This is the mindset of the ambitious educational elite: You go to Harvard (or Stanford), maybe to Oxford (or Cambridge) for a Rhodes (or Marshall), then to Goldman (or McKinsey, or TFA), then to Harvard Business School (or Yale Law School), then back to Goldman (or Google), and on and on. You keep doing the… Continue reading A Level Playing field and the attitudes of the Educational Elite
I’m certainly not an American citizen, The Charity work of Diplomats at Ben Casnocha’s blog looks somewhat into what the foreign service actually does. Certainly they are extremely clever people, and the headline grabbing Wikileaks is definitely bringing up certain important questions however not all the foreign diplomatic work is evil. This applies to all… Continue reading The reality of American Diplomacy
I came across the following quote by Salman Rushdie: “At Cambridge University I was taught a laudable method of argument: you never personalize, but you have absolutely no respect for people’s opinions. You are never rude to the person, but you can be savagely rude about what the person thinks. That seems to me a… Continue reading Ideas and the people who hold them.
In the Singularity in our past light cone Cosma Shalizi has an excellent discussion of the fact that the ‘singularity’ already happened. I’m referring to the now fashionable discussion of a technological singularity – see ‘the Singularity University’ . If you look at Physics and Mathematics in the very early 20th century, you’ll see a… Continue reading Singularity in our past
http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/weblog/699.html Cosma Shalizi has an excellent discussion of the fact that the ‘singularity’ already happened. I’m referring to the now fashionable discussion of a technological singularity. If you look at Physics and Mathematics in the very early 20th century, you’ll see a huge explosion in work. For Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity to be created… Continue reading Singularity in our past
So what does a rapist look like? Thats the question for this essay to discuss. I’ve been following the Assange and Wikileaks cases very carefully. The superb Feminist columnist Laurie Penny wrote a blog poston Julian Assange’s Rape case. I think there are two disturbing factors in the ‘Julian Assange is a good man and… Continue reading What does a Rapist look like?
I’ve recently being following the recent Wikileaks story in a variety of Newspapers and the Website itself. Inconvenient truths have already been revealed in the past, examples include the Pentagon papers and the 1917 Bolshevik release of confidential Russian Documents. These are all seen by some as attacks on imperialism, and it doesn’t seem to… Continue reading Wikileaks and Power
This post is a bit different to posts about Mathematics. However this is a bit of a pet peeve of mine lately. The film ‘the social network’ is a fast paced and at times good journey through one of the most successful business stories of the last ten years. Facebook, the website that has taken… Continue reading The Social Network
Computational Thinking Why will programming be increasingly important in the 21st Century? This short article is inspired by recent work by LLK and J.M. Wing, “Computational Thinking,” CACM Viewpoint, March 2006, pp. 33-35. Paper oﬀ CISE AC website; paper and talks oﬀ http://www.cs.cmu.edu/ wing/ Googles involvement in Computational Thinking Google CT is a good resource.… Continue reading Computational Thinking and STEM Education
Rodney Brooks AI Pioneer Interview I came across this wonderful interview with Rodney Brooks a Professor at MIT. He talks in this interview about biological systems and the interactions of robots with their environments. I find this very interesting, this notion of feedback loops, especially. I’m glad that he references a rather disappointingly unknown W.… Continue reading Analogies have problems themselves