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Whistleblower backlash

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Monday, 29 May 2017 09:00

The only thing necessary for the triumph
of evil is for good men to do nothing
Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke was an 18th century Irish philosopher, orator and political theorist. His much quoted triumph-of-evil statement and his interventionist notion of good require us to speak up against wrongdoings. Evil prevails when we turn a blind eye to something that is not right.


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Robot workers

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Monday, 08 May 2017 09:00

In our staff kitchen here at Gateway, we have a coin-operated vending machine. It dispenses drinks and snacks. You could argue that it is taking away someone’s job but no one seems to care. Perhaps that’s because it’s viewed as a machine and not a robot. That’s not to suggest that every robot is seen as a threat.


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Understanding algorithms

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Monday, 24 April 2017 09:00

Algorithms are increasingly impacting our everyday lives. Many are designed to predict and even alter human behaviour. A range of organisations use algorithms including Google to rank the web pages we view, Amazon to recommend books for us to read, banks to assess our credit worthiness for a loan and online dating sites to find our perfect match. 


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Drone technology

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:00

From delivering packages to tracking hurricanes, drones are increasingly part of our everyday lives. These unmanned aerial vehicles are not a passing fad as their potential uses continue to skyrocket. As drone technology becomes less expensive and more user-friendly, sales are predicted to soar.


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Orbiting satellites

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Monday, 10 April 2017 09:00

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 - the Soviet probe that became the first man-made object to reach space. In the years since Sputnik 1 first beeped its way around our planet, more than 6,000 satellites have been launched. Of these, it’s estimated that 3,600 are still in orbit, but only about 1,100 are operational.


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