Monthly Archives: December 2011

Can machines ever be truly moral?

Several days ago the New York Times carried an article, by Colin Allen regarding whether machines (computers, robots etc) can develop morality. Allen is sceptical of Raymond Kurzweil’s concept of “the Singularity” (the point at which machine intelligence surpasses that … Continue reading

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The Oxen by Thomas Hardy

I will be taking a break from blogging over the next 7-10 days (spending the time, as they say in the bossom of my family)! I’d like to wish you all a very happy Christmas, one filled with joy and … Continue reading

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The power to intercept nearly all communications is just around the corner

In his distopian novel, “Nineteen Eighty-Four” the English novelist, George Orwell portrays a society in which the activitis of individuals are monitored by the telescreen (a device which can, simultaneously transmit and receive at the same time thereby enabling the … Continue reading

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Augmented reality glasses from Google

An interesting article regarding the development of augmented reality glasses by the technology giant, Google. For the article please visit http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_cloud_glasses_could_come_soon_what_would_th.php

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Wearing your computer on your sleeve

On 18 December The New York Times carried an article revealing “secret” research, by Google and Apple on the development of wearable computers which will allow the user to communicate directly with a smart phone without the need to constantly … Continue reading

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Prayer befor birth by Louis Macneice

Macneice’s poem, “Prayer before Birth” is a fervent plea, from an unborn child to society not to destroy their humanity or make them the means of repressing that of others. It is a criticism of those who would “dragoon” humanity … Continue reading

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Louis Macneice Bagpipe Music

Yesterday while browsing WordPress I came across an old favourite of mine, Louis Macneice’s poem, Bagpipe Music. To the best of my recollection I first came across this poem while looking through the New Oxford Book of English Verse. Then … Continue reading

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