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Blame ‘The House’ Rules: A New Anti-Addiction Policy for the UK

The addictive properties of drugs, gambling machines, algorithm-led compulsions, and policies that permit them have ramifications. The narrative that industries and marketist governments uphold where individuals are free to make their own mistakes, fails to hold up in the light of the evidence. This free-choice narrative in, for instance, the UK Gambling Act 2005 permits… [Read more]

A Quick History of The Pill

Yasmin, Cilique, Cerazette, Loestrin 20, Microgynon, Dianette, and pure Progesterone: there are many contraceptive pills today but the name remains ‘The Pill’ for all. The Pill is given the definite noun—’the’—like no other drug. The Pill had a star role on the historical stage; it changed the lives of millions. In Britain today, even, 9-in-10… [Read more]

What is the character of UK innovation policy?

I argue that innovation policy is in the process of being re-characterised as a joint venture of public-private enterprise with justification from government found in rhetoric for innovation to overcome Grand Challenges. To demonstrate my thesis, I will consider how the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) policy works: the objectives, policies, institutions, and funding… [Read more]

Drone Kills Libyan Rebel Autonomously: Why ‘Killer Robots’ Need A Ban

In the midnight hour of the 26 September 1983, a warning algorithm alerted Stansiav Petrov that five missiles were bound for Russia. Petrov alerted his officers at the Kremlin and a salvo of five missiles was sent out to New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle. That is how the nuclear war… [Read more]

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