Why work for nothing? (3)

Person of Interest is on one level a slick bit of US TV pap. But it's found itself in an interesting position in the light of Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA. The series' premise is that after 9/11 the (US) government commissioned a system that would monitor the public and private data running across the... Continue Reading →

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Minds, machines and business models (2)

Since the industrial age, the machine has been the model for business (explicitly in the work of the late 19th century management theorist Frederick Winslow Taylor, whose thinking, though hardly fashionable or explicitly embraced, still dominates management ideas). That’s probably because efficiency is directly correlated with profit, and making a business work like a machine... Continue Reading →

Minds, machines and business models (1)

Neuroscience raises a question about the possible distortions of the models we use to organise and shape our knowledge. With neuroscience it is quickly necessary to think about the relationship between observable brain functions and consciousness. It’s become possible to make a direct correlation between specific states of mind and visible activity in the brain,... Continue Reading →

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