Some reflections on the amorality of robotic AI prompted by the various videos produced by Boston Dynamics of what their robots can now do.
Expanding on comments I’ve made about the ‘Media Bubble’,.
I have much to write on the Lord of the Rings and the ways in which it has shaped my own personal mythology and character. Aragorn, in particular, has been archetypal in my development from a boy to a man. Middle-Earth, its races, lands and histories are not just words on a page or scenes […]
If it were my wheelhouse I would have a site which aggregated news stories and trends searchable by date. It would work like this. Landing page: Search box. Type a date, any date. You get a list of the top six stories of that day with a simple write up. Below that you’d have the […]
Netflix has dropped a new documentary called Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press. The bulk of the argument is built up by looking at first the story of Hulk Hogan vs Gawker and then that of the The Las Vegas Review-Journal take over. I’m not going to break it down step by step. Far […]
I’ve just read The Circle by Dave Eggers on the recommendation of Pete Phillips from the #MediaLit17 Conference I’ve just blogged my way through. ‘Prescient, scary, unputdownable.’ The Times got it right with that comment. With no chapters, only three ‘books’, I raced through this book with seemingly unquenchable curiosity — what would happen? would Mae copee? […]
Romans during the Decadence — Courture In my studies at the moment we are doing a course on “Sex and Gender”. The conversations have been really rather interesting as we’ve looked at something of what does it mean to consider people as “sexual beings”. One of the first “hurdles”, as it were, is the realisation of how […]
It has been hard to read the news recently without coming across the varying tragedies which have been broadcast on Facebook Live. There has been murders and suicides. And people watched. The internet has always had a place for this kind of ‘content’ – that word we use when we want to distance ourselves from […]
With Wikileaks and Snowden and more recently #Vault7 giving us a glimpse into the vast and far reaching methods and systems of governmental electronic surveillance the questions of the morality of such surveillance is a key issue for all of us who use the internet. I recently read: Nicholas Tavaglione: A dilemma for Indiscriminate Pre-emptive […]
A friend and I went took the opportunity to attend the Durham Castle Lecture about Free Speech on Wednesday. The speaker was political historian and free-speech advocate Professor Timothy Garton Ash from Oxford. It was an interesting presentation of two main halves; systems of speech in our interconnected world, and principles for speaking freely with […]