A Climate Change Reality Check?

Anyone who’s interested in the climate change debate (and I’m still of the opinion that there is a debate) should read this two-part paper published in the World Economics Journal at the end of last year. It’s a critical analysis of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, a document that has arguably Read more about A Climate Change Reality Check?[…]

What’s Ricky reading?

I’ve spent the last year or so working my way through Don Quixote, and I’m still nowhere near completing it. It’s not that it’s a bad book, it’s more that I’ve been reading multiple other things at the same time. At the moment I’m reading Nineteen Eighty-Four, which I was given for Christmas, and a Read more about What’s Ricky reading?[…]

Strong AI by 2029

Earlier this month, Ray Kurzweil presented a paper at the Dartmouth Artificial Intelligence Conference which proclaimed that strong AI will be possible within the next 25 years: 2029, specifically, is the year he’s suggested a machine will first pass the Turing Test. If he’s right, what a time to be alive! Even if he’s wrong Read more about Strong AI by 2029[…]

The Undercover Economist

I recently bought a book called The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford. After a rather too cutesy beginning, in which his explanations of how scarcity determines the price of everyday items are somewhat more longwinded and waffly than they ought to be (a bit like this sentence), Harford’s book warms to the task of convincing Read more about The Undercover Economist[…]