When I started blogging, I told all my friends about my blog and I shared my posts on Facebook. But sadly my friends had zero interest in reading my innermost thoughts, feelings and desires. Not even my mother read my blog. Reader, I wept.
However, after a few posts I noticed something very interesting. Complete strangers were reading my blog posts and liking them. Some liked my blog so much that they even followed it. I was a celeb! Continue reading
- 35kg water
- 16kg carbon
- 12kg oxygen
- 3kg hydrogen
- 1kg each of nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus
- A sprinkle of potassium, sulphur and sodium
- About a dozen trace elements Continue reading
So I was just reading about a goldfish that can drive a car and I wondered, what if animals could talk?
What’s that? You want me to explain about the car-driving fish? Oh well it’s all here. Continue reading
One of my favourite lines in the 1980s soap opera Dallas was spoken by Jock Ewing. “Power isn’t something that you can give,” he sneered angrily at his dim, weak, yet good-looking son, Bobby. “Real power is something that you take.”
It’s a great line, and it encapsulates the idea that power is a conserved quantity. If one person gains in power, another loses. But I don’t think power really works like that. Continue reading
The Greek number myriad means literally ten thousand, and that’s roughly how old our civilization is. 10,000 years ago, the ice sheets were retreating across Europe and North America to be replaced by forests, and in the Middle East the first civilized people were learning how to farm.
That may sound a long time ago in comparison to a single human lifespan, but as civilizations go, we are still in our infancy. That’s why I’ve decided to celebrate our first myriad. Continue reading
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES2014) currently taking place in Las Vegas is packed full of smart glasses, like Google Glass.
Wearable tech is poised to transform the way we interact with technology. With a pair of smart glasses, you can begin to feel like superman, taking photos and recording videos of anything you see, and with the almost telepathic ability to interact directly with the internet and with your own automated personal assistant.
Don’t doubt that this will happen, just so long as the cost is affordable and the tech works in a convenient way. After all, just a few years ago, how many people would have imagined that we would be carrying smartphones everywhere and that email, Facebook and other social media would be just as important as face to face communication?
Smart glasses are just the latest in a long history of creeping augmentation of our abilities by technology. Observers of technology call this transition “Transhumanism” and predict an inevitable and exponential increase in how this impacts on our lives. Continue reading
Posted in Technology
Tagged Computers, Creativity, Facebook, Google, Health, Internet, Longevity, Prediction, Science, Technological Singularity, Technology, Twitter
There are just so many creative people in our world. There are artists who make us see the world afresh through visual media. There are musicians who play with our emotions just like they play their instruments. There are writers who make us think, feel and imagine through words alone.
But what if your medium was the physical world itself, and your task was to make the impossible possible? That would make you awesome. That would make you an engineer. Continue reading
On 1st January, 2014, the borders of the United Kingdom opened to immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria who want to live and work in Britain. The country’s newspapers are filled with hysterical headlines warning of a tide of immigrants, and populist politicians are promising to “protect” Britain from this “foreign invasion.”
So I’d like to redress the balance and say “Welcome to Britain!” Not just to Romanians and Bulgarians, but to everyone! Continue reading
Posted in Politics
Tagged Creativity, Democracy, Economic growth, Economics, Equality, Free trade, Freedom, Human rights, Industrial Revolution, Language, Politics, Work
I never make New Year resolutions. But I know that some people resolve to “improve” themselves at this time of year. With nothing to motivate you other than an arbitrary change of date, it isn’t surprising that these resolutions so often fail. This year I urge you to do something different. Continue reading
I’m an atheist, but not a militant one. Instead of scrapping religions, I believe we should instead recycle them. All that ecclesiastical art and architecture shouldn’t go to waste. Religious music is heavenly and a good requiem is to die for.
And what about Christmas? Even die-hard atheists love their Christmas trees and their mistletoe.
Religions are superb at two things – narrative and symbolism.