Category: Worldview

Genetic Manipulation: How far should we go?

There has been much discussed in the scientific community about the possible side-effects of genetic manipulation in insects and animals. The principle (in the video above) is that we can edit the genetic template of a species to introduce, for example, a kill switch that would allow us to selectively introduce a strain which would, over time, eradicate an invasive species. This promises a cure for malaria and many other grail-like gems.

Hot Planet

Is it so bad if the World gets a little bit hotter? You bet!

Many of us share some dim apprehension that the world is flying out of control, that the centre cannot hold. Raging wildfires, once-in-1,000-year storms, and lethal heat waves have become fixtures of the evening news—and all this after the planet has warmed by less than 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures. But here’s where it gets really scary.

David vs Goliath Bot

A very British Brexit

Well, Brexit has begun. Two years of interesting negotiations, debates and edicts I am sure we’ll be left with on not-so-silver platters. Maybe we have aces hidden up our sleeves with other global powers, but the neighbours are getting restless.

The Matrix

Cyberwar 1: 2007-?

The job of the historian is often to pull together broad themes and trends, then give them a snappy title that people will easily recognise and understand. That’s how we end up with labels like “The decline and fall of the Roman Empire” or “The Rise of Hitler and the Third Reich”.

The Algebraist

A New Approach to the Fermi Paradox

We, the Aliens.

The Fermi paradox (or Fermi’s paradox), named after physicist Enrico Fermi, is the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence and high probability estimates, e.g. those given by the Drake equation, for the existence of extraterrestrial civilisations.

Bin Cage

Your Digital Footprint Delete Button

Why can’t I delete my account easily?

It baffles me in the technology age why so much stock is given to privacy, user permissions, control over your own data, etc, etc. It baffles me because in almost every single app there is no simple way to ‘please delete my account and my data as I don’t want to be part of this system any longer.’

Doctor Strange

The Case for Geoengineering

So, you’re Caretaker of the World (that’s the Number One, the Big Boss, Head Honcho, You Know Who) and your advisers are lining up to tell you how things are out there. You listen absently …