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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss The Bronze Age Collapse, the name given by many historians to what appears to have been a sudden, uncontrolled destruction of dominant civilizations around 1200 BC in the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia. Among other areas, there were great changes in Minoan Crete, Egypt, the Hittite Empire, Mycenaean Greece and Syria. The reasons for the changes, and the extent of those changes, are open to debate and in...
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As a powerful tool, AI has any implications. This article extends the horizon to conjecture what may be the ultimate consequences in the long, but not that long term. 

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Part 1 of 2: "The Road to Superintelligence". Artificial Intelligence — the topic everyone in the world should be talking about.
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“The line that separates me now, an assistant professor at a university living an incredibly comfortable life, from a body on the beach is the thinnest line imaginable.”

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Belinda Johnson is the brain behind the $25 billion startup’s attempts to befriend everyone
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The title feels a bit misleading to me. Diamond sounds like he's talking about the wealth of nations, as he was in his famous book "Guns, Germs, and Steel". He argues that all things being equal, there is advantage for businesses and innovative sectors to be organised in small groups that are cooperative and yet competitive in order to share idea and new pushed to adopt best practices and source the best ideas abroad. Examples of industries around the world are given.

I'm not entirely sure this explains the reason for all human progress, and maybe he isn't trying to. Questions like if how inherent is the drive to progress in human nature, or how that differs culturally, are interesting to me.

Regardless, it seems to me that Diamond's theory of competition and cooperation is an important part in explaining the differing levels of development and maybe by extension, wealth level, of various human groups. 
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and physician introduces his new book, "The Gene: An Intimate History."
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Interested in history, computing, math, economic development, and knowledge management.