A Level Playing field and the attitudes of the Educational Elite

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

The reality of American Diplomacy

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

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

What does a Rapist look like?

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?

Wikileaks and Power

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

Computational Thinking and STEM Education

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

Analogies have problems themselves

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