Collapsing under its own cleverness

Could technology be our undoing or is it our only hope? A thought-provoking article appeared in Wired a few weeks ago and a hat tip to Professor Koontz for bringing it to our attention. The writer, Steven Levy, tells the tale of a bet made 25 years ago between “neo-Luddite” Kirkpatrick Sale and “techno-optimist” Kevin Kelly. After reading Sale’s… Read More Collapsing under its own cleverness


Since gaining independence from Britain in 1948, Myanmar has largely been under military rule. Elections were first held just over a decade ago, but the military junta used allegations of fraud to oust elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. What’s more, Suu Kyi has been charged with possessing illegally imported walkie talkies. President Biden has urged the… Read More Myanmar

A week on Wall Street is a very long time

Adam Ford has a helpful 12-minute video summary of what went down with GameStop (GME) and the financial markets last week. Although a lot of the carnage inflicted on huge hedge funds was at the [diamond] hand of “retail” investors (mostly everyday people), the battle began quietly a few weeks prior.  The Reddit user known as DFV felt GameStop was undervalued and deliberately… Read More A week on Wall Street is a very long time