That’s The End Of Blockchain Then – It’s Not Actually Useful For Anything

That Bitcoin doesn't have a greatly useful role as anything other than a speculative tool is clear enough these days. True, it's half a decade since I first said this and it's not entirely proven as yet but that's...

Ah, Here It Is, Here Comes The EU’s Censorship Of Social Media

Censorship never does arrive with the commentary that we'd really very much rather you weren't allowed to say that. It's always wrapped up in the idea that the things being said are false, or damaging to society or some...
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Scared of AI? You really shouldn’t be…

As a young teen I remember watching the Forbin project, not long after I'd seen Kubrick's 2001. Both films featured computers that had ideas of their own how things should be done. HAL 9000 got its comeuppance as astronaut...

Carole Cadwalladr’s Ted Talk Delusion About Social Media And Democracy

Carole Cadwalladr has been banging on for a year now about how Facebook - with useful assists from Twitter and other social media firms - has been gutting our democracy. The problem is that there's a basic delusion at...

WhatsApp Is In GDP As A Reduction In Productivity

AEI is asking where's the next productivity revolution going to come from? The answer being that it's already here. So when will the next productivity boom happen? If the US economy is going to generate sustained 3% annual growth, or anything...

SpaceX’s Starlink, Network Latency And HFT In Financial Markets

There's a new paper out making the claim that Starlink, a satellite internet network mooted by SpaceX, will be hugely valuable for financial markets and thus make a fortune. The point is that high frequency trading becomes very much...

Tommy Robinson – Perhaps We Should Turn Paypal, Google, Facebook, Into Regulated Utilities?

As you'll have observer there are an awful lot of woke people out there insisting that the likes of Paypal, Google, Facebook, have become such essential parts of modern life that they must be overseen, regulated, as the public...

Well Done To The EU – New GDPR Data Rules Reduce Tech Investment

It's not as if Europe's tech investment scene is particularly vibrant to start with so the EU does indeed need to bring in rules to reduce that activity even further, doesn't it? Which is exactly what has happened with...

Apple’s Older iPhones Not For Sale In Germany Over Patent Breaches

A useful reminder of the importance of intellectual property in this modern world - Apple's older iPhones have been withdrawn from sale in Germany over allegations of breaches of Qualcomm's patents. That this might be getting a little absurd...

No, Seriously Folks, Data Is Not The New Oil

A commonplace of our times is that data is the new oil. An unfortunate thing for people to think for it's entirely bass ackwards - data ain't the new oil at all, it's entirely the opposite in economic terms....

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Expect Greenpeace To Oppose Mandatory GMO Labelling Now

Varied of the environmental organisations have been shouting very loudly that genetically modified organisms must be banned. They've largely succeeded in the European Union...