Steven Pinker has an interesting talk on the TED conference website, debunking the idea that we are living in an increasingly violent society. As Pinker shows, over pretty much any timescale you care to look at, violent death rates have been dropped considerably, and we now live in the safest time ever. Fascinating and cheering.
Manchester is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first stored program computer, “The Baby”. A link to this was circulated around the Comp Sci email at Nottingham. A fascinating website. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in 60 years, but also how sophisticated those early machines already were.
I thought I’d get myself a blog, separate from my university pages. Hopefully from now on I can use this as a place to put various essays and ideas that I have that are not directly relevant to my academic career. For now, I need to get ready for my trip to Toulouse on Monday, so not much will appear here for a little while.