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There’s been a lot of adverse comment on Twitter that the 10 deaths and widespread property damage in the United States have attracted infinitely more media coverage – including in Australia – than the 60-odd who’ve died across the Carribean. … Continue reading
As Bernard Keane observes in Crikey today, federal government attempts to encourage Asian language teaching in Australian schools date back to the Hawke Government. The latest incarnation of the policy comes from the Asian Century White Paper, which promises that: … Continue reading
The “Santa Claus Machine“, or nanoassembler, is a tremendously exciting idea, and science fiction authors have been having fun with it for decades before and since the replicator made an appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s not surprising … Continue reading
As best I understand it, poet Robert Browning was suggesting that artists should attempt to go beyond that which they have currently mastered with his famous quote about “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp.” In art, undoubtedly. As a … Continue reading
While it was a good summary for the uninitiated, the heavily promoted 4 Corners expose of Lance Armstrong contained nothing much of significance that was new. For those that are interested in the broader lessons for sport, I’d suggest that … Continue reading
I don’t have a lot to add to 7:30 Victoria’s excellent report on the Baillieu Government’s new action plan on family violence. If the government is serious about protecting women, this is ground zero. Not CCTV cameras, or armed guards … Continue reading
One of the reasons I believe that fully autnomous cars are inevitable is that they’re not a technology that has to be delivered all in one go to be useful. Any piece of technology that automates some aspect of driving … Continue reading