Author Archives: Richard

C’mon Aussies C’mon…

OK, it’s Brisbane, but you have to start somewhere….BTW, bumped into Prof. Susan Greenfield today in London. She’s off to Brisbane tomorrow. Is Brisbane the center of the universe or what? BTW, here’s a link to ABC Radio’s Future Tense … Continue reading

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Automation Angst

According to some techno-evangelists, humanity is on the verge of huge breakthroughs in computing, robotics, genetics, automation and artificial intelligence that will dwarf many of the inventions of the past two centuries. They might be right, but at what price? … Continue reading

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Where’s Watson?

If you are Brisbane based I’m at the Avid Reader bookstore (193 Boundary St) tonight 6.30-8.00pm. I’m then back at the Sydney Writers’ Festival Thursday & Friday for a couple more events (9.30pm Thursday late night salon conversation with Yanis … Continue reading

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What happens to learning when your teacher is an app?

Nice book extract (on education) in the Australian Financial Review. About a ten-minute read. Click here for article. Here’s how it starts… It has never been easier to give the illusion of intelligence. If you know the right people to … Continue reading

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Lines for a life online

We rate and rank and tag and post, We swipe and tweet and troll and toast (lol!), We check and watch and Like and bray, And do it all again next day.” ‘When We’re Not Sleeping’, Antony Funnell

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Brains Vs. Computers

Quote of the week “If the brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.” Emerson M. Pugh

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Science and Fiction

Couple of public events people may be interested in. The first is Hackstock this Friday. It’s at The Trampery, 239 Old Street in London and it’s part of the London Sci-Fi Festival. I’m in conversation with science fiction author Lavie … Continue reading

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Digital Vs. Human (Reviews)

So the first review is in for Digital Vs. Human: How we’ll live, love and think in the future. It gets 9/10 and “Watson comes out fighting” from the Herald newspaper, which I’m more than happy to live with in … Continue reading

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Screens vs. Paper

I’ve just been going through a pile of paper torn out of various magazines over the past year. In the pile I found a single page torn from the New York Review of Books. I’m afraid I’m not 100 % … Continue reading

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How Digital Vs. Human was written

If anyone is wondering how a book gets put together here’s how I did it. Firstly, I didn’t start with a title. In fact for the first 6-months this book was simply called ‘FF2’ (Future Files 2) and later More … Continue reading

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