Monthly Archives: January 2017

Digital Vs. Human (Art & War)

Some people seem to really be enjoying this chapter from my book Digital Vs. Human. Here’s a little taste…. I have a habit of writing notes on fragments of paper. Lines I’ve overheard, book and film reviews, statistical gems. I … Continue reading

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Brain Eno giving good quote

Sorry. It’s starting to become quote central. But I like this. A lot. Get over it. This man has a brain the size of a planet. This is from SciFoo via Guy Weber via Roberto Trotta at Imperial. I may … Continue reading

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Quote of the week (for Sherborne school)

One day ladies will take their computers for walks in the park and tell each other, “My little computer said such a funny thing this morning”. Alan Turing (1949?)

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Random scribble (not mine).

I like this because when people think in terms of the future there’s often a heavy focus on technology. But it seems to me that you have to take into account culture and politics too (and a bunch of other … Continue reading

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Russia’s useful idiot

Just too good not to mention this. So today the child King was crowned. It’s possible that he will turn out to be far better than anyone expects. But I doubt it. Self-interest, conflicts of interest, cronyism and plain stupidity … Continue reading

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All in the mind

There’s been quite a bit in the news recently (in the UK at least) about mental health. Lots of discussion about possible treatments and solutions but next to nothing asking the question “why?” In my book, Digital Vs. Human, I … Continue reading

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Quote of the week

“But the Turing test cuts both ways. You can’t tell if a machine has gotten smarter or if you’ve just lowered your own standards of intelligence to such a degree that the machine seems smart. If you can have a … Continue reading

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School bans snowballs

A school near me has banned kids from throwing snowballs. Oh come on, you’ve got to be kidding me. This is balls. It reminds me of something I wrote in my book Digital Vs. Human. ‘Efficiency’ reminds me of a … Continue reading

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Big Tech Backlash

So I wrote the below (not the above!) back at the end of December, but things seem to be emerging strongly already. Back-lash against Big Tech This is partly a story about wealth, income and opportunity polarisation. It’s partly one … Continue reading

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