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

Questioning Artificial Intelligence intelligently

  Tomas Buckley takes a cold hard look at how AI mirrors human flaws and how if we are not careful, it may propagate more systemic oppression.    In writing about AI, I am in good company. Just like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Sam Harris before me, I will try to inform you about something of which I know little. We often mistakenly believe … Continue reading Questioning Artificial Intelligence intelligently

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

Joker & EDI: The Greatest Love Story in Gaming?

Jeff “Joker” Moreau, voiced by the ever-sarcastic Seth Green, acts as Commander Shepard’s trusty pilot for the entirety of the Mass Effect trilogy. At the beginning of the story, Joker claims he’s the best pilot in the entire Systems Alliance and he proves that time and time again throughout the course of the trilogy, helping Shepard and their crew escape dire situations in space. Unfortunately … Continue reading Joker & EDI: The Greatest Love Story in Gaming?

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