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Disagree with Speakers at Your Uni? Respond with Good Arguments, Not Safe Spaces.
5 min read, Free Speech, Perspective

Disagree with Speakers at Your Uni? Respond with Good Arguments, Not Safe Spaces.

If you are a university student, you're likely to have been exposed to people who believe in the need for safe spaces and trigger warnings. The majority of staff, students and high-ranking figures in the NUS including its President, Malia Bouatt, support these policies. But despite the support of high-profile figures in academia for the...
It’s time to think about how to deal with aggression between robots and humans.
Perspective, Policy, Uncategorized

It’s time to think about how to deal with aggression between robots and humans.

Back in February 2015, Boston Dynamics, owned by Google, released a video showcasing their four-legged robot dog ‘Spot’. Considerable anger arose on social media when this video showed a man kicking Spot with the apparent intention of demonstrating its resilience. The steady advances in the capabilities of AI robots bring us to the futuristic question…

It’s Easy to Rely on Gender Politics to Beat Trump, but Clinton Should Be Careful.
Perspective, Uncategorized

It’s Easy to Rely on Gender Politics to Beat Trump, but Clinton Should Be Careful.

The race for the White House has taken a somewhat predictable turn – campaigning now has a clear focus on the gender of the candidates. A battle that was once characterised as conservative versus progressive, then protectionist versus liberal, then outsider versus elite, has now become something closer to man versus woman. So far, this…

Has Geography Become Insignificant in Today’s World?
5 min read, It's the Economy, Perspective

Has Geography Become Insignificant in Today’s World?

“The World is Flat” claimed Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman, in 2006. Citing the role of communication and transport space-shrinking technologies, Friedman argued that geography mattered less than ever before in the global economy. Similarly, a few weeks ago, International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, declared that we live in a “post-geography trading world”. So...
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