Author: gregtucker

Artificial intelligence: a socio-economic and political reboot

Artificial intelligence: a socio-economic and political reboot

The so-called “machinery question” continues to dominate the headlines, founded on fears that artificial intelligence – a technological development which enables human tasks to be automated – is advancing too rapidly. Newspaper articles, online blogs and academic studies foretell a future where “droids are sitting at our desks” while human labour falls into obsolescence. In…

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Oil, Theft and Tax – the dubious economics behind Islamic State

Oil, Theft and Tax – the dubious economics behind Islamic State

With a monthly income exceeding $80 million, the so-called ‘Islamic State’ has prospered so much financially since its inception in 1999 that it can almost be thought of as an economy in its own right. Its effective recruitment techniques, in conjunction with its abilities to maintain vast amounts of funding for its activities, are paramount…

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