Elementary “Watson”

The IBM project that this week led to a spec­tac­u­lar demon­stra­tion of machine Ques­tion Answer­ing (yet anoth­er “QA” acronym) has a lot of seri­ous com­put...

Answering the voices?

“A lot of home­less peo­ple come in and do live web­casts” Extract from Con­fes­sions of an Apple Store Employ­ee (Pop­u­lar Mechan­ics) A primer on mod­ern mor...

Twitterton (on the Potomac)

Or “Fuck­nutsville” accord­ing to the President’s Chief of Staff. An intrigu­ing sto­ry of dys­func­tion­al, triv­i­al­is­ing, momen­tary, par­ti­san­ship in Am...

Revisiting the climate evidence

Julia Gillard’s deter­mi­na­tion as Prime Min­is­ter to revis­it the debate about an Aus­tralian response to the poten­tial dan­gers of cli­mate change calls fo...

Failure of the ‘Third Way’

John Kay describes Gor­don Brown as a “redis­trib­u­tive mar­ket lib­er­al, hold­ing, like oth­er adher­ents of Blair’s ‘Third Way’, that …[t]he eco­nom­ic role...