Niall Ferguson in Mumbai, 2011. The British historian is critical of what he calls the ‘Davos syndrome’ of focusing on the threat of climate change to the exclusion of everything else. Photograph Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

The day after I speak to historian Niall Ferguson, Dominic Cummings appears at a House of Commons committee, where he recalls the words of UK deputy c(...)

Brendan and Breda Butler safely indoors in their home in Malahide, Co Dublin: they will take refuge in reading. Photograph: Tom Honan

Brendan Butler (77) and Breda (72) were surviving day three of “the Cocoon” on Monday despite a feeling of being “hemmed in” in their north Co Dublin (...)

The latest episode is a conversation between Yuval Noah Harari, author of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and Future of Life Institute co-founder Max Tegmark

The Future of Life Institute was founded in 2013 to “mitigate the existential risks” posed to humanity by emerging technologies, in particular artific(...)

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(...)