Podcast: Is Scotland ready for the fourth industrial revolution?
Everyone is agreed the fourth industrial revolution will fundamentally change society and the economy – but how can Scotland adapt to it?
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray speaks to technology writer and engineer Craig Berry about his new report for Common Weal on automation, Disruptive Technologies: The Impact on Workers in Scotland.
Craig Berry: If we want AI to be ethical, technology must be democratised
Craig Berry, energy and technology writer, says that the ethics of Artificial Intelligence will be shaped by corporations and their interests unless there is a concerted effort to subject it to democratic forums like Citizens Assemblies
A PERTINENT question around Artificial Intelligence (AI) which is rarely asked is: who designs the ethics of AI systems and in whose interest are they designed?
Craig Berry: The potential of Scotland's space industry is enormous - but only if public investment takes off
Craig Berry, engineer and author of a Common Weal report on Scotland’s Space Industry, explores the potential openings for the space sector north of the border after Sutherland was selected for the first UK spaceport – to stay ahead of US and emerging market competition will require a level of public investment and European co-ordination not currently forthcoming under the Tories
Craig Berry: We don't have to fear the AI revolution - we have to democratise it
Craig Berry, engineer and author of Common Weal reports on energy and space policy, says the report published by the Scottish Government and STUC last week on automation misses the mark – only by democratising artificial intelligence can the gains of technological change be accrued to the many
IN the 1960s, it was debated whether tankers would be replaced by robots. Through technical euphoria, it seemed a matter of time before tankers simple activity would be taken over by a mechanical successor, which would result in significant savings.
Craig Berry: A robot tax to fund a universal basic income is not enough - let's think about UBD instead
Writer Craig Berry outlines his vision for a solution to the challenges of automation making workers redundant and the funding of a universal basic income
OXFAM this week revealed that the wealth generated by society has continued to bubble to the top one per cent.
However, the top one per cent are facing an impending disaster; the rise of automation. Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg - all are members of the one per cent, all benefited from neoliberalism, and all advocate the creation of a universal basic income (UBI).
Craig Berry: The Jim Crow rock in Hunters Quay should make us reflect on racism in Scotland
Electrical design engineer and writer Craig Berry calls on campaigners and residents to lobby their local authority and Holyrood over a controversial rock
OCTOBER is Black History Month, and Dr Michael Morris has been giving walking tours of George Square highlighting the 12 statues on the square's links to the slave trade.
But of all the landmarks across Scotland, and the racist symbolism they represent, none is quite as blatant as the Jim Crow rock.
Craig Berry: The universal basic necessity in the age of the machines
Electrical design engineer Craig Berry says it's essential to consider the role of a universal basic income as technology changes society
IF you've ever seen the film The Godfather, you will see Don Corleone, among other characters, use the line: "Make him an offer he can't refuse." What this refers to is making a deal with someone that can’t possibly say no to because it may mean their certain death.