Monthly Archives: February 2019

Zombies Rising

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Alternative Bio

I like this of yours truly: “A cross between a conductor, a wild genius, an opera romantic lead, and a matinee idol.” (my wife would add “and a bit of an idiot.”)

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If you aren’t nervous enough already, here’s something else to worry about. In December 1929, at the time of the Great American stock market crash, America suddenly fell victim to a pandemic. The disease, called psittacosis, had been known about … Continue reading

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What can’t AI do?

Oh, my goodness. I’ve started something looking at what AI can’t do and it’s turning into a real can of worms. I thought it might be simple: AI is fairly useless at creativity, not great with empathy (AI isn’t a … Continue reading

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Is spirituality is the new sex?

  I’m not sure if this is a weak signal, but it’s interesting. An analysis of the Sotheby’s art prize has found that the theme of introspection, especially spiritually, is trending upwards, while sex is trending down. The data set … Continue reading

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Are Futurists History?

Apparently, being a futurist is one of the coolest jobs on the planet. Shame I’m in the process of getting out of being one then. Am I just way ahead of everyone else or seriously behind? (Personally, I think futurists … Continue reading

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Weak Signals

One of the biggest problems with the current digital deluge is the tendency to no longer see what’s directly in front of us. The sheer amount of information now being passed around the world means that we’re becoming less able … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

“There is not enough Africa in computers” – Brian Eno. More….

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Table of Elemental Scarcity

I vaguely remember seeing a different version of this, but huge thanks to Kevin for sending this one through. Not the best looking info graphic ever, but one of the more interesting. PDF here.

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We learn from those we like

Great little piece in the New York Times recently, which basically says students learn from teachers they like and that emotional connection is key.

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