2021 is the year to step away from the screen and burrow down with a few good books as we prepare for a slow start to the new year. Continue reading Two Books that Changed my Mind in 2020
The discussion around Artificial Intelligence (AI) can sound a lot like Brexit. It’s coming but we don’t know when. It could destroy jobs but it could create more. There’s even questions about sovereignty, democracy and taking back control. Yet even the prospect of a post Brexit Britain led by Boris “fuck business” Johnson doesn’t conjure the same level of collective anxiety as humanity’s precarious future … Continue reading Do the benefits of artificial intelligence outweigh the risks?
In this riveting video Robert Sapolsky examines moral failure or people’s inability to resist temptation from a neurological perspective. Is being “good” a question of training our impulses to do the right thing? Using reason to navigate our way through life’s temptations and arriving at a morally good answer? Maybe. However this video points to research that suggests rather than trusting reason of “oh I … Continue reading What Makes You A “Good” Person?
Author: Jonny Scott Robots are taking over the world! Run! But where? I’m scared! We hear a lot of crazy talk nowadays about robot dominance, endangerment of the human race and life being one big computer simulation. But is it all crazy? Or is there anything we can learn from it? Let’s pretend we’re scientists and try figure it out. We’ve probably all heard … Continue reading Why Robots Could Be Human
Why is it that humans can’t live for a thousand years? Why is it that mice who are very similar to humans genetically only live two-three years? Physicist Geoffrey West became deeply interested in the physics of mortality when he entered his fifties and people in his life began to perish. In this video he discusses metabolism, comparing it to a road that breaks … Continue reading Why Humans Can Live 100 but not 1000 Years
Professor Noam Chomsky speaks to BBC Newsnight to discuss the anger which has raged across the Middle and Working Classes of Western democracies since the economic collapse in 2008. Discussing the roots of the anger, the rise of far right nationalism as well as the optimistic signs of youth galvanisation around progressive policies on climate change and income inequality – Chomsky discusses why he would … Continue reading Why I’d Vote For Corbyn
Inventor, Entrepreneur and Englineer discusses what he views as the most important work to be doing if he was a young person in 2017. Musk has been at the centre of the conversation around artificial intelligence and sustainable energy consumption over the past 15 years. He is ranked the 21st most influential people in the world and his current company SpaceX are working on a … Continue reading What Would Elon Musk Be Working On If He Was 22?
Are humans just naturally lazy, comfort and pleasure seeking beings? Or do we really want dignity and fulfilment? in this riveting excerpt professor Noam Chomsky discusses how the billions upon billions of dollars spent on advertising has been used to psychologically manipulate are ideas of what we want. Tracing trends from the industrial revolution of the 1800’s to the educated poor in the 1930’s, Chomsky … Continue reading What Do Humans Really Want?
How do you know if you’re an artist? Do you actually need advice or do you just want reaffirmation of what you already know? This is a riveting collection of words from some of the worlds best artistic minds such as Marina Abramovic and Wim Wenders. Continue reading How Do You Know if You’re An Artist?
In this extraordinary clip Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine reveals how social media is actually physically rewiring our brains. The addictive nature of social media has become starkly apparent as anyone who takes public transport will be aware. Yet its capacity to manipulate and reshape our brains is something not often discussed and something parents should be particularly … Continue reading How Social Media is Shaping Our Thought Patterns