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Hard day at work? Read First Light by Geoffrey Wellum

Hard day at work? Read First Light by Geoffrey Wellum

Last Wednesday, 18th July, the death was announced of Geoffrey Harris Augustus Wellum. He was 96 years old. A long life, a good innings, a man with an imperial name. Anything else of significance? Well, yes. Wellum joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in August 1939,…

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Combatting workplace loneliness with some essential humanity

Combatting workplace loneliness with some essential humanity

On 20th June, Radio 4’s Today Programme featured, in its Thought for the Day slot, a piece by the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London. I must admit, if I’m not already in the commuter maelstrom, I tend to use TftD…

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Martin Luther King – civil rights icon, champion of non-violent protest, flawed like the rest of us

Martin Luther King – civil rights icon, champion of non-violent protest, flawed like the rest of us

50 years have passed since, on 4th April 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old. There is a phrase, attributed, coincidentally, to fellow murder victim Abraham Lincoln and often recited at…

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In an age of compulsive messaging, transmission must not be mistaken for communication

In an age of compulsive messaging, transmission must not be mistaken for communication

On Thursday 15th March, at 1.30pm local time, tragedy struck Miami’s Florida International University (FIU). A pedestrian bridge over 8th Street (connecting the school’s campus to a popular neighbourhood for FIU accommodation) collapsed, killing six people who were caught beneath 950 tons of steel and…

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Making good decisions about AI will depend on RI (real intelligence)

Making good decisions about AI will depend on RI (real intelligence)

Artificial intelligence (AI) seems to be on everyone’s lips. If 2017 was a formative year for technological advancement in this sphere, 2018 has been billed by some observers as the beginning of full-scale implementation of AI in our lives. The recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018,…

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Taking inspiration from the planet’s tiniest experts on collaboration

Taking inspiration from the planet’s tiniest experts on collaboration

With the BBC One’s Blue Planet II now in full swing, the world is once again marvelling at the extraordinary creatures with which we share our corner of the universe. The blockbuster nature documentary has attracted 80 million viewers in China alone, causing a temporary…

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