Blasting Gay Male Stereotypes

Rob Kearney Strongman lifting a weight

I was born just eight years after partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Mr Humphries, Kenny Everett and Larry Grayson were among the kind of TV personalities people probably recollected back then whenever the topic of men who are gay came around. As a pre-teen kid I couldn't relate - and I still couldn't…

2018: The Year Climate Chaos Showed

2018 is, world-over and hands-down, the year anthropological climate change began to actually show. The thought of people in New Delhi facing 50°C got me revisiting my personal carbon footprint. According to carbonfootprint.com, and including my own personal calculation, the annual average carbon footprints at the level of individuals are as follows: Industrial-world: 11 tonnes Me: 9.6…

Tracking-free Internet is Possible

sun setting

Update: Watch Tim Cook's Keynote where he mentions the "data industrial complex". Searching for tracking-free, track free, cookie free, no-track Internet didn't bring up a strong list of useful websites. What it did bring up, when I searched, was advice from big Internet companies on how to track customers! So I've decided to create my…

The Fermi Paradox is Scientifically Redundant, Right?

© Trevor Barton, May 2018. When someone introduced me to the "Fermi Paradox" several years ago I felt troubled. I remember that, at the time, this weary and confused disposition was, perhaps, interpreted by the third party who dropped this "Fermi bombshell" as me being irrational, or just me "wanting to believe" in aliens - as…

AI product equals evil AI. Discuss.

Sunset, beach, horizon

AI Product Equals Evil AI. Discuss. The wrong AI debate is about whether to have it. I studied AI philosophy at MA level (for a bit) and it concerns me that a lot of the “AI ethics” discussions are framed around “should we have AI, or not?” Today a reader of my Brobots science fiction trilogy asked…

We Can Stop Feeding the Data Monsters

Street art of two people talking in Dozza, Italy

At the close of his latest book The People Vs Tech (Ebury, 2018), Jamie Bartlett declares, “we can stop feeding the data monsters”. He’s talking about certain social media sites; and I agree with him.   The Vice Chancellor of a world-famous university, in 2006, asked for my advice as to whether one such platform (guess…

Let’s Be Clear About AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Presently Ubiquitous, Limited, and Widely Misunderstood The key misunderstanding today is that AI describes one thing, and it doesn't. There are different strengths of AI. The most flimsy types are great at what they do, but on their own they will never suddenly "wake up" to human-like consciousness. There's nothing it's…

Why Writing Science Fiction Recently got Harder to Do

A number of science fiction writers have recently come out and said as much. Writing sci-fi has recently gotten harder to do. Charles Stross, for example, in a recent talk for the “Chaos Communication Congress” stated: “My recipe for fiction set ten years in the future used to be 90% already-here, 9% not-here-yet but predictable, and…