As we all set ourselves up for weeks, or even months, of
self-isolation, never has there been a better time to think about rules, and
the reasons we do the things that we do.
While the UK government has imposed new rules, telling us that we
need to stay at home, these rules are only ever an approximation of the
ideal rule, which in this case, is the idea that everyone needs to stay at
home. The issue here is that while universal isolation is all well and good in
theory, we still need health workers and we still need to keep the electricity
flowing and the water running.
I was recently invited to take part in a roundtable discussion for TRTWorld’s Vision 2020 series. You can watch the show below.
Like it or loathe it, the robot revolution is now well underway and the futures described by writers such as Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl and Philip K. Dick are fast turning from science fiction into science fact. But should robots have rights? And will humanity ever reach a point where human and machine are treated the same?
Academic life has many highs and lows.
For the past few weeks I’ve been knee-deep in marking across
several different modules as I struggle to make myself more ‘employable’ as an
academic, while trying to earn enough money to keep a roof over my head. In the
last two weeks I have fought my way through:
- 80 x 1,500-word essays in Marketing 101
- 12 x 1,500-word essays in English 100
- 146 exam papers of 500–1,000 words in Marketing
All in all, this comes in at around 211,000 words – or two
On 1st October 2016, I packed everything into my car and headed
off to Lancaster to start on a PhD in English Literature. Now, three years and
80,000 words later, on 1st October 2019, I’m handing in my thesis ready to
start on the next phase of my academic adventure.