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Non-fiction Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Like most people with an interest in the future, I tend to drop the William Gibson quote from time to time: The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed. It felt like the central thesis of

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Greater Minds: Margaret Atwood predicts the Everything Change

Margaret Atwood was interviewed for the Center for the Science and Imagination. The author of the Maddaddam trilogy speculates on climate change and the future. The dispute about whether what she writes is science fiction or not persists. She regards

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Greater Minds: Ray Kurzweil predicts the hybridisation of intelligence

Ray Kurzweil predicts artificial intelligence will augment human intelligence, leading to hybrid thinking. He anticipates exponential advances in brain science and artificial intelligence. My short story, Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo, looked further into the future when the human mind

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Inspirations: The terminator’s coming for my job

As robots become more capable, they replace humans in the labour force. In spite of their limitations, they will take over many skilled jobs in the coming decades. Unless they generate more jobs, they will lead to mass unemployment. Employment

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Inspirations: Artificial Intelligence

AI has reached the point where it has an impact on society. It may be impossible for a machine to emulate human intelligence, but they can do things that humans can’t. A poorly designed AI that can redesign or replicate

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