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How to Make A.I. That’s Good for People

For a field that was not well known outside of academia a decade ago, artificial intelligence has grown dizzyingly fast. Tech companies from Silicon Valley to Beijing are betting everything on it, venture capitalists are pouring billions into research and development, and start-ups are being …

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Think our governments can no longer control capitalism? You’ve been duped

In reality there has been a class war, in which the right has spent decades using the state to undermine workers. We can fight back<p>Blue Planet 2 demonstrated the terrifyingly fragile state of nature’s ecosystem. One of the key messages from the BBC series was that a delicate balance exists in the …


Familiar Stranger by Stuart Hall review – from Jamaica to the New Left and Thatcherism

This posthumous memoir by the renowned cultural theorist hinges on his journey from the West Indies to the ‘mother country’<p>Stuart Hall, who died in 2014, was a radical Caribbean intellectual based in Britain for most of his adult life, an activist and cultural theorist who became a hugely …


Science classes won’t future-proof our children. But dance might

Prince George is going to learn ballet. He will wear tights and black shoes, and join girls in pink shoes and tutus, to learn the plié, the relevé and the sauté. He will do this at a private school in Battersea, where he will also be taught kindness, courtesy and humility, and where parents are …

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The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi

A couple of years ago, when Coldplay’s Chris Martin was going through a divorce from the actress Gwyneth Paltrow and feeling down, a friend gave him a book to lift his spirits. It was a collection of poetry by Jalaluddin Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian poet, translated by Coleman Barks. “It …


Islamophobia and Art

<i>This is the speech I delivered at the 25th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on March 17, 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland</i><p>In the words of the great British nobleman Bertrand Russell:<p>"Most of the greatest evils that man inflicted upon man have come …


All The Mathematical Methods I Learned In My University Math Degree Became Obsolete In My Lifetime

<i>If you are connected with the world of K-12 mathematics education, it’s highly unlikely that a day will go by without you uttering, writing, hearing, or reading the term “number sense”. In contrast everyone else on the planet would be hard pressed to describe what it is. Though entering the term</i> …