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It is never wise to disagree with Professor Hawking even on a minor issue. But of all the things keeping me awake at night the rise of intelligent machines is not one of them. No I'm more worried about dumb machines, that is poorly written software, crap maths and idiotic statistics. The effect of these can quickly become exponential where as technology is on the whole over time is fairly linear. The issues about modern wiretapping and metadata harvesting are certainly troubling but what about all the data we give away voluntarily via loyalty cards etc and data that is scraped from server traffic on websites we visit all the time(think of a South American river*cough*) let me know if I've got it all wrong below in the comments.
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My copy of The Ethics of Ambiguity. I my humble opinion She in many ways surpassed Sartre. #GoogleDoodle google.co.uk
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Interesting move by Tesco. Last week in an earnings call Larry Page said-'Research shows that we tend to overestimate technology in the short term and underestimate it in the long term' very true and well put. In fact Google has had the ability for computerised facial recognition for a while now. However Google has not implemented this technology perhaps because it would cause a privacy outcry given it's already pervasive nature. So technology has unquestionably produced incalculable benefits for almost everybody alive on earth now and in the recent past. There is of course a great danger that it will one day push too far in the wrong direction. It is this thought that has given rise to endless sci-fi of which Blade runner and Minority report are only the latest. If I did own a car I would definitely steer clear of Tesco petrol stations if this type of system was implemented. As always you only have the proprietors non binding agreement on how such information will be used. Not enough. Freedom of choice is a better safeguard. 
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Aaaaaaaaaah, Aaaaaaah Yorkshire Gold.
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An important event that you might not see on the main news bulletins. More likely you will hear the eminent physicist Professor Brian Cox spouting some nonsense about the possibility for traveling faster than the speed of light and into the relative future. That's the way its being interpreted. I think what he is actually saying it is possible in theory. I think it was Karl Popper who defined science as 'that which can be disproved' so as ever the ego and the desire to popularize overcomes scientific parameters. That is if you believe scientific parameters should be defined by philosophers!
Voyager probe 'leaves Solar System' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24026153
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I'm going to do a staged update process. I will gradually update over time(a long time!) Reason no reason whatsoever. 
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If one had a religion(I don't, I would class myself as a passive atheist) I think it would be be a hopeless task looking to absolve oneself of sin by asking a church. I feel they have enough sin to deal with from within. Now for many people the thing that strikes them about this story is the hypocrisy of a Methodist minister and chairman of a bank buying crack. But good people do sometimes do bad things and bad people sometimes do good things. So even the definitions are a little loose. The debate being put forward now is that people who wish to take certain positions will in future need to be very heavily vetted. Thus one mans actions(to me a fool more than a hypocrite) diminish us all and damage the reputation of until the present time a great northern institution that fought hard to establish itself against powerful interests hostile to its bearing. Op.ed.
Co-op Bank to face Flowers inquiry http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25017409
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I have a feeling Apple won't allow adverts in the Gmail for iOS app. Let's see how this one pans out.
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I suppose I'm at the technology watershed moment. I'm getting to the stage where I no longer get excited about what's being developed and released anymore. Something that you talk to your wrist to have a conversation? A constant stream of information beamed to the top corner of your eye? People already think I'm mad and I have enough trouble concentrating on the here and now as it is! It all seems to me that a supply is being created when there isn't even a demand but I suppose that has always been the way technology has worked. Specifically though this Samsung watch looks pretty rushed and ugly to me. Those screws on the bezel just look wrong on a watch to me. And if it transpires that Apple has absolutely no plans to release an iWatch it will be one of the greatest feigns in business history.
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GCHQ use of Prism was legal - report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23341597 Now that the Politicians have just about confirmed everything Snowden has told the world, we must give credence to his evidence. He has said that GCHQ is worse than the NSA because they have a blank check from the Government, regardless if they are left or right it would seem. Today that view was confirmed by a parliament committee that exists to give oversight on these matters. So at this point I would ask is it really the best time to be considering leaving the EU? Would you really trust future Governments in the UK again left or right with issues of privacy, freedom and basic rights. Outside of the EU it seems to me they would have a free hand to meddle with these critical issues without any contingent to a set legal basis that guarantees the rights of the individual and at the same time international law.
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