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Driverless cars, just imagine how we could use them

driverless cars, just imagine how we could use them
Look! No driver in the Mercedes F 015 concept car shown at the 2015 North American International Auto Show If you happen to live Pittsburgh in the US or Milton Keynes in the UK, then you may occasionally see one of the driverless, or...

A survival guide for the coming AI revolution

a survival guide for the coming ai revolution
It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for possible signs of AI If the popular media are to be believed, artificial intelligence (AI) is coming to steal your job and threaten life as we know it. If we do not prepare now,...

In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?

in places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?
One paper reported that between 0.3% to 4.6% of all deaths are reported as euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide in jurisdictions where they are legal The Victorian Parliament will consider a bill to legalise euthanasia in the second half of 2017. That follows the South...

As the Liberal Party continues to fracture, we may be watching its demise

as the liberal party continues to fracture, we may be watching its demise
Is it a case of going, going, gone? The Liberal Party is driven by internal bickering, with various camps claiming to speak for its “true” values and traditions. The contest is leading not to any prospect of unity or discipline, but to the party’s...

Australians aren’t as Islamophobic as we’re led to believe

australians aren’t as islamophobic as we’re led to believe
Islamophobia refers to dread or hatred of Islam and unfounded prejudice and hostility towards Islam and Muslims Over the last few months, several reports have indicated a significant number of Australians hold anti-Muslim attitudes. In September 2016, The Australian newspaper reported an Essential poll...

No animal required, but would people eat artificial meat?

no animal required, but would people eat artificial meat?
Futurists tell us that we will be eating in vitro meat (IVM) – meat grown in a laboratory rather than on a farm – within five to ten years. IVM was first investigated in the early years of this century and since then criticisms of...

New study shows more time walking means less time in hospital

new study shows more time walking means less time in hospital
If all the over-55s got walking, we could save almost $2 billion in health care costs each year In my practice as a GP, I have been impressed by a few energetic and active 80 year olds who remain in good health while many...

Australia’s electricity market is not agile and innovative enough to keep up

australia’s electricity market is not agile and innovative enough to keep up
The rules were written at a time when coal and gas were the only major options On the early evening of Wednesday, February 8, electricity supply to some 90,000 households and businesses in South Australia was cut off for up to an hour. Two...

Alcohol leads to more violence than other drugs, but you’d never know from the headlines

alcohol leads to more violence than other drugs, but you’d never know from the headlines
Drinking alcohol, not taking illicit drugs like ecstasy or LSD, is more closely linked with violence. Yet, media reports tend to say the opposite Mainstream media tend to report more stories about illicit drugs than alcohol. Stories about illicit drugs are also more negative. The...

Increased private health insurance premiums don’t mean increased value

increased private health insurance premiums don’t mean increased value
New health minister Greg Hunt has approved a 4.8% rise in health insurance premiums A topic of discussion at many barbecues this summer will inevitably be private health insurance. Is it worth it? Do we need it? Every year it gets more expensive. The average...