Terminator 7: The End of Enlightenment

By Marcel Armour Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. Henry Kissinger was on the verge of skipping that session – it lay outside his usual concerns (history and occasional practical statesmanship) – but the beginning of the presentation held him in his seat.…

Smart Cities: RHUL hosts Inter-CDT Workshop

By Marcel Armour  At the beginning of May, Royal Holloway hosted Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) students from both Oxford and RHUL for our fourth annual workshop which this year was themed around the ‘smart city’. The talks were all hugely enjoyable, and a great opportunity to hear leading academics and industry representatives give their…

NEWS | Curating (in)security at AAG 2017

Every year, nearly 10,000 academics converge on one particular U.S. city in the name of all things geography – Boston, Massachusetts being the location of choice for the annual AAG (American Association of Geographers) conference in April 2017. With a vast array of potential sessions, panels and presentations – the AAG has something for everyone: from Geographies of Bread…

Ships, Brooms and the End of Humanity

By Andreas Haggman At a recent conference held at Royal Holloway I was treated to a lecture by Professor Colin Williams titled ‘Fear, Flesh, Machines and Monsters: The Frankenstein Complex and the Human Response to Technology’. Notwithstanding Prof Williams’ rambunctious presentation style, the content of the talk provided numerous thought-provoking highlights. One in particular came…

This isn’t the petition response you’re looking for

OK, so I thought this was relatively funny. Someone had started a petition to the White House to begin construction of a Death Star. This is the response posted on the White House website which uses the opportunity to describe the ‘international’ collaborations materialised in the International Space Station, moves towards the privatisation of space, and…