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Entries from October 2013

The Phantom ‘Global Race’

October 16th, 2013 · No Comments

There’s been a lot of talk from Conservative politicians in the UK about the ‘global race‘. This race, we’re led to believe, involves all the countries of the world. The winners are those countries that can compete the best, presumably by selling more things cheaper than anyone else can, by dint of working harder and [...]

Tags: economics · politics

Why The Circle Won’t Happen

October 10th, 2013 · No Comments

(in which, yes, I discuss the plot of the book)
This week, Nest announced a ‘beautiful’ new smoke alarm that’s more advanced, more connected, more user-friendly, and more expensive than anything else on the market. Naturally, the press jumped on it like a Republican on a closed national monument.
It does a lot — it monitors both smoke [...]

Tags: book · future · tech

How do we make a friendly AI?

October 6th, 2013 · No Comments

How we do avoid creating a superhuman artificial intelligence (AI) that does not end up harming humanity? This is a question of great consequence to AI researchers and thinkers who believe that future AIs will have capabilities and will act in a way completely different and unfathomable to humans, just as our actions may seem [...]

Tags: science · tech

Could health insurers subsidise the iWatch?

October 5th, 2013 · 1 Comment

A major reason why Apple has sold so many iPhones in the US is due to the unusual way phones are subsidised by carriers over there. Very few people buy an iPhone for the full, off-contract $649+ price — instead, they get it for ‘only’ $99 or $199, with the rest of the phone’s cost [...]

Tags: apple · tech