Guest Column: Crypto vs. Fiat

The mainstream media has primarily portrayed cryptocurrencies as the gold nuggets of cyberspace’s lawless Wild West. Bitcoin, for instance, often brings to mind pyramid schemes and tax evasion, the Silk Road and the Dark Web, hacktivists and terrorists. But then again, government-issued, government-backed fiat money can be used for the same illicit activities that cryptocurrencies […]

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The Moments in Between

“The major effect of the Panopticon: to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power. So to arrange things that the surveillance is permanent in its effects, even if it is discontinuous in its actions; that the perfection of power should tend to render its […]

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1. Take the Bone from the Bag

In our first episode of The Special Relationship we discuss AI, automation, and the potential impact of these technologies on the future of society. This podcast is still a work in progress. If you have any feedback on this draft or if you would like to contribute to the show please don’t hesitate to get […]

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Are you living in a computer simulation?

In 2003 Nick Bostrom published a thought-provoking paper in Philosophical Quarterly entitled ‘Are you living in a computer simulation?’ The premise of the paper was that any one of the following statements must be correct. 1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage. 2) any posthuman civilisation is extremely unlikely […]

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Perfunctory Cover-Ups

Sometimes a memory hits you, triggered by a momentary sensation. Today, while washing my hands in a small public sink, where you have to have one hand constantly pressed down on the faucet to keep the water running, reminded me of a visit to the former Nazi ghetto and concentration camp in the Czech Republic: […]

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Spatial and Temporal Capital

As the rate of return on capital increases at a faster rate than income, inequality increases. This leads to centralisation of wealth and comparative diminution in the financial power of the consumer. We are seeing this take place today, as small businesses are ripped off the high-street by multi-national corporations. As these corporations expand, they […]

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Madness

People often use the word ‘mad’ or ‘crazy’ to denigrate an individual. This is most often done in defence of the status quo. You are often considered mad simply if you are abnormal. A mad person may be someone who threatens the comfort zone of others. Someone who makes the majority question a facet of […]

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