Capitalism Versus Environmentalism
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Post No.: 0991   Furrywisepuppy says:   To solve this climate crisis, we’ve got to somehow reconcile our short-term self-interests (at the individual lifestyle, corporate growth and national GDP levels) with our long-term collective interests.   One problem though is … Read More

Computers Don’t Make Mistakes Huh?
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Post No.: 0984   Furrywisepuppy says:   Machine learning algorithms can predict what you’re going to pay attention to better than you can because your own mind can be biased and poor at predicting what you’re really going to do … Read More

Protecting Biodiversity is a Top Priority!
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Post No.: 0978   Furrywisepuppy says:   Although we’re doing so much to affect this planet – we’re still not the masters of it. Nature is still far more powerful than us. So we’d better look after the life that … Read More

A Circular Economy
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Post No.: 0962   Furrywisepuppy says:   A ‘linear economy’ is one where products are manufactured from raw materials, sold, used, then discarded as waste – with pollution, destruction and depletion occurring at any stage, from greenhouse gas emissions, toxic … Read More

Cyber Security Breaches and Data Leaks
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Post No.: 0936   Furrywisepuppy says:   Privacy isn’t a solo concern since we’re deeply enmeshed in other people’s networks. You can be careful with your own data but your friends, family, work colleagues and anyone you accept into your … Read More

The Value of Our Personal Data
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Post No.: 0929   Furrywisepuppy says:   Some businesses collect huge amounts of our personal data. They apparently do so to give us a more customised and personally relevant experience (e.g. better targeted adverts). But some private corporations collect as … Read More

Materialism and Excessive Consumption
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Post No.: 0914   Furrywisepuppy says:   Capitalism has raised many people out of poverty. But materialism and excessive consumption bring environmental problems like resource depletion and pollution. You could argue that Soviet-style socialism eventually decimates itself but unfettered capitalism … Read More

The Tragic Tragedy of the Commons
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Post No.: 0866   Furrywisepuppy says:   The ‘tragedy of the commons’ occurs despite, or because of, individuals behaving rationally and with self-interests. By doing so, shared common resources, like trees from public forests, fish from the sea, or clean … Read More

Investing in Electric Vehicles and EV Infrastructure
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Post No.: 0845   Furrywisepuppy says:   Electric vehicles (EVs) are gradually replacing internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles because of the environmental benefits if they’re charged from renewable energy sources. That’s brilliant!   But investment into EV infrastructure (e.g. more … Read More

Infinite Growth in a Finite Resource World
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Post No.: 0832   Furrywisepuppy says:   Doing business inevitably involves taking risks. But it’s not about taking risks – it’s about reducing them, whilst achieving the same aims, where possible. Above all – never risk what you’re not willing … Read More

What Makes Excellent Product Design?
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Post No.: 0807   Furrywisepuppy says:   Design and technology affects us individually and as a society – our lifestyles, jobs, potentials, pastimes, cultures, economics, environments, and thus politics.   Automation, usually via technology, can de-skill us, which is fine … Read More

Electrochemical Signals and Neural Interfacing
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Post No.: 0764   Furrywisepuppy says:   If one is young enough, even severe brain tissue loss and surgery can be recovered from and one can still subsequently live a decent independent life – and this is due to neuroplasticity. … Read More

Let’s Be More Frugal For the Sake of the Planet
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Post No.: 0756   Furrywisepuppy says:   Many people from much older generations were raised to be frugal, and they still care about saving every scrap of paper and not wasting food because they lived though times of scarcity and … Read More

Clothes and Fast Fashion
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Post No.: 0722   Furrywisepuppy says:   The most sustainable thing for the environment when it comes to clothes is to buy good enough items, then to wear them as many times as possible.   Fix any bits of damage … Read More

And I Will Try to Repair You
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Post No.: 0673   Furrywisepuppy says:   It’s environmentally unfriendly to think that one must get new stuff when one’s existing stuff works fine; whether it’s phones, clothes, home improvements, cars, etc..   Too many people look for any miniscule … Read More

The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence or AI
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Post No.: 0624   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Some might disagree with this but deep learning (DL) is a subfield of artificial neural networks (ANN), which in turn is a subfield of machine learning (ML), which in turn is a subfield … Read More

Shrink and Prosper, or Perhaps Reventropy?
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Post No.: 0574   Furrywisepuppy says:   On the subject of trying to predict what the world’s human population will be in the year 2100, we looked at one hypothesis in Post No.: 0565 that stated that it’ll naturally stabilise … Read More

Reducing Poverty to Stabilise the Population
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Post No.: 0565   Furrywisepuppy says:   Predicting the long-range future is always difficult, as mentioned in other kinds of contexts before, and this is no different when it comes to predicting what the world’s human population size will be … Read More

Autonomous Vehicles and the Trolley Problem
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Post No.: 0550   Furrywisepuppy says:   With ever-advancing technologies, the fleshy human meatbag will increasingly become the limiting factor. For example, vehicles could potentially drive at much higher average speeds on the roads safely… as long as every single … Read More

The Ethical Responsibilities of Designers
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Post No.: 0493   Furrywisepuppy says:   As chewed over in Post No.: 0480 – designers, engineers and inventors (and those who employ or fund them) bear huge ethical responsibilities. It’s not just about considering the life cycle and ecological … Read More

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