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Nick Bostrom on artificial intelligence

From mechanical turks to science fiction novels, our mobile phones to The Terminator, we’ve long been fascinated by machine intelligence and its potential — both good and bad. We spoke to philosopher Nick Bostrom, author of Superinte... Read More »


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With Google joining the quantum computing race, how far are we from a game-changing breakthrough?

Dr Tristan Farrow analyses Google's increase in its investment in quantum computing, and explains the Oxford Martin School's approach to technology that could create a 'second information revolution'.  The fact that Googl... Read More »

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Free trade agreements need a human rights assessment

The European Union is pursuing a proactive policy to conclude free trade agreements with numerous countries around the world. The policy includes major trade partners of the EU such as the United States and Canada as well as emerging economies and de... Read More »

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Heart failure: gaps in knowledge and failures in treatment

In a systematic review and meta-analysis published in PLOS Medicine, The George Institute's Kazem Rahimi and colleagues report on the treatment of heart failure in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Based on 53 separate studies/d... Read More »

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Fact or fiction? What’s on your summer reading list?

Summer holidays were always full of books when I was a child and nothing much has changed. A holiday is a fantastic time to spend chunks of time – hours preferably – with your nose in a book. The question is, do you go for a big fat block... Read More »

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Human Migration: Myths, Hysteria and Facts

Migration is a hotly debated but poorly understood issue. Much conventional thinking about migration is based on myths rather than facts. Migration policies often fail because they are based on those same myths. It is therefore time that we learn to ... Read More »

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Much Hangs in the Balance in Indonesia’s Election

On July 9th some 140 million Indonesians went to the polls to vote for a new President.  It was only the country’s third direct presidential election, and certainly the closest, with two very different candidates.  Each declared ... Read More »

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'A serious expansion of the British surveillance state'

Professor Ian Brown, a Principal Investigator at the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre at the Oxford Martin School, is one of the signatories of an open letter from UK academic experts concerned at the the Data Retention and Investigato... Read More »

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Debating the future of technology and jobs at Camp Alphaville

The Financial Times's Camp Alphaville was billed as providing 'Peace. Love. Higher Returns' and as being like a 'festival for finance': it didn't disappoint. Taking place in a giant tent in London, containing ig... Read More »

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Q&A: Should we all become vegans to save the planet?

A study into the greenhouse gas emissions caused by different types of diet has for the first time provided quantitative evidence that going meat-free can dramatically reduce environmental impact. The paper, published in the journal Climati... Read More »

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As communications evolve, the state is struggling to agree ways to keep us safe

Home Secretary Theresa May last week renewed her call for changes in the law so that intelligence and law enforcement agencies have more powers to scrutinise online communications, insisting there is no programme of mass surveillance being ... Read More »

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What is more important than protecting the interests of future generations?

Our social and personal identity depends on what we inherited from our ancestors, but, at least as much as that, it is also determined by what we are able and willing to bequeath to our offspring. Today, we witness new social ties within the frame... Read More »