ThinkProgress, Gab AI And The Joy Of The Biter Bit

Following this appalling shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue it looks like Gab.AI is in trouble again. As we're repeatedly told it's where all the racists and other far right bad guys hang out and as such other support companies...

Our Tech Regulation Problem – Monopolies With Network Effects Benefit Consumers

There are, of course, a number of different ways in which we can approach antitrust. One might be that any time anyone gains economic power then government should step in and take over. On, presumably, the grounds that it's...
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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...

The Coming Glories Of The Decentralised Web

There's a rather breathless movement among the tech types who think about such things as the internet - the rest of us just use it of course - excited about the idea that we might build a decentralised internet....

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....

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...

The European Union’s GDPR Data Rules Only Increase The Amount Of Spam

We are all, of course, looking forward to getting out of that acranian organisation, the European Union. The latest example of the uselessness of it being the GDPR regulations. These supposedly stop people from oppressing us by misusing our...

Google’s Response To The EU’s Android And Search Case

Hal Varian has made some cogent points about digital economics. Not wholly certain that all of the following is quite so obviously true but there are some interesting points made. Google Android case: Milestone or millstone? Hal VarianĀ 13 August 2018 The European...

MPs More Than A Day Late, Pound Short, On 4G Spectrum Coverage

Well done to MPs here, well done indeed, for they're more than a day late. Which might actually be early for some significant portion of them. They've decided to call for coverage standards for 4G - those with licences...

Getting Around Town

  I'll go out on a limb and predict that passenger-carrying drones will be in commercial use before driverless cars. Now, driverless cars will almost certainly be ferrying passengers from parking lots to theme parks, from railroad stations to metro...

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Shocker As Building On Green Belt Land Is The Point

It's possible to wonder more than just a little here about the intellect being deployed by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. They're worried...