Monthly Archive: July 2015

Calculations on the house In his writeup in the Guardian’s Comment is Free, Billy Bragg does a spot of mathematics to calculate just how many new peers would be necessary for David Cameron to get the Lords to “represent the voter’s wishes”. The Billy Bragg-onomics proves that we’d need a house of 1,509 lords to […]

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New Tory Lords Hot on the heels of the Lord Sewel scandal, David Cameron has vowed to create ever more Tory peers to fill the House of Lords. Despite indications that he would curb his use of his powers to elevate supporters to the lords, he seems set on tipping the balance in the upper […]

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Weaponised robots with AI capabilities should be banned The Future Of Life Institute is hosting an open letter, unveiled at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. It is signed by pretty much all leading scientists – including such luminaries as Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and The Woz. It urges parties to think carefully about the usage of lethal AI, asking governments to ban weaponised robots with […]

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This apple-bagging robot was spotted in the supermarket of the future at Expo 2015.

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Growing up I was taught that human life has an immeasurable value and is always greater than anything else. How and why should we compare human life to that of robots?

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We came across a museum exhibit about the ancient Greeks. It’s an old quotation, being given at the end of the first Peloponnesian war in 404 BC but stirring enough still to repeat an excerpt here.

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WebUrbanist has news of a fake town set up to test driverless cars inspired by non other than local town Gravesend, better known as the place Pocahontas died.

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The Tories’ new Trade Union Bill has had its first reading in parliament. On the face of it, this is a response to their manifesto promise to “…protect you from disruptive and undemocratic strike action” [Conservative Manifesto, page 18]. However this is really a double-headed attack on two very separate institutions – the Labour party, […]

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The Guardian brings us a story about a man receiving an implant that converts light into signals received by electrodes on his retina. Although it’s only outlines of shapes at the moment, this kind of technology is almost certain to gain clarity in leaps and bounds … and the more we add to our knowledge […]

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Politics.co.uk has an interesting article on the government’s increasing rhetoric around free speech. All the right noises in all the right places but as soon as anyone asks for specifics, the facade crumbles like dust. Or is it more like Toto pulling back a curtain…

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