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When Wizz Air wrecked the immigration stats

You’d think it would be hard to miss half a million people, but the Office for National Statistics (ONS) managed it nevertheless. Realisation of this problem dawned just over a decade ago, when the results of the 2011 census were published. The census rev

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Cautionary Tales – The man who played with hurricanes

Today, the idea of controlling the weather is controversial. Scientists who research geoengineering have even received death threats. But once upon a time, people were optimistic about remaking the climate in entire regions of the world. They approached t

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What neo-Luddites get right – and wrong – about Big Tech

Say what you like about Lord Byron, he knew how to turn a phrase. Here he is, speaking in the House of Lords in 1812. His topic is the foolishness of the factory-storming, machine-breaking Luddites: “The rejected workmen, in the blindness of their ignoran

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Will ChatGPT be Homer Simpson’s salvation?

Imagine a person whose desire for the easy life is stronger than their sense of ethics. And imagine that this person gets hold of a cutting-edge computer app that can produce fast answers to hard questions. Then imagine that person is given a hard questio

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