Paul Mason: ‘I want us to reclaim the word snowflake. Unique, fragile, beautiful: that describes human beings to me.’ Photograph: juergen-bauer.com

Paul Mason is a snowflake and proud of it. Not just that but a Marxist, antifascist snowflake. “As a journalist I have always been trained to speak a(...)

A pro-Brexit activist holds a placard  outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/ AFP/Getty Images

An irony of the Brexit debacle is that it has taken the focus off major flaws in the European project. A referendum stemming from some quite justified(...)

As the algorithms come to know us so well, every process request and application  will be determined by the algorithm, not by the human. Photograph: iStock

Studying philosophy may be about to pay off. Unlike the more utilitarian subjects like law or engineering, the conceptual world of Kant, Mill, or even(...)

Yuval Noah Harari: “The reality of the 21st century is frightening, so I understand why people wish to turn away from it. But we don’t have any choice.”

Yuval Noah Harari is the Israeli historian who rose to prominence with his phenomenally bestselling book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind when it(...)

“As artificial intelligence outperforms humans in more and more tasks, it will replace humans in more and more jobs.”

Like all good economists, John Maynard Keynes was better at predicting the past than the future. Writing in Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildr(...)

A robot distributes promotional literature calling for a ban on fully autonomous weapons in Parliament Square in London.

One response to the call by experts in robotics and artificial intelligence for a ban on “killer robots” (lethal autonomous weapons systems or Laws in(...)