Monthly Archives: September 2018

AI ‘Watson’

I’ve been attending a conference called the Singularity Summit: Imagination, Memory, Consciousness, Agency and Values, part of the AI and Humanity series at Jesus College Cambridge. One of the great things about going to Jesus College is you can stand … Continue reading

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Blame Culture

We have become used to blame culture, whereaby any mishap, mistake or individual occurence of human stupidity needs to be blamed on someone else. Now we appear to have a new form of blame whereby we are pointing the finger … Continue reading

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The Future: Fiction vs. Fact

This is getting ridiculous. I keep making jokes (in print) that come true or at least get seriously discussed. How far-fetched do you now have to make things in order that they remain fiction or speculation? I had the idea … Continue reading

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Hard not to get angry some mornings… Do you think that maybe, just maybe, there’s a crisis of purpose in the West?

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Never confuse movement with progress

Thanks to Ivona for this (it’s her desk).

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Inevitable Surprises

I don’t know if this will ever make it into a book, but I wrote this over a year ago and given what’s happening with Brexit it’s perhaps worth putting out there… Chapter 1: Thinking straight “If we could first … Continue reading

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Scenarios from the past

Just found these three from the distant past. Top one is mine with Oliver Freeman, middle one ditto, bottom one is PWC.  

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Reminds me of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in 2013 when local officials covered up abandoned shops with posters so that the G8 delegates couldn’t see what was really happening to the town economically. In one former butcher’s shop … Continue reading

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Predictions about the Future

“Every prediction, consciously or unconsciously, is a critique of both present and past” (Source: me having a rare moment of clarity) Image: futuristic city wallpapers

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The Future of Cities (a childlike perspective from Lego)

I think I’ve found my intellectual level – under ten-year-olds. Please note that the competition entry link might not appear (nothing to do with me!).

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