right and also re-writing the back cover text at the last minute. The key thing here … Continue reading

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