UCC’s Economics going into the Second Semester of a Digital Year

Motley’s Deputy of Current Affairs Stephen Moynihan discusses the funding situation for UCC over the coming months.    The financial situation of Ireland’s universities is certainly of concern to all parties with links to UCC, most of all to students and to the 200 staff who have been let go. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the existing funding crisis in higher education. Universities are suffering from … Continue reading UCC’s Economics going into the Second Semester of a Digital Year

January Horoscopes

The Earth has completed her orbit around the sun, putting an end to the truly dreadful shitshow that was 2020. Will 2021 be any better? Mystic Mc Magical Predictions tells us. The answer is; probably not.   Aries: January is a time for New Year’s resolutions – promises to make 2021 better than 2020. Like many of the promises made last year, though, resolutions tend … Continue reading January Horoscopes

The Helping Hand of AI

  Artificial Intelligence was once a very scary prospect. Long before 1984’s The Terminator and it’s apocalyptic premonitions of “Skynet” going live, researchers and science-fiction writers alike were theorising the potential repercussions of a computer making decisions for itself. Thankfully for us, the reality of AI has turned out to be far more benign (so far), and an argument could be made that the people … Continue reading The Helping Hand of AI

AI seems to reflect and even amplify existing social problems

  In one of his novels, the American author Kurt Vonnegut observes that science fiction writers generally know very little about science. While I can’t vouch for the accuracy of that statement, I can tell you that, as someone who researches and teaches science fiction, I know almost nothing about science, beyond what I covered for my Junior Cert. Nevertheless, I enjoy sci-fi, largely because … Continue reading AI seems to reflect and even amplify existing social problems