Category Archives: Newspaper and magazine articles

“The crumbling of the nation state”

An interesting article on Thursday in The Guardian (a phrase I use less and less these days) by Rana Dasgupta. He sees recent events in national politics (Brexit, nationalist parties doing well in general elections in Europe, Big-Brother-style “distraction by war” by Putin … Continue reading

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April Fool

I thought I had spotted the April Fool’s joke in today’s Observer: a short item about the 1968 Eurovision sing contest along with a photo of Cliff Richard singing “Congratulations”. There were comments from the general public of 1968, including … Continue reading

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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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