Posts By: KB

The Dark Side of the Summer of Love

Researching for my talk at TEDx this year, I came across scanned pages of this superb article in Playboy magazine. Who knew what crazy stuff was out there on the Interwebs?! Seriously, it’s a very fine piece that gets under the skin of what was really going on at the time, through the story of a

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Robots Should Pay Tax | How Much Does a Stormtrooper Make Each Month?

Chances are, your job is under threat. Chances are, in 20 years, you could be being replaced by a robot. Automation is coming, and it won’t look much like Star Wars. The problem is, what happened to C3PO’s human predecessor? Or his 6 million predecessors – the highly trained, skilled translators to and from those languages

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A White House Where He Is Adored

Very interesting read here about Trump’s ‘Southern White House.’  ‘He comes down here because he needs constant applause,’ one Palm Beach resident notes. ‘He’s adored within the confines of that club.’ What is becoming clear is that Trump is not adored among the worker-bees of the White House. His solution – flying off to where

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A Theology of Human Machines | Solving the ‘Modest Problem of Death’

A fascinating read in the latest New Republic, reviewing Irish writer Mark O’Connor’s new book, To Be A Machine – subtitled ‘Adventures among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers and Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death.’ Anna Wiener writes: O’Connell is less interested in evaluating technology than in the people who make it and its philosophical implications. As he

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A Gandhi for the West?

I watched Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi this week. I remember being taken to it by my parents back in 1982. There was an intermission half way through as the reels were changed. I was 10 years old and as the film opened with his assassination, then jumped back in time, I remember being blown away by the

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Hockney at Tate Britain

Excellent exhibition. Get there if you can. Find a Tate Member if possible 😉 –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Manchester by the Sea | American Men and Emotional Shut-Down

I went to see Manchester by the Sea yesterday evening. Central London cinema. Quite excited. Heard lots of great stuff about the film. Really thought I’d love it. Didn’t. To be clear, I thought the performances were excellent. I thought the cinematography was great. It’s just that the drama left me cold. I wanted to care.

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Steve Hewlett | Dealing with Cancer

Steve Hewlett, long-time host of the excellent Media Show on BBC Radio 4, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus a few months ago. In typical style, he decided to record regular interviews with new anchor Eddie Mair about his treatment, and how he and his family were dealing with the disease. They have been

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Hans Rosling

So sad to hear of his death yesterday. This video – that I’ve used countless times in lessons – captures the man and his message perfectly. A brilliant communicator.   –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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