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As of today, the UK parliament is considering possibly the worst piece of legislation it has ever conceived: the preposterous "conversion therapy" ban. After WWII, Britain was bankrupt from the effect of fighting two world conflicts. In the thirty years afterwards, it lost seventy territories. We can now see the
What goes on in the lab and how does it work? The technology behind crime-fighting and detective work we see on TV screens remains strangely opaque, yet much of it is decades old. And fascinating. The unfortunate consequence is innovation around it remains bottlenecked. Keywords in thousands of documentsThe first
Who hasn't dreamed of constructing a massive atomic bomb in their own underground lair somewhere in the mountains? Well, first you need to understand the theory and mechanics of how atoms destroy entire cities. For more, a great read is Weapons of Tomorrow by Brian Beckett (Plenum Press, 1983). Atoms
How do you take behaviours which provoke disgust in most people and re-brand them, - as not only as acceptable - but celebrated? After they have caused the worst and most lethal disease outbreak in history? A little-known, out-of-print book provides an alarming answer. "After The Ball How America Will
Post-apocalyptic fiction based on the biological destruction of humankind is a common theme, but how plausible are genetic superweapons (SBWs) wielded by supervillains? Alarmingly, they've been the next frontier in WMDs since the early nineties. We have no idea how far military scientists have got in their R&D,
Podcasts are rapidly overtaking broadcast and/or cable TV. After YouTube and Rumble, you might need to launch your channel as a perma-bookmark on the devices themselves. That means Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Samsung, LG, and more. It's daunting. Server-Side Video Broadcasting BasicsSetting up the backend video farm for
We have reached a place where democratic representatives in Western countries are members of country club aristocracies entirely disconnected from the public. Cryptographic technology and smartphones put us within reach of instant referenda polling for the first time. If we can vote instantly, what need do we have of representatives
Play is nature's mechanism of teaching and learning: competition, reward, repetition, collaboration, failure, creativity, and more. Without sacrificing in-person socialisation, we can update classical education for the technological homeschooling age, using the tools the children already love by transposing the syllabi of primacy and secondary education into storyline-based video console
"I lived for years in a sexually liberated lesbian commune", writes the brilliant Mary Harrington. After six decades of observed evidence, it's impossible to escape the allegation the Swinging Sixties weren't progress at all, and the "liberation" they championed was a degeneration back to our primate beginnings. One of our
Illusioneering is the process of creating magic tricks, often through exploiting strange phenomena discovered in the STEM (science, technology and engineering) subjects as brain hacks. Trick interrupt the human senses of causality and continuity; they disrupt our perception of cause and effect. Strange quirks of physics are indistinguishable from magic.
Could we theoretically generate 2000 story treatments or production screenplays in 30mins from basic loglines? AI is to knowledge work what the plough was to farming: a quantum leap in productivity. Let's take ten prompts, enter them differently, and see what GPT4 provides back. Our Source Material: The Idea ThesaurusIn
We have a religious cult problem. Two generations of mortgage-less, spouse-less, sexually-deranged students out of university humanities' departments worshiping anything available: the climate apocalypse; embodied gender souls; holy gays in bright colours; slaves creating America; the "soul" of the unconscious mind; the god of the right side of history. In
Three years ago, before Covid, in late 2019, this site hosted a simplistic timeline presentation which attempted to help ordinary non-academic people understand what had gone so wrong in our universities and institutions. It turned out to be quite popular. But it needed an update. Use the link from the
If you're new to the subject of "algorithmic fairness", it's essentially the computer equivalent of "political correctness", or when a machine learning (ML) model lacks left-wing academic bias. Computers are objective to the point of amoral psychopathy. They cannot be subjective. That's a difficult conundrum for activists who (wrongly) claim