Midnight sun on the Baltic Sea.

A Moral Machine

The Chinese board game of Go is a game of unprecedented complexity. Originated in China more than 2,500 years ago, the rules of the game are simple. Players…

Meet Boris. He is watching me at work in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Aristotle and Technology

This isn’t much that connects Aristotle, one of the most influential ancient Greek philosophers, with technology of the modern age, except for a project at Google, that is…

Jumping into the Adriatic Sea in Saranda, Albania.

Fear of Failure. Fear of Regret.

Being bold doesn’t mean to have no fear. Fear is innate and is one of our strongest drives. Being bold means to recognise and embrace our fear, and…

Five-a-side on grass in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Goal and Expectation

Goal sets, in stone, an expectation. Without a goal, anything that is not worse than nothing, is an achievement. With a goal, anything below it, however good of…

Trekking in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.

Survivorship Bias

The air was a major battlefield in World War II. At the height of war, the chance of a bomber aircraft crew returning home safely after a mission…

Searching for Nessie in Loch Ness, Scotland.

Take So Much and Leave So Little

Some of us are born with outstanding talents. Some of us work hard to earn what they have. Some of us are born mentally or physically disadvantaged. And…

Sipping a rosé by the Pont Alexandre III in Paris, France.

What Makes a Just and Effective Law

If the punishment for parking on double yellow lines were death, and therefore nobody did it, would that be a just and effective law? I was reading somewhere…

Tram climbing a hill in Lisboa, Portugal.

Equality Doesn’t Mean Justice

Equality means giving everyone the same neglecting the differences we are born without a choice of. Justice means enabling everyone to come about the same accepting the fact…

Wandering around on Šipan, Elaphiti Islands, Croatia.

Ship of Theseus

There is a fascinating story called the Ship of Theseus. It is about whether a ship would remain the same if it was entirely replaced, piece by piece….

Wandering in a park in Helsinki, Finland.

Thousands of Lives. Or Your Little Finger.

Many know Adam Smith as the father of modern economics. His work, The Wealth of Nations, provides a solid foundation for capitalist economy by means of division of labour…

The Father of Modern Economics, Adam Smith in Edinburgh, Scotland.

‘Tell Me Something I Don’t Know About Economics’

Economics is incomplete. One fundamental principle that many economic models build on, that we are all rational agents with clear preferences, is flawed. Economics does not account for, among our…

The Clock Tower of the Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Wales.

Richest One Percent Will Own More Than The Rest

It goes without saying that, in this day and age, the rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer. Or as the French economist Thomas Piketty put it,…