Category Archives: Newspaper and magazine articles

Employee monitoring

An interesting article today by John Harris on how modern employers can monitor their employees through tracking devices. It’s always happened – what else is clocking on? – but digital surveillance is less likely to be hoodwinked that a human supervisor. There … Continue reading

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The rise and fall of statistics

I’ve just read a fascinating article by William Davies on the history and current use of statistics. Even the etymology of the word, which had never occurred to me, is fascinating: the term originated in Germany in the second half of … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence

Things to remember from a couple of New Scientist articles (the easier ones) I have just read: The term “Artificial Intelligence” was first coined in 1956 when a team of scientists and engineers at Dartmouth College started working on this … Continue reading

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Stone Age symbols

Coincidentally, the first New Scientist that I picked up after my visit to the Valencia museum of prehistory contained an interesting article about Stone Age symbols and the possibility that they might represent the earliest form of encoding and transmitting … Continue reading

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How bad is it?

I’ve been thinking about an article today by Zoe Williams. Her point is that any assumption that Donald Trump doesn’t mean what he said before the US election is wishful thinking. His win represents the normalisation of the previously unthinkable, … Continue reading

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What would the world be like with fewer jobs?

I’m still pondering an article I read yesterday about a future world with far fewer jobs or paid work. (The article itself referred to a world without work, but, as someone without a job, I can assure you that there … Continue reading

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Economics and productivity

On the train home now. On the way out there were speed restrictions in force because of the heat (sniggers throughout the compartment at that); we’re now back to 8 degrees. I’ve just read an article by Duncan Weldon about UK … Continue reading

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