Technology

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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Body-Cams for Teachers

Absolutely nothing terrifyingly Orwellian about this then. I think the key issue here is about creep in terms of use. “The cameras are not on all the time. Where there is a perceived threat to a member of staff or pupil for example, they are used. It’s not like a surveillance camera.” That, I think,

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The Only Way to Have a Free Press is to Pay For It

One of the things that’s been on my mind in the wake of recent political events is the vital importance to liberal democracy of a genuinely independent and critical free press. It strikes me that if we want a free press, we’re really do need to be willing to pay for it. In Raoul Martinez’s Creating

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7-11… 9/11… 18th Century… Europe… | On History

Today I overheard two people talking, one of whom seemed to be (not the first time I’d heard this) conflating 7-Eleven and 9/11. ‘Wait,’ she said when brought up on this. ‘They’re not the same thing?’ No. One is a chain of convenience stores, the other a major terrorist attack and one of the defining moments

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Before Post-Truth, There Was Post-Production

What can we possibly trust in an online world with near-perfect CGI? When a 21 year old Carrie Fisher turns round at the end of a film made when she was in her 60s and talks about hope, and an aging Trump turns and arches his back on a hotel bed in St Petersburg, what

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What the World **Really** Needs Now…

…is a robot that can fold your laundry. You’ll be able to use that new-found spare 10 minutes making yourself feel awful by scrolling through Facebook stories from people who seem better than you! Anyone else just want to give up now?   –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Mutiny | Withdrawal of Labour in the Age of Zero Hours

I’m no firebrand when it comes to trades union activity (though I am a lead rep in the education union I am a part of) but when a Tory government starts rattling sabres and threatening even more draconian legislation to outlaw strikes, it has me worried. Last night I finally got round to watching The

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Can We Talk About Radical Theology and Alcohol?

In the past few posts about the bigger political, technological and cultural shifts that might be going on behind the ‘fake news’ scandal, I’ve proposed how Radical Theology might have in helping people to critique political and religious illusions. However, I’ve also mooted that Radical Theology could itself become a means by which the hard

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Creating Freedom, by Raoul Martinez

This looks like a very worthwhile read. Comes highly recommended, and if you’re interested in understanding and acting in these strange times, sounds like one for the Christmas list. From the review in The Guardian:  Creating Freedom is, in part, a mashup of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, James Lovelock’s The Revenge of Gaia, Thomas

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Post Truth | Hypernormalisation and the Radical Response

In a post last week on the ‘Fake News’ scandal and the way that our information sources have become distorted, narrowed and – some now claim – deliberately confused by digital algorithms, I concluded by saying: In the chaos of this truthless mental and political environment, we more naturally turn to brands for security, to

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